Tis the season for McBride
Monday, August 12, 2019
– Martina McBride will hit the road again this fall in what's become a tradition - a holiday tour.
"I look forward to the Joy of Christmas Tour every year! From classic hymns like 'O Holy Night' to big band swings like "Winter Wonderland" and "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," these shows are fun for the whole family," said McBride in a social media post about her ninth holiday tour.
The tour gets underway Nov. 29 in Biloxi, Mo. and concludes Dec. 21 in St. Louis.
Tour dates are:
Nov. 29 Biloxi, MS Beau Rivage Theatre
Nov. 30 Lake Charles, LA Golden Nugget
Dec. 1 San Antonio, TX Majestic Theatre
Dec. 3 Tyler, TX R. Down Cowan Fine & Performing Arts Center
Dec. 5 Green Bay, WI Resch Center
Dec. 6 Springfield, IL Sangamon Auditorium
Dec. 7 Prior Lake, MN Mystic Lake Casino
Dec. 12 Wallingford, CT Oakdale Theatre
Dec. 13 Philadelphia, PA The Met
Dec. 14 Lowell, MA Lowell Memorial Auditorium
Dec. 15 Newark, NJ Union County PAC
Dec. 19 East Lansing, MI Wharton Center
Dec. 20 Chicago, IL Rialto Square Theatre
Dec. 21 St. Louis, MO Lindenwood University
McBride has previously released two holiday albums, her multiplatinum "White Christmas," and most recently "It's The Holiday Season."
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