Here's a list of concerts to help make your December bright with holiday cheer. There are a number of Christmas concerts that I've included; the bad news is that there are only a few New Year's Eve events. I guess most of your favorite artists will be bringing in the New Year at home, with their own families.
Alejandro Sanz has a few more dates of his [i]El Tren De Los Momentos[/i] tour in December, with two dates in Florida, one in Texas.
3. Enrique IglesiasEnrique Iglesias has not done much touring, even with the release of [i]Insomniac[/i] this year. But he's going to be in Los Angeles, helping to christen the first few months of the brand new Nokia Theatre, which opened in October.
- Dec. 7: Los Angeles, CA - Nokia Theatre
4. Joan SebastianHere's another opportunity to see and hear the 'People's Poet' Joan Sebastian. If your feeling lucky, maybe you can make those bells rings with a little gambling after the concert.
- Dec. 13: Highland, CA - San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino
5. El TriEl Tri is another of Mexico's classic rock bands. They haven't had a new album since 2005, but I noticed that they've started doing a little concert touring this year - maybe we're due for a new album?
- Dec. 15: New York, NY - Nokia Theatre Times Square
6. OzomatliL.A.'s ecelctic Ozomatli has three dates this month. This is a band well worth hearing live if the geographic opportunity presents itself.
- Dec. 1-2: San Francisco, CA - Fillmore
Dec. 8: Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre (with Lifesavas)
Dec. 20-21: Hollywood, CA - House of BLues Sunset Strip
7. Poncho SanchezI've noticed that Latin jazz great Poncho Sanchez often appears in the Pacific Northwest; here he is playing several dates at Seattle's Jazz Alley.
- Dec. 28-30: Seattle, WA - Jazz Alley
8. Del CastilloAustin's Del Castillo is one of my personal favorites. I'm not the only one that loves this flamenco-influenced group; their album Brotherhood won "Album of the Year" at the 2007 SXSW Austin Music Awards.
- Dec. 4: Hollywood, CA - Knitting Factory
Dec. 7-8: Las Vegas, NV - Canyon Club At Four Queens
Dec. 28: Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
9. Hector El Father, Alexis y Fido (Latino 96.3 Santa Bash)Reggaeton fans in Southern California will have a chance to hear Hector El Father and Alexis Y Fid (among others) at the [i]Latino 96.3 Santa Bash[/i].
- Dec. 6: - Hollywood, CA - The Music Box at the Fonda