As I write this, it’s still kinda hot outside, but a cappella sensations Pentatonix are ready to celebrate Christmas. Starting, like, next week.
On Sept. 28, the group — founded by Arlington’s Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying and Kirstin Maldonado — will release a new single, “Making Christmas,” from its upcoming album, “Christmas is Here!,” due out Oct. 26.
Then there’ll be a “Christmas is Here!” tour, starting off with a homecoming of sorts: The first show on tour will be at the Theatre at Grand Prairie (until recently known as Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie).
The single “Making Christmas” is a cover of Danny Elfman’s song from Tim Burton’s classic “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” The album will be the group’s fourth holiday albun; all three previous ones have reached No. 1 n Billboard’s Digital Albums Chart, and on the Holiday Albums Chart, and two of them topped the big Billboard 200 album chart.
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Pentatonix traditionally also does a Christmas special on NBC, but plans for a special this year are still TBA. It’s worth noting that the final four shows of the tour will take place in December at the Beacon Theatre in New York, where they performed last December.
Grassi, Hoying and Maldonado formed Pentatonix to compete on NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” recruiting additional members Kevin Olusola and Avi Kaplan to fit the show’s minimum requirement of five members for an a cappella group (stop us if you’ve heard this: They won their season). Kaplan has since departed, with Matt Sallee taking the fifth slot in the group.
Tickets for the Grand Prairie show (well, the whole tour) will go on sale at 10 a.m. CDT on Sept. 28. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit www.PTXOfficial.com