FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail SiriusXM Presents THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA’S13TH ANNUAL ‘CHRISTMAS ROCKS! TOUR’ VISITING 32 CITIES13th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS ROCKS! TOUR FEATURING MUSIC FROM LAST YEAR’S STUDIO CHRISTMAS ALBUM, THREE BEST-SELLING HOLIDAY ALBUMS AND BRIAN’S NUMEROUS HITS!The iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and three-time Grammy-Award winner and his 19-piece THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA will visit 32 cities beginning Saturday, November 12 in Appleton and making stops in Nashville, Los Angeles and San Francisco, among others (full itinerary below). Their 13th annual tour, presented by SiriusXM, will feature music off their latest Christmas album, ROCKIN’ RUDOLPH, (available now as a limited edition box set, CD, vinyl or download) plus music off their three previous best-selling holiday albums; and original material from BRIAN SETZER.Produced by Peter Collins (Rush, Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper, etc…) and recorded in both Nashville, TN and Hollywood, CA, the 12-track ROCKIN’ RUDOPLH includes highlights such as “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Yabba-Dabba Yuletide,” and “Rockabilly Rudolph,” among other notable Christmas classic tunes. SETZER’s trademark guitar work and vocal stylings are matched with THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA’s rockin’ big-band horn arrangements—an unbeatable combination.Catch BSO’s 13th Annual “Christmas Rocks! Tour” in the following cities:DATE LOCATION VENUESat-Nov-12 Appleton, WI Fox Cities Performing Arts CenterSun-Nov-13 Ames, IA Stephens AuditoriumTue-Nov-15 Saint Charles, IL The Arcada TheatreWed-Nov-16 Kalamazoo, MI State TheatreThu-Nov-17 Northfield, OH Hard Rock LiveSat-Nov-19 Mashantucket, CT Foxwoods Casino- Grand TheatreSun-Nov-20 Easton, PA State Theatre Center For The ArtsMon-Nov-21 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie TheatreWed-Nov-23 Buffalo, NY Center For The ArtsFri-Nov-25 Englewood, NJ Bergen Performing Arts CenterSat-Nov-26 Washington, DC Warner TheatreSun-Nov-27 Westbury, NY Theatre at WestburyTue-Nov-29 Montclair, NJ Wellmont TheaterFri-Dec-02 Newport News, VA Ferguson Center For The ArtsSat-Dec-03 Atlanta, GA Cobb Energy Performing Arts CenterSun-Dec-04 Nashville, TN Ryman AuditoriumTue-Dec-06 Louisville, KY Palace TheatreWed-Dec-07 Evansville, IN Old National Events PlazaFri-Dec-09 Shawnee, OK Firelake ArenaSat-Dec-10 Tulsa, OK Hard Rock Hotel & CasinoSun-Dec-11 Thackerville, OK WinStar World CasinoTue-Dec-13 Denver, CO Paramount TheatreThu-Dec-15 Phoenix, AZ Celebrity TheatreFri-Dec-16 Temecula, CA Pechanga Resort & CasinoSat-Dec-17 Los Angeles, CA Microsoft TheatreTue-Dec-20 Bakersfield, CA Fox TheatreThu-Dec-22 Modesto, CA Gallo Center For The ArtsFri-Dec-23 Reno, NV Grand Sierra Resort & CasinoSat-Dec-24 San Francisco, CA Warfield TheatreMon-Dec-26 Seattle, WA Paramount TheatreTue-Dec-27 Portland, OR Arlene Schnitzer Concert HallThu-Dec-29 Santa Rosa, CA Luther Burbank Center For The ArtSiriusXM listeners will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for the tour before they go on sale to the general public. The SiriusXM Presale will take place from Wednesday, July 20 at 10am local time to Thursday, July 21 at 10pm local time in participating tour markets. For more information, click HERE!!About Brian Setzer:Iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and 3-time Grammy-award-winner, is a “Musician’s Musician” credited with continually taking chances with innovative and daring musical styles, while single-handedly resurrecting two forgotten genres of music (rockabilly in the ‘80’s and swing in the ’90’s). Along the way, he has scored chart-topping hits, sold 13 million records and received the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award throughout his decorated career as founder/leader of the Stray Cats, his 19-piece Brian Setzer Orchestra, and as a solo artist. He is consistently cited as one of the world’s greatest living guitarists, and has a best-selling, extensive line of elite Gretsch signature model guitars bearing his name. Brian appeared in the 1987 film, La Bamba, portraying rockabilly pioneer Eddie Cochran. In 2002, Brian earned the privilege of being one of the few musicians to be animated in an episode of “The Simpsons,” alongside Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Tom Petty. That same year, Setzer was personally requested to induct Chet Atkins into the 17th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2014, SETZER received the distinct honor of being asked by the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. to donate a replica of his original 1959 Gretsch 6120 “Stray Cat” guitar, joining an elite collection of musical instruments at the museum including Dizzy Gillespie’s trumpet and John Coltrane’s saxophone.
2. Syracuse will reach a bowl game if …C.L.: … You stop asking me this question. I don’t know whether SU will. It’s easy to fire off hot takes about how Syracuse is a fringe bowl team, but the reality is that no one has seen what this team will look like within the schemes that Babers rolls out. The secondary struggled last season, but it will be playing within a new scheme. Although the offense should improve, it is also playing in an entirely new scheme. I find it unlikely Syracuse makes it to a bowl but it could with a few breaks going its way.J.M.: … It wins six games. And for that to happen, a lot will have to go right. Eric Dungey will have to emerge as one of the top passers in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Dontae Strickland and Jordan Fredericks will have to lead a consistently good rushing attack. The defense will have to master the art of bending, but not breaking. And that’s just the beginning of the puzzle. But that’s not going to happen. Success this year should not be measured by a bowl game appearance or win. Four wins should be good enough.M.S.: … Nope, I couldn’t even think of a good joke to put here. Babers himself has said give this team a year to get its feet under them in his tenure, and I wouldn’t consider it an underachievement if SU won four games this year. Right off the bat there are four losses to top 20 teams, and the rest are toss-ups, if that. I will say if the defense pulls the wildest trick out of its back pocket, maybe the Orange pulls off a miracle and wins six games. But I don’t see that happening.John Williams | Contributing Photographer3. Who is a dark horse player that could step up for the Orange?C.L.: Sean Riley. Generally, Syracuse’s depth isn’t great. That should give Riley a shot at playing time at inside receiver when Syracuse subs off Brisly Estime or Ervin Philips. Riley is built in the mold of those two players, and he definitely has the speed to replace them without much of a drop off. We’ll see whether his skills are up to par, but I tend to think Riley will fit in well.J.M.: Syracuse is going to run through a lot of players because of its pace, which leaves plenty of options for a dark horse. My pick is Riley. He’s the smallest player on the team, but Riley earned plenty of praise and looks throughout training camp. He has the speed and agility, but a breakout year will depend on how refined his route running and catching ability are. Expect to see Riley at inside receiver plenty when Estime or Philips need a blow.M.S.: He’s a dark horse now, but won’t be for long once people get to know him. Maryland grad transfer Amba Etta-Tawo will start at wide receiver for the Orange and likely be Dungey’s secondary target behind Steve Ishmael. Dungey has vowed to stay in the pocket more which means more passing. And it’s the team’s second receiver who may get the most looks if teams are honed in on Ishmael. Etta-Tawo is fast and big, and should make a name for himself early. Comments Published on August 30, 2016 at 9:42 pm Related Stories THE SPREAD: From Texas to Syracuse, Dino Babers brings the Baylor-style offenseTHE CHOICE IS YOURS: Run-pass option plays key role in Dino Babers’ Baylor-style offense Syracuse’s season kicks off on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome against Colgate. Dino Babers will make his Orange head coaching debut as SU begins its 2016 campaign in search of its first bowl game appearance since 2013.With the season just days away, beat writers Chris Libonati, Jon Mettus and Matt Schneidman answered three questions about Syracuse.1. What is the biggest storyline to watch in the Colgate game?Chris Libonati: Will Syracuse get Villanova’d? I personally don’t think they’ll have to grind out a win over the Raiders like SU had to against ‘Nova in the 2014 season opener, but I think that’s the worry this week. Colgate has a solid run game and teams that can grind down opponents and play keep away are effective against faster-paced teams. That said, I don’t think that’s the way the game will go. If Syracuse does get “Villanova’d,” I generally don’t think the rest of the season will be headed in the right direction.Jon Mettus: Tempo. Tempo. Tempo. Just exactly how fast is this offense with these players? And how good will it be? A great performance against Colgate has to be taken with a grain of salt. But a flop is major cause for concern. This team is going to rely heavily on the success of its offense and a bad performance against an FCS team in Babers’ first game would signal a long and painful year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMatt Schneidman: The biggest storyline to keep an eye on is if Babers’ offense can open eyes as much as it’s been advertised to be able to. Is Orange really the new fast? Even if it’s against Colgate? To squelch any doubt about whether Syracuse’s players can fit into his Baylor-style system, SU will need to trounce Colgate through Eric Dungey and the passing game. Players have been saying all camp “you’ll just have to wait and see” when asked about how fast the offense is. Well, the time is here. Now let’s see it.MORE PRESEASON COVERAGE:Dino Babers’ first in-season press conferenceSyracuse’s Week 1 depth chart before its game against ColgateSyracuse football roster updates Facebook Twitter Google+