All Access Asheville: December concerts to check out

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A few holiday shows, Rick Springfield, The Honeycutters AND Angel Olson? YES PLEASE!

The Altamont Theatre

Friday December 15 An Evening with Yarn

If you're a fan of the Avett Brothers, check out this alt/country-roots-Americana act.

Sunday December 17 An Evening with Dulci Ellenberger & Big Sound Harbor

You know Dulci--she's a former member of Now You See Them and one of the lovely songbirds of Sweet Claudette. Check her out solo!

Friday December 22 An Evening with Free Planet Radio & Jane Kramer w/special guest Billy Cardine

Kramer is an emerging local singer-songwriter, and Free Planet Radio is the experimental fusion act sharing the bill.

The Diana Wortham Theatre

Sunday December 17 A Swannanoa Solstice

A warm holiday favorite sharing Celtic, Americana and world music, this year with Grammy Award-winner David Holt, dancers Phil Jamison and Ellie Grace, Highland bagpiper E.J. Jones and his band, and host Doug Orr, president emeritus of Warren Wilson College and founder of The Swannanoa Gathering.

The U.S. Cellular Center

Thursday December 7 Rick Springfield and Richard Marx

The Grey Eagle

Saturday December 2 Cindy Wilson of the B-52's

Wilson is touring behind a new soon-to-be-released solo record, CHANGE.

Wednesday December 6 Squirrel Nut Zippers' First Annual Christmas Caravan Tour

The 10-show run will feature the band performing classic holiday songs along with Squirrel Nut Zippers hits.

Saturday December 9 Emily Saliers (of the Indigo Girls) "Murmuration Nation Tour"

"Murmuration Nation" is Saliers' first release under her own name.

Thursday December 14 Suzy Bogguss with Aaron Burdett

CMA, ACM and Grammy Award-winning singer.

Friday December 29 Kurtis Blow

Blow ("The Breaks") is the first commercially successful rapper, and the first to sign with a major record label.

The Orange Peel

Saturday December 2 Cut Copy

Australian electronic band formed in 2001 by DJ Dan Whitford (vocals, keyboards and guitar).

Tuesday December 5 The Gin Blossoms

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of New Miserable Experience (and "Hey Jealousy.")

Friday December 15 Town Mountain with Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters

A great local double bill with bluegrass artists Town Mountain and the Americana soul of Amanda Anne Platt and The Honeycutters.

Saturday December 16 Angel Olsen

Asheville can now claim the former St. Louis resident as our own, as Olsen is currenly an Ashevillian. She's also a performer who got raves for for her full-length debut, 2014's "Burn Your Fire for No Witness."

Friday December 22 The 16th Annual Make-A-Wish Christmas Party Benefit Concert

Featuring Dave Desmelik, Chappell, Halden Vang, The Log Noggins, and The Travers Brothership with special guests McKayla A. Reese, Jack C Mascari, Nicky Sanders, Matthew Jennings and Grace Williamson.

Saturday December 23 Wham Bam Bowie Band!

Asheville's very own, very talented David Bowie tribute band.

Sunday December 31/New Year's Eve Langhorne Slim

Featuring special guests Mt. Davidson (Twain), Paul Defiglia (The War Eagles & The Avett Brothers), Casey Jane (The Lostines) and more.

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