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Special concerts will make it a rock ‘n’ roll Christmas

A spe­cial con­cert of rock ’n’ roll Christ­mas songs will be presen­ted this Sat­urday and Sunday at Set­tle­ment Mu­sic School, 3745 Clar­en­don Ave.

Jim Lopardo of Sand­box Mu­sic Pub­lish­ing in Ta­cony said the pro­gram of 28 songs per­formed by the 12-piece Sand­box Rock ’n’ Roll Or­ches­tra will fea­ture mu­sic from the 1950s to the present. 

“Two years ago, I got to­geth­er some loc­al mu­si­cians and we did a CD of 14 songs,” Lopardo said.

They did the show live in Mont­gomery County last year, but de­cided they needed a big­ger aud­it­or­i­um, so they’re bring­ing the ex­pan­ded pro­gram to Set­tle­ment, Lopardo said.

A show high­light will be a re­cre­ation of the An­drews Sis­ters singing “Mele Kaliki­maka,” the Hawaii­an Christ­mas song. An­oth­er fun seg­ment will be “Santa Claus Is Com­ing to Town,” sung Bruce Spring­steen-style. There also will be an in­stru­ment­al ver­sion of “Sleigh Ride.”

“We really do the ‘50s through cur­rent,” Lopardo said. “It’s a fam­ily show.”

The show will be em­ceed by Bob Clark and Lopardo’s wife, Jean.

Vo­cal­ists dubbed The Snow­birds will be Gi­ana Iatarola, 20, and Lopardo’s 22-year-old daugh­ter, Tori.

Tick­ets are $20 at the door for adults, and $12 for kids and seni­or cit­izens, Lopardo said. There also will be a $50 friends and fam­ily four pack tick­et, too, he said.

Show­times are 7 p.m. on Sat­urday, Dec. 21, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 22. Call 215-718-9676 or vis­it www.sand­boxmusicpub­lish­ing.com  ••

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