In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Keen’s theme for this year’s tour is COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS: Lunar Tunes & Looney Times. He and his band will pay homage to the space race and all things celestial in an out-of-this-world evening of family holiday fun. “This show will turn on the psychedelactic jukebox and light up the tree of tranquility!” Keen adds. “The countdown begins now!” In T-minus 122 days and counting, concertgoers will blast off with Keen's classic “Merry Christmas from the Family,” fan favorites, and unearthly covers from his band members. Ground Control reminds fans to grab their tickets before this lunar expedition sells out.
Opening the tour is Austin-based, swamp-pop-soul supergroup Shinyribs.
Huffington Post describes the annual concert series as “part comedy/variety show (think The Carol Burnett Show of old) and part musical cornucopia that’s full of pleasant surprises. It’s akin to Christmas morning, but one where Keen and his merry band of musicians continue to unwrap gifts you didn’t even know you were hoping for until they share them on stage.”
“Merry Christmas from the Family” first appeared on Keen’s 1994 album, Gringo Honeymoon. University of Texas Press released Keen’s companion book, also titled Merry Christmas from the Family, in 2005.
Robert Earl Keen's Countdown to Christmas Tour:
Mon 12/2 - Greenville, SC - Peace Center
Tue 12/3 - Charleston, SC - Charleston Music Hall
Wed 12/4 - Durham, NC - Carolina Theatre
Thu 12/5 - New York, NY - Town Hall
Fri 12/6 - Washington, DC - Lincoln Theatre
Sat 12/7 - Bristol, TN - Paramount Center for the Arts
Sun 12/8 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater
Tue 12/10 - Charlotte, NC - Knight Theater
Wed 12/11 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
Sun 12/15 - Chattanooga, TN - Walker Theatre
Tues 12/17 - Fayetteville, AR - Walton Arts Center
Thu 12/26 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Jones Assembly
Sat 12/28 - Memphis, TN - Germantown Performing Arts Center
Sun 12/29 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
Mon 12/30 - Fort Worth, TX - Bass Performance Hall