With the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Christmas Rocks

The Pearl, Dec. 20

Photo by Edison Graff

Photo by Edison Graff

Next to Santa himself, perhaps nobody has provided more yuletide cheer over the last decade than Brian Setzer. Now in his 11th year doing his Christmas Rocks tour, the former Stray Cats frontman has something in his bag for everyone, no matter whether you like your holiday season naughty or nice. Supported by a 13-piece horn section, two fur-clad vixens on backup vocals, Johnny Hatton on upright bass and Noah Levy on drums, Setzer and his trademark Gretsch guitar led the way through a full helping of Christmas classics and other holiday treats. The horns added bounce to “Sleigh Ride” and an instrumental “Joy to the World,” while the seamless interplay between Setzer and the orchestra on “Angels We Have Heard On High” and “The Nutcracker Suite” belied the complexity of the arrangements. In addition to the holiday rockers, Setzer tossed in a few Stray Cats hits, along with stocking stuffers such as “Ring of Fire,” “Jump, Jive an’ Wail” and “In the Mood.” When it comes to getting in the spirit of the season, Setzer never fails to deliver. Just like swingin’ ole Saint Nick. ★★★★✩

Dig That Crazy Santa Claus
Sleigh Ride
This Cat’s on a Hot Tin Roof
Stray Cat Strut
Boogie Woogie Santa Claus
(She’s) Sexy + 17
Joy to the World (instrumental)
Sleep Walk
Angels We Have Heard On High
Let’s Shake
Jump, Jive an’ Wail
Jingle Bell Rock
Ring of Fire
Nothing Is a Sure Thing
Fishnet Stockings
Rock This Town

The Nutcracker Suite
In the Mood
Jingle Bells

Photos by Edison Graff

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