Saturday, November 27

December arts and education events at The Center for the Performing Arts

Live at the Center: Gordon Bonham & Gene Deer

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2

Online and at the Studio Theater

Free livestream; $5 on site

Guitarists-vocalists Gordon Bonham and Gene Deer have been pillars of the regional blues scene for decades, touring widely and performing regularly at festivals, public events and venues like the revered Slippery Noodle Inn in Indianapolis. For this performance, they will trade off songs and accompany each other in an acoustic format.

Luminare Christmas

8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3

The Palladium

Tickets from $25

Holiday Series

Drawing from his many years as keyboardist for Dennis DeYoung (Styx) and lead keyboardist for Mannheim Steamroller, John Blasucci and Luminare have created a new and exciting musical experience for the holiday season. The group’s debut album, That Star, showcases their powerful blend of rock, pop, classical and folk music on the original title track and Christmas classics such as “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “What Child Is This,” “We Three Kings,” “Little Drummer Boy” and “Joy to the World.”

A Debby Boone White Christmas

8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4

The Palladium

Tickets from $25

Holiday Series

Debby Boone is a rare crossover artist who has enjoyed Top 10 successes on the pop, country, adult contemporary and contemporary Christian charts. Her record-breaking 1977 single “You Light Up My Life” was a No. 1 hit for 10 straight weeks. Recently, Boone has been exploring the standards of the Great American Songbook.

Performing Arts Connect: DeadRoots: The Folk and Blues Influences of the Grateful Dead

7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8


Tickets: $12

Though generally associated with the 1960s counterculture, rock legends the Grateful Dead first built their repertoire on classic folk, blues and jug band music, and they introduced generations of fans to the nooks, crannies, branches and offshoots of American roots music like perhaps no other act of their size and influence. Musician and teaching artist Dave Ruch will explore the rich well of American music that inspired the Grateful Dead.

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox: The Grand Reopening Tour

8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10

The Palladium

Tickets from $35

Katz, Sapper & Miller Pop/Rock Series

Best known for viral YouTube videos that reinterpret modern pop hits in various vintage genres, Postmodern Jukebox is a rotating musical collective founded in 2011 by arranger-pianist Scott Bradlee. The ensemble of singers and musicians is returning to the road and celebrating “the new Roaring ’20s” with its Grand Reopening Tour of North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Faegre Drinker Peanut Butter & Jam: Holiday Cabaret on Strings with Melchior Marionettes

10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11

The Studio Theater

Tickets: $10 per child, includes up to two free adult admissions

Back by popular demand! Join us for a fast-paced, entertaining cabaret of handcrafted marionettes. Children and adults will delight in the hilarious antics of the Melchior Marionettes and the skill of the puppeteers as they sing along with holiday favorites. Faegre Drinker Peanut Butter & Jam performances are recommended for ages 1-7.

Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour 2021

8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11

The Palladium

Tickets from $44

Holiday Series

A popular annual tradition at the Center, saxophonist and bandleader Dave Koz’s holiday concerts feature stellar special guests performing fresh, lively arrangements of seasonal favorites in a high-energy show for the entire family. This year’s tour features Jonathan Butler, Richard Elliot, Rick Braun and Rebecca Jade.

Christmas with the King’s Singers

7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12

The Palladium

Tickets from $25

Holiday Series

Touring with a special holiday show, the King’s Singers have represented the gold standard in a cappella singing on the world’s greatest stages for over 50 years. Comfortable in a sweeping range of styles and genres, the six-member group continues to push boundaries while honoring its origins in the British choral tradition.

An Evening with David Sedaris

Wednesday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m.

The Palladium

Tickets from $45

David Sedaris is a master of satire and one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. His 2020 book, The Best of Me, is a collection of 42 previously published stories and essays, and new this fall is A Carnival of Snackery: Diaries (2003-2020). His previous best-sellers have included Barrel Fever, Holidays on Ice, Me Talk Pretty One Day and 2018’s Calypso, a Washington Post Best Book of the Year.

Damien Escobar: 25 Days of Christmas

Thursday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m.

The Palladium

Tickets from $30

Holiday Series

Known for his crossover mix of classical, jazz, pop, R&B and hip hop, violinist Damien Escobar returns to the Palladium with a special holiday concert. Escobar first began playing in the New York City subways and was the youngest person ever admitted to the Julliard School before gaining national fame in the brother duo Nuttin’ But Stringz.

About the Center for the Performing Arts

The mission of the nonprofit Center for the Performing Arts is to engage and inspire the Central Indiana community through enriching arts experiences. Its campus includes the 1,600-seat Palladium concert hall, the 500-seat Tarkington Theater and the black-box Studio Theater. The Center presents and hosts hundreds of events each year, including the Center Presents performance series, featuring the best in classical, jazz, pop, rock, country, comedy and other genres. Educational and experiential programming includes children’s concerts, summer camps, book clubs, lectures, and classes in music and dance. The Center is home to the affiliated Great American Songbook Foundation and provides space and support services for six resident arts companies. More information at

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