What Mannheim Steamroller lacks in the harder Christmas rock provided by groups like Trans-Siberian Orchestra, it more than make up for in 80's-style keyboards and wardrobe — which certainly has its own appeal and amusement value. Mannheim Steamroller is coming to town for its yearly flattening of Rochester, and as usual is bringing a potent mix of light show, electronics, and Christmas-themed entertainment. Tunes range from Casio-driven, almost New Wave to New Age noodlings, but are most assuredly going to bring you all those holiday jams with orchestral accompaniment. This would definitely be one of those safe places to hang with the parents during the Christmas vacation season, but might not be the best choice if you have younger children, teens, or relatives that don't "get" electronic music.
Mannheim Steamroller performs Thursday, December 20, 7:30 p.m. at the Auditorium Theater, 885 E. Main St. $35-$75. 222-5000, rbtl.org.