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Ozuna — One of the hottest reggaeton and trap singers in Latin music performs Thursday, Nov. 30, at El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano, for his “Odisea Society USA Tour.” Tickets: $61, $81, $101 and $126.50. (Ticketmaster). Information: 533-9899.
The 25-year-old Dominican-Puerto Rican singer broke into the Latin music scene with his No. 1-ranked debut album, “Odisea,” and his 11 singles on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart, including “Se Preparó,” “Tu Foto,” “En La Intimidad,” “El Pecado,” “No Quiere Enamorarse” and ”Te Vas.”
Ricardo Montaner — The Argentinean singer-songwriter known for his romantic ballads performs at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at The Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $59-$200 (Ticketmaster).
Horizon Tour featuring California DJ Seven Lions — 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, with Tritonal and Kill The Noise, at Buchanan’s Event Center, 11540 Pellicano. All ages show. Tickets: $16 (eventbrite.com).
Sexy Seniors Party featuring ‘The Original Cornell Gunther’s Coasters’ — The high energy group performs 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Flickinger Center, 1110 New York, in Alamogordo, N.M., with hits “Charlie Brown,” “Searchin’,” “Poison Ivy,” “Smokey Joe’s Café,” “Yakety Yak,” plus Motown and soul. Admission: $27.50. Information: (575) 437-2202 or (575) 520-8776. Tickets available at flickingercenter.com.
‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.’ — Broadway in El Paso presents the hit comedy at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 5-6, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $30-$70 (Ticketmaster). Information: 231-1111, ElPasoLive.com/Broadway or on Facebook at Broadway in El Paso.
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 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.
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: $42.80-$53.50 (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.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra — Trans-Siberian Orchestra returns at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, in UTEP’s Don Haskins Center, sponsored by the Hallmark Channel. The “rock holiday tradition for a new generation” will showcase their unique combination of storytelling, musicianship and spectacular production effects. Previous shows in the area have sold out. Tickets on sale Sept. 15 (Ticketmaster).
Sin Bandera — The Grammy-winning Latin pop duo’s “Última Vez” Tour is 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at El Paso County Coliseum. Tickets: %59.50, $79.50, $99.50 and $125. (Ticketmaster).
The duo was formed in 2000 by Leonel Garcia and Noel Schajris, and released the hit single “En Mi Vida,” used as the theme for the telenovia “Cuando Seas Mia.” The disbanded from 2008 to 2015, and were nominated for a 2017 Billboard Latin Music Award for Pop Songs Artist of the Year.
Rescheduled from Sept. 22.
Dave Koz ‘A Smooth Jazz Christmas’ — The Grammy-nominated saxophonist and El Paso favorite presents his 20th annual Christmas show at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the Plaza Theatre. This year’s guests include David Benoit, Rick Braun and Peter White, and introduced Selina Albright (subject to change). Tickets: $45-$115 (Ticketmaster).
Koz, a multi-million-selling solo recording artist and composer, is considered one of the most expressive voices in contemporary music. His compilation holiday CD is “Ultimate Christmas.”
For his anniversary tour, Koz offers fresh renditions of Christmas classics as well as a Chanukah medley.
Bad Bunny — One of biggest rising stars in Latin trap music performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at the El Paso County Coliseum. Tickets are $40-$90 (Ticketmaster). Born Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, the 23-year-old Puerto Rican is a singer, songwriter and producer of Latin trap, rap and hip-hop music. His latest release, “El Conejo Malo,” features the songs “Si Tu Novio Te Deja Sola” with J Balvin and “Me Acostumbre” with Arcángel.
Sparta — The rock band performs a benefit concert for El Paso Community Foundation is at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Tricky Falls, 209 S. El Paso, with Emily Davis and the Murder Police. All ages event. Tickets are free, but must be reserved on Trickyfalls.com. Donations accepted at the door.
This is the band’s first El Paso concert in five years. Sparta consists of Cully Symington, Matt Miller, Gabriel Gonzalez and Jim Ward, a member of the El Paso Community Foundation board. Sparta’s new single is “Graveyard Luck.”
A Very Electric Christmas — Impact|Programs of Excellence presents Lightwire Theater’s all-age adventure at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at Lee Ross Capshaw Auditorium (in Coronado High School). Dancers and glow-in-the-dark puppets tell a magical story of family and friendships featuring music by Nat King Cole, Mariah Carkey and Tchaikovsky. Ticket information: 545-5068 or impactprogramsofexcellence.org.
Santa’s helpers are putting the final touches on presents as a young bird named Max and his family head south for the winter. He encounters friendly caroling worms, dancing poinsettias, nutcracker soldiers, mischievous mice and the evil Rat King.
‘A Drag Queen Christmas: The Naughty Tour’ — The show starring contestants from RuPaul's Drag Race on VH-1 is 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $20-$50 (Ticketmaster). Meet and Greet VIP packages available: DragFans.com.
The evening of holiday songs and drag performances with favorite queens features Season 9 Drag Race winner, Sasha Velour, runner-up Trinity Taylor as host, Shea Coulee, Aja, Latrice Royale, Naomi Smalls, Chi Chi Devayne and Kim Chi.
‘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.
Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic’ — The new Disney Live! presentation comes to El Paso for five performances Jan. 6-7, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre, with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and 25 favorite Disney characters. Show time is 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $20-$60 (Ticketmaster).
The show features special appearances by Snow White, Tinker Bell, Aladdin’s Genie, and more,
Tony Pace — Showtime! El Paso presents an evening of quick comedic wit and musical talent at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Individual tickets: $30; $10 age 6-25 (Ticketmaster). Information: 544-2022 or showtimeelpaso.com.
Las Vegas headliner Pace combines musical comedy, crazy characters, impressions, musicianship and more.
‘Rent 20th Anniversary Tour’ — Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a 20th anniversary touring production at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 16-17, at the Plaza Theatre, as part of the Broadway in El Paso series. Tickets: $30-$70 (Ticketmaster). Information: 231-1111, ElPasoLive.com/Broadway or on Facebook at Broadway in El Paso.
A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, “Rent” follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams.
David Crowder Band — The Christian rock band’s “Texas Takeover Tour” is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Tickets: $19-$40 (Ticketmaster).
‘The Price is Right, Live!’ — The hit interactive stage show returns to the are 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22, at NMSU’s Pan American Center; celebrity host to be announced. Randomly selected contestants from the audience will “come on down” to win appliances, vacations, and even a new car by playing the long-running television game show’s classic games such as Plinko, Cliffhangers, The Big Wheel and even the Showcase. Tickets: $35-$55. (Ticketmaster).
Contestants must be legal U.S. residents 18 years or older. Information: (575) 646-1420.
Rodney Carrington — The comedian, actor, singer, and Texas native brings his “Here Comes the Truth” tour to El Paso at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Tickets: $42.25 to $177.25. For mature audiences only.
Rodney broke through with his major label comedy CD debut “Hangin’ with Rodney” in 1998. The next few years saw nine more Top 10 comedy albums.
The Coteries — The Colorado trio performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, at the Buckhorn Opera House in Pinos Altos, N.M. as part of the Mimbres Region Arts Council’s Indie/Folk Series. Tickets: $20; $15 MRAC members. Information: (575) 538-2505 or mimbresarts.org.
Flans — The all-Mexicana group performs their biggest hits at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at The Plaza Theatre as part of their “Así Somos” Tour. Tickets: $48-$140 (Ticketmaster)
Flans grew in popularity in the 80s and 90s, dominating the airwaves and amassing a large following.
Jo Koy — The comedian Jo Koy brings his wild and energetic show to El Paso at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $30-$45; VIP packages available (Ticketmaster).
Koy has come a long way from his modest beginnings at a Las Vegas coffee house. He pulls inspiration from his family, especially his son. This year, the comedian broke a record for the most tickets sold by a single artist at the Blaisdell Concert Hall in Honolulu, with 11 sold-out shows and over 23,000 tickets.
Valentine’s Super Love Jam — Rose Royce, Peaches and Herb, GQ, Color Me Badd, Lighter Shade of Brown, Malo, JoJo/Mary Jane Girls, The Chi-Lites, The Moments and Eddie Holmanare are featured at this year’s Love Jam at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. Tickets: $28 and $50 (Ticketmaster).
Blake Shelton — The country superstar’s “Country Music Freaks” Tour comes to Las Cruces, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at NMSU’s Pan American Center, with Brett Eldredge, Carly Pearce and special guest Trace Adkins. Tickets: $43-$92. VIP packages (starting at $179), and 3D collector tickets also offered.
The tour will showcase Shelton’s fan favorites along with music from Shelton’s latest project “Texoma Shore,” featuring the hit single “I’ll Name the Dogs.”
Eldredge brought his 2017 self-titled album to the top of Billboard’s all-genre Top Album Sales and Country Albums charts. Pearce released her debut album “Every Little Thing” and was one of only three females to reach Top 10 this year on country radio. Adkins, a star on the country scene for over 20 years with several No. 1 hits, has also acted on TV and films.
Power Rangers Live — The North American Tour celebrating the 25th anniversary of Saban’s Power Rangers is 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, at Abraham Chavez Theatre. Doors open at 3 p.m. Tickets: $29.75-$89.75 (collector tickets available). VIP packages are $151.50. Information: powerrangerslive.com.
The live show is based on one of the longest-running series in television history. The show is an interactive, mixed media production with stunts and martial arts.
Dancing with The Stars Live! — The hottest dance show on television returns at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 2, at Abraham Chavez Theater, with many of the show’s professional dancers performing ballroom and contemporary dances from the ABC hit show. Full cast to be announced. Tickets: $45, $55 and $75. VIP packages: $199 to $599 (Ticketmaster).
Shen Yun 2018 — The celebration of 5,000 years of Chinese culture through music and dance returns to the area for three shows March 3-4, at The Plaza Theatre, with an all-new program with live orchestra. Performances are 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $80-$120. 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.”
TobyMac — The Christian rocker headlines the 2018 “Hits Deep Tour” is 7 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center, with Mandisa, Danny Gokey, Ryan Stevenson and Finding Favour. Presented by Food for the Hungry. Tickets: $15-$70 (Ticketmaster). Information: awakeningevents.com.
With more than 11 million units in career sales and seven Grammy Awards, TobyMac’s most recent studio album, “This is Not A Test,” garnered a Grammy Award, Billboard Music Award nomination and a debut at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200.
Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo – One of rock’s most successful unions presents and intimate acoustic show at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $39.50 to $92; (Ticketmaster). VIP tickets available online only: $192-$392.50
Spanning close to 35 years, Giraldo and Benatar’s repertoire includes chart-topping hits such as ”Love is a Battlefield,” “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” “We Belong,” “Heartbreaker,” and “Invincible.” Benatar and Giraldo, both successful as a rock duo and in marriage, will present a stripped-down, intimate performance of their classic hits.
Romeo Santos — “The King” bachata singer and former lead vocalist of Aventura presents his “Golden Tour” at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. Tickets: $32.75-$103.75; includes some VIP tickets available (Ticketmaster).
His “Formula Vol. 1” debut album put three singles on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart, and also garnered a Grammy nomination. His sophomore album Formula, Vol. 2, became the best-selling Latin album of 2014. His latest solo single on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs is “Belly y Sensual,” with reggaeton artists Daddy Yankee and Nicky Jam.
Maluma — The popular Colombian reggaeton singer returns to El Paso at 8 p.m. Friday, April 20, at El Paso County Coliseum. His performance earlier this year sold out. Tickets: $50.50, $80.50, $100.50, $120.50 and $150.50 (Ticketmaster).
At just 23, the talented singer-songwriter has been soaring on the Latin charts, most recently behind the hits, “Felices Los 4,” which peaked at No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart, and his latest release, “Corazón.” He is one of social media’s most popular artists with more than 23 million Facebook fans, 4.7 million Twitter followers and 29.3 million Instagram followers.
The multiple Latin Grammy Award and Billboard Latin Music Award nominee is still enjoying the success of his 2015 album, “Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy,” and its top songs, “Sin Contrato” and “El Perdedor,” as well as his hit collaborations “Chantaje” with award-winner Shakira, and popular party track “Vente Pa’ Ca” with Ricky Martin. His forthcoming album is titled “X.”
Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ — Broadway in El Paso presents the borderland premiere of the World Number One Musical May 30-June 10, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets on sale Dec. 4. (Ticketmaster). VIP packages: $127. Information: 231-1111, ElPasoLive.com/Broadway or on Facebook at Broadway in El Paso.
Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (June 6), Wednesdays, and Thursday (May 31); 8 p.m. Friday shows; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday (June 7).
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.
Glenn Miller Orchestra — The band performs many of the original arrangements of hits by the legendary Glenn Miller at 7 p.m. Monday, June 18, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $45, $55 and $64 (Ticketmaster).
Miller was the most successful of all the dance bandleaders back in the Swing era of the 1930s and ’40s. The orchestra, with 20 musicians and singers, performs such classics as “In the Mood,” “Moonlight Serenade,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “Pennsylvania 6-5000,” “String of Pearls” and “Tuxedo Junction.”
David Sedaris — The best-selling comic author and humorist appears at 8 p.m. Friday, April 27, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $24.75 to $52.50 (Ticketmaster).
Sedaris, known for his sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, has become one of America’s prominent humor writers. Beloved for his personal essays and short stories, Sedaris is the author of “Barrel Fever,” “Holidays on Ice,” “Naked,” “Me Talk Pretty One Day,” “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim,” “When You Are Engulfed in Flames,” “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls” and “Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977-2002).” He also is the author of “Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary,” a collection of fables with illustrations by Ian Falconer.
He and his sister, Amy Sedaris, have collaborated under the name “The Talent Family” and have written a half-dozen plays.
A forthcoming book of essays, “Calypso,” is set to be published June 2018, and a second volume of his diaries is expected for summer 2019.
Venues & series
El Paso Comic Strip — The club, 1201 Airway, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $6 Thursday, $12 Friday and Saturday; $8 Sunday, unless otherwise listed. Closed Dec. 17, 24-25. Age 17 and older admitted. VIP Booths $10 more per ticket for all shows; available at ticketweb.com.
Information, reservations: 779-LAFF (5233), laff2nite.com or on Facebook at El Paso Comic Strip.
• Nov. 30-Dec. 3: Ed Schwartz
• Dec. 14-16: Hypnotist “The Sandman”
• Dec. 21-23: The Greg Wilson.
Club Here I Love You — 115 S. Durango. Specializing in electronic and DJ music. Most events are 18 and older, unless listed otherwise. Tickets on eventbrite.com. Information: 307-7736 or on Facebook.
• Golf Clap — The Detroit DJ duos performs as part of the club’s SO:ON series at 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, with opening acts Worldpeace, Glitterface, b2b and Jason O. Tickets: $10 in advance; $15 at the door.
• Justin Jay — The electronic music artist performs at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7. All ages show. Tickets: $12-$15.
• refused. Showcase — The dubfire showcase featuring Justin James, Chris Rusu and Dustin Holtsberry is 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8. Tickets: $12.54.
• Gabriel & Dresden — The electronic duo and winner of International Dance Music Awards’ “Best American DJ” will play a four-hour set for their “The Only Road Tour” at midnight, Saturday, Dec. 9. Opening act Pete Soul goes on at 10 p.m. and Ado at 11 p.m. Tickets: $25 ($4 extra for minors).
• Nick Hook and DJ Earl — The Nick Hook (Fools Gold) and DJ Earl (Teklife) perform as part of the SO:ON series at 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, with Rob Bass (LNSC/ALB.NM). Tickets: $10 in advance; $15 at the door.
• Desert Hearts — The house techno foursome’s “Take A Ride Tour” is 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16. Tickets $15 ($5 door charge).
• Bryan Kearney — The Irish DJ makes his El Paso debut with a three-hour set for the club’s 2-year anniversary at 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, with local support Ado and Gusso. Tickets: $25 ($4 minor fee at the door).
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.
• Giraffage — The electronic music producer performs 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, with Sweater Beats and Wingtip. Tickets: $20-$25.
• AJJ — The folk-punk band performs 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, with Treasure Mammal. Tickets: $15-$17.
• Prayers — Electronic rock duo, 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, with Wars of Icaza. Tickets: $17-$20.
• MC Chris — The rapper performs at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8. Tickets: $14-$16.
• Mark Farina — Chicago disc jockey, 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, with Joe N. Tickets: $20-$25.
• Skating Polly — The alt rock band performs 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, with Starcrawler and The Genders. Tickets: $10-$12.
• Fleetmac Wood — The remix project dedicated to Fleetwood Mac is 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16. Tickets: $8-$10.
• Night Drive with Bogan Via — Synth-pop group, 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, with Dirty Circuits. Tickets: $10-$12.
• The Dirty River Boys — The Austin indie bluegrass band originally from El Paso performs at 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30. Tickets: $12-$15.
• Hodge Twins — Edgy comedy team, 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11. Age 18 and older admitted. Tickets: $25 general admission; $50 VIP.
• Madam X — The Paris singer performs at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, with J^HIR. Tickets: $8-$10.
• J.I.D. + Earthgang — The hip-hop artists perform at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, with Chaz French and Lute. Age 16 and older admitted. Tickets: $15 (VIP $65).
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.
• The Creepshow — The psychobilly band performs 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, with Ian Rosewood and extremity. Tickets: $10.
• Pale Waves — Manchester rock band, 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, with The Candescents. Tickets: $10-$12.
• Whitechapel — The deathcore band’s “Decade of Defilement Tour” is 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, with guests Carnifex, Rings of Saturn, Entheos, and So This Is Suffering. Tickets: $24-$26.
• The Drums — The New York indie pop band performs 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, with Hoops. Tickets: $20 ($40 balcony).
• wifisfuneral — The hip-hop artist’s Boy Who Cried Wolf Tour is 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, with Danny Towers, 458keez, Cris Dinero and DJ Yazmine. Tickets: $15.
• Suicide Silence — The deathcore band celebrates the Tenth Anniversary of their album “The Cleansing” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, with Upon A Burning Body, Winds Of Plague, Slaughter to Prevail, Prison and Violent Vendetta. Tickets: $22-$25.
• Sparta — The rock band performs a benefit concert for El Paso Community Foundation at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, with Emily Davis and the Murder Police. All ages event. Tickets are free, but must be reserved on Trickyfalls.com. Donations accepted at the door.
• Strfkr —The Portland indie rockers perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31. Tickets: $20-$22.
• Nothing More — The metal band’s “The Stories We Tell Ourselves” Tour is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, with The Contortionist and Big Story. Tickets: $17 general admission ($75 and $125 VIP packages).
• Hippie Sabotage — The EDM group’s Path of Righteousness Tour is 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 13. Tickets: $15 early bird general admission; $80 VIP.
Rockhouse Bar and Grill — 9828 Montana. Shows are at 9 p.m., unless otherwise listed, and are all ages (additional surcharge for minors). Admission: $5 at the door. Information: 591-7625 or on Facebook at RockHouseDiveBarKitchen.
• WVRM — 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, with Funeral Chic and Pickwick Commons, with local bands Hereafter the Wave, Monrowe and the Grave Aesthetic. Tickets: $5.
• Lifelink — The melodic hardcore band performs Thursday, Dec. 7, with Blood Between Us, Know Suffer and Monrowe. Tickets: $5.
• No Sleep Tour — The tour featuring Set Your Anchor and Shinebright is Monday, Dec. 11.
• Empyrean Throne — The hardcore band performs Wednesday, Dec. 13, with Wolf King.
• No Silent XMas Shoe — Davey Suicide headlines the show benefiting Toys for Tots 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17. Tickets: $10; $5 with a new unwrapped toy.
• Crazytown — The band behind the hit “Butterfly” performs at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18. Tickets: $10 in advance; $15 at the door.
Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino — Mescalero, N.M. Shows start at 8 p.m. Age 21 and older admitted. Tickets through Yapsody.com or Ticketmaster. Information: 1-877-277-5677 or innofthemountaingods.com.
• Gary Allan — The country singer performs Friday, Dec. 1. Tickets: $49-$69.
• La original Banda El Limon — One of the oldest and most revered groups in Mexican banda performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19. Tickets: $29-$89.
• Warrant and Winger — The popular metal bands perform Saturday, Jan. 20 (Rescheduled from Aug. 4). Tickets: $35 to $65.
The annual New Year even celebration is 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31.
Spencer Theater for Performing Arts — Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M. Information: (575) 336-4800 or spencertheater.com.
Pre-show buffets begin two hours prior to show; cost is $20.
• ‘The Nutcracker’ — Dali Ballet Company presents their original adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s Christmas classic, at 7 p.m. Friday, and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8-9, with a Victorian dreamscape filled with dancing nutcrackers, feisty mice, stalwart soldiers and dazzling sugar plum fairies. Tickets: $30.
• Flying J Wranglers — The regional favorites perform their holiday show at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21. The show features rich melodious western yodeling, vocals, fiddle and guitars in a program of traditional and spiritual favorites, and new and classic western/cowboy Christmas songs. Tickets: $29-$39.
Flickinger Center for Performing Arts — 1110 New York Ave. Alamogordo. Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.
• Imago die Academy performs at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1.
• Sexy Seniors Party featuring “The Original Cornell Gunther’s Coasters” is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. The show features hits such as “Charlie Brown,” “Searchin’,” “Poison Ivy,” “Smokey Joe’s Café,” “Yakety Yak,” plus Motown and soul. Admission: $27.50.
• Academy of Ballet presents “The Nutcracker” at 7 Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8-9. Tickets to be announced.
• Mariachi Christmas holiday performance is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12. Tickets: $18, $28 and $38.
• Father B. Hay School Recital is 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13.
• Oregon Elementary’s program is 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15.
• Brass Transit, The Chicago Tribute performs at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18. Toronto’s dynamic, crowd-pleasing studio-tight Chicago tribute! The band’s show includes all the hits from Chicago’s golden age, 1969-1976 with a world-class horn section, a rocking rhythm section and vocals stacked sky high. Brass Transit transport its audience back to the freewheeling days of the seventies. Tickets: $18, $28 and $38.
NM Tech Performing Arts Series — Performances are 7:30 p.m. at New Mexico Tech’s Macey Center in Socorro, N.M. Information: nmtpas.org.
• “Socorro Sings” fundraising performance is Friday, Dec. 1. Tickets: $20 ($18 senior; $10 youth $5 NMT students).
• Mariachi Christmas is Saturday, Dec. 9, with mariachi bands and folklorico dancers. Tickets: $20 ($18 senior; $10 youth).
• Portland Cello Project performs Friday, Jan. 26. Scaffolding Theatre’s presents the musical “Five Course Love. “Tickets: $20 ($18 senior; $10 youth).
• Presidential Chamber Music Series presents a History of Tango with QTango Monday, Jan. 29. Admission is free.
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