Annual Christmas Concerts Bring Old and New Favorites

Aneesia Echols, Staff Writer

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The holiday season is approaching full swing, bringing the annual wave of Christmas shows with it. This year’s concerts, including Q101 Nights We Stole Christmas, were jam packed with diverse lineups for everyone’s taste, featuring both new sounds and a few familiar ones.


The season of holiday concerts kicked off at the Aragon Ballroom, in an alternative way. The Q101 Nights We Stole Christmas included 3 nights of alternative artists from December first through the third. Night one had a lineup of new artist Phantogram, Andrew McMahone and The Wilderness, and band Weezer. The second sold out night of the show included up and coming band Weathers, England based band Catfish and the Bottlemen, and popular favorite Cage the Elephant. The third and final night opened with English singer Barns Courtney, and finished with headliner Fitz and the Tantrums, featuring special guest Switchfoot.


The next show, the B96 Jingle Bash, took place on Dec.10.  This concert consisted of mainly pop artists, each contributing their own unique sound. The lineup had no shortage of newer artist, such as Shawn Mendes and Alessia Cara, but in the midst of the new generation of pop, the show appealed to a classic taste with headliner Britney Spears.


The 103.5 Jingle Ball, which occurred on Dec. 14, ended the series of annual holiday shows in the Chicago area.  The show was at its usual venue, the Allstate arena.  The pop-heavy lineup featured several returning artist, including Charlie Puth, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, and oldie: The Backstreet Boys.

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