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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 neondesertmusicfestival.com.
Other performers include Alesso, Logic, Migos, Ghostland Observatory, Nelly, Lil Uzi Vert, Mon Laferte, Baauer, Thomas Jack, Khalid, Mija, Los Amigos Invisibles, DLD, Porter, Ty Segall, Marc E. Bassy, Show Tha Product, Trae Tha Truth, The Chamanas, Tennyson, Medasin, Michael Christmas, Bogan Via, Frontera Bugalu, J^hir, Sorrytown, Stan Z, Ribo Flavin, Rare Individuals, The Other Half, Kilo and the Dew, Our Friend the Mountain, Miijas, Acid Pie, Dayluta Means Kindness, Yung Jung, Eddy Boy, Trost House, Frythm, Mikey Cloud, Polaroids, If We Were Turtles, Flamél, Volta, Rose.Golden and Brandon Bailey Johnson.
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).
Fans will recognize the key songs from various albums - songs that put Jethro Tull and Ian Anderson on the map in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s - with most of them accompanied by big screen HD video elements to enhance the concert experience.
Favorites include: “Dharma For One” in 1968, “Bourée,” “Nothing Is Easy,” “A New Day Yesterday,” “Living In The Past,” “Aqualung,” “Locomotive Breath,” “My God,” “Aqualung” and on through to “Thick As A Brick” and material from the albums of the next three decades.
Los Tres Tristes Tigres — The musical comedy trio perform at 8 p.m. Friday, June 2, at Abraham Chavez Theatre, with original songs, parodies, monologues and routines. The trio interacts with the audience, so no two shows are the same. They trio is known as one of the best stand-up comedy shows in Mexico. Humor suitable for all ages. Tickets: $35 to $60. (Ticketmaster).
Miike Snow — The indie pop band performs at 8 p.m. Monday, June 5, at Tricky Falls, 209 S. El Paso. The Swedish band’s hits include “Genghis Khan,” My Trigger,” and “The Heart of Me.” Tickets: $25 ($40 balcony). Information: 351-9909. Tickets at trickyfalls.com, holdmyticket.com or ticketfly.com.
‘Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella’ — The Broadway in El Paso series closes its season with the Tony-winning Broadway musical 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $47.50 to $82.50 (Ticketmaster).
The musical from the creators of “The Sound of Music” and ”South Pacific” features a full orchestra, spectacular transformations and such classic moments as the glass slipper, the masked ball and more, plus some surprising new twists. Songs include “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago.”
Alabanza 2017 — The Spanish language program of praise, presented by Congreso Internacional Catolico, is 3 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 Paisano. Performers include Son by 4, Jon Carlo, Inés de Viaud, Juan Bautista and José A. De Anda. Tickets: $14-$24 (Ticketmaster).
Carlos Mencia — The superstar standup comic performs June 15-17, at the Comic Strip, 1201 Airway. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Thursday, and 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets: $27.50 Thursday and late show Friday and Saturday; $32.50 early show Friday and Saturday; VIP tickets $10 more; limited front meet and greet tickets offered for $20 more; available at ticketweb.com. Information/showtimes: 779-5233 or laff2nite.com.
“Mind of Mencia” debuted on Comedy Central in early 2005. It became one of the strongest shows in the network’s history, averaging about 1.5 million total viewers.
Alfredo Olivas — The young ranchera singer (aka “el Patroncito). performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at El Paso County Coliseum, with Alta Consinga. Tickets: $40; general admission (Ticketmaster).
‘PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue’ — The Nickelodeon show hits the stage at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 17-18, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $16-$50 (Ticketmaster).
It’s the Great Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger, but Goodway is nowhere to be found. PAW Patrol to the rescue!
Downtown Street Festival — The “StreetFest” encompasses the entire El Paso Convention Center area, with four stages of live music, food, games, car show and fireworks Friday and Saturday, June 23-24. Gates open at 6 p.m. for headline performances 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.
‘Imparables’ — The hit Spanish-language comedy battle show featuring Adrian Uribe and Omar Chaparro is 8 p.m. Friday, June 30, at Abraham Chavez Theatre. Ages 18 and older. Tickets: $39-$150 (Ticketmaster).
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).
In the past six years, Prince Royce has earned 11 No. 1 hits, 21 Latin Billboard Music Awards, 19 Premio Lo Nuestro Awards, 19 Premios Juventud Awards and nine Latin Grammy Award nominations, behind such hits as “Corazon Sin Cara,” “Stand by Me,” “Las Cosas Pequeñas,” “Incondicional,” “Darte un Beso,” “Stuck on a Feeling” with Snoop Dogg and “Back it Up,” featuring Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull.
Old School Throwback Jam — The Old School Jam is 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 14, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center, featuring Morris Day and the Time, Dazz Band, SHOCK G “Humpty Hump,” Chubb Rock, Doug E. Fresh, Jalil and Ecstasy, Force MDS and Brenda K. Starr. Lineup subject to change. Tickets: $34-$56. (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).
David Blaine — The magician, illusionist, and stunt artist performs at 8 p.m. Friday, July 21, at the Plaza Theatre, as part of his first-ever North American tour. Tickets: $49.50 to $89.50 (Ticketmaster); VIP meet and greet packages: $300.
An experiment in and of itself, the tour will evolve as it moves across the country as Blaine pushes the limits and attempt new feats. No two shows will be exactly the same.
Blaine redefined magic after producing and directing his original television special “Street Magic” when he was just 23. Over the last two decades, Blaine’s nine primetime specials have seen him being buried alive in New York City for a week, encased inside a six-ton block of ice for three days and many other death-defying feats.
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness — The singer-songwriter brings his Zombies in America Tour to El Paso at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 22, at Tricky Falls, 209 S. El Paso, with special guests Arizona and The Greeting Committee. All ages show. Tickets: $28.50-$31.50; online at trickyfalls.com or ticketfly.com. Information: 351-9909.
McMahon was diagnosed with cancer at age 22, just as was about to release his debut album. He was nominated for an Emmy for his song “I Heard Your Voice in a Dream”" on NBC's Smash, and sold nearly 2 million albums in a little more than a decade.
Hit hits include "Cecilia and the Satellite,” written for his daughter, “Fire Escape,” “High Dive” and his duo with Lindsey Stirling, “Something Wild,” from the Pete’s Dragon soundtrack.
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 at Journeys stores or online at vanswarpedtour.com.
The tour celebrates punk rock, metal, hardcore and more with groups including Sick Of It All, CKY, GWAR, The Adolescents, T.S.O.L, Hatebreed, Emmure, The Ataris, as well as contemporary acts like Andy Black, American Authors, Beartooth, Dance Gavin Dance, Jule Vera, I Prevail, Neck Deep, New Years Day, Memphis May Fire, and War On Women.
Other performers include Blessthefall, The Acacia Strain Stacked Like Pancakes, Microwave, Municipal Waste, Being as an Ocean, Carnifex, Fit For a King, Boston Manor, Creeper, The Gospel Youth, Knocked Loose, Movements, Trophy Eyes, Hawthorne Heights, New Years Day, Sammy Adams, Watsky, Hands Like Houses, Our Last Night, Save Ferris, Alestorm, Barb Wire Dolls, Sonic Boom Six, The White Noise, William Control, Bad Cop/Bad Cop, Fire From The Gods, Valient Thorr, Being As An Ocean, Candiria, Counterparts, Silent Planet, Stick To Your Guns, Sylar, After The Burial, Emmure, Hundredth, Silverstein, Sworn In, Too Close To Touch, Courage My Love, Farewell Winters, Feeki, Shattered Sun and tiLLie.
The Entertainment Institute (TEI) will offer workshops for those interested in volunteering during tour. Each workshop is a 40-minute backstage experience. Details and cost available at eventbrite.com.
Cristian Castro — The Latin hit vocalist performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at Abraham Chavez Theatre. Tickets: $45 to $140 (Ticketmaster).
Castro is the son of two popular Mexican entertainers: actress-singer Veronica Castro and comedian-actor Manuel “El Loco” Valdes. His Viva El Principe was the top selling Latin Pop album in Mexico, and is Latin Billboard’s winner for Artist of the Year, Male and Latin Pop Albums Artist of the Year, Solo. Hits include “Azul,” “Alguna Vez,” and more.
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).
Gloria Trevi is known as the “Supreme Diva of Mexican Pop,” with hits like “Pelo Suelto” and “Todos Me Miran.”
Guzman, a Grammy nominees and winner of a Latin Grammy, is known as the “Mexican Queen of Rock.”
Social Distortion — The legendary punkabilly band performs with guest Jade Jackson at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, at Tricky Falls, 209 S. El Paso. All ages show. Tickets: $40 general admission; $140 VIP; available at trickyfalls.com. One dollar from each ticket sold goes to Sweet Relief.
Over the past 30 years, the Southern California punk godfathers fronted by Mike Ness have all but trademarked their brand of hard rockabilly-punk. The group broke through in 1983 with the thrashing punk hit “Mommy’s Little Monster.” Their latest album is “Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes.”
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.
Formed in 1985, the band consists of rock legends lead vocalist Axl Rose and lead guitarist Slash, along with Duff McKagan, Dizzy Reed, Frank Ferrer and Melissa Reed.
Ricardo Arjona — The Guatemalan singer/songwriter’s performs as part of his “Circo Soledad,” Tour at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at El Paso County Coliseum. Tickets: $76.50, $96.50, $116.50 and $156.50 (Ticketmaster).
Arjona is considered one of the most successful Latin American artists of all time, with more than 40 million albums sold. Arjona’s music range is vast, including ballads, rancheras, Latin pop, pop rock and tropical, as well as Cuban, Tejano and Latin sounds. Arjona has won a Grammy Award and a Latin Grammy Award, after earning a combined 21 nominations. He has won four Billboard Latin Music Awards (19 nominations), 13 American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Awards, three Lo Nuestro Awards and is a member of the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame.
His 15th album, “Circo Soledad,” hit the top spot of Billboard’s Latin Pop Albums Chart upon its release this year.
Marisela — The pop singer, often known as the Latin Madonna, performs at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $44 to $110(Ticketmaster).
Way Out West Fest — Country Music sensation, Jake Owen and others will headlines the 2nd annual fusion of culture showcasing all that is great about El Paso at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Southwest University Park, along with a Margarita Contest and Chili Challenge. Tickets: $30, general admission; $50 floor seats; $60 West Bank Club general admission; $120 VIP; available at southwestuniversitypark.com. Information: epwayoutwest.com or on Facebook at EPWayOutWest.
Owen is has recorded five Top 10 albums and six No. 1 singles over the course of his 10-year career. His 2016 album “American Love” featured “American Country Love Song,” which quickly emerged as the summer anthem of 2016.
Russian Grand Ballet Presents ‘Swan Lake’ — The Russian Grand Ballet’s full-length classical production of the world’s most famous ballet, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, is 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, at the Plaza Theatre. This performance includes the rarely seen “Waltz of the Black Swan” and features Russia’s brightest ballet stars. Tickets: $28-$75 (Ticketmaster).
“Swan Lake” features the story of Odette, a beautiful princess, who falls under the spell of an evil sorcerer. Only Prince Siegfried’s devotion can save her.
Shopkins Live! — The popular children’s figures come to life at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the Plaza Theatre. Ages 1 and older require ticket. Tickets: $27-$42.50; VIP packages: $97.50 and $114.30 (Ticketmaster).
All of Shopville is in a tizzy as preparations get underway for the annual “Funtastic Food and Fashion Fair.”
Ringo Starr — The former Beatles drummer brings his All-Starr supergroup to El Paso 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, at the Abraham Chavez Theater, as part of his fall tour, performing Starr’s classics such as “It Don’t Come Easy,” “Photograph,” “Little Help from My Friends,” "Yellow Submarine,” “Wings” and more. Tickets: $57.25 to $167.25; VIP packages available (Ticketmaster)
The band features multi-instrumentalist Todd Rundgren, guitarist Steve Lukather (Toto), singer Richard Page (Mr. Mister), keyboardist Gregg Rolie (Santana), drummer Gregg Bissonette, and saxophonist Warren Ham.
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).
Anka’s two most recent albums, “Rock Swings” and “Classic Songs, My Way,” feature songs created by rock performers like Nirvana and Van Halen.
Amanda Miguel y Diego Verdaguer — The Argentine husband and wife music stars, dubbed Latin America’s “Sonny and Cher,” presents an all-new show including many of their popular hits at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Plaza Theatre. Married since the late ‘70s, the couple continues to lend support to each other’s million-selling recordings. Tickets: $44, $59, $79 and $97. (Ticketmaster).
Mannheim Steamroller — Mannheim Steamroller by Chip Davis, America’s favorite holiday tradition for more than 30 years, performs Tuesday, Dec. 5, at NMSU’s Pan American Center, in Las Cruces. Grammy winner Chip Davis has created a show that features Mannheim Steamroller Christmas classics along with a selection of compositions from Chip’s groundbreaking Fresh Aire series, which introduced the distinctive Mannheim sound to all of America. Tickets on sale July 21 (Ticketmaster).
The program celebrates the group’s recent anniversary of 30 years since the first Christmas album and 40 years since the first Fresh Aire album, and includes dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting.
‘The Great Russian Nutcracker’ — The Moscow Ballet presents the 25th anniversary performances of the holiday classic at 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, and noon Christmas Eve, Sunday, Dec. 24, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets start at $28 (Ticketmaster). Group discounts and VIP packages available. Information: nutcracker.com.
This year marks Moscow Ballet’s 25th consecutive year touring North America.
The performance features 40 Russian dancers performing Tchaikovsky’s timeless score. The “Great Russian Nutcracker” tells the traditional story of a young girl meeting her prince and includes a tribute to world peace and harmony.
Exclusive to the Great Russian Nutcracker is the Dove of Peace, with a 20-foot wingspan, created by two dancers moving as one; Russian folk legends Father Christmas/Ded Moroz and Snow Maiden/Snegurochka who escort Masha and Nutcracker Prince to the Land of Peace and Harmony; life-sized Matrushka Dolls; and whimsical 10-foot-tall silk puppets.
Venues & series
Rockhouse Bar and Grill — 9828 Montana. Information: 591-7625 or on Facebook. Age 18 and older only; $3 fee for under 21. Tickets available at holdmyticket.com. Information on Facebook at RockHousetDiveBarKitchen.
• Decrepit Birth — The technical death metal band’s “Devastation on the Nation” tour is Thursday, June 1, with Seeker, Zenith Passage and more. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 day of show, with a $3 fee for under 21.
• Vader — The metal band’s “Strike of the Empire Tour” is Friday, June 2, with Internal Bleeding, Sacrificial Slaughter, Voices of Ruin, Micawber and more. Doors open at 6 p.m. Age 18 or older only. Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 day of show, with a $3 fee for under 21.
• Slaterica — The world’s only Slayer, Pantera and Meticalla cover band performs at 9 p.m. Friday, July 28. Tickets: $5 ($10 age 18-21).
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 trickyfalls.com, holdmyticket.com or ticketfly.com.
• Nina Diaz — The San Antonio vocalist performs at 9 p.m. Friday, June 2, at The Perch with See and The Deep Shadows. Tickets: $10-$15.
• DED — Arizona hard rock band, 8 p.m. Saturday, June 3, with Andromeda Theory. Tickets: $9.55.
• Robert Randolph and the Family Band — The soul and blues band performs 8 p.m. Sunday, June 4. Tickets: $26; VIP Soundcheck Experience tickets: $90.
• Miike Snow — 8 p.m. Monday, June 5. Tickets: $25 and $40.
• The Birthday Massacre — The Canadian goth rock band’s Under Your Spell Tour is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, with Army of the Universe and Ludovico Technique. Tickets: $18.50-$22.
• Passafire — The reggae band’s Longshot tour is 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, with Bumpin’ Uglies at The Perch. Tickets: $16.
• Suffocation — Death metal band, 8 p.m. Thursday, June 22, at Revocation and Withered. Tickets: $17-$20.
• Born of Osiris — The progressive metal band’s New Reign Tour Part II is 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 6, with Volumes, Betraying The Martyrs and Widowmaker. Tickets: $19-$21.
• David Dondero — The singer-songwriter performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 6, in The Perch with KT Neely, Omar Cuellar and Gytrash. Tickets: $8.
• Boys Home — Kansas punk band, 8 p.m. Thursday, July 20, with Four Arm Shiver, Sorrytown and Late Phases. Tickets: $5.
• Emily Bell — The Houston-based singer, songwriter performs at 8 p.m. Friday, July 21, with Emily Davis and Javier Martinez. Tickets: $7.
• Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness — The singer-songwriter brings his Zombies in America Tour to El Paso at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 22, with special guests Arizona and The Greeting Committee. Tickets: $28.50-$31.50.
• Taking Back Sunday — The New York rock band performs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, with Every Time I Die and Modern Chemistry. Tickets: $28.50-$30.
• Super Duper Kyle — The rapper’s Super Tour is 9 p.m. Saturday, July 29. Tickets: $15.
• Phora — The rapper’s Yours Truly Tour is 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10. Tickets: $15.
• Fixed Idea 25th Anniversary Concert — The local “chuco ska” band’s anniversary concert is Saturday, Aug. 12, with Hot Rod Boogie, Malibu RU, City Mishaps and Frontera Bugalu. Tickets: $6 in advance; $7 at the door.
• Letters from The Fire — The hard rock band performs 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22. Tickets: $12-$15.
• Social Distortion — The legendary punkabilly band performs with guest Jade Jackson at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5. Tickets: $40 general admission; $140 VIP.
• Decapitated and Thy Art is Murder — The death metal bands’ “Double Homicide” Tour is 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, with Fallujah and Ghost Bath. Tickets: $18-$21.
• Two Door Cinema Club — The British indie-rock band performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, with Circa Waves. Tickets: $35-$40.
• Against Me! — The punk band performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, with Bleached and The Dirty Nil. Tickets: $21-$24.50.
• Sacred Reich — The thrash metal band’s “30 Years of Ignorance” Tour is 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, with special guest Byzantine. Tickets: $23-$26.
• Dark Tranquillity — Swedish death metal band, 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, with Warbringer and Striker. Tickets (on sale May 3): $21-$51.
• Brujeria — The band performs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, with special guests Voodoo Glow Skulls and Piñata Protest. Tickets: $24.
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 lowbrowpalace.com.
• Plastic Pinks — The Miami rock band performs at 9 p.m. Monday, June 12, with Stangus and Stardust Experience Obliteration and Natural Jelly. Tickets: $10-$12.
• Shawn James and the Shapeshifters — The hard rock band performs at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, June 15, with Gleewood and Gila Monsters. Tickets: $10-$12.
• Feathericci — The Santa Fe DJ performs at 9 p.m. Saturday, June 17, with Rob Bass and Daniel Becker. Admission is free.
• My Jerusalem — Indie rock band, 9 p.m. Sunday, June 18. Tickets: $10-$12.
• Mystic Braves — The alternative rock band performs at 9 p.m. Monday, June 19, with the Creation Factory and Nico & the Silent Films. Tickets: $10-$12.
• The Picturebooks — The Indie duo performs at 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 20. Tickets: $10-$12.
• Dem Dud3s — The hip-hop and rap artists perform Thursday, June 22, with special guests Young Deluxe, Lil Thrashout, BLVKKHVRT, Miles Angel, Geminii Jay, Joshua Stephfon, Quince and DJ BrainxDamage. Tickets: $25
• Gt Garza — Hip-hop artist, 9 p.m. Friday, June 23, with Throwed Ese, Jay 9 and Ezra Millz. Tickets: $10-$15
• Hot Flash Heat Wave — The rock band performs 9 p.m. Sunday, June 25, with Inner Wave. Tickets: $10-$12.
• Sean Rowe — Alternative folk singer-songwriter, 9 p.m. Monday, June 26. Tickets: $15-$17.
• Little Tybee — The Atlanta folk-rock band performs at 9 p.m. Thursday, June 29. Tickets: $8-$10.
• Sam O.B. — Brooklyn-based musician, 10 p.m. Saturday, July 8. Tickets: $10-$12.
• Prophets and Outlaws — The Texas country soul band performs at 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 11. Tickets: $10-$12.
• Coast 2 Coast Live Interactive Artist Showcase is 10 p.m. Thursday, July 13. Tickets: $10.
• Big Business — The LA rockers perform at 10 p.m. Friday, July 14. Tickets: $13-$15
• Pig — The project by Raymond Watts, the diva of industrial, is 9 p.m. Wednesdays, July 19, with Julien-K and Ghostfeeder. Tickets: $10-$12.
• J Boog — The R&B singer performs at 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, with the Movement. Tickets: $18-$20.
• Civil Youth — The Philly alternative rock band performs 9:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, with Kilo and The Dew, Frenzi and Pilots of Venus. Admission is free.
• The Head — The indie rock band performs 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, with Coastlands and Dayluta Means Kindness. Tickets: $10-$12.:
• Betty Who — The Australian singer-songwriter performs at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, with Geographer. Tickets: $15 (VIP tickets $199).
• Pelican — 9 p.m. Wednesdays, Aug. 23, with Inter Arma. Tickets: $12-$15.
• Sithu Aye — The Glasgow guitarist performs Sunday, Sept. 10. Tickets to be announced.
• Bobaflex — 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, with Beitthemeans. Tickets: $15-$17.
• The Courtneys — The pop group performs at 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2. Tickets: $10-$12.
• Middle Kids — The Aussie trio performs at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5. Tickets: $13-$15.
Spencer Theater for Performing Arts — Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M. Performances are 8 p.m., unless listed otherwise. Information: (575) 336-4800 or spencertheater.com.
The annual Taste of the Spencer fundraiser is 6 p.m. Saturday, June 17.
Summer Season 2017 tickets now on sale. Pre-show buffets begin two hours prior to show; cost is $20.
• Larry Gatlin and the Blackwood Quartet — The country legend opens the summer season at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 27. The Blackwood Quartet, one of the most beloved gospel groups of all time, joins forces with country great Larry Gatlin for a night of classic country gospel. Tickets: $39-$69.
• ‘Stayin’ Alive’ One Night of the Bee Gees — The world’s No. 1 Tribute to The Brothers Gibbs is Saturday, June 3. Stayin’ Alive features a gifted trio of singers backed by studio musicians who wholly capture the sound mystique of The Bee Gees in blockbuster hits such as “Night Fever,” “Jive Talkin,” “How Deep Is Your Love,” “You Should Be Dancin”, “Nights On Broadway,” and softer poetic ballads like “Words” and “To Love Somebody.” Tickets: $39-$69.
• The Four Freshmen — The vocal group performs Saturday, June 10. The Four Freshmen have a slew of timeless jazz and pop hits like “It’s A Blue World,” “Mood Indigo,” “Graduation Day,” “Angel Eyes,” “How Can I Tell Her,” “Whistle Me Some Blues,” “In This Whole Wide World,” and others. Tickets: $39-$59.
• Reckless Kelly — The country band from Red Dirt, Texas performs Friday, June 23, with original songs, introspective melodies and dynamic musicianship. Hits include “Long Night Moon,” “How Can You Love Him (You Don't Even Like Him)” and “Moment in the Sun.”
• The Air National Guard Band of the Southwest — The 39-member professional military band from Texas performs pop , Americana and traditional songs Saturday, July 1. Admission is free; reserved ticket required.
Flickinger Center for Performing Arts — 1110 New York Ave. Alamogordo. Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.
• Rock ‘n’ Roll Time performance is 7 p.m. Friday, June 2. Tickets: $10.
• The center’s first Western BBQ and Street Dance fundraiser is 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at Patron’s Hall, next door to the center. Cost: $25 dinner and dance; $15 dance only.
• Get the Led Out — 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. GTLO is a group of professional musicians who are passionate about the music of Led Zeppelin, bringing the band’s studio recordings to life on the concert stage. Tickets: $27-$37.
Flickinger’s annual Tailgate 2017 outdoor concert series concerts are 8 p.m. on various Saturdays June 10-Aug. 26, in the upper parking lot at the New Mexico Museum of Space History. Season spaces are $150-$180 for six shows (often sell out early).
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 online through Yapsody. Information: 1-877-277-5677 or innofthemountaingods.com.
• Lynyrd Skynyrd — The Southern rock legends perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 17, with special guest Rodney Atkins and Parmalee. Outdoor concert. Tickets: $76 general admission; $125 VIP.
• George Lopez — The popular comedian performs Sunday, June 18. Tickets: $75; $125 VIP.
• Clay Walker — The country star performs Friday, July 7. Tickets: $30-$65.
• The O’Jays — The classic group, members of both the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and R&B Music Hall of Fame, perform Saturday, July 15. Tickets: $30-$115.
‘Broadway in El Paso’ 2017-2018 — El Paso Electric presents El Paso Live’s 14th annual Broadway series at the Plaza Theatre, highlighted by the two-week run of Disney’s “The Lion King” in 2018. Subscriber benefits include guaranteed same seats to all shows, as well as the chance to renew those seats from year to year. Subscribers also receive additional ticket discounts and the chance to purchase tickets to additional shows before the general public. Six show packages start as $215; five show packages (excluding “Rent”) available. Group discounts (for 10 or more) available) Individual tickets prices announced this fall. Information: 231-1111, ElPasoLive.com/Broadway or on Facebook at Broadway in El Paso.
The 2017/2018 season:
• 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19-24: “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” the inspiring Tony- and Grammy-winning true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Featuring beloved songs including “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend.” and the title song. Book by Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni, choreography by Josh Prince.
• 8 p.m. Nov. 10-11: “Motown The Musical,” the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Featuring classic songs such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”
• 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5-6: “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.” Getting away with murder can be so much fun…and there’s no better proof than the hilarious hit show that won the 2014 Tony for Best Musical. It’s the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, an heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by eliminating the eight pesky relatives who stand in his way ... and be done in time for tea.
• 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16-17: “Rent” 20th Anniversary Tour. Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, “Rent” follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out.
• 7:30 p.m. March 11-12: “Dirty Dancing.” This worldwide smash hit features the hit songs “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart-stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life.” It’s the summer of 1963, and 17-year-old Frances “Baby” Houseman is on vacation in New York’s Catskill Mountains with her older sister and parents. Baby discovers her own entertainment when she stumbles upon the staff quarters where an all-night dance party is in full swing. Mesmerized by the raunchy dance moves and the pounding rhythms, Baby can’t wait to be part of the scene, especially when she catches sight of the resort dance instructor.
• 7:30 p.m. May 30-June 10: Disney’s “The Lion King.” More than 90 million people around the world have experienced the phenomenon, which has won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Tony-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. Music by Tony-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice.
Special Add On Production of “Buddy: the Buddy Holly Story” is 7:30 p.m. April 2. Now in its 27th amazing year, the “World’s Most Successful Rock ‘n’ Roll Musical” tells the story of Buddy Holly through his short yet spectacular career, and features the classic songs, “That’ll Be The Day,” “Not Fade Away,” “Oh Boy,” Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba,” The Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace” and more.
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