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Here’s Who Is Coming to Dallas This Weekend: December 14-17

Although there are plenty of events to get you in the holiday spirit this weekend, not everything jingles all the way—just ask Anita Baker, Warrant, and Abraham Alexander.
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra will offer a weekend of performances featuring the music of The Polar Express. Sylvia Elzafon

Abraham Alexander

Dec. 14, 8 p.m.| The Majestic Theatre
It’s been a busy year for Fort Worth’s Abraham Alexander, who released his debut album SEA/SONS this summer to great acclaim. He’s made a few appearances in North Texas since but has also kept a busy tour schedule. (His Instagram account attests to this.) Before you head downtown for the show, read this story from our June issue.

Flatland Cavalry

Dec. 15-16| Billy Bob’s Texas, Fort Worth
Flatland Cavalry will make a two-day stop at Billy Bob’s this weekend in support of their newest album, Wandering Star. The band has spent much of the year on the road, including headline shows and tours with Willie Nelson, Luke Combs, and Lainey Wilson. Their newest song, “Wool,” is on the new Hunger Games soundtrack. The band will play three shows, but Friday’s show is the only one with tickets still available. Cody Acuff opens.

The Polyphonic Spree

Dec. 15-16| The Majestic Theatre
The Polyphonic Spree will host their 20th annual Holiday Extravaganza over two nights at the Majestic Theatre. The family-friendly event will include acts like the Norman & Sharon Seaton Accordion Entertainers, Lola DeLaughter, Tilda Grace, Pedal Steel Noah, Confetti Eddie, John Buffalo, and the Spree, who will have a holiday set earlier in the evening and a rock set later. Milk and cookies (See? Wholesome!) will be served at midnight, and Santa will read “The Night Before Christmas.” Bring a canned good and unwrapped toy to benefit the North Texas Food Bank and Toys for Tots, respectively.

Sarah Jaffe and Walker Lukens

Dec. 16, 8 p.m.| The Kessler
Denton native Sarah Jaffe and singer/songwriter Walker Lukens will play the Kessler Saturday night. The two recently collaborated on Jaffe’s track for Texas Wild, a compilation album produced by Lukens to celebrate Texas Parks and Wildlife’s 100th anniversary. Since leaving Texas, Jaffe has released four studio albums, scored original music for a movie, and toured the U.S. extensively solo and with artists like Cyndi Lauper, Erykah Badu, Norah Jones, and more. Lukens is co-owner of a recording studio, hosts a songwriting podcast, and has been called “one of the best songwriters in Texas” and “a non-sexually threatening version of Prince.”

Polar Express in Concert

Dec. 15-17| Morton Meyerson Symphony Center
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra will bring the Oscar-nominated holiday classic The Polar Express to life this weekend. The orchestra will play Alan Silvestri’s score while the movie plays on the big screen. Arrive early to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus in the lobby.

Warrant, Winger, and Lita Ford

Dec. 17, 7 p.m.| The Factory in Deep Ellum
Here’s a fun version of 80s-era band Marco Polo: Go into any Homegoods or Kohl’s in Dallas, and sing, “Went to a party last Saturday night…” and see who responds with “I didn’t get laid, I got in a fight.” We mention this because Lita Ford (of “Kiss Me Deadly” fame) will be in Deep Ellum Sunday night, along with Warrant and Winger. Expect to hear all your 80s and 90s hair band favorites, including “Down Boys,” “Cherry Pie,” and the power ballad “Heaven.” Bring your Aquanet.

Anita Baker

Dec. 17, 8 p.m.| American Airlines Center
This year’s The Songstress tour is Anita Baker’s first major multi-city outing since 1995. The eight-time Grammy Award winner will take the stage at American Airlines Center Sunday evening and will bring all her hits, including “Sweet Love,” “Caught Up in the Rapture,” and “Giving You the Best That I Got.”

Brett Eldredge

Dec. 17, 8 p.m.| Texas Trust Credit Union Theatre, Grand Prairie
Country crooner Brett Eldredge will visit Grand Prairie on Sunday as he brings what has become an annual 14-date Christmas tour o the Texas Trust Credit Union Theater. The show will include holiday classics from his 2016 album Glow and 2021’s Mr. Christmas and original holiday tunes.

Also check out:

For King + Country, Dec. 14, 7 p.m., Dickies Arena, Fort Worth. Get tickets.

Light Crust Doughboys, Dec. 14, 7 p.m., SMU Perkins Chapel. Get tickets.

Cody Jinks, Dec. 14, 9 p.m., Billy Bob’s Texas, Fort Worth. Get tickets.

Derek Hough, Dec. 15, 7 p.m., Texas Trust Credit Union Theatre, Grand Prairie. Get tickets.

Sammons Cabaret, Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m., The Sammons Center. Get tickets.

William Beckmann, Dec. 15, 8 p.m., The Kessler. Get tickets.

The Blessed Madonna, Dec. 15, 9 p.m., It’ll Do Club. Get tickets.

Couch, Dec. 16, 8 p.m., Dada. Get tickets.

Ricki Derek, Dec. 16, 8 p.m., The Granada. Get tickets.

Johnny Mathis, Dec. 16, 8 p.m., WinStar World Casino, Thackerville, Oklahoma. Get tickets.

Kompany, Dec. 16, 10 p.m., Stereo Live. Get tickets.

CHUU, Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m., Music Hall at Fair Park. Get tickets.

Listen to the playlist below to hear songs by artists performing in North Texas this weekend.


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Bethany Erickson is the senior digital editor for D Magazine. She's written about real estate, education policy, the stock market, and crime throughout her career, and sometimes all at the same time. She hates lima beans and 5 a.m. and takes SAT practice tests for fun.