Dec. 5 – The Big Ticket @ Metropolitan Park

The return of The Big Ticket, perhaps our city’s best music festival, boasts the best lineup in recent years, featuring some huge acts such as Weezer, Alt-J, Islander and Young the Giant. On Friday, Dec. 5, attendees of this festival will be treated to a collection of some truly great rock bands. Having seen many of the acts in this lineup, I can assure you the $40 ticket will be well worth the purchase, even if it’s only to see Weezer one more time this year.

Dec. 6 – The Misfits @ Underbelly

If you’re looking to make your first weekend in December a great one, this show should be your next stop after The Big Ticket. While punk bands come and go like the wind, some of them, such as The Misfits, attract a cult following that lasts decades. On Saturday, Dec. 6, you will have the opportunity to see one of the most renowned punk bands that are still together, don’t hate each other’s guts, haven’t offed themselves, and actually still sound good. Tickets for this show are a mere $20.

Dec. 11 — Trans-Siberian Orchestra @ Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena

As Christmas rapidly approaches, for some reason, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, or TSO for short, comes to mind. The arena rock powerhouse band is returning to Jacksonville on Thursday, December 11. Founded back in ’96, Paul O’Neill, Jon Oliva, Al Pitrelli and Robert Kinkel form the core of TSO, who rose to popularity after extensively touring in 1999. Anyone looking for a great concert and the best light show in town should check out this concert. There is a reason why TSO has sold more than 10 million albums and tickets, and they’re stunning performances are the reason.

Dec. 12 – Trampled by Turtles @ Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

Anyone looking for something a little less rock-oriented, and a lot heavier in the banjo department, should check out this show. Trampled by Turtles, based out of Duluth, Minn., are currently one of the top Americana/folk acts in the country, sporting a number of critically acclaimed albums and a plethora of festival performances. Performing alongside Trampled by Turtles on Friday, Dec. 12 is country singer Nikki Lane. Tickets for this show are about $20. If you still haven’t seen this awesome venue yet, this would be a great show to check out.

Dec. 21 — Master Radical @ Jack Rabbits

Jacksonville locals, Master Radical, close out this month’s list of must-see concerts. The band, who have been spreading their feel-good tunes around North Florida since 2008, say they draw influence from everything around them. If you ask them what their sound is like, they’ll tell you, “It sounds like a bald eagle soaring over the ocean whilst the sun sets on the fourth of july, with two guitars, bass and drums,” and we think that is more than enough reason to check them out. Tickets are just $5, and doors open at 7 p.m.