GREENVILLE — Chip Davis, founder and creator of Mannheim Steamroller, celebrates the 35th anniversary of his annual Christmas concert tour, making it the longest-running consecutive concert tour in the entertainment industry. The tour comes to the Peace Center on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 8 p.m.
“I remember when I came out with my first Christmas album in 1984 followed by our first tour. Back then, many in the music industry said focusing on Christmas just wouldn’t work,” said Davis.
“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.”
Davis founded his own record label, American Gramaphone, which went on to become one of the industry’s largest independent record labels. A Grammy® Award winner, Mannheim Steamroller has sold more than 40 million albums, 29 million in the Christmas genre. Their holiday CDs have become synonymous with Christmas and occupy top positions on Billboard’s Seasonal Chart every year.
This year’s show will feature the original classic Christmas hits from the first Mannheim Steamroller Christmas album, along with multimedia effects in an intimate setting. Davis will direct and co-produce tour performances with MagicSpace Entertainment.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis is co-produced by MagicSpace Entertainment. The company is headed by Lee D. Marshall, Joe Marsh, John Ballard, and Steve Boulay and has been producing and presenting national tours, Broadway shows, concerts and museum exhibits worldwide for more than 35 years. They have an office in Park City, Utah. www.magicspace.net
Tickets for the Saturday, Nov. 23, 8 p.m. performance of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas are $55-$85 and may be purchased by calling 864.467.3000 or 800.888.7768, in person at the Peace Center Box Office or online at www.peacecenter.org.
For more information about the Peace Center and its upcoming events, visit www.peacecenter.org.