Martina McBride warms Milwaukee with holiday cheer

With the exception of the abnormally comfortable weather in early December, the Christmas season is in full swing in Milwaukee, partly thanks to Martina McBride. Performing with her “Joy of Christmas” tour, Martina brought her Christmas music and spirit to the Milwaukee Theatre for a night to remember.

Welcoming Martina McBride was a crowd of all ages; children, adults and even a 97-year-old fan that has been to 4 of Martina’s previous holiday performances.

The “Joy of Christmas” tour is unlike any other concert I’ve attended. It’s more than just music; the change of pace and extra surprises catch fans off guard, making it that much more enjoyable.

Shortly after the first couple songs Martina made her way into the crowd for small talk and a few photos. She really wanted to know what people wanted for Christmas. One little girl said, “A hug with you!”, while another responded giggly with “I’m Jewish!” Martina and the crowd had a big laugh and she walked it off with, “I knew that was coming one day!” Everyone was in great spirits.

Martina eventually made her away around to the soundboard where there was a group of Marines attending the show. The theatre rose to a standing ovation for the Marines, thanking them for their service.

McBride even ran a short film of military servicemen and women wishing fans a “Merry Christmas” from their various deployments around the world, some even from Wisconsin.

More Wisconsin pride was featured when she invited dancers from Milwaukee’s North Shore Dance Studio onstage to dance during “Winter Wonderland”.

Most of Martina McBride’s show was filled to the brim with Christmas and festive holiday music, but she did manage to wiggle in “Anyway” and “Daughter’s Eyes”, two well known non-holiday hits.

Other songs were spiced up with a reading of “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”, taking turns singing a few lines here and there.

Martina wrapped up the show with some very Christmassy songs; “O Come All Ye Faithful”, “Silent Night”, and “What Child is This”.

After as short bible reading, Martina returned to the stage, alone, and sang “O’Holy Night” a cappella. Her flawless vocals shone through like nothing else that night, and not having missed one note received an elongated standing ovation from the Milwaukee crowd.

Her and the band quickly returned for a one-song encore, “Christmas Baby Please”, energizing and sending the crowd off in happy spirits.

Setlist: Let It Snow – Silver Bells – Christmas Song – Winter Wonderland – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Do You Hear What I Hear? – Anyway – Daughter’s Eyes – I’ll Be Home For Christmas – White Christmas – Intermission – All I Want For Christmas – Please Come Home For Christmas – Run Run Rudolph – Blue Christmas (video duet w/ Elvis) – Grinch – O Come All Ye Faithful – Silent Night – What Child is This – O Holy Night – Christmas Baby Please

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