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12-06 pack rats

The Pack Rats, a loving tribute to the days of Rat Pack swing, will perform their annual Christmas concert for three nights at the Ross Ragland Theater Dec.13-15.

In a beloved tribute to the icons of the Rat Pack — Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop and Sammy Davis Jr. — the Pack Rats return for their annual holiday concert for three nights of Christmas music and comedic banter at the Ross Ragland Theater.

Call it an homage to the classic crooners of the swinging lounge jazz sounds of the 1950s and ‘60s, this quirky take on the tradition has become one of the most celebrated Klamath Basin concerts surrounding the Christmas season. The infamous Rat Pack was the show that put Las Vegas on the map, nightly must-see events where famous friends shared songs and improv comedic routines. The Rat Pack members may be gone, but the recordings of their off-the-cuff performances live on.

The Klamath Falls Pack Rats, formed in 2015, emulate that troupe lovingly with a collective of local musicians with a gift for both song and gab. Led by Dan Neubauer, past accompaniment has included Melissa Stevens, Amanda Squibb, Aletta Mannix, former Ross Ragland executive director Mark McCrary and surprise special guests.

The troupe’s annual holiday-themed performances have been a guaranteed hit and sellout from early inception garnering frenetic fanfare. To accommodate demand, this year the performances have been expanded to three nights, spanning Dec. 13-15, at the Ross Ragland Theater starting at 7 p.m. each evening. Tickets are $20.

The concerts will combine crooner classics with contemporary Christmas selections set to the swingin’ jazz style made famous by the original Rat Pack. Nostalgic, festive and hilariously irreverent in its loose approach, the Pack Rat Christmas is fast becoming a must-see tradition of the holiday season. Held in the Ross Ragland Theater’s Cultural Center as part of its 2nd Stage Series, the concerts offer a more intimate setting with limited seating.

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