This Weekend in Charlotte: The Black Keys, The Singing Christmas Tree, & Circa Survive

Danny Clinch
The Black Keys kicks off the weekend with St. Vincent.

FRIDAY
THE BLACK KEYS WITH ST. VINCENT
One is garage rock’s most popular duo; the other is indie rock’s current matriarch. Together, it’s three musicians who bring a huge sound to the Time Warner Cable Arena. Take a break from Christmas music to bob your head for a bit.

CIRCA SURVIVE
Anthony Green’s suburban angst matured into a seasoned rock project. The band's joined by newer acts of the post-hardcore genre, Title Fight and Pianos Become the Teeth.

NUTCRACKER
This is the first Christmas for the Charlotte Ballet since its rebranding. More than 100 performers make their rendition a must-see, along with the signature snowfall for each performance.

CLARA'S TRIP A NUTCRACKER STORY
This update of the Nutcracker plot not only sees Clara as an adult, but it also adds the literal spin of aerial dancing, as it’s presented by Caroline Calouche & Co.

THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK CHRISTMAS MUSICAL
The Great American Trailer Park Musical was the original tale of Armadillo Acres, where trailer park tenants squabble and break out in song. The Christmas sequel, you can imagine, adds a holiday flair to the setting.

SATURDAY
TAB BENOIT
After a June date at the Neighborhood Theatre, the celebrated blues guitarist returns.The Cajun performer has garnered three Grammy nominations, and in 2012, he released his own “Best Of” record.

THE 60TH ANNUAL SINGING CHRISTMAS TREE
The Singing Christmas Tree is one of the city’s oldest December traditions. You may know it as an actual enormous singing Christmas tree, outfitted with performers, puppets, and dancers. This year, WFAE Mike Collins is aboard as the emcee.

THE SINGING CHRISTMAS TREE FOR KIDS
This hour-long, kid-friendly version is perfect for younger attendees with less endurance. Special guest-star Santa Claus makes an appearance.

SCROOGE!
Ebenezer makes another appearance with this show, but expect a kid-friendly vibe with this version. The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte is the group behind this production.

SUNDAY
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
The production itself is the Ghost of Christmas Past. For the eighth year, Theatre Charlotte offers its refined rendition of A Christmas Carol, the classic winter narrative that follows Ebenezer Scrooge.

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