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Critic’s picks: Holiday pop, rock, and folk

Rita Coolidge will perform seasonal classics in Fall River Dec. 1.

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Rita Coolidge will perform seasonal classics in Fall River Dec. 1.

Critic’s Picks:
Pop, Rock & Folk

RITA COOLIDGE Coinciding with the release of her new holiday album, “A Rita Coolidge Christmas,” the eclectic country-pop singer is on the road bringing a range of seasonal classics to life in her husky croon, from “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” to “Santa Baby.” Dec. 1, 8 p.m. Tickets: $50, $45 in advance. Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River. 508-324-1926, www.ncfta.org

El Vez will deliver a different take on holiday tunes at Johnny D’s Dec. 6.

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El Vez will deliver a different take on holiday tunes at Johnny D’s Dec. 6.

JIM BRICKMAN On last year’s “All Is Calm,” this adult-contemporary pianist put his sensitive stamp on the sacred realm of holiday music. For his new tour, christened “On a Winter’s Night,” he’ll welcome guest performers Luke McMaster, Anne Cochran, and Tracy Silverman. Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35-$70. The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, Worcester. 877-571-SHOW, www.thehanover
theatre.org

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EL VEZ For a zany take on the holidays, El Vez is your man. Dubbed “the Mexican Elvis,” this madcap singer and songwriter has a healthy sense of humor as he mashes up rock ’n’ roll with Latin music influences. Cross your fingers that he’ll sing “¿Mamacita, Dónde Está Santa Claus?,” which is almost better than Charo’s version. Dec. 6, 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $15. Johnny D’s. 617-776-2004, www.ticketweb
.com

THE SWEETBACK SISTERS COUNTRY CHRISTMAS SINGALONG A honky-tonky band from Brooklyn leading a crowd, complete with lyric sheets, in a rousing singalong of Christmas classics? I’ll drink (eggnog) to that. Dec. 11, 8 p.m. Tickets: $15. Club Passim. 617-492-7679, www.clubpassim.com

WINTERBLOOM Presented by Club Passim and held at Oberon (presumably to accommodate bigger crowds), Winterbloom has become a tradition around these parts. Featuring singer-songwriters Anne Heaton, Antje Duvekot, Natalia Zukerman, and Meg Hutchinson, the folk ensemble adds a graceful touch to songs inspired by the season. Dec. 14, 7 and 10 p.m. Tickets: $35. Oberon. www.amrep.org

The women of Winterbloom will continue a holiday tradition Dec. 14.

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The women of Winterbloom will continue a holiday tradition Dec. 14.

A CHRISTMAS CELTIC SOJOURN Hosted by Brian O’Donovan, this beloved show kicks off in Derry, N.H., on Dec. 15 before coming to the Cutler Majestic Theatre and then making its way to the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport (Dec. 17, sold out), the Hanover Theatre in Worcester (Dec. 18), and the Providence Performing Arts Center (Dec. 19). Dec. 16, 20-22, various showtimes. Tickets: $25-$75. Cutler Majestic Theatre. 617-824-8000, www.wgbh.org/listen/christmasceltic
sojourn.cfm

THE CHRISTMAS REVELS A feast for the whole family — music, dance, carols, comedy — this Irish celebration of the winter solstice is celebrating its 42d year and, to boot, a new holiday album called “Strike the Harp.” Dec. 14-27, various showtimes. Tickets: $15-$55. Sanders Theatre, Cambridge. 617-496-2222, www.revels.org

BOSTON BAND CRUSH HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR Freezepop, Sidewalk Driver, The Field Effect, and Emily Peal and the Band of Skinny Men are on the lineup for this show presented by local music blog Boston Band Crush. Dec. 14, 9 p.m. Tickets: $12. Brighton Music Hall. 800-745-3000, www.ticket
master.com

ROCK ’N’ SOUL HOLIDAY CONCERT A who’s who of local musicians are on board for this multi-genre extravaganza, including: Gary Hoey, Charlie Farren, Jon Butcher, Danny Klein’s Full House, Casey Desmond, plus Barrence Whitfield, Professor Doug Bell, Hirsch Gardner, Chris Fitz, John Powhida, and Brian Templeton. Dec. 23, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25-$30. Regent Theatre, Arlington. 781-646-4849, www.regent
theatre.com

JEWMONGOUS The brain child of Sean Altman, Jewmongous is part satire, part concert, and surely the only holiday show that will feature songs such as “Jews for Jesus” and “They Tried To Kill Us (We Survived, Let’s Eat).” Dec. 24, 6 and 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $20. Club Passim. 617-492-7679, www.clubpassim.com

JAMES REED

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