What’s Hot in Music This Month: Local Concerts, New Releases
December’s lineup has new releases by Khalid and Moses Sumney, local appearances by Eddie Palmieri, and Kiss 108’s annual Jingle Ball
In our new column, “What’s Hot In Music This Month,” we bring you a list of don’t-miss concerts coming to town, as well as new releases you’ll want to hear. So this month take a break from studying for finals with some relaxing nature-infused folk from Moses Sumney, celebrate the upcoming holidays with Jingle Ball’s annual lineup, and get nostalgic with Garbology, the latest album by Aesop Rock, aka Ian Bavitz (CFA’98).
A 10-time Grammy Award winner, Eddie Palmieri is masterful at weaving his Puerto Rican heritage, Latin American pop music, and salsa influences into his love for jazz piano. Raised in the Bronx, he founded the band Conjunto La Perfecta in 1961 and created the popular trombanga sound, which prominently features trombones and flutes rather than trumpets. Palmieri soon won the first Grammy Award for Best Latin Recording for his 1974 album Sun of Latin Music. The pianist turns 85 this year and will be performing four birthday shows at Scullers this weekend.
Eddie Palmieri will appear at Scullers Jazz Club, 400 Soldiers Field Rd., Boston, on Friday, December 10, and Saturday, December 11. Showtimes are 8 and 10 pm. Purchase tickets, ranging from $40 to $120, here. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of the event and valid ID required.
This North Carolina–based band, featuring four friends who met during college at UNC Chapel Hill, made waves when their debut album, Dark Holler Pop, hit number eight on Billboard’s Bluegrass Albums chart. True to the genre, the group’s sound continues to focus on heavy banjo strumming and fiddle arrangements. The band found even bigger success with their follow-up sophomore album, Old Time Reverie, in 2015, this time securing the number-one spot on the Bluegrass chart. The band is currently on its North American tour for the self-titled album Mipso. Catch them this weekend in Cambridge at The Sinclair.
Mipso is at The Sinclair, 52 Church St., Cambridge, on Sunday, December 12. The concert begins at 8 pm (doors open at 7 pm). Purchase tickets, ranging from $19 to $21, here. Proof of vaccination required; ages 18 and older only.
Kiss 108’s annual Jingle Ball is back. This year’s festivities kick off with a star-studded lineup featuring Doja Cat, Saweetie, the Jonas Brothers, Black Eyed Peas, Tate McRae, Bazzi, Dixie D’Amelio, and Tai Verdes. The radio station is hosting on-air ticket giveaways, so tune in Friday, December 10, at 8:10 am for a chance to win a pair of front row tickets to the show.
Kiss 108’s Jingle Ball is at TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, on Sunday, December 12, at 6 pm. Purchase tickets, ranging from $26.50 to $506.50, here. Attendees 12 years or older must provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of the event for entry. Proof can be displayed on your smartphone, by presenting a physical copy, or by using a mobile app.
Just 22, Taurus Tremani Bartlett, known professionally as Polo G, began his career on Soundcloud and gained notoriety with his hit single “Pop Out,” featuring rapper and singer Lil Tjay, which peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2019. Signing a deal with Columbia Records, the rapper subsequently pushed out three albums and founded his own record label, Only Dreamers Achieve (ODA). He was featured on the Forbes 2021 30 Under 30 list and is on tour for his latest album, Hall of Fame 2.0, the deluxe follow-up project to the last installment of his album trilogy. You can hear him locally when he headlines at Big Night Live on December 15.
Polo G performs at Big Night Live, 110 Causeway St., Boston, on Wednesday, December 15, at 9 pm (doors open at 8 pm). Ages 18+ only, with valid form of ID. Purchase tickets, starting at $54.50, here.