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Kenny Rogers Christmas and other LI holiday concerts

Kenny Rogers performs what might be his last

Kenny Rogers performs what might be his last Christmas show at NYCB Theatre in Westbury on Dec. 23. Credit: Getty Images / Scott Legato

Is anyone more synonymous with holiday season concerts on Long Island than country legend Kenny Rogers?

For more than 30 years, Rogers has brought his annual Christmas show (and his snowy white beard) to NYCB Theatre at Westbury. Now that he has announced his retirement from touring, this year’s production, “Once Again It’s Christmas,” on Dec. 23 might be his last.

“I’ve played Westbury for years and years because I love rituals,” says Rogers, 77. “Long Island has always been wonderful for me. It’s filled with great people.”

Rogers enjoys sharing the sentiment of the season through his music.

“I feel deeper and things touch me at Christmastime. Everything seems to make more sense,” he says. “I love Christmas music, and it gives me a chance to do something different, and I’m thrilled about that.”

Although he’ll miss interacting with his fans, Rogers will keep busy raising his twin 11-year-old boys.

“I’ve done everything I can do and won everything I can win. Now my life has to go on,” he says. “I’m not as mobile as I used to be on stage but it’s added to my comedy dialogue, though.”

($39.50-$99.50, 8 p.m. Dec. 23, 516-334-0800, thetheatreatwestbury.com)

 

Here are eight other concerts in keeping with the holiday spirit:

1. ‘ROCKIN’ ROCKABILLY CHRISTMAS!’

Jason D. Williams mixes it up with Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks while Bobby Volkman and Drifter Prentiss McNeil make guest appearances on Doo Wop versions of Christmas carols at the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead.

($37, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, 631-727-4343, suffolktheater.com)

2. EILEEN IVERS

All hail the “Queen of Celtic Fiddle!” Eileen Ivers brings her band, Immigrant Soul, to YMCA Boulton Center for “An Nollaig — An Irish Christmas,” where she will bring a bit o’ brogue to Bay Shore.

($40-$45, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, 631-969-1101, boultoncenter.org)

3. A VERY LENNON CHRISTMAS

It’s hard not to think of John Lennon this month — the head Beatle was taken from the world on Dec. 8, 1980. A 10-piece band re-creates his catalog at The Paramount in Huntington highlighting holiday anthems “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” and “Give Peace a Chance.”

($19.99-$45, 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, 631-673-7300, paramountny.com)

4. DARLENE LOVE

Much like Mr. Rogers, Darlene Love is making the Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington her annual stop as she returns with her show, “Love for the Holidays,” which will include her classic rendition of “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home).”

($67-$82, 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, 516-767-6444, landmarkonmainstreet.org)

5. SAVION GLOVER

Savion Glover brings in ’da holiday spirit with his show “Dance Holiday SPeCTaCULaR” at Tilles Center in Brookville. The King of Tap will hoof it to holiday hits from around the globe.

($22-$72, 8 p.m. Dec. 11, 516-299-3100, tillescenter.org)

6. ANDREW W.K.

Rocker Andrew W.K. flies solo for an intimate show likely to include “I Get Wet” and “Party Hard” with his high-energy deliveryat Revolution Bar & Music Hall in Amityville.

($20, 8 p.m. Dec. 12, 631-608-8792, revolutionli.com)

7. MICHAEL CLAYTON MOORE’S “SILENT NIGHT”

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra isn’t coming to Long Island this year because Nassau Coliseum is under renovation, but Michael Clayton Moore’s “Silent Night” will be at the Boulton Center in Bay Shore. The show features the music of TSO along with other Christmas tunes.

($35, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19, 631-969-1101, boultoncenter.org)

8. FELIX CAVALIERE’S RASCALS HOLIDAY SHOW

The man who defined blue-eyed soul blends Rascals’ hits “Good Lovin’” and “Groovin’ (on a Sunday Afternoon)” with holiday numbers at the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead.

($50-$79, 8 p.m. Dec. 19, 631-727-4343, suffolktheater.com)

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