December has a lot of great concerts coming to the West Michigan area. Some have holiday themes, others are just great artists and music here to entertain.
Cirque Musica Holiday Wonderland
Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 8 pm - FireKeepers Casino and Resort, Battle Creek, MI
One of the largest Cirque companies in the world, Cirque Musica brings its Holiday Wonderland production to the FireKeepers Event Center. “Wonderland” is an all-new musical journey that will transport audiences to a magical land far away for a fun-filled, unforgettable holiday-themed show experience. It features the talented cast of Cirque Musica. Spectators will be dazzled by the acrobats, aerialists, hilarious hijinks and holiday cheer.
GR Ballet Presents “The Nutcracker”
Friday, December 9-Sunday, December 11, 2022
Friday, December 16-Sunday, December 18, 2022 - DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids, MI
Get into the holiday spirit as Grand Rapids Ballet dancers take to the stage at DeVos Performance Hall for their annual production of “The Nutcracker”! Enjoy the choreography by Val Caniparoli before a magical and immersive set, imagined by Grand Rapidian Chris Van Allsburg, designed by world-famous Eugene Lee. Join the elegant Sugar Plum Fairy and her gallant Cavalier as they guide Clara through the Land of the Sweets. Along the way, meet menacing mice and brave soldiers in an epic Battle Scene, and join festive celebrations as Clara is mesmerized with a fantastic waltz with live accompaniment from the Grand Rapids Symphony to Tchaikovsky’s magical score.
Loverboy and Night Ranger
Friday, December 9, 2022 - 8 pm - Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, Mt. Pleasant, MI
With their trademark red leather pants, bandannas, big rock sound and high-energy live shows, Loverboy has sold more than 10 million albums, earning four multi-platinum plaques, including the four-million-selling Get Lucky, and a trio of double-platinum releases in their self-titled 1980 debut, 1983’s Keep It Up and 1985’s Lovin’ Every Minute of It. Their string of hits includes, in addition to the anthem “Working for the Weekend,” such arena rock staples as “Lovin’ Every Minute of It,” “This Could Be the Night,” “Hot Girls in Love,” “The Kid is Hot Tonite,” “Notorious”, “Turn Me Loose,” “When It’s Over,” “Heaven In Your Eyes” and “Queen of the Broken Hearts.”
Sunday, December 11, 2022 - 8 pm - DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids, MI
Named to Variety’s Comedy Impact Report following the unprecedented success of her debut, The Farewell Tour, Heather McMahan is back on the road bringing the giggles nationwide. Her podcast, “Absolutely Not with Heather McMahan” was named one of the Ten Best Podcasts of 2021 by Entertainment Weekly. She starred opposite Nina Dobrev and Jimmy O. Yang in Netflix’s “Love Hard”, which reached #1 in the world and the US in its first five days of release on the platform. On the television side, she is currently developing a show based on her life for NBC.
For King & Country: A Drummer Boy Christmas
Saturday, December 17, 2022 - 7 pm - Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI
Grammy® award winning duo For King & Country present A Drummer Boy Christmas Tour: The 2022 Live Experience. Brothers Joel and Luke will be performing Christmas classics and brand-new songs such as their fan favorite Little Drummer Boy from A Drummer Boy Christmas, #1 hit single For God Is With Us from their recently released Billboard Top 200 album, What Are We Waiting For?, and many more.
Little River Band & Ambrosia
Saturday, December 17, 2022 - 8 pm - Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, Mt. Pleasant, MI
The Little River Band’s worldwide album and CD sales now top 30 million. And in 1982 they set a record for having had Top 10 hits for 6 consecutive years – In fact, they were the very first band to achieve that remarkable plateau! “Reminiscing” has had over 5 million air plays on American radio, and “Lady” is close behind with over 4 million air plays.
In the year 1970, four young musicians from the South Bay of Los Angeles, came together to create a new invigorating style of music. Joseph Puerta, Christopher North, David Pack and Burleigh Drummond created a new sound that was defined and recognized as “Ambrosia”.
Tuesday, December 20, 2022 - 6 pm - DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids, MI
In a Broadway-style musical production and an unforgettable adventure, encouraging parents and kids alike to get out of their seats and sing and dance along. Each stop is a fun-filled, interactive musical romp with magical special effects. JJ and his family are putting on a show where JJ is writing his own song and he needs a little help. In the end, JJ learns that by using his imagination, he can create, solve problems, and have wonderful adventures - proving that with a little help from your family and friends, you can make your dreams come true.
Chevy Chase Live: Christmas Vacation
Wednesday, December 21, 2022 - 7 pm - DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids, MI
Join actor Chevy Chase and his wife Jayni for a live discussion and audience Q&A following a screening of the 1989 Christmas classic “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”. Chevy and Jayni will be sharing behind the scenes stories and answering your questions in person following the screening of the film. A limited number of VIP tickets are available which include the best seats in the house and a post-show photo-op with Chevy Chase.
GR Symphony Presents Sandi Patty: Christmas Blessing
Thursday, December 22, 2022 - 7 pm - DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids, MI
For one special night only, Sandi Patty will take the stage to perform her hit holiday concert. As one of the most highly acclaimed performers of our time, Sandi Patty is simply known as “The Voice.” Christmas Blessings is sure to dazzle longtime fans – and earn her many more!
Tuesday, December 27, 2022 - 8 pm - Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, Mt. Pleasant, MI
Flo Rida is one of today’s most vibrant and recognizable superstars. Bursting out of the gate in 2007 with the RIAA 7x platinum certified hit, “Low (Feat. T-Pain)” – which spent 10 consecutive weeks atop the Billboard “Hot 100” – the Miami-based rapper has unleashed an undeniably amazing string of record-breaking, multi-platinum certified singles, including the worldwide #1 favorite, “Right Round (Feat. Ke$ha)” (5x platinum), “In The Ayer (Feat. will.i.am)” (2x platinum), “Club Can’t Handle Me (Feat. David Guetta),” (3x platinum), “Good Feeling” (4x platinum), “Wild Ones (Feat. Sia)” (4x platinum), “My House” (4x platinum), “GDFR (Feat. Sage The Gemini and Lookas)” (2x platinum), “Whistle” (2x platinum), and “I Cry” (2x platinum).
George Thorogood and the Destroyers
Wednesday, December 28, 2022 - 8 pm - Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, Mt. Pleasant, MI
Since 1976, George Thorogodd and the Destroyers have sold over 15 million albums, built a catalog of classic hits, and played more than 8,000 live shows. They broke records with their 50 Dates/50 States Tour, delivered landmark performances at Live Aid and on SNL, and became mainstays of radio, MTV and stages worldwide for more than two generations. Through it all, they’ve remained one of the most consistent – and consistently passionate – progenitors of blues-based rock in pop culture history.
Jeff Dunham: Still Not Canceled
Thursday, December 29, 2022 - 7 pm - Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI
Jeff Dunham has sold-out global concert tours, had ratings-shattering broadcast specials, he’s a best-selling author, had a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and a few Guinness Book of World Records set for good measure. It is no wonder he is able to say the things you-wouldn’t-dare with his cadre of characters who tap into almost every aspect of American life. Whether the cranky old man Walter, the hyperactive and crazy Peanut, the self-explanatory Jose the Jalapeno on a Stick, the redneck cliché NASCAR-loving Bubba J, the utterly befuddled Achmed the Dead Terrorist, and Url, the basement dwelling social media smart-phone addict – Dunham allows each to speak their mind, regardless of how much they embarrass their co-star in the process.
MJ Live - Michael Jackson Tribute Concert
Thursday, December 29, 2022 - 8 pm - FireKeepers Casino and Resort, Battle Creek, MI
Jallas Franca will be appearing as Michael Jackson, a lifetime fan of the ‘King of Pop,’ Michael Jackson, Jalles began imitating the star’s signature dance moves during his routines at Studio 54 and various other venues. Soon after Michael Jackson’s death, Jalles began dedicating his talents to pay tribute to the late Superstar. Jalles has won numerous contests for “Best Michael Jackson Impersonator,” Best overall “look” and “Best Moonwalk.”
Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan
Thursday, December 29, 2022 - 8 pm - Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, Mt. Pleasant, MI
Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan are currently delighting old and new fans across North America on their highly successful Grits and Glamour Tour. From the road to the red carpet, on center stage in the theater or under the spotlight in a honkytonk, these two women are comfortable in their high heels.
Live with Special Guest Tonic
Friday, December 30, 2022 - 8 pm - Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, Mt. Pleasant, MI
Live has sold over 22 million albums worldwide and earned two number one albums: Throwing Copper and Secret Samadhi. Their catalog is filled with such gems as “Lightning Crashes,” “I Alone,” “All Over You” and “Lakini’s Juice,” which live on today as classics on rock radio. The story of Tonic revolves around the longstanding, close brotherhood shared among members Emerson Hart, Jeff Russo, and Dan Lavery. Since 1996, the Grammy® Award-nominated multi-platinum trio has consistently delivered anthemic and undeniable rock fashioned from eloquent song craft, lyrical honesty, and unshakable melodies.