THE SWEETBACK SISTERS’ COUNTRY CHRISTMAS SINGALONG is one of the holiday acts planned at One Longfellow Square in Portland. The Sisters will perform Wednesday.

THE SWEETBACK SISTERS’ COUNTRY CHRISTMAS SINGALONG is one of the holiday acts planned at One Longfellow Square in Portland. The Sisters will perform Wednesday.

PORTLAND — One Longfellow Square will offer a series of holiday-themed shows this month, beginning Sunday, Dec. 9, with Rock My Soul Rockin’ Holiday Concert at 4 p.m.

A news release describes the show as “gospelized Christmas carols and R&Band doo-wop-flavored arrangements of popular holiday favorites.” Numbers range from spirited versions of familiar songs such as “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” “Joy to the World” and “O Holy Night” to the less familiar but no less inspiring “Great Day in December” and “I Pray on Christmas.”

High-energy gospel tunes are balanced with introspective carols such as a Temptations’ arrangement of “Silent Night” and a Driftersinspired version of “White Christmas.”

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. For more information about the band, visit www.rootsgospel.org.

The revelry continues with The Sweetback Sisters’ Country Christmas Sing-along on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 8 p.m., a wide-ranging program of holiday music, from wellloved Christmas carols to classic winter-themed songs to lesser-known country gems, a news release said.

All the songs are presented with the Brooklyn-based band’s signature mix of harmony singing, rollicking Telecaster twang and twin fiddling along with a healthy dose of holiday cheer. Lyric sheets are provided so that everyone can join in the singing.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information about The Sweetback Sisters, visit www.thesweetbacksisters.co m.

Under the direction of local fiddle heroine Lauren Rioux, two Yulegrass shows are set for Saturday, Dec. 15, at 3 and 8 p.m.

The Yulegrass Band is comprised of elegantly expressive violinist and vocalist Lauren Rioux; Grammy-winner, bluegrass multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Tim O’Brien; West Coast guitar master and singer Scott Law (Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings), brilliant fiddle talent and banjoist Brittany Haas (Crooked Still) and dynamic Vermont bassist Corey DiMario (Crooked Still).

The Yulegrass shows have been some of the most memorable and highly lauded productions at OLS, a news release said. This year’s multi-denominational show, with an exciting new lineup, will take a memorable musical journey into the heart of the season, performing both old favorites and novel winter songs.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 door and customarily sell out. For more information on the Yulegrass artists, visit timobrien.net, www.scottlawmusic.com and www.laurenandbrittanymusic.com.

An Inanna Winter Solstice Concert: “Midwifing the Awakening World!” concludes the concert series on Friday, Dec. 21, at 8 p.m.

Bring percussion instruments for a closing drum circle. Dec. 21, 1989, marked Inanna’s first performance. Now, 23 years later they still share their passion and joy for the power of the drum and voice, inviting their audiences to move to the rhythms of many world music traditions, a news release said.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. For more information about the group, visit inanna.ws.

One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., is all ages, all the time and features full bar service along with other drinks and treats at the concession counter in the lobby.

For tickets and more information, call 761-1757 or visit www.OneLongfellowSquare.com.


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