Live music is 24/7 in New Orleans, and the holiday season is full of special shows. From a star-studded holiday concert to New Year’s Eve celebrations, here are a few can’t-miss live music events this December.
Every December, a favorite tradition returns with a lineup of concerts free and open to the public. This year, the Holidays New Orleans style concerts will be held at St. Louis Cathedral and St. Anna’s Episcopal Church. Performers include John Boutté, La Noche Buena: Spanish Christmas Music of the New World, Joy Clark, and more. Caroling in Jackson Square is a holiday tradition returning on December 18. See the lineup here and make sure to catch a holiday concert this December.
Celebrate the magic of the holiday season with a screening of Home Alone—and live orchestration from the LPO. Performances are December 9 and 10 at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts.
For the 17th year in a row, critically acclaimed vocalist Judith Owen and her husband, actor and humorist Harry Shearer (The Simpsons, Spinal Tap), will once again spread their special brand of yuletide cheer for the 2022 Christmas Without Tears, at home in New Orleans. Festivities will take place Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. at the Orpheum Theater, with all proceeds benefitting Innocence Project New Orleans. The talent lineup includes Brian Batt, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ani DiFranco, Phil DeGruy, Big Freedia, John Goodman, Trixie Minx, and Kermit Ruffins with more to be added.
This all-star holiday concert features Irma Thomas, Rebirth Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and more at the House of Blues on December 21. Proceeds from Home for the Holidays benefits the NOCCA Foundation's Daniel Price Memorial Fund for Aspiring Artists, which honors the memory of NOCCA alum Daniel Price with scholarships for NOCCA students.
There’s perhaps no better way to ring in the new year than at a concert in New Orleans. Over at Tipitina’s, Galactic will take the stage with special guest Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph and Pimps of Joytime. Find more New Orleans New Year’s Eve celebrations here.
For even more music, visit the WWOZ LiveWire Music Calendar.