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Arena to host Tenacious D and Mannheim Steamroller

Staff Intern

DULUTH - This December the Arena at Gwinnett Center will host two very diverse musical shows - rock groups Tenacious D and Mannheim Steamroller are among several new shows added to the Duluth venue's schedule.

Fans of the 2003 hit film "School of Rock" or this year's "Nacho Libre," mark your calendars - actor Jack Black and his band Tenacious D will perform on Dec. 5. "The D," as the band calls itself, got started in 1999 with a self-titled HBO comedy series. In 2001 the band released its first single, "Wonderboy," off a self-titled debut album. The second single - probably the band's most popular song - was "Tribute." Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday.

You can get a jolt of holiday spirit with the lutes and synthesizers of Mannheim Steamroller. Headed by record producer and composer Chip Davis, the group is best known for their modern recordings of age-old Christmas songs. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the arena.

Other recently announced shows include the Lipizzaner Stallions, scheduled for Jan. 7, and the Harlem Globetrotters, who'll be in town March 11. The Lipizzaner Stallions equestrian show will spotlight the Lipizzaner breed, famous for its grace and nobility. The performance will be similar to past shows from the Spanish Riding School of Vienna, with new routines, music and choreography. Tickets are on sale for $27, and discounts are available for children, seniors and large groups.

At 2 p.m. March 11 the Harlem Globetrotters will play at the arena. This entertaining athletic comedy team, created in 1927, has played more 20,000 games in about 100 countries. Tickets are on sale now. For more information, visit www.gwinnettcenter.com.