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April 2020

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POSTPONED: Nick Cannon Presents: MTV Wild 'N Out Live — Cannon’s improv/competition tour, bringing together comedy, variety and game shows, has been postponed from April 2 at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. Check Ticketmaster for updates.

POSTPONED: Ana Gabriel — The Latin pop star was scheduled to perform April 4, at El Paso County Coliseum. At press time there was no information regarding its cancellation or rescheduling, although the Coliseum had announced March 13 that all events would be postponed until further notice. Information: facebook.com/ElPasoColiseum.

POSTPONED: ‘Tejano Legends’ — Postponed; no new date provided. Ruben Ramos was scheduled to headline the Tex-Mex music style tour with the Mexican Revolution and mariachis April 4 at the Plaza Theatre (Ticketmaster).

‘Les Misérables’ — Broadway in El Paso presents Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of the Tony-winning musical based on the book by Victor Hugo April 7-12, at the Plaza Theatre. To date, “Les Misérables” remains the 6th longest-running Broadway production of all time. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $47.50-$87.50 (Ticketmaster). Information: 231-1111 or visitelpaso.com/broadway.
  Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s musical, set in 19th Century France, features one of the greatest scores of all time, with thrilling and beloved songs including “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars," “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” “Do You Hear the People Sing” and many more.

POSTPONED: ‘Baby Shark Live!’ — Pinkfong and Round Room Live’s new concert experience, scheduled for April 9 at the Abraham Chavez Theatre, has been postponed; no new date announced (Ticketmaster).

POSTPONED: Gilberto Santa Rosa — The concert scheduled for May 9 at the Abraham Chavez Theatre has been postponed. Information: Ticketmaster.com or elpasolive.com.

Ozuna Nibiru World Tour — The reggaeton and trap singer performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. Tickets: $33-$293; VIP packages are $299-$549 (Ticketmaster). Information: 533-9899.
  Ozuna was named Top Latin Artist of the Year at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards and Artist of the Year at the 2018 Billboard Latin Music Awards. Ozuna’s 2017 Odisea Tour included a sold-out stop at the El Paso County Coliseum Nov. 30.

Paw Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue — The hit Nickelodeon show’s live stage is scheduled for April 10-12 at El Paso County Coliseum. Showtime is 6 p.m. Friday, 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $23-$56. VIP first three row tickets: $102. (Ticketmaster). Check to confirm show status.

Carlos Ballarta — One of Mexico’s most popular comedians performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. Ballarta’s Netflix specials are being seen by millions of viewers worldwide and many other presentations with “Comedy Central Presents.” Tickets: $35-$75 (Ticketmaster).

Luke Combs — The ACM, CMA and CMT Award-winning artist brings his “What You See Is What You Get Tour” Tuesday, April 21, to the NMSU Pan American Center in Las Cruces, with special guests Ashley McBryde and Drew Parker. Combs was nominated for three awards at the 2019 CMA Awards: Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year (”Beautiful Crazy”), and Musical Event of the Year (”Brand New Man” with Brooks & Dunn). Tickets begin at $29.50 (Ticketmaster).
  The Prequel EP to Combs’s new album, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with all five tracks charting on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Top 25. The lead single, “Beer Never Broke My Heart,” reached No. 1. His new single is “Even Though I’m Leaving.”

ZZ Top — Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famers’ “Celebration with ZZ Top” tour is 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Tickets: $49.75 to $149.75 (Ticketmaster).
  ZZ Top still maintains the most consistently stable lineup in the history of rock music: Billy F Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard. Fifteen studio albums, 30 million record sales and five decades later, “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas” is still going strong, playing hits like “La Grange,” “Legs,” “Sharp Dressed Man” and “Tush.”

‘Jersey Boys’ — The Tony and Grammy Award winning story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons is 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at NMSU’s Pan American Center in Las Cruces. Tickets: $35-$69 (Ticketmaster).
  The true story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide, all before they were 30.

Nitro Circus — The stunt group’s “You Got This” tour is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at Southwest University Park. Nitro’s daredevils brave the world’s largest jumps - including one of the largest action sports ramps in the world, the Giganta ramp. Gates open at 6 p.m.; 5 p.m. for VIP passholders. Tickets start at $49; southwestuniversitypark.com. Mic’d Up VIP packages available. Information: 242-2000.
  Created in 2010, Nitro Circus has played to sold-out stadiums on five continents.

Celtic Woman: Celebration — The 15th anniversary tour of the Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum international music group is 7 p.m. Friday, May 1, at the Plaza Theatre, celebrating Ireland and the Celtic heritage through traditional Irish anthems, pop standards and original music. Tickets: $29.25-$150.00 (Ticketmaster). Originally scheduled for April 29.
  The tour highlights their favorite songs that have made them the most successful all-female group in Irish history, with one billion online streams, over four million tickets sold, 12 consecutive Billboard No. 1’s, and 10 million albums sold.
  The four members are Tara McNeill on fiddle and Irish harp, with vocalists Mairéad Carlin, Éabha McMahon and Megan Walsh.

Postponed: Joey Diaz — Actor-comedian Joey “Coco” Diaz was scheduled to perform at 7 p.m. Friday, May 1, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. (Ticketmaster).

Shen Yun 2020 — The celebration of 5,000 years of Chinese culture through music and dance returns to the area at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $80-$150 (Ticketmaster). Information: 1-800-380-8265 or ShenYun.com/El-Paso.
  The performance features the world’s foremost classically trained dancers, a unique orchestra blending East and West, and dazzling animated backdrops together in one performance “heavenly realms, ancient legends and modern heroic tales.”

The 1975 — The UK art-pop quartet brings their North American tour to El Paso at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center, with supporting acts. Tickets: $44.95 to $59.95 (Ticketmaster).
  The band’s “Me & You Together Song” debuted as the Hottest Record in the World when The 1975 performed it live on BBC Radio 1’s “Future Sounds with Annie Mac.”

REO Speedwagon — The rock band returns to El Paso at 8 p.m. Monday, May 4, at Abraham Chavez Theatre. Tickets: $47.25-$127.25; VIP packages are $165-$225 (Ticketmaster).
  Formed in 1967, and fronted by iconic vocalist Kevin Cronin since 1972, REO Speedwagon rode the top of the charts in the 1980s with 22 million albums sold in the U.S. and 40 million around the globe, with hit singles such as “Keep on Loving You” and “Take It on the Run.”

Paranormal Cirque — The European-style combination of theater, circus and cabaret runs May 6-17 at Sunland Park Mall parking lot. Age 17 and older only (the show is rated R). Tickets are $10 to $50, plus fees, available at eventbrite.com. Information: paranormalcirque.com.
  Show times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday; 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Sunday; also 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 11.
  Originally scheduled for March 18-22.

Matute: Planeta Retro Tour — The Mexican pop group performs at 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 8, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $55-$150.

Hard Road Trio — Mimbres Region Arts Council’s Indie/Folk Series 10th anniversary season presents the original southwestern acoustic music at the crossroads of Roots and Bluegrass at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at the Buckhorn Opera House, 32 Main in Pinos Altos, near Silver City, N.M. Tickets: $25 ($20 MRAC members) Information: (575) 538-2505 or mimbresarts.org.
  The Eliza Gilkyson concert slated for April 4 will be rescheduled.

Brian Culbertson — The jazz multi-Instrumentalist brings hi “XX Tour” to El Paso at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, at Abraham Chavez Theatre. Culbertson has crafted a 20-album catalogue and more than 30 Billboard No. 1 singles as a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer. Tickets: $25-$32.50; VIP packages $117-$193 (Ticketmaster).

Thunder from Down Under — The internationally acclaimed male revue from Australia presents their 2020 World Tour at 8 p.m. Monday, May 18, at the Plaza Theatre, with dance, gymnastics, break dancing, colorful costumes, humor and hard bodies. Must be 18 or older to attend. (Ticketmaster).

STOMP’ — The international sensation returns to El Paso for two performances at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, May 26-27, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. From its beginnings as a street performance in the UK, STOMP has grown into an international sensation over the past 20 years, having performed in more than 50 countries and in front of more than 24 million people. Tickets; $32.50 to $72.50 (Ticketmaster). Information: ElPasoLive.com/Broadway.
  STOMP uses unconventional percussion instruments - dustbins, tea chests, radiator hoses, boots, hub caps - to fill the stage.

‘Scooby-Doo! and The Lost City of Gold’ — The live show based on the hit cartoon series is 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, at the Plaza Theatre. Scooby-Doo and his meddling, mystery-solving friends try to solve a brand new mystery, brought to life with cutting-edge technology, original music, puppetry, magic, singing, dance, interactive video, aerial arts, acrobatics, and video mapping. Tickets: $29.50-$49.50. VIP tickets: $192 (Ticketmaster).
  Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Daphne, Fred, and Velma travel to Alta Luz, a fictitious South American town where ghostly sightings of La Dama de Oro (The Lady In Gold) threaten to scare attendees away from the annual music festival and Incan sun god celebration.

Cancelled: Darci Lynne and Friends — The singer-ventriloquist, who won “America’s Got Talent” at age 12, presents her “Fresh Out of the Box” Tour at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at Abraham Chavez Theatre. Tickets: $27.25-$47.25. VIP packages: $97.25. (Ticketmaster)

‘Waitress’ — Broadway in El Paso presents the musical “baked from the heart,” showcasing the songs of 60-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, June 9-10, at the Plaza Theatre. Some of Bareilles’ songs featured include “Love Song” and “Brave,” with book by Jessie Nelson (”I Am Sam”). Tickets: $32.50-$72.50 (Ticketmaster). Information: 231-1111 or visitelpaso.com/broadway.
  Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker, dreams of a way out of her small town and rocky marriage. Pouring her heart into her pies, she crafts desserts that mirror her topsy-turvy life such as “The Key (Lime) to Happiness Pie” and “Betrayed By My Eggs Pie.” A baking contest in a nearby county — and a satisfying run-in with someone new — show Jenna a chance at a fresh start.

NB Ridaz — The hip-hop artist performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 12, at the Plaza Theatre, with Lil’ Rob, MC Magic and Karlaaa. Postponed from April 17. Tickets: $30-$125 (Ticketmaster)

Mike Salazar — The standup comedian performs Friday, June 19, at Abraham Chavez Theatre. Postponed from March. Tickets to be announced. (Ticketmaster)

December ‘63 — A tribute to the original Jersey Boys, Franki Valli & The Four Seasons, is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $35-$45 (Ticketmaster).

Cristian Castro ‘Hits Tour’ — The Latin hit vocalist presents a celebration of the music of Juan Gabriel and José José at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 25, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $49.50-$69.50(Ticketmaster).

Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular — The popular laser rock show returns at 8 p.m. Friday, June 26, at the Plaza Theatre. Paramount’s Laser Spectacular has become a cult classic. Tickets: $23-$35 (Ticketmaster). Postponed from April 3.

Intocable — One of the most influential Tejano/Norteño groups on the music scene today performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 27, at the Plaza Theatre. Their road to success began 20 years ago in Zapata, Texas, when friends Ricky Muñoz and René Martínez crafted an extraordinary style of music that fused Tejano conjunto music, Norteño folk rhythms, pop ballads and rock. Tickets: $39.99-$109.99 (Ticketmaster).

‘The Office! A Musical Parody’ — The unauthorized parody of the hit TV show is 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 3, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. It’s a typical morning at Scranton’s third largest paper company, until, for no logical reason, a documentary crew begins filming the lives of the employees at Dunder Mifflin. Tickets: $17.50-$65 (Ticketmaster). Postponed from March 26.

Shinedown — The multi-platinum rock band rock band brings their “Deep Dive” tour to El Paso Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the Plaza Theatre. Originally scheduled for May 12. Their recent hits include “Get Up,” “Monsters,” and “Devil,” bringing them a total of 14 No. 1’s on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs Chart, the second most in chart history Tickets: $39.50-$69.50 (Ticketmaster).
  Each of Shinedown’s 25 charting singles on Billboard’s chart has reached the Top 5, and they hold the record for most Rock Airplay Top 10s ever. Their latest album, “Attention Attention,” simultaneously hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Alternative, Top Rock and Hard Rock Albums Charts, and debuted Top 5 on the Billboard 200.

TobyMac — The Christian Grammy-winning rocker headlines the 2020 “Hits Deep Tour” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center, with Tauren Wells, Jordan Feliz, We Are Messengers, Ryan Stevenson and Aaron Cole. Presented by Food for the Hungry. Tickets: $19.75-$89.75 (Ticketmaster). Information: awakeningevents.com. Postponed from March 27.

Alejandro Fernandez — The Latin superstar presents his Hecho en Mexico Tour at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. Son of the legendary Vicente Fernández, Alejandro has sold 30 million albums. Tickets: $48.20-$198.20; VIP packages $373-$449 (Ticketmaster).

Los Angeles Azules — The internationally popular cumbia sinfoncia group, on its Todos Somos Cumbia Tour, performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at El Paso County Coliseum. Tickets: $36-$196 (Ticketmaster).
  Los Ángeles Azules was formed in Mexico City by the Mejía Avante family in 1976. The group, which specializes in grupera music, released the album “Inolvidables” in 1996 and have since produced more than 30 hit albums.

Juanes — The Latin rock icon and multiple Grammy award-winning artist’s “Mas Futuro Que Pasado” Tour is 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at the Plaza Theatre. The performance is a journey through all the greatest hits of his past, combined with the guitar interpretations of Latin America’s most beloved rhythms found on his new album. Tickets: $39-$99; VIP packages are $201-$485 (Ticketmaster).
  Juanes has sold millions of albums around world, while notching 12 No. 1 singles. He is the only artist holding two of Billboard’s all-time Top 5 Latin Pop Songs.

Kane Brown — The contemporary country singer and 2018’s CMT’s Artist of the Year performs at Friday, Oct. 2, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center, with guests Chris Lane and Russell Dickerson. Tickets: $52-$170 (Ticketmaster). VIP experiences available. Rescheduled from April 30,
  Brown won three American Music Awards in 2018 including Favorite Male Country Artist, Country Album and Country Song. Hits include “Good As You,” “Homesick” “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now,” “Thunder in the Rain” and is popular stand-alone single “Used to Love You Sober.”

Megadeth and Lamb of God — The heavy metal bands’ 2020 tour presented by SiriusXM is at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center, with special guests Trivium and In Flames. Tickets: $32.75-$112.75; VIP packages are $169-$299 (Ticketmaster).
  Megadeth, fueled by Dave Mustaine’s return to the stage following throat cancer, is on their first North American tour since 2017.
  Lamb of God released their first new music in five years recently with the single “Checkmate,” to be released from the band’s self-titled eighth studio album.

Franco Escamilla — The Mexican comedian, musician and radio announcer returns to El Paso for his brand new “Payaso” Tour at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $39 to $125 (Ticketmaster). Postponed from March 22.
  After studying at the Monterrey College of Music and Dance, Escamilla embarked on a career in comedy, building an audience with his YouTube channel. His dark, acerbic sense of humor earned him the nickname “El Amo del Sarcasmo,” or The Master of Sarcasm. By 2016, he was hosting his own comedic talk show, “El Show de Franco Escamilla,” on Spanish-language network Estrella TV.

The Texas Tenors — The Woman’s Club of El Paso presents the group’s “10th Anniversary Tour” at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at the Plaza Theatre. Texas Tenors have performed more than 1,300 concerts, released four studio albums, 2 PBS specials, 4 DVDs, multiple singles, and a children’s book, along with three Emmy awards. Tickets: $45-$117 (Ticketmaster). Postponed from March 23.

Camila — The Mexican pop-rock band show is at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at the Plaza Theatre. Since 2005, Camila, consisting of Mario Domm and Pablo Hurtado, has been performing their characteristically romantic ballads. Their latest album is “Hacia Adentro.” Tickets: $49.50-$250 (Ticketmaster).

 

Venues & series

Lowbrow Palace — 111 E. Robinson. Doors usually open one hour prior to show time. All concerts listed are all ages. Surcharge for ages under 21. Available in advance at The Headstand or eventbrite.com. Information: lowbrowpalace.com. See separate listing for outdoor venue at 1101 Texas.
  Call for any upcoming shows, postponements and cancelations in April and beyond.

Rockhouse Bar and Grill — 9828 Montana, specializing in metal and hard rock. Most shows 18 and older admitted; surcharge for under 21. Some tickets available under holdmyticket.com. Information: 591-7625 or on Facebook.
  Check for updates, postponements and April cancelations on Facebook.
• Damian Isacc — The country rock artist performs Friday, May 22, with Jake Devine. Admission: $5
• Piñata Protest — The Tex-Mex punk band performs at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 24. Admission: $10; $18 day of show.
• Polyphia — 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 27. Tickets: $16.50 in advance; $20 day of show. All ages show.
• Hawthorne Heights — Thursday, June 18, with Can’t Swim. Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 day of show.
• The JA/CK Ultimate AC/DC tour is Saturday, July 11. Tickets: $10; age 18 and older.
• Dawn of Ashes and Midnight Nightmare— 8 p.m. Monday, June 29, with Dementhia, Dolorem Obscurum and DJ Astra. Admission: $10 in advance; $12 day of show.

Flickinger Center for Performing Arts — 1110 New York, in Alamogordo. Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.
• ‘Jungle Book’— The internationally touring State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara, performs the classic tale Saturday, April 11, with performances by local ballet students. Tickets: $19, $32, $40.
• Alamogordo Music Theatre presents “The Wedding Singer” (based on the Adam Sandler film) at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 17-18 and 24-25, plus a 2 p.m. show Sunday, April 19. Tickets: $12. Information: alamogordomusictheatre.org.
• ‘Play Me: The Music of Neil Diamond’ is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2. The concert is a GCRMC Benefit for the building of the new Cancer Center, and features Las Cruces tribute artist Chris Waggoner, backed by his 10-piece “Play Me” Band. Concert tickets: $45.
  A private reception with hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and live auction begins at 5:30 p.m. Combo reception/concert tickets are $65.

Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino — Mescalero, N.M. Most shows begin at 8 p.m. and are limited to age 21 and older, unless listed otherwise. Tickets through Yapsody.com or Ticketmaster. Information: 1-877-277-5677 or innofthemountaingods.com.
• Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano perform Saturday, April 11. Tickets: $25-$55.
• Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives — The country star performs at 8 p.m. Friday, May 1. Tickets: $25-$65.
• La Maquinaria Norteña — The norteño band performs Saturday, May 2. Tickets: $25-$55.
• Robert Irvine — The celebrity chef appears at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 9. Tickets: $70.
• George Lopez — The comic performs Saturday, July 18. Postponed from March. Tickets: $55-$65.
• Chris Janson — The country singer performs, Friday, Sept. 4. Rescheduled. Tickets: $39-$79.

Spencer Theater for Performing Arts — 108 Spencer Road (off Airport Hwy 220) in Alto, N.M. Information: (575) 336-4800 or spencertheater.com.
  Public buffets ($20) are available before most shows.
• The Haggard Brothers: Tribute To Merle Haggard — Sons Ben and Noel Haggard pay homage to their father’s musical legacy together with members of Merle’s longtime band, The Strangers, at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 11. Expect renditions of “Mama Tried,” Silver Wings,” “Sing Me Back Home,” “Working Man Blues” and more to fill the night with remembrances of the iconic king of outlaw country. Tickets: $39-$69.
• The Brothers Four — The pioneers in the folk music revival, dubbed “America’s Musical Ambassadors to the World,” perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 25, with classics such as “Greenfields,” “Try To Remember,” “Yellow Bird,” “Where Have All The Flowers Gone,” and “Shenandoah.” Tickets: $39-$59.

 


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