Tired of the malls? Amazon too big? Want to find a unique holiday gift this year?

Look no further. We’ve got a bonus “Six Picks” this cyber Monday. The winter concert season provides a great gift-giving opportunity and there are a number of special shows coming soon.

Michael Andrew of the Gershwin Big Band

The Vets + FirstWorks

Veterans Memorial Auditorium continues its string of great concerts this season with everything from rock to classic jazz. Buy tickets early for a special FirstWorks event February 22nd “Rhapsody: The Gershwin Songbook.” Led by vocalist Michael Andrew, hailed as “the next Harry Connick Jr.” by The New York Post, the 17-piece Gershwin Big Band brings Gershwin standards like “I Got Rhythm,”  and “Someone to Watch O’er Me” to life in a new program produced and created by members of the Gershwin family.

Music fans will also want to check out Bon Iver (December 7th) and mark your calendar for a special show with Americana favorite Jason Isbell and his band on February 2nd. Check the complete schedule at The Vets here.

PPAC Shows

PPAC’s season is in full swing. In addition to great theatre, music is front and center this season. The RI Festival Ballet has The Nutcracker on December 15th and 17th and December 20th brings the popular WGBH Christmas Celtic Sojourn to Providence. On Cyber Monday, November 27, all ticketing purchasing fees are waived at ppacri.org and thevetsri.com (see below). On Saturday, December 2, it’s the annual holiday sale – save 25% on selected seating and performances for many upcoming shows at PPAC and The VETS. For further details, click here.

Melissa Etheridge

Park Theatre

The Park Theatre in Cranston has the best Christmas themed line-up in the state featuring several unique holiday shows. Rock your holidays with Melissa Ethridge’s “Merry Christmas Baby” show (December 2) or go classical with Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” (December 3rd). Fans of Irish dance won’t want to miss “Carol of the King,” (December 4th) led by former lead dancer from Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance Justin Boros. Details on all Park Theatre shows here.

Greenwich Odeum

Rock and Roll is always in focus at the Greenwich Odeum in East Greenwich. Shows this holiday season include Hot Tuna (December 2nd), Blood, Sweat and Tears (December 10th) and top tribute band Through the Doors on December 16. Future highlights include sisters Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer on February 9th and Al Stewart performing the complete Year of the Cat album February 10th. These shows, in addition to comedy and film, make gifts to the Greenwich Odeum a great idea. Check out further details here.

Narrows Center for the Arts

There’s a Cyber Monday $5 discount today at the Narrows Center for the Arts for all shows in December and January. The “amazing as always” line up for the next two months includes shows with Los Lobos, Amy Helm and Marty Stuart. Boston based performers include guitar guru Johnny A, Magic Dick with Shun Ng and guitar wonderkid Quinn Sullivan. Click here for details on all Narrows shows.

Newport Folk and Jazz

As we reported last week, tickets to the Newport Folk Festival go on sale this Wednesday November 29 at 10AM.  Be warned – they are expected to sell out fast. Flex tickets to the Newport Jazz Festival are available. Single day tickets are expected to be on sale soon. As always, WhatsUpNewp will bring you artist announcements as soon as they are made. Click here for further information.

Check back next week for more unique holiday gifts as we feature music from local artists.

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Ken Abrams

Lifestyle Editor Ken Abrams writes about music and more for What'sUpNewp, Providence Monthly, SO RI, and The Bay. He DJ's "The Kingston Coffeehouse" Tuesday nights, 6-9 PM on WRIU 90.3 FM.