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January 2013 Events Image

As we roll into 2014, we say farewell to all of the holiday-themed concerts that were so prevalent last month. Instead, it's time to start thinking about new tours, football, and a near-dead Broadway roster. (Just kidding about the last one, kind of.)

In concerts, the country music genre takes the reigns, with popular acts like George Strait and Florida Georgia Line kicking off their tours this year. Sports fans can check out the BCS National Championship Game (Florida State vs. Auburn) or any of the NFL playoffs. Lastly, in theater, three new shows will open up, including Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.

Here's our hand-picked list of the January's best live events in concerts, sports, and theater!

Concerts

Luke Bryan: The country crooner's 2014 tour, That's My Kind of Night, is a follow-up to his 2013 Dirt Road Diaries tour. This one kicks off in Columbus, OH, Jan. 16 and continues well into 2014; it includes two special Madison Square Garden shows, on Jan. 25 and Sept. 12.

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George Strait: 2014 will mark the final act for George Strait's two-year finale tour. The Cowboy Rides Away will add 26 additional dates in 2014, beginning Jan. 9 in Bossier, City, LA. Special guests for the tour will include Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Miranda Lambert, and Martina McBride.

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Florida Georgia Line: Following a successful 2013, Florida Georgia Line begins its tour Jan. 16 in Des Moines, IA. The shows — with Jason Aldean and Tyler Farr — go through March 15; from there, Florida Georgia Line continues its tour with other acts through May.

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Fireworks

Christmas isn't for over a week, so is it too early to be thinking about New Years Eve? In some cases, maybe, but when it comes to New Years shows, you don't want to wait to get tickets.

This year, several artists and bands will stop by a certain city for brief stays of two to four days, while many others are scheduled to play on just New Years Eve. Here is a selection of just some of those acts who have multi-day runs:

  • Phish — Like last year, the jam band is scheduled to play four shows at Madison Square Garden in New York City on December 28, 29, 30, and 31.
  • Maroon 5 — Maroon 5 is playing at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV, for two days — December 30 and 31.
  • Bruno Mars — Like Maroon 5, Mars is playing in Las Vegas. However, he is scheduled to play at The Cosmopolitan on December 29 and 31.
  • Willie Nelson — The country singer has two shows scheduled in Austin, TX, on December 30 and 31.
  • Umphreys McGee — The progessive rockers are set to play three shows in Denver, CO, on December 28, 29, and 31.
  • Zac Brown Band — The country band's tour heads to Detroit, MI, on December 31 and January 1.

The acts playing only on New Years Eve include the Dark Star Orchestra, Pitbull, Billy Joel, deadmau5, ZZ Top, The Avett Brothers, and Adam Lambert. Click here to see more bands and artists who are playing concerts on New Years Eve.

December 2013 Events Image

Holiday-themed events prevail in both concerts and theater. Shows like Jingle Ball and Holiday Pops are big names in concerts, while non-holiday shows include Billy Joel, Britney Spears, and Celine Dion.

Theater is relatively quiet in December, as several Broadway shows close. However, two holiday shows, A Christmas Story and Irving Berlin's White Christmas, will open this month. In sports, college bowl games start up at the end of December through 2014, and there are a few Christmas Day basketball games to choose from.

Concerts

Jingle Ball: Although it seems like a lifetime ago when the Jingle Ball tickets went on sale, the of Jingle Ball jams are finally here! Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Pitbull, Selena Gomez, and Fall Out Boy are some of the performers included at various shows.

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Holiday Pops: Keith Lockhart, guest conductors and the Boston Pops are all part of the traditional holiday celebration, Holiday Pops at Boston Symphony Hall Dec. 4-24. Several other symphonies will host similar shows, including Philadelphia and Naples.

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Britney Spears Las Vegas: It's not until the end of the month, but Britney Spears begins her highly-anticipated Las Vegas residency Dec. 27. "Britney: Piece of Me" will combine old and new songs from the pop princess for the ultimate Britney Spears experience.

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November 2013 Events Image

With the winter holidays creeping up on us, so, too, will the holiday shows. This month, Christmas and winter-themed productions come in the form of theater shows like Elf and White Christmas and concerts like the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. In sports, November is the first full month in the NBA season, and there are several WWE events to choose from.

Concerts

Justin Timberlake: The Justin Timberlake solo tour for "The 20/20 Experience" (parts 1 and 2) begins tonight. Throughout November, JT will visit cities like Brooklyn, Columbus, Memphis, and Vegas.

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Mannheim Steamroller: 'Tis the season for holiday concerts like Mannheim Steamroller. The Christmas tour spans the holiday season from Nov. 2 through Dec. 29.

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TSO: The famous rock opera begins its annual holiday tour Nov. 13 in Toledo, OH.

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The following is a guest article by Nat.

UFC

In combat sports, the greatest champions have always defined themselves through trilogies against other great champions. Muhammad Ali fought timeless trilogies against Joe Frazier and Ken Norton, Georges St. Pierre battled 3 times against Matt Hughes, and Fedor Emelianenko battled the great Antonio "Minotauro" Nogueira in the Pride ring. Even lower level fighters can elevate themselves to legendary status through a great trilogy — Gatti vs. Ward is a prime example.

While the record may show that Junior Dos Santos and Cain Velasquez both possess one win against the other, the record doesn't tell the full story. In their first encounter in November 2011, Junior Dos Santos blitzed the current heavyweight kingpin at 1:04 of the first round — on the first ever card televised live on Fox — to take the heavyweight strap from the newly minted champ. In their second encounter, then challenger and current champion Velasquez was able to stagger Dos Santos in the first round and proceed to dish out a sustained beating over 5 rounds, handing the Brazilian champion his first UFC loss.

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