Alicia Keys, Linkin Park, Sum41, Ja Rule, More Head To Holiday Radio Fests

Chart-topping acts in rock, hip-hop, R&B taking part in this year's events.

In recent years the radio station-sponsored concert has become as much a holiday tradition as chestnuts roasting on an open fire or children lined up at the mall to sit on Santa's lap.

Whether it's the Deck the Hall Ball in Seattle, the Mistletoe Jam in Denver or the many Not So Silent Nights or Jingle Balls around the country, holiday shows are growing in quantity and quality every year.

Chart-topping acts in rock (Staind, Linkin Park), hip-hop (Ja Rule, Jay-Z) and R&B (Alicia Keys, Craig David) are taking part in this year's events, which begin next week and last until mid-December.

"We initially started doing Jingle Bashes to give our audience a chance to see the artists that we play, because in 1993, many didn't tour," explained Erik Bradley, music director at WBBN, whose show stars Keys this year. "Now, of course, that has all changed, but the audience still enjoys coming out for a big party with artists and our station jocks."

Some station's holiday concerts, like KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas in Los Angeles (which has not been announced yet) or WHTZ's Jingle Ball in New York (which features Enrique Iglesias, Alicia Keys, Pink and others) have become some of the most anticipated shows of the year.

Here is a "wrap-up" of most of this year's holiday festivals:

  • WBCN X-Mas Rave

    Blink-182 and Lit @ Orpheum; 311, Tantric and Flickerstick @ Avalon; Adema and Reveille @ Axis; Pete Yorn and Remy Zero @ Paradise Rock Club; November 27

    Boston, MA

  • WBRU Birthday Bash

    311, Lit, Tantric and Adema @ Lupo's; Coldplay, Remy Zero, and Delta Clutch @ Veterans Memorial Auditorium

    November 28

    Providence, RI

  • WJBX 99X Fest 5

    Sum41, Disturbed, Alien Ant Farm, Lit and Tantric @ Lee County Sports Complex

    November 30

    Fort Myers, FL

  • WTMX Miracle on State Street

    Melissa Etheridge, Blues Traveler, Five for Fighting and the Verve Pipe's

    Brian Vander Ark @ Chicago Theater

    December 1

    Chicago, IL

  • WDRQ Electric Kringle Jingle

    Jay-Z, Craig David, Jessica Simpson, 112, LFO, City High, Willa Ford, Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Pink, Enrique Iglesias and O-Town via satellite @ Palace of Auburn Hills

    December 1

    Auburn Hills, MI

  • WHFS HFSmas Nutcracker

    Blink-182, System of a Down, Puddle of Mudd, Coldplay, Pete Yorn and the

    Crystal Method @ Patriot Center

    December 1

    Washington, D.C.

  • WPBZ Buzz Bake Sale

    Staind, Alien Ant Farm, Sum41, Drowning Pool, Jimmy Eat World, Disturbed,

    Static-X, Adema, Tantric, Dave Navarro, Handsome Devil, Stroke 9, Sugarcult,

    Reveille, Cave and New Found Glory @ Mars Music Amphitheatre

    December 1

    West Palm Beach, FL

  • WSUN Next Big Thing

    Sum41, Disturbed, Alien Ant Farm, New Found Glory, Dave Navarro, Jimmy Eat

    World, Adema, Flickerstick, Lucky Boys Confusion, Stroke 9, Sugarcult,

    Abandoned Pools, Soulsystem and Crizzly and the Punx @ Coachman Park    

    December 2

    Clearwater, FL

  • KKND The Low Dough Mistletoe Show

    Lit and others @ State Palace Theater

    December 4

    New Orleans, LA

  • KRBE Jingle Jam 2001

    City High, Craig David, Michelle Branch, LFO and Lifehouse @ Compaq Center

    December 5

    Houston, TX

  • KNDD Deck the Hall Ball

    "Electric" with Blink-182, Linkin Park, System of a Down and Staind on

    December 6; "Acoustic" with Staind, Coldplay and Travis on December 7 @ Paramount Theatre

    Seattle, WA

  • WRZX X-Mas Concert

    Fuel, Sevendust, Lit and Adema @ Pepsi Coliseum

    December 6

    Indianapolis, IN

  • KITS Not So Silent Night

    Linkin Park, P.O.D., Puddle of Mudd, System of a Down, Alien Ant Farm, Sum41 and AFI @ Compaq Center

    December 7

    San Jose, CA

  • WNOU Radio Now Santa Slam 2K1

    Craig David, Lifehouse, Blu Cantrell, Evan and Jaron and the Calling @ Murat Theatre

    December 8

    Indianapolis, IN

  • KDWB Jingle Ball

    Alicia Keys, Craig David, Christina Millian and Toya @ Quest

    December 9

    Minneapolis, MN

  • WSTR Not So Silent Night

    Smash Mouth, Train and Natalie Merchant @ Atlanta Civic Center

    December 10

    Atlanta, GA

  • KBPI Mistletoe Jam

    System of a Down, Sevendust, Alien Ant Farm and Hoobastank @ The Fillmore

    December 11

    Denver, CO

  • WXDX Kiss Ass Christmas

    The Crystal Method, Flickerstick, Pete Yorn, Remy Zero and Buzz Poets @ Rosebud

    December 11

    Pittsburgh, PA

  • WPLY Feastival

    Blink-182, Bush, Sum41, Lit and Nickelback @ First Union Center

    December 12

    Philadelphia, PA

  • WKQX Twisted 8

    Blink-182, 311, Bush, Alien Ant Farm, Sum41 and Pete Yorn @ United Center

    December 13

    Chicago, IL

  • WHTZ Jingle Ball

    Enrique Iglesias, Alicia Keys, Sugar Ray, O-Town, Pink, Craig David, Jewel,

    Lifehouse and Five for Fighting @ Madison Square Garden

    December 13

    New York, NY

  • WIOQ Jingle Ball

    Enrique Iglesias, Alicia Keys, O-Town, Jay-Z, Craig David, Michelle Branch,

    Lifehouse and Toya @ Tweeter Center

    December 14

    Camden, NJ

  • KPNT Ho Ho Show

    Bush, Alien Ant Farm, Puddle of Mudd, the Crystal Method and Boy Hits Car @ The Pageant

    December 14

    St. Louis, MO

  • WBBM Jingle Bash

    Alicia Keys @ Arie Crown Theatre

    December 15

    Chicago, IL

  • WENZ Jingle Ball 2001

    Sugar Ray, Shaggy, Lifehouse, Michelle Branch, Blu Cantrell, Craig David and

    American Hi-Fi @ Arco Arena

    December 15

    Sacramento, CA

  • CIMX The Night 89X Stole Christmas

    Blink-182, 311 and the Crystal Method @ Cobo Arena

    December 15

    Detroit, MI

  • KKBT Holiday Cooldown

    Jill Scott, Alicia Keys, Faith Evans and Ginuwine @ Wiltern Theatre

    December 16

    Los Angeles, CA

  • KBKS Jingle Bell Bash

    Barenaked Ladies, Jessica Simpson, American Hi-Fi, Michelle Branch,

    Lifehouse, Blu Cantrell, Train and Craig David @ Stadium Exhibition Center

    December 17

    Seattle, WA

  • WKST KissMas Concert

    Ja Rule, Alicia Keys, City High, Toya and Dante Thomas @ A.J. Palumbo Center

    December 17

    Pittsburgh, PA

  • KIIS Jingle Ball

    Alicia Keys, Shakira, Sugar Ray, Lifehouse, Five for Fighting, LFO, Michelle

    Branch and Craig David @ Staples Center

    December 19

    Los Angeles, CA

  • KGLL KissMas Freedom Bash

    Barenaked Ladies, Jessica Simpson, Jewel and Nikka Costa @ Pepsi Center

    December 20

    Denver, CO