Grammy-winning singer-songwriter John Mayer is on an extended tour, his first following a three-year hiatus, behind his recently released sixth album, "Paradise Valley." The album, released in August, debuted at No. 1 in four countries, ranking in the Top 10 in another eight. Mayer is widely known for his guitar skills and his numerous hit songs, including "Waiting on the World to Change," "Your Body Is a Wonderland," "Say" and "Daughters," among others. Also performing will be Season 11 "American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips, known for his songs "Home" and "Gone, Gone, Gone." Mayer is using the tour to raise funds and awareness of the effects of post-traumatic stress on military veterans. One dollar from each tour ticket sold will go to the Northern California Institute for Research and Education.
When: Thursday, doors open at 6 p.m.
Where: North Charleston Coliseum, 5001 Coliseum Drive
Most recently making high-profile appearances on the big screen in the film "Magic Mike" and his voice being used for a character in Disney's "Planes," Gabriel Iglesias is one of the most successful stand-up comedians today, performing to sold out audiences all over the U.S. and abroad. With TV and DVD specials such as "Gabriel Iglesias: Aloha Fluffy," "Hot & Fluffy" and "I'm Not Fat ... I'm Fluffy," Iglesias uses a mixture of storytelling, parodies, characters and sound effects in his stand-up comedy to bring his personal experiences to life. His unique and animated comedy style makes him popular among fans of all ages, so you won't want to miss his Lowcountry visit.
When: Thursday, doors open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m.
Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive
For more info: www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com
Part of the Charleston Listening Room Series, an ongoing joint project produced by Awendaw Green and Suncoast Promotions, this program will feature folk-rock duo Sara Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion. Both come from creative backgrounds: Guthrie is the youngest daughter of Arlo Guthrie and granddaughter of Woody Guthrie while Irion is the grand-nephew of author John Steinbeck and his mother, Rubilee Knight, is a classical violinist. Married in 1999 and nearly a decade after they put out their first album together, the duo says they feel like they finally hit their stride with the August release, "Wassaic Way." Local group Danielle Howle + Firework Show will open with their authentic roots/Americana sound.
When: Saturday, doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m.
Where: Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St.
Price: $15 in advance, $20 the day of; students with ID pay $12 in advance, $15 the day of
For more info: 1-800-514-3849, www.etix.com
If you love holiday songs and find yourself humming or singing along, then this concert is for you. The Charleston Symphony Orchestra and the CSO Chorus are teaming up to perform this annual holiday celebration and are inviting attendees to join in on traditional classics and pop favorites. The musical program and sing-a-long sheets will be provided the night of the performance.
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday
Where: Sottile Theatre, 44 George St.
For more info: 723-7528, www.charlestonsymphony.com
An annual production of the Middleton Place Foundation, Christmas 1860 brings the antebellum holiday to life. Combining the splendor of the seasonally decorated Edmondston-Alston House with historic events of the day, attendees will be guided on a candle-lit tour and have the opportunity to meet members of the extended Alston family in each room. Actors in period costume will give dramatic re-enactments of the conversations of a family filled with Christmas spirit while on the brink war.
When: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Edmondston-Alston House, 21 East Battery
Price: $20 in advance, $25 at the door
For more info: 722-7171, www.middletonplace.org