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Brad Boice is coming ‘Home for the Holidays.’

Last year, Boice (you may know him as an Elvis impersonator based in Chatfield) organized a show full of SE MN musicians at Chatfield Center for the Arts. It was "a handful of seats" away from selling out the 600-plus-seat venue, he said, and the viewing public demanded more.

So this year, the show is coming to the Mayo Civic Center’s Presentation Hall, which seats a little more than 1,000.

That’s quite the audience for an all-local lineup of musicians.

"It really shouldn’t, but one thing that may surprise some people is the talent we have right here in the Rochester area," Boice says. "All our musicians for this show are fantastic… and they could be your neighbor!"

Seven of the 11 musicians in the show are based in Rochester, while three more live in Chatfield, and one hails from Stewartville.

"We have nine returning musicians for this year’s show," Boice says. "I think everyone in the band was excited about how well the show was received last year. When I asked each one about doing another Christmas special with the venue being the Mayo Civic Center, most everyone was all in."

Returning player Steve Books, of the Booker Mini Band, was instrumental in bringing in new players, Boice says.

"It’s just such an eclectic group," Books says. The group involves orchestra and choral group members, accomplished pros, some "old guys that have been around forever," and more.

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But when you put all of those different backgrounds together, they make for a fantastic show.

"It’s a multi-generational band, and I think it’s gonna be really good," Books says. "(Boice’s) thought was, ‘I know there are enough good musicians around here that we can put on a quality show, as good as any group that comes down the road.’ And I think we’ve done that."

This year’s Christmas Special contains a mix of traditional, spiritual, and contemporary holiday tunes, Boice says.

"We have such a variety of Christmas songs - from traditional to contemporary to gospel," he says. "Ninety-five percent of the songs we’ll be performing are only heard around Christmas time, so all of them will be fun to perform."

The show will focus on "the true meaning of Christmas," Books adds, with a "down-home, hee-haw" feel in sections.

"People are going to walk away feeling good," he says.

What: Brad Boice and Friends - Home for the Holidays

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5

Where: Mayo Civic Center, 30 Civic Center Dr. SE, Rochester

Cost: $30-35, available at mayociviccenter.com or 507-328-2222

Brad Boice – Entertainer, Elvis Tribute Artist, lead singer for 80’s rock band Gemini

Steve Books – Founder of the Booker Mini Band and the Booker Mini foundation

JulAnn Boice – "A Toast To the Classics" singer/entertainer

Mark Walsh – Thomas and the Shakes, Booker Mini Band

Nick Johnson – Stewartville Music teacher, Rochester Teen Hope Ministries Gospel Choir Director

Tiffany Stande – Rochester Symphony Orchestra

Oliver Books – Absolute Brightness

Cole Ebertowski – The Shift

Nate Warner – Absolute Brightness, Luke Hendrickson Band

Diane Howard – Saint Olaf Choir Alumnus

Kate Rogers – Rochester Choral Arts Assembly Alumnus