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United Wireless Arena, managed by VenuWorks, is excited to bring the music stylings of Mannheim Steamroller's Christmas by Chip Davis to Dodge City, KS on Thursday, December 8th. Doors will open at 6:30PM and all the holiday magic of Manheim Steamroller’s music begins at 7:30PM.

Chip Davis, founder and creator of Mannheim Steamroller and the industry’s largest independent record label, American Gramaphone, announced that his annual Christmas concert tour will begin on November 15, 2022, and continue through December 30, 2022. Fans throughout the country will be able to experience the music that has become the hallmark of the holidays from the #1 Christmas music artist in history. Enjoy Mannheim Steamroller Christmas classics in a multi-media setting as we celebrate the spirit of the season!

Tickets for Mannheim Steamroller Christmas will go on sale Friday, September 30th at 10:00am. Tickets can be purchased by calling the United Wireless Arena box office at (620)371-7878 or online through the United Wireless Arena website (www.UnitedWirelessArena.com) or through Ticketmaster.com Ticket prices are $44, $54, $64, or $84 depending on location. Those needing handicapped accessible seating should contact the Ticket Office directly. Doors will open one hour before showtime. The staff at United Wireless Arena will take necessary health safety precautions and the entire Arena will be sanitized before & after the show.

About Chip Davis and Mannheim Steamroller

From his longtime home in Omaha, Neb., Mannheim Steamroller creator and founder Chip Davis makes innovative music inspired by the sounds of another age. This former teacher and jingle writer founded the music industry’s largest independent recording label, American Gramaphone, in 1974 when industry executives said Davis’ innovative 18th century instrumental rock sound would never sell. In addition to a Grammy Award, Davis is largely credited with establishing the New Age music category.

His first Christmas album in 1984, revolutionized the making and marketing of holiday music, the album’s success made Christmas records a “must do” for all music artists. With more than 29 million Christmas albums sold, Davis is the #1-selling Christmas artist of all time with Elvis coming in at a distant 17 million holiday records sold. Having 19 gold, 8 multi-platinum and 4 platinum-certified records, Davis is among an elite group of music artists with this number of RIAA records. He is also one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the music industry, offering a rich array of lifestyle products on www.mannheimsteamroller.com including hot chocolate, food, apparel, and novelty items. His latest achievement is creating a cutting-edge psychoacoustic technology that is being used in major medical institutions such as Mayo Clinic.

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Five Things to Know about Mannheim Steamroller

After several years away from Dodge City, the charming neoclassical concert and light spectacle returns for one night only on Thursday, December 8th at the United Wireless Arena. For those unfamiliar with the groups fame, we have put together some information supplied by founder, Chip Davis.

Q: How did Mannheim Steamroller get its start?

A: Back in the 1970s, the multi-instrumentalist Davis produced a nontraditional album of rock-infused classical music that he recorded with just two fellow musicians and several synthesizers. No major record label would distribute the album, so Davis started his own label, American Gramaphone. In 1974, he released the album, “Fresh Aire,” under the pseudonym Mannheim Steamroller. Since then Davis has sold 41 million records. Of the band’s unique music style, Davis says: “I wanted to explore new ways of expressing music and created a sound I call ‘18th century classic rock.’ I don’t believe in all acoustic or all electronic, all digital or all analog. My style is where they all meet.”

Q: How did Mannheim Steamroller get its name?

A: “When it was time to start selling my band, I had to come up with a name to market,” Davis said. “At the time the big rock groups had interesting names like Jefferson Airplane or Iron Butterfly. So I came up with the name Mannheim Steamroller. It comes from Mannheim, Germany. That’s where Mozart and composer-music theorist Joseph Stamitz both lived. Stamitz came up with the idea of the crescendo: music building and getting louder in order to excite the audience. The 18th-Century musical phrase ‘Mannheim Valse’ literally meant, ‘roller,’ and people used to joke that the loud music would roll over the crowd and flatten them.”

Q: When did the Christmas music enter the picture?

A: In 1984, the band’s fame exploded with the release of the first “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas” album, featuring contemporary twists on holiday classics. Davis is one of the top-selling Christmas music artists in history. For its tours, the six-piece Mannheim Steamroller band travels with a 20-piece live orchestra and a high-wattage light and projections show.

Q: What else is Davis known for?

A: Davis created the fictional truck driver “C.B. McCall” for the song “Convoy” during the 1970s CB radio craze. He patented the Ambient Therapy music and audio system that’s used at the Mayo Clinic as well as at the National Intrepid Center for military veterans with brain injuries. He created Mannheim Steamroller-brand children’s books, food items, housewares and clothing. And he was invited by NASA to audio-record two Space Shuttle launches at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Excerpts from those recordings are on Mannheim Steamroller’s 2013 space-themed album “Music of the Spheres.”

Q: What can audiences expect at the show they won’t hear on a record?

A: “On a CD, you cannot see the band playing live with a 20-piece orchestra,” Davis said. “Additionally, the repertoire they perform is not on one single CD. It is a compilation of Christmas classics, so a completely fresh experience. And by the way — speaking of fresh — the concert has some selected tracks of Fresh Aire music which are not on any of our Christmas CDs.”

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