Here's the Ticket


April 2017

Here's the Ticket

Menu of this month's listings, stories and columns

For event tickets sold through Ticketmaster, call 1-800-745-3000 or go to Unless indicated, prices listed do not include service charges.

Yuridia — The Latin pop singer performs at 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 31, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $42-$110 (Ticketmaster).
  After winning second place on the popular Mexican reality show “La Academia,” Yuridia scored major success with her debut album, “La Voz de un Ángel,” selling 1.5 million copies.

‘Imparables’ — The hit Spanish-language comedy show featuring Adrian Uribe and Omar Chaparro is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at NMSU’s Pan American Center in Las Cruces. Ages 18 and older. Tickets: $55-$85 (Ticketmaster)

‘In the Mood’ — The 1940s musical revue returns to El Paso at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at the Plaza Theatre, featuring the music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Erskine Hawkins, The Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra and other greats of the era. Tickets: $29 to $60(Ticketmaster).
  The show features the String of Pearls singers and dancers with a 13-piece big band orchestra. In the 1940s, the combination of up-tempo big band instrumentals and intimate, romantic ballads set the mood for a future filled with promise, hope and prosperity.

Michael McDonald — The five-time Grammy winner performs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, at the Plaza Theatre. His works range from ‘70s-era Doobie Brothers classics such as “What A Fool Believes” and solo hits like “I Keep Forgettin’” through two highly-acclaimed Motown albums, genre-busting guest spots and innovative concept shows. Tickets: $38 to $85. (Ticketmaster).
In the early 1970s, McDonald became an integral part of the sound of Steely Dan, singing background vocals on FM staples like “Black Friday” and “Peg.” In the mid ‘70s, McDonald joined The Doobie Brothers, helping the band redefine their funky R & B sound as a singer, keyboardist and songwriter on such Top 40 singles as “Takin’ It To The Streets,” “It Keeps You Runnin’,” “Minute By Minute” and “What A Fool Believes.”
  During the ‘80s and ‘90s, his solo career zoomed from success to success on the wings of evergreen hits like “Sweet Freedom,” “On My Own” (a duet with Patti LaBelle) and the Grammy-winning duet with James Ingram “Yah Mo B There.”

21 Savage — The Atlanta rapper’s “Issa Tour” stops at El Paso Thursday, April 6, at El Buchanan’s Event Center, 11540 Pellicano. Also performing are Young M.A. , Tee Grizzley and Young Nudy. Tickets: $30 to $130. Available at

Garth Brooks — The country music superstar and 2016 CMA Entertainer of the Year returns to Las Cruces for the first time in 21 years for a five-show run as part of his World Tour at 7 p.m. Friday and 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 7-9, at NMSU’s Pan American Center, with guest Trisha Yearwood. Garth Brooks is America’s No. 1 selling solo artist. Tickets: $74.98 (Ticketmaster); 8 ticket limit. Information: (575)646-1420.
  Brooks originally was scheduled for one show on April but an unprecedented avalanche of ticket sales led to four shows being added within hours after tickets first went on sale.
  Brooks has broken his Las Cruces sales record with this show selling more than 39,000 tickets in under 40 minutes.

‘Hijas de su Madre’ — Ariane Pellicer stars in the Spanish language comedy at 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 7, at the Plaza Theatre. The play is about a married man with many mistresses; all of whom are trying to kill him for his money. Also starring Sana Dosamantes, Patricia Reyes Spíndola, Aylin Mujica, Lourdes Munguia, Marisa del Portillo and Anna Silveti. Tickets: $39.50 and $69.50 (Ticketmaster).

Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Ovo’ — The Cirque du Soleil brings its newest touring arena show April 12-16 at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1:30 and 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $35, $95 and $145 (Ticketmaster, UTEP Ticket Center). Information: 747-5234.
  Ovo, meaning “egg” in Portuguese, is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a nonstop riot of energy and movement.
  When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives. It is love at first sight when a gawky, quirky insect arrives in this bustling community and a fabulous ladybug catches his eye – and the feeling is mutual.

Raymond Orta — The comic brings his “Prende La Vela” Comedy Tour to El Paso at 8 p.m. Friday, April 14, at the Plaza Theatre. Orta began pursuing a professional career in comedy at 15 with a unique blend of Latin humor, impressions and stories of growing up in the barrio. He has since had the opportunity work with comedians like Kristen Keyes, Juan Villareal, Paul Rodriguez and Gabriel Iglesias. Tickets: $25; $32 and $42.50. (Ticketmaster).

Sesame Street Live ‘Elmo Makes Music’ — The Sesame Street Live annual Easter week shows are April 14-16 at the Plaza Theatre. Presented by VEE Corporation. Showtimes are 2 and 6:30 p.m. Friday, 10:30, 2 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15-$35(Ticketmaster); all children over age 1 must purchase ticket. Information: 1-800-745-3000 or
  VIP “Sunny Seat” packages available with pre-show activities and photo ops. Meet and Greet activities are one hour before showtime; cameras welcome.
  When the music teacher’s instruments go missing, Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and more come to the rescue and discover instruments they never knew existed. Children learn that everyone can make and enjoy beautiful music together.

Giada Valenti: From Venice with Love — The Award-winning Italian singer- songwriter performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at The Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $35-$95 (Ticketmaster).
  In 2010, Valenti performed a Broadway show called “An Evening with Giada Valenti,” singing love songs of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
  “From Venice With Live” is a carefully curated celebration of romance that embraces classic and contemporary love of songs by such diverse artists as The Carpenters, Rosemary Clooney, The Beatles, The Doors, Christina Perri, The Bee Gees and more.

‘Anything Goes’ — UTEP Dinner Theatre in the UTEP Student Union presents the Cole Porter musical April 21-May 7. Show time is 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Sunday dinner show is 1:30 p.m. April 23; non-dinner matinees are Sunday 2:30 p.m. April 30 and May 7. Tickets: $31.50 to $46.50 for dinner performances; and $17.50 to $27.50 no-dinner matinee performances. Information: 747-6060 or

The 1975 — The UK art-pop quartet brings their North American tour to El Paso at 8 p.m. Friday, April 21, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Tickets: $44.95 to $59.95 (Ticketmaster).
  The band is nominated for two Brit Awards and their current single, “Somebody Else,” is Top 10 at Modern Rock Radio, while the video has racked up more than 16 million views.

‘Olé’ — Showtime! El Paso closes its season with the globetrotting, award-winning flamenco comedy trio at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Abraham Chavez Theatre, as part of its U.S. Debut Tour. Tickets: $30; general admission. Information: 544-2022 or
  The group offers a unique combination of frantic slapstick, dueling guitars and virtuoso musicianship. The fast-paced, interactive performance is fun for the whole family.

Shen Yun 2017 — The celebration of the Chinese culture through music and dance is 3 and 8 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at The Plaza Theatre, featuring 5000 years of Chinese culture, athletic classical Chinese dance, a groundbreaking East-West orchestra with an elaborate backdrop and setting. Tickets: $70-$120. Information: 1-800-380-8265 or

2017 Worship Night In America Tour — Grammy winner Chris Tomlin headlines the tour that “Seeks to Unite the Church in Worship and Prayer” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center, featuring Big Daddy Weave, Phil Wickham, Zach Williams, Mosaic MSC and Jason Barton. Ticket: $15, $19.75, $28.75, $38.75 and $69.75 (Ticketmaster).
  Tomlin’s 11th studio album, “Never Lose Sight,” recently debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Albums Chart. The album features the single “Good Good Father.” In 2016, Tomlin was honored as the fourth recipient of the SoundExchange Digital Radio Award, recognizing more than 1 billion digital radio plays.

Paloma and Di Blasio — The Argentinean Latin jazz pianist and Spanish singer Paloma San Basilio perform together for the first time in their “Tal Como Somos Tour” that sings to love and friendship at 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 28, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $79.50 and $149.50 (Ticketmaster).

‘Foam Wonderland’ — The Ultimate Foam Party Experience and Electronic Dance Music event Climax Tour 2017, is 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, April 29, at El Paso County Coliseum, with music by TJR and more to be announced. The event features the world’s biggest foam production and lasers. Tickets: $15 general admission; $30 VIP (Ticketmaster). Information:

‘The Phantom of the Opera’ — Broadway in El Paso presents Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s phenomenal musical for 15 performances May 3-14, at the Plaza Theatre. Music by Webber, lyrics by Charles Hart, and book by Webber and Richard Steilgoe. Tickets: $32.50, $47.50, $52.50, $67.50, $75, $82.50, and $90 (Ticketmaster). Information: 10800-745-3000.
  Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, and Tuesday through Thursday, May 9-11; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 4; 8 p.m. Fridays, May 5 and 12; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 6 and 13; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 7; and 1 p.m. Sunday, May 14.

At The Drive In — The post-hardcore group kicks off their 21-city tour at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at El Paso County Coliseum, with special guest Le Butcherettes. Tickets: $25; available at and or at Happy House and Headstand.
  The El Paso-born five-piece group was formed in 1994 and reformed in 2016. This will be their first hometown concert since April 2012.
  The band’s latest album, “Inter Alia,’ comes out May 5, and is their first release since 2000’s “Relationship of Command.”

La Oreja de Van Gogh — The Latin pop band’s “Planeta Imaginario Tour” is 8 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. The group has sold more than 8 million records worldwide with hits like “Rosas,” “Mi vida sin ti,” “La Playa” and more. Tickets: $38-$120 (Ticketmaster).

Yolanda Del Rio — The Mexican actress and ranchera singer performs at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 14, at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. Tickets: $30-$60 (Ticketmaster).

Disney on Ice: ‘Dream Big’ — With Tinker Bell as the guide, audiences will follow eight Disney princesses May 17-21 at the El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 Paisano. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and noon, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Thursday’s performance in Spanish. Tickets: $22, $28, $55 and $65 (Ticketmaster) Ages 2 and older must have ticket. Information: 533-9899, or
  Disney’s most courageous leading ladies — Ariel, Belle,

Gabriel Iglesias — The “fluffy” comedian’s “FluffyMania World Tour: 20 Years of Comedy” is 8 p.m. Friday, May 19, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. Age 7 and older admitted. Tickets: $30-$70 (Ticketmaster). VIP experience available with Meet and Greet, autographed item and VIP lanyard.

Band of Horses — The American rock band performs 7 p.m. Monday, May 22, at Tricky Falls, 209 S. El Paso. All ages show. Tickets: $30 in advance; $32 at the door (

Neon Desert Music Festival — Hardwell, Foster the People and J Bavlin are among the performers for the 7th annual music festival 3 p.m. to midnight Saturday and Sunday, May 27-28, on three stages in Downtown El Paso, from Cleveland Square to San Jacinto Plaza. Tickets: $119 two day general admission; VIP packages are$250-$550; online at

Jethro Tull by Ian Anderson — Jethro Tull/Ian Anderson will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 28, at the Plaza Theatre. The concerts feature a solid collection of the best-known Tull repertoire from 1968 to date. Tickets; $39.95 to $99.50 (Ticketmaster).

‘Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella’ — The Broadway in El Paso series closes its season with the Tony-winning Broadway musical Tuesday, June 6, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $47.50 and $75 (Ticketmaster).

Alabanza 2017 — The Spanish language program of praise is 3 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 Paisano. Tickets to be announced (Ticketmaster).

Downtown Street Festival — The “StreetFest” encompasses the entire El Paso Convention Center area, with stages of live music including the main stage, rock stage and Latin stage, food, games Friday and Saturday, June 23-24. Single day general admission tickets: $21.65. VIP admission (age 21 and older): $135.30. One-day 4-packs available for $27.05.
  Friday’s headliner is Papa Roach with In This Moment and Starset.
  Saturday’s headline is hard rock legend Alice Cooper, with Jackyl and Dokken.

Prince Royce — The Latin pop superstar returns to El Paso at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 6, at El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano, with special guest Luis Cornel. Tickets: $36.50, $56.50, $76.50 and $96.50; VIP tickets also available starting at $246 (Ticketmaster).

Journey — The classic rock legends perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 15, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center, with special guest Asia. Tickets: $171.45-$479; VIP packages available. (Ticketmaster).

Vans Warped Tour 2017 — The annual music and extreme sports event returns to Las Cruces 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, at the NMSU Intramural Field (next to Aggie Memorial Stadium), featuring more seven live music stages. Several extreme sports and lifestyle events and displays also featured. Line-up may vary. Gates open at 10 a.m. Tickets: $34.25 general admission (Ticketmaster); also available at

Cristian Castro — The Latin hit vocalist performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at Abraham Chavez Theatre. Tickets: $45 to $140 (Ticketmaster).

Gloria Trevi and Alejandra Guzman — The Latin pop-rock divas perform at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, at El Paso County Coliseum. Tickets: $59.50, $79.50, $99.50, $125 and $150 (Ticketmaster).

Guns N’ Roses — One of the biggest rock bands of the ‘90s brings its “Not in this Lifetime” Tour to El Paso at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, at Sun Bowl Stadium. Their last appearance in the area was in 1992 at Las Cruces’ Aggie Memorial Stadium. Tickets: $62 to $743. VIP packages are $568-$1,244.

Paul Anka — The legendary singer and songwriter performs at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Anka wrote songs for artist like Frank Sinatra, Connie Francis and Buddy Holly in addition to his own hits like “Put Your Head on My Shoulder, “Lonely Boy,” “Puppy Love” and more. Tickets: $59-$169 (Ticketmaster).

Venues & series

Lowbrow Palace — 111 E. Robinson. Doors open one hour prior to show time. Concerts are all ages, unless otherwise listed. Surcharge for ages under 21. Tickets at
• Generationals — American new wave duo, 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, with Raindeer. Tickets: $10-$12.
• A Thief Named Time — 9:30 p.m. Friday, March 31, with Deliah Blue, Hot Shot Kixx and State Limbo. A video release party for Hot Shot Kixx is also featured All ages show; 18 and older only for party. Admission is free.
• Blake — 9 p.m. Saturday, April 1. Tickets: $20 (meet and greet tickets $40).
• Badflower — The LA rock band performs at 9 p.m. Sunday, April 2, with Somewhat Lethargic and A Thief Named Time. Tickets: $10-$12.
• Royal Thunder — Atlanta hard rock band, 9 p.m. Thursday, April 6, with Adrian and the Sickness and Insolit. Tickets: $10-$12.
• State Limbo — The local band performs 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 7, with If We Were Turtles, Deliah Blue and Sailing Apollo. Admission is free; ages 18 and older only.
• Acid Mothers Temple — The “freak-out” group performs at 10 p.m. Saturday, April 8, with Babylon. Tickets: $10-$12.
• Ape Machine — 9 p.m. Monday, April 10, with Brother Strange and Protokol. Admission is free.
• Froth — The LA indie band performs at 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, with POW! and Sluur. Tickets: $10-$12.
• Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears — the American blues, funk and soul artist performs at 10 p.m. Saturday, April 15. Tickets: $13-$15.
• The Love Dimensions and Vanessa Silberman — The San Francisco psychedelic rock band performs with the musician/producer at 9 p.m. Sunday April 16, with Lunas, Strangus and Stardust, Experience Obliteration, Nico and the Silent Films. Tickets: $8-$10.
• Peelander-Z — The Japanese punk band performs at 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 18.Tickets: $10-$12.
• Black Pussy — Portland rock band, 9 p.m. Sunday, April 23. Admission is free; age 18 and older only.
• Twin Peaks — Chicago indie band, 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, with Chrome Pony and Post Animal. Tickets: $14-$16.
• San Fermin — The indie rock band performs at 9 p.m. Saturday, April 29, with Low Roar. Tickets: $12 ($66.14 VIP).
• Deerhunter — Rock band, 9 p.m. Sunday, April 30. Tickets: $15-$17.
• Daisyhead — Nashville alternative band, 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, with Fossil Youth. Tickets: Tickets: $10-$12.
• Kilter — Electronic rock group, 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 10. Tickets: $14-$15.
• Super Tour with Cousin Stizz — The hip-hop tour with Super Duper Kyle and Cousin Stizz is 10 p.m. Friday, May 12. Tickets: $15.
• Icon for Hire — The Illinois rock band performs at 9 p.m. Thursday, May 18, with Assuming We Survive. Tickets: $12-$15.

Tricky Falls — 209 S. El Paso. All shows are all-ages, unless listed otherwise. Listings also cover shows in The Perch (former Bowie Feathers location). Information: 351-9909. Tickets at, or
  Advance tickets for some shows available at Tricky Falls or The Perch, All That Music and Video, Eloise and 7th Layer.
• Arkham D3ath H3x CD release with DJs Spooky Doom, Lady Die and St. Jack, is Saturday, April 1, at The Perch.
• Jarabe de Palo — Spanish rock group, 8 p.m. Monday, April 3. Tickets: $35-$40.
• Of Montreal — Experimental rock band, 8 p.m. Saturday, April 8. Tickets: $20-$25.
• Chicano Batman — The rock band performs Wednesday, April 12, with Sadgirl and The Shacks. Tickets: $17-$20.
• The Wailers — Legendary reggae band, 8 p.m. Friday, April 14, with Radio La Chusma. Tickets: $20-$22. perform
• CJ Ramone with Big Eyes — Saturday, April 22.
• Pierce The Veil & Sum 41 — The “We Will Detonate Tour” is Monday, April 24, with Emarosa and Chapel.
• King Lil G – The Blessed by God Tour is Tuesday, May 16.
• Conor Oberst — The American singer-songwriter performs at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 18, with Phoebe Bridgers. Tickets: $27.
• DJ Rene Romo’s 5th Annual Morrissey Birthday Fiesta is Friday, May 19, at The Perch.
• Zombie Prom — Saturday, May 20, with DJ Joe Dorgan and Book of Love.
• Band of Horses — American rock band, 7 p.m. Monday, May 22. Tickets: $30-$32.
• Suffocation — Death metal band, 8 p.m. Thursday, June 22, at Revocation and Withered. Tickets: $17-$20.

Spencer Theater for Performing Arts — Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M. Performances are at 7 p.m. Pre-show buffets begin two hours prior to show; cost is $20.Information: (575) 336-4800 or
• Gentri — The classical-pop crossover trio of vocalists and Broadway stars present their “Cinematic Pop” sound Saturday, April 1. Tickets: $39-$79.
• ‘Greater Tuna’ — The popular Texas spoof on small town life is Tuesday, April 11. Directed by co-creator and Tuna star Jaston Williams. Tickets: $39-$79.
• Drew Thomas Magic — The illusionist performs Friday, April 21. Thomas uses ordinary objects like power tools and spray paint in fresh, electrifying magic. A finalist on “America’s Got Talent,” Drew and his crew have entertained more than 100 million+ worldwide. Tickets: $39-$89.
• The New Mexichords — The a capella chorus closes the season Saturday, May 13. More than 30 men compose the award-winning barbershop chorus and chapter quartets. Tickets: $25-$39.

Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino — Mescalero, N.M. Age 21 and older admitted. Showtime is 8 p.m., unless listed otherwise. Tickets sold through Ticketmaster. Information: 1-877-277-5677 or
• 38 Special — The classic rock band performs at 7 p.m. Friday, April 7. Tickets: $25-$50.
• Jon Pardi — The county singer performs at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 8, with Aaron Watson. Tickets: $25-$50.
• For King and Country — The Christian rock band performs Thursday, April 27. Tickets: $20-$55.
• REO Speedwagon — The 80s rock favorites perform Saturday, May 6. Golden section tickets: $170.
• Clay Walker — The country star performs Friday, July 7. Tickets to be announced.
  An live cooking demonstration with celebrity chef Bobby Flay is 4 p.m. Saturday, May 13. Tickets: $75 general admission.

Flickinger Center for Performing Arts — 1110 New York Ave. Alamogordo. Information: (575) 437-2202 or
  • Taj Express — The Bollywood Musical Revue is 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 11. Taj Express captures the vibrant, expressive spirit of the Bollywood movies that have been entertaining billions of people in India for generations. Audiences take a live cinematic journey through modern Indian culture and society via a fusion of film, dance, and music. Tickets: $25, $35 and $45.
  Other performances:
• Desert High Classic Bodybuilding Competition is Saturday, April 8.
• The U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers Chorus performs at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, in the Tays Center. Admission is free.
Alamogordo Music Theatre’s spring performance of “Damned Yankees” is April 21-29. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10. Information:
• Santa Fe Opera Apprentices Tour is 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 30. Admission is free.
Academy Jazz and Tap Time perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 6.
• Academy of Ballet perform their spring show at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 12-13.

NM Tech Performing Arts Series — Performances are 7:30 p.m. at New Mexico Tech’s Macey Center in Socorro, N.M. All seats general admission. Information:
• U.S. Army Band & Chorus — The 94-member concert band and chorus performs classical, marches, jazz and Broadway music Friday, April 21. Admission is free.
• Leela Gilday Band — The award winning singer-songwriter and Dene Nation member from the Northwest Territories closes the season Friday, April 28. Tickets: $16 ($14 seniors; $8 youth).

El Paso Scene MONTHLY
This month's listings,
stories and columns

Feature story
Here's the Ticket
Program Notes
On Stage
Southwest Art Scene
At the Museum
History Lessons
Film Scene
Keep on Bookin'
Becoming Bicultural
Liner Notes
Stage Talk
Gallery Talk
Better Parenting


Copyright 2017 by Cristo Rey Communications.