Chip Davis, founder and creator of Mannheim Steamroller, will celebrate the 35th anniversary of his annual Christmas concert tour, making it the longest-running consecutive concert tour in the entertainment industry.
Davis said the hallmark tour will begin on Nov. 11 and run through Dec. 29. Two traveling ensembles will stage performances in cities across the country.
Mannheim Steamroller will perform at the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island on Friday. Dec. 20. Tickets for this performance will go on sale to the public on July 26.
“I remember when I came out with my first Christmas album in 1984 followed by our first tour,” Davis said. “Back then, many in the music industry said focusing on Christmas just wouldn’t work. Now, 35 years later, we are still going strong. I want to thank our fans for making us part of their holiday tradition. Today we often see multi-generational families join us during the holidays each year.”
This year’s show will feature the original classic Christmas hits from the first Mannheim Steamroller Christmas along with multimedia effects in an intimate setting. Davis will direct and co-produce tour performances with MagicSpace Entertainment.
From his longtime home in Omaha, Davis makes innovative music inspired by the sounds of another age. This former teacher and jingle writer founded the music industry’s largest independent recording label, American Gramaphone, in 1974 when industry executives said Davis’ innovative 18th century instrumental rock sound would never sell. In addition to a Grammy Award, Davis is largely credited with establishing the New Age music category. His first Christmas album in 1984 revolutionized the making and marketing of holiday music, the album’s success made Christmas records a “must do” for all music artists. With more than 29 million Christmas albums sold, Davis is the number one-selling Christmas artist of all time with Elvis coming in at a distant 17 million holiday records sold. Having 19 gold, eight multi-platinum and four platinum-certified records, Davis is among an elite group of music artists with this number of RIAA records.
For more information and a complete list of tour dates, visit www.mannheimsteamroller.com/2019-mannheim-steamrollerr-tour/