Today’s recap includes special event announcements, tour updates and more as compiled by TicketNews on December 24, 2008.

Arguably one of the year’s biggest overnight sensations, the sibling phenomenon Jonas Brothers has announced a benefit concert in Detroit, MI, on January 18. Tickets are $400 (with $390 eligible towards a tax deduction), and proceeds will benefit Charity Preview.

Celtic rockers Flogging Molly will launch their annual St. Patrick’s Day celebratory tour in 2009, with dates running from February through the March 17 holiday. Big Head Todd & The Monsters also have plans for an early year outing and have confirmed nearly 30 dates on a January-through-April tour. Country duo Brooks & Dunn have more than 10 North American concerts scheduled for the winter and a song nomination for the 51st Grammy Awards on February 8.

Finally, Alkaline Trio has signed on as the headliner for the inaugural Pick Up the Phone Tour. Sponsored by the National Hopeline (1-800-SUICIDE), PostSecret and non-profit To Write Love On Her Arms, the college music tour aims to remove the stigma related with depression and help prevent suicides on campuses across the nation.

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Those are the complete stories for this Christmas Eve. The TicketNews staff wishes happy holidays to all our readers and has one final gift for everyone. No, not a Chia Pet! More concert and tour announcements — in brief, so you can get a head start on your sugarplum dreams.

Tony Bennett has been touring for his “Swingin’ Christmas” album, but the consummate crooner’s 2009 itinerary stretches well past the holidays. Ten shows are currently on the books for the next few months, starting with a January 2 performance at Riverwind Casino in Norman, OK, and extending through a May 10 set at Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, MN. Other notable stops for the 82-year-old performer include a February 20 concert at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT, a March 3 session at Terrace Theatre in Long Beach, CA, and a May 1 appearance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, LA.

Delta Spirit is taking its debut album for a spin on the road. Following a January 16 show at El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, the tour will pick up for a 25-show run across North America. Tour dates run from February 4 at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco, CA, through March 6 at Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, CA. The indie rockers will stop along the way for shows on February 7 at Media Club in Vancouver, BC, on February 14 at Double Doro in Chciago, IL, on February 20 at the Middle East Downstairs in Boston, MA, and on February 28 at Emo’s in Austin, TX. An early and late show are slated for February 10 in Salt Lake City, UT, with the band first taking the stage at Kilby Court before closing the night at Urban Lounge.

G. Love & Special Sauce have outlined plans for a 12-show tour that spans from February 12 at Harrah’s in Kansas City, MO, through March 13 at Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, CA. Other confirmed dates include a February 14 session at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, OK, a February 20 concert at Jannus Landing in St. Petersburg, FL, a February 21 gig at Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA, and a February 27 performance at Stubb’s in Austin, TX.

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