The holidays may still be a few months off, but seasonal staple Mannheim Steamroller wants fans to start thinking Christmas. The contemporary music group...

The holidays may still be a few months off, but seasonal staple Mannheim Steamroller wants fans to start thinking Christmas. The contemporary music group has announced plans for its annual Christmas tour, which features daily performances throughout the month of November in Branson, MO. A second touring group will report for duty, starting with a November 13 concert in Gainesville, FL.

Between the bands, the Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller Tour is scheduled to have almost daily performances across the Mid West and East Coast through December 27. So far, the only performance slated for the New Year is a single February 21 concert at the Center for the Performing Arts in Cerritos, CA.

Mannheim Steamroller was co-founded by Chip Davis and Jackson Berkley, who released the New Age-classical album “Fresh Aire” under the Mannheim pseudonym in 1975. Though five “Fresh Aire” albums were released from 1975 to 1983, it wasn’t until Davis released “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas” in 1984 that the group hit its stride.

Mannheim’s contemporary take on traditional holiday songs sparked a loyal following, and spurred the group to record seven additional Christmas albums over the years. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Mannheim Steamroller dominate the holiday touring season, each performing extensive yearly treks to support their Christmas recordings.

Mannheim will follow up the 2007 certified-Platinum “Christmas Song,” with “Christmasville,” scheduled for release on October 7. The group has released a total of eight “Fresh Aire” albums, and dozens of other non-Christmas albums, including three ambience records.

Mannheim Steamroller itinerary:
(Dates subject to change.)

November 1-30Branson, MOGrand Palace
November 13Gainesville, FLUniversity of Florida Phillips Center
November 14Fort Lauderdale, FLBroward Center for the Performing Arts
November 15Fort Lauderdale, FLBroward Center for the Performing Arts
November 16Sarasota, FLVan Wezel Performing Arts Hall
November 17Lakeland, FLYoukey Theatre
November 19Melbourne, FLKing Center for Performing Arts
November 20Naples, FLPhilharmonic Center for the Arts
November 21Jacksonville, FLTimes-Union Center for Performing Arts
November 22Columbus, GARiverCenter
November 23Huntsville, ALVon Braun Center
November 25Memphis, TNOrpheum Theatre
November 26Louisville, KYLouisville Palace Theatre
November 28Atlanta, GAFox Theatre
November 29Greenville, SCPeace Center Concert Hall
November 30Charlotte, NCBlumenthal Performing Arts Center
December 1Raleigh, NCMemorial Auditorium
December 2-3Kansas City, MOMidland Theatre
December 4Hershey, PAHershey Theatre
December 5Saint Louis, MOFabulous Fox Theatre
December 5Newark, NJNew Jersey Performing Arts Center
December 6Saint Louis, MOFabulous Fox Theatre
December 6Atlantic City, NJHarrah’s Casino Hotel
December 7Lowell, MALowell Memorial Auditorium
December 9Columbia, MOJesse Auditorium
December 11Baltimore, MDLyric Opera House
December 12-13Des Moines, IACivic Center of Greater Des Moines
December 12New Brunswick, NJState Theatre
December 13Mashantucket, CTFoxwoods Resort Casino
December 16-17Pittsburgh, PABenedum Center
December 16-17Wichita, KSCentury II Performing Arts & Convention Center
December 18-19Detroit, MIMasonic Temple Theatre
December 19-20Minneapolis, MNThe Orpheum Theatre
December 20-21Cleveland, OHPalace Theatre
December 22-23Omaha, NEOrpheum Theater
December 23Milwaukee, WIMilwaukee Theatre
December 26-27Dallas, TXMorton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
December 26-27Rosemont, ILRosemont Theatre
February 21Cerritos, CACerritos Center for the Performing Arts

Last Updated on August 21, 2008 by By Allison Reitz