The Mobile Pops was born in the spring of 1977. With roots in the Spirit of Mobile Marching 200, the group of musically inclined locals has spent almost 40 years providing the public with orchestral entertainment. In fact, the Langan Park Performing Arts Pavilion was built with performances from The Mobile Pops in mind. Each year, this symphony holds its “Sounds of the Season” concert. The denizens of the Azalea City are invited to spend the evening with The Mobile Pops as they fill their chosen venue with the music of the holiday season. The area can expect two performances of “Sounds of the Season” for Christmas 2014.

The first of these performances will take place on Monday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Davidson High School Auditorium. Next, The Mobile Pops will travel to North Mobile County to bring holiday cheer to the Saraland Performing Arts Center at Saraland High School on Friday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. Both of these events are free to the public.

Doug Breau’s classic Christmas

Doug Breau is a local entertainer who has thrilled many with his classic jazz vibe. Breau (and the Magnificent 5) have been busy preparing for his “Doug Breau: A Classic Christmas” performance. This show will consist of “all your holiday favorites plus American Pop classics from several decades and genres.” “Doug Breau: A Classic Christmas” will take place at the Davidson High School Auditorium” on Thursday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available at the door exclusively.

Moon Taxi for Mardi Gras

Moon Taxi, who most recently appeared in the area for two sets during the Hangout Music Festival last summer, will return for a Mardi Gras show at O’Daly’s Feb. 6.

Moon Taxi, who most recently appeared in the area for two sets during the Hangout Music Festival last summer, will return for a Mardi Gras show at O’Daly’s Feb. 6.

Mardi Gras serves as the epic conclusion of the Azalea’s City’s prolific holiday season. Two venues are already preparing for the revelry and debauchery of Mardi Gras 2015. On Friday, Feb. 6, The Order of Inca will roll through the streets of Mobile. Afterwards, O’Daly’s Irish Pub will be the place to be as Nashville’s Moon Taxi entertains the masses with their indie rock sounds. This band is no stranger to the area, and they have already collected many local fans with their memorable performance at the Hangout Music Festival. Moon Taxi will bring fresh sounds from their latest release “Mountains Beaches Cities.”

The Meters’ George Porter at LuLu’s

Lucy Buffett’s LuLu’s family-friendly Fat Tuesday celebration has become quite a tradition for both music lovers and bands. For Mardi Gras 2015, Lulu’s is bringing back George Porter & the Runnin’ Pardners to the Gulf Coast with sounds straight out of the Big Easy. Porter is a founding member of The Meters, and he has injected this solo project with the sonic spirit that made The Meters legendary.