A Peter White Christmas 2016

Special to The Log
Special to The Log

Peter White is joined by Rick Braun & Euge Groove for a Christmas tour this year.

Make your list and check it twice! This holiday concert is more than just nice.

The popular Peter White Christmas featuring Rick Braun and Euge Groove is coming to the Emerald Coast at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, in the Mainstage Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville at Northwest Florida State College. The event is another Seabreeze 106.3 FM smooth jazz event and is sponsored by ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals.

Contemporary jazz lovers eagerly await this annual fun-filled concert, which has packed fans into halls and arenas coast-to-coast year after year. Tickets to this guest event are on sale from the center's Box Office, by phone, web or in-person. The front four rows on the floor (rows AA, BB, CC and DD) are $80 each. All main floor and balcony seats are $40 each. Call 850-729-6000 or toll-free 1-888-838-ARTS(2787) Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or purchase online exclusively through the non-profit center's official website at www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org.

White is an extraordinary and fluent acoustic guitarist whose skills are world renowned. Groove adds a dynamic charm to his music with exquisite saxophone artistry and wisdom.  Braun is a masterful trumpet/flugelhorn player whose warm tones transform the simplest melody into a work of art. They have each separately sold millions of records and their combined fans will surely appreciate this special performance of Christmas chestnuts.

“My earliest memories of Christmas were probably not much different from many other people: snowflakes, tinsel, Santa Claus, reindeer and the opening of presents surrounded by family," said White. "As a child my father taught me to play Christmas music on my first instrument, the recorder, and my love for Christmas music has endured throughout the years. I hope this tour will be an opportunity for many smooth jazz fans to enjoy their favorite Christmas songs in a family setting. You know, I might even bring my recorder!”

White’s classic acoustic guitar style can be enjoyed through an ever-growing and best-selling catalog, including his latest release on Heads Up “Smile ” (2014).

“Christmas reminds me of the cold weather in Pennsylvania where I grew up and long car trips with my family with the windows all steamy and rolled up, seeing lights in the windows of houses and then being with my dad and the whole family for turkey and football," said Braun.”

His latest CD on Artistry Music is “Can You Feel It” (2014).

Groove is a quadruple threat. The saxophonist, composer, producer and DJ has built an impressive career as a free spirit who remains true to his own artistic vision. It is no wonder the charismatic saxophonist has been able to record a string of No. 1 hits and garner a devoted following.