Robert Earl Keen’s annual Christmas tour to stop in Fayetteville on Dec. 17

Robert Earl Keen / Courtesy photo

Looking for a good laugh this holiday season?

The Walton Arts Center will host singer, songwriter, and entertainer, Robert Earl Keen, for his eighth annual Christmas show at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17.

The 20-date tour will be Keen’s largest holiday tour to date. Austin-based swamp-pop soul band, Shinyribs, will open the show.

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Keen’s theme for this year’s tour is “Countdown to Christmas: Lunar Tunes & Looney Times.” During the show, Keen and his band will pay homage to the space race and all things celestial.

“This show will turn on the psychedelic jukebox and light up the tree of tranquility!” said Keen.

From Keen’s website:

The holiday series is part comedy/variety show (think The Carol Burnett Show of old) and part musical cornucopia that’s full of pleasant surprises.

Concertgoers will blast off with Keen’s classic “Merry Christmas from the Family,” fan favorites, and unearthly covers from his band members. Ground Control reminds fans to grab their tickets before this lunar expedition sells out.

Tickets for the show start at $27 plus applicable fees and can be purchased at the Walton Arts Center box office, by calling 479-443-5600 or by visiting