Robert Earl Keen will once again hit the road this holiday season for his eighth annual Christmas tour.
This year’s 15-stop holiday extravaganza, which is dubbed REK’s Countdown to Christmas Tour: Lunar Tunes & Looney Times, will pay homage to the space race and all things celestial in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
“This show will turn on the ‘psyche-delactic’ jukebox and light up the tree of tranquility!” says Robert Earl. “The countdown begins now!”
The tour will kick off on Dec. 2 in Greenville, S.C., and make additional stops in New York, Atlanta, Memphis, Nashville and more. The festive set is sure to include REK’s classic, “Merry Christmas From the Family,” and many more out-of-this-world tunes.
Shinyribs will serve as support. Tickets go on sale on Aug. 9 at 10 a.m.
Editor’s Note: I attended REK’s holiday tour in 2016, 2017 and 2018 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium—and they were stellar shows.
Robert Earl Keen’s Countdown to Christmas Tour
Dec. 2 | Greenville, SC | Peace Center
Dec. 3 | Charleston, SC | Charleston Music Hall
Dec. 4 | Durham, NC | Carolina Theatre
Dec. 5 | New York, NY | Town Hall
Dec. 6 | Washington, DC | Lincoln Theatre
Dec. 7 | Bristol, TN | Paramount Center for the Arts
Dec. 8 | Charlottesville, VA | Jefferson Theater
Dec. 10 | Charlotte, NC | Knight Theater
Dec. 11 | Atlanta, GA | Variety Playhouse
Dec. 15 | Chattanooga, TN | Walker Theatre
Dec. 17 | Fayetteville, AR | Walton Arts Center
Dec. 18 | Houston, TX | House of Blues
Dec. 20 | Austin, TX | ACL Live -Moody Theater
Dec. 21 | Austin, TX | ACL Live – Moody Theater
Dec. 26 | Oklahoma City, OK | The Jones Assembly
Dec. 27 | Dallas, Texas | House of Blues
Dec. 28 | Memphis, TN | Germantown Performing Arts Center
Dec. 29 | Nashville, TN | Ryman Auditorium
Dec. 30 | Fort Worth, TX | Bass Performance Hall
photo by Curtis Hilbun, AFF-USA.com