TicketNetwork January live events preview

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Ah, January. With the holidays over, it's back to reality. All the shopping is over, but there are probably lines of people returning clothes that don't fit. There is no more reveling, but probably plenty of clean-up in the aftermath of it. It's 2012, people (or will be when most of you read this)! This ought to be a great year, assuming the world isn't destroyed on December 21. We made it through the last two apocalypses, though, so we're probably okay.

December is a long ways away, though. Let's talk about January. The celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday is on the 16th. It's also National Blood Donor Month, and the second week of January is Letter Writing Week. Much is happening in live entertainment as well, so let's take a look.


Red Hot Chili Peppers: RHCP is embarking on their first tour in more than four years in support of their latest album I'm With You.

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George Strait & Martina McBride: The two country stars are banding together for a month-long tour across the southern and Midwestern United States.

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Lady Antebellum: Country band Lady Antebellum is beginning a tour on January 28. Many of the tour dates will feature Thompson Square and Hootie and the Blowfish's Darius Rucker.

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Other Concerts in January:

  • Foreigner begins their Acoustique Tour on January 3.
  • Country band Rascal Flatts are beginning their 2012 tour on January 12.
  • Kelly Clarkson begins her Stronger Tour on January 13.
  • Heavy metal band Machine Head is going on tour with supporting acts Suicide Silence, Darkest Hour, and Rise to Remain beginning on January 15.


BCS Championship: With two universities in relatively close proximity to the Louisiana Superdome, the match between LSU and Alabama on January 9 is set to be huge.

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NBA Basketball: After opening up on Christmas Day, the NBA basketball season is finally in full swing. This year's season will be short but intense.

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NFL Playoffs: The NBA playoffs kick off on January 7 and 8 with Wild Card Weekend, then continue with divisionals on January 14 and 15. All this, of course, is leading up to the Super Bowl in February.

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Other Sports Events in December:

  • The college basketball season continues to move along at a decent clip.
  • The UFC is holding two events during January. Melvin Guillard and Jim Miller are scheduled to fight on January 20 in Nashville, TN. Phil Davis and Rashad Evans are matched up for January 28.


The Addams Family: This show is closing on Broadway tomorrow, but the adaptation of the Charles Addams drawings about the slightly creepy family is going on tour in Chicago, IL; Nashville, TN; Houston, TX; Oklahoma City, OK; and Tulsa, OK during the month of January.

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Wit: Vivian Bearing, an English professor in the terminal stages of ovarian cancer, reflects on her condition and life in the last few hours of life. This 1995 play is previewing on Broadway beginning January 5. It then opens on the 26th.

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Porgy and Bess: A disabled beggar falls in love with a woman named Bess and tries to save her from her dangerous, drug-dealing boyfriend in this folk opera classic featuring music by George Gershwin.

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Other Theater Events in January:

  • The Mountaintop, the play featuring a fictional depiction of Martin Luther King Jr's last night on Earth, runs throughout January before closing on the 22nd.
  • The Broadway production of Billy Elliot closes on January 8 but is going on tour in Washington D.C. and Cincinnati throughout the remainder of the month.
  • Michael Jackson: The Immortal is also heading out on tour, visiting Idaho, Colorado, and California.
  • The Road to Mecca, a play about an elderly artist fighting to maintain her independent lifestyle, opens on January 17.

What are you looking forward to in January? Let us know in the comments!