'Tis the season for holiday-themed concerts, but when it comes to country music in our fair city, that never goes out of style. Pretty much every big-name country act has played Lowell in the past two decades, whether it's headliners like Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Martina McBride, or time-tested acts like George Jones.
Two acts that have come through the Mill City on a somewhat regular basis are Lonestar and Phil Vassar, the latter of which practically made Lowell Memorial Auditorium his home away from home with seemingly annual concerts for several years in a row about a decade ago.
Now, the two enduring country acts have joined forces for the aptly named Not So Silent Night Tour, which comes to Lowell Memorial Auditorium on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $39-$79 and are available at www.lowellauditorium.com and the box office.
The two acts have collaborated on a Christmas single, "Not So Silent Night," which they released Nov. 2. The single and the tour, which kicks off Nov. 30 in Biloxi, Miss., are both supporting The Salvation Army.
Each show will feature both acts performing Christmas standards, non-traditional holiday tunes and the artists' hits.
Interestingly, both acts have released Christmas albums before. Lonestar released their first, "This Christmas Time," in 2000. Vassar, who has headlined Christmas tours since 2009, released his first Christmas album, "Noel," in 2011.
The Lowell show is one of just an 11-city, extremely limited-run tour, so if you like country music and want to give yourself a night out, this is the show to see.