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December 2018

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The Fab Four — The “Ultimate Tribute” of the Beatles is 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at The Plaza Theatre. The Emmy Award winning show takes Beatles fans on journey back in time through three eras of legends John, Paul, George and Ringo. Tickets: $25, $35, $45 and $55.(Ticketmaster).

George Lopez — The El Paso favorite bring his “The Wall Tour” to El Paso for two shows, at 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Abraham Chavez Theatre. Tickets: $37.50-$89.50 (Ticketmaster).
  VIP Meet & Greet Package available one premium reserved seat one individual photo with Lopez, early entry, draw string bag, official George Lopez golf towel, signed tour poster and commemorative VIP laminate.
  Television’s groundbreaking sitcom “George Lopez” ran for six seasons. For two seasons, Lopez hosted “Lopez Tonight,” a late-night television talk show on TBS. Lopez is also known for his extensive charity work with various foundations.

‘Christmas Wonderland’ Holiday Spectacular — Broadway in El Paso present the special holiday performance at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at The Plaza Theatre. Santa and his merry helpers take audiences on a nostalgic journey of holiday favorites like “White Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland” and more. Tickets: $25-$60. Information: 231-1111, or on Facebook at Broadway in El Paso.

Roadshow Christmas Tour — The Christian music tour featuring Matthew West, Matt Maher, Building 429, Plumb, John Wilson and the John Wilson Orchestra, and Leanna Crawford is 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at NMSU’s Pan American Center. Tickets: $20-$160; VIP packages available.

‘Finding Neverland’ — Broadway in El Paso presents the audience Choice Award for Best Musical, based on the Academy Award winning film, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 11-12, at the Plaza Theatre. It tells the story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: “Peter Pan.” Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. Tickets: $30-$70. Information: 231-1111, or on Facebook at Broadway in El Paso.

6ix9ine — The hip-hop artist performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at El Paso County Coliseum. Tickets: $40-$125 (Ticketmaster).

Dave Koz ‘A Smooth Jazz Christmas’ — The Grammy-nominated saxophonist and El Paso favorite presents his 21st annual Christmas show at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at the Plaza Theatre. This year’s guests include pop/blues saxophonist and singer Mindi Abair, South African guitarist and singer Jonathan Butler, Japanese keyboard sensation Keiko Matsui, and up and coming vocalist Shelea. Tickets: $45-$97 (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.”

2018 K-LOVE Christmas — The national Christian Music radio service’s Christmas Tour is 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Abraham Chavez Theatre featuring Big Daddy Weave, Kim Walker Smith (of Jesus Culture), Brandon Heath and Sarah Reeves with special guests Becca Bradley and Jonathan Chu. The tour features favorites from these performers as well as holiday favorites. Tickets: $23-$75 (Ticketmaster).

Jesús Adrián Romero — The popular Latin Christian music singer performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano, with special guest Jon Carlo. Tickets: $25, $40, $55 and $75 (
  Romero has been an author, singer, musician and composer for 25 years. He has released 14 albums, including his latest, “Soplando Vida” (Breathing Life) in 2012, as well as five compilations. He has been nominated for three Latin Grammy Awards, and has been a pastor for 16 years, including a stint as assistant pastor at Vino Nuevo in Juárez.

A Merry-Achi Christmas — Mariachi Sol de Mexico presents its holiday show at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at the Plaza Theatre, with traditional carols played by the 13-piece ensemble. The show includes a fusion of the traditional holiday spirit Mexican and American Christmas songs and carols. Tickets: $27-$57 (Ticketmaster).
  Sol de México is a three-time Grammy nominated ensemble that has worked on Hollywood soundtracks for “Sea Biscuit,” “The Old Gringo,” “American Me,” “Don Juan de Marco,” “Glory Road,” and “Beverly Hills Chihuahua.”

Il Divo — The tenor group’s “Timeless Tour” is 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Abraham Chavez Theatre. First discovered and mentored by Simon Cowell of American Idol fame 15 years ago, Il Divo has since sold more than 30 million albums. Tickets: $47-$107; with VIP packages $292-$593 (Ticketmaster).
  The group’s classical crossover brings traditional twists to modern songs such as Adele’s hit “Hello,” with their song “Hola.”

Jason Mraz and Toca Rivera — The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and alternative rock artist and “vocutionist” Toca Rivera present their “Live in Stereo” Tour at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at The Plaza Theatre, with special guest Gregory Page. Tickets: $39.50 to $95 (Ticketmaster).

Sesame Street Live ‘Let’s Party’ — The Sesame Street Live returns with a new show Dec. 22-23, at Abraham Chavez Theatre, presented by Feld Entertainment. Showtimes are 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. both days. Tickets start at $20 (Ticketmaster). Information: 231-1100 or
  The all-new, interactive show unfolds on one of the world’s most famous streets at the funniest, furriest party in the neighborhood.

‘The Great Russian Nutcracker’ — The Moscow Ballet presents its “Dove of Peace Tour” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $28-$89. (Ticketmaster). Group discounts and VIP packages available. Information:

Shangela — The star drag queen from RuPaul’s Drag Race and the movie “A Star is Born” performs at 9 p.m. Friday , Dec. 28, at Touch Bar & Nightclub, 11395 James Watt. Tickets: $15-$150 (

Wild Kratts LIVE 2.0 — The Emmy-nominated PBS Kids series presents its live production, “Activate Creature Power” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $25-$47.50 VIP packages offered (Ticketmaster).

Vocal Trash — Showtime! El Paso presents the urban-themed Broadway style production that performs on custom instruments made from recycled materials 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Individual tickets available at the door. Information: 247-2726, pr

Best of the Second City — The celebrated comedy troupe performs at 7 p.m. p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in Las Cruces, with some of the best sketches, songs, and improvisations from their 58-year history performed by the Second City Touring Company. Tickets: $25. Information: (575) 523-6403 or
  The company, famed for its improv style, launched the careers of Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell and many more top comedians.

CNCO – The Latin American boy band discovered on the first season of “La Banda” perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at El Paso County Coliseum. Tickets: $40.50-$130.50 (Ticketmaster).

‘Jersey Boys’ — The 2006 Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical is about rock ’n’ roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi is Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 29-30, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets available mid-December (Ticketmaster). Information: 231-1111 or
  The true story tells how four blue-collar kids wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30. Recommended for ages 12 and older; contains authentic, “profane Jersey language.”

Shen Yun 2019 — The celebration of 5,000 years of Chinese culture through music and dance returns to the area for three shows Feb. 2-3, at the Plaza Theatre. Performances are 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $80-$150. Information: 1-800-380-8265 or
  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.”

Los Tucanes de Tijuana — The popular Mexican band performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at El Paso County Coliseum. Tickets: $39.50-$119.50(Ticketmaster).

El Mariachi Los Camperos — The two-time Grammy-winning mariachi troupe, founded in 1961, performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets; $25-$75 (Ticketmaster).

Gabriel Iglesias — The comedian’s “Beyond the Fluffy” World Tour” is 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. Iglesias is one of the few elite comedians who has headlined and sold out the Staples Center, Madison Square Garden and the Sydney Opera House. Tickets: $40-$75 ( and Ticketmaster).

Chicago — The legendary rock band and El Paso favorite returns at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $49.50-$89.50; VIP packages are $375-$450 (Ticketmaster).

Metallica — Heavy metal legend bring their Worldwired tour to El Paso at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. Each show begins with the Light It Up pre-show party hosted by comedian Jim Breuer. Ticket information via Ticketmaster.

Bill Maher — The “politically incorrect” comic returns to El Paso at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $59 to $99 (Ticketmaster). As the host of “Politically Incorrect,” and for the last 14 years as host of HBO’s “Real Time,” Maher has garnered 38 Emmy nominations. He won an Emmy in 2014 as executive director of the HBO series “Vice.”

‘PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure’ — The Nickelodeon presents a live adventure at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, and noon and 4 p.m. Sunday, March 23-24, at El Paso County Coliseum. Chase, Marshall, Rubble, Skye, Rocky and Zuma take over the stage for an action-packed, music-filled live stage show will with stars of the top-rated animated preschool series. Tickets start at $20. Limited number of VIP (Very Important Pup) packages available for $120 (Ticketmaster).

Ron ‘Tater Salad’ White — The cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking stand-up comic from the “Blue Collar Comedy” phenomenon makes his return to El Paso with his new show at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at The Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $43 to $53 (Ticketmaster).
  White has three Grammy nominations, two of the top-rated specials in Comedy Central history, a bestselling book, and CD and DVD sales of over 10 million units.

Pancho Barraza — The Mexican singer-songwriter performs at 9 p.m. Friday, May 3, at The Plaza Theater. Tickets: $59-$119 (Ticketmaster).

New Kids On the Block — The 1980s “boy band” legends bring their Mix Tape Tour to El Paso at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center, with special guests hip-hop icons Salt N Pepa, Naughty By Nature, and pop stars Tiffany and Debbie Gibson. Tickets: $33.20-$83.20; VIP seats available various prices (Ticketmaster).
  Special Meet & Greet Upgrade with New Kids on the Block is $399. Meet & Greet package for Tiffany and Debbie Gibson is $200 (both artists also have individual meet & greet packages available).

Steve Martin and Martin Short — The two American comedy legends’ “Now Your See Them, Soon You Won’t” show is 8 p.m. Friday, May 31, at Abraham Chavez Theatre, featuring the Steep Canyon Rangers and Jeff Babko. With a mix of storytelling, song, and comedy, the event showcases the artistry of the two longtime friends, who both have had major comedic careers in both TV and film. The show includes Steve Martin’s banjo-playing and Martin Short’s singing and celebrity impersonations. Tickets: $79.75-$299 (Ticketmaster).

Venues & series

Rockhouse Bar and Grill — 9828 Montana, specializing in metal and hard rock. For all ages event; all those under 21 charged a surcharge. Some tickets available under Information: 591-7625 or on Facebook at RockHouserDiveBarKitchen.
• Metalachi — The heavy metal mariachi ban performs at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29. Tickets: $10 (
• Garden Grove and Vampira — The Misfits and the Sublime tribute bands perform at 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30. Admission: $5.
• War Ensemble (The Premier Slayer Tribute) — 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, with ArsonKill, La Muerte and Extremity. Admission: $10.
• Ghoul — The masked death metal band performs at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, with The Stalk, Angrist, and SAC. Tickets: $10 in advance (limited number available); $15 at the door.
• A Very Merry Krampus 2018 is 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, with El Paso bands Bayan, Signs of Abnormality, La Muerte and Beyond Terror, Diosdeira of Juarez, Genocaust of Arizona and Malicyde of Oklahoma. Admission: $5 or a new unopened, unwrapped toy.
• Street Sects — The punk band performs at 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, with Resin Cum, The Stalk and LUTO. Admission: $5.
• Eyes Set Toe Kill 10-Year Anniversary tour is 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, with Rest, Repose and Avoid. Tickets: $10.
• Planet Duality 10-Year Anniversary Tour is 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, featuring the Faceless performing their album in its entirety, Rings of Saturn, The Last Ten Seconds of Life, Interloper and more. Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 at the door.
• The Anchor — 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2 with Apothica, and local support. All ages show. Tickets: $10.
• Heinous — The Phoenix grindcore band performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, with punk band Röntgen. Age 18 and over admitted. Admission: $5.
• Sumac — 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, with Divide Dissolve and Tashi Dorji. Tickets: $10.
• Ensiferum & Septicflesh — The bands’ “Path to Glory” Tour is 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, with local guests. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets: $20 in advance; $30 day of show.
• Masquerade of Souls Tour — 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, featuring Seven Spires and AfterTime.

Lowbrow Palace — The music venue and nightclub new venue has moved to 1101 Texas. Doors open one hour prior to show time. Concerts are all ages, unless otherwise listed. Surcharge for ages under 21. Tickets at’
• Local band Dulce Mal hosts its EP release party at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Admission: $5.
• Buttertones — LA alternative band, 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3. Tickets: $12-$14.
• Bernhoft — Norwegian singer and multi-instrumentalist, 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. Tickets: $18-$20.
• The Garden — The experimental punk duo consisting of twin brothers Wyatt and Fletcher Shears performs at 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, with LE1F and Machine Girl. Tickets: $15.
• Ookay — The American electronic producers “Bat Habits” Tour is 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, with Bonnie X Clyde and DNMO. Tickets: $20-$30.
• Spendtime Palace — The California surf-rock band performs at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, with Brazen Youth. Tickets: $10.
• King Tuff — The lo-fi garage rocker performs at 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, with Stonefield. Tickets: $16.
• El Ten Eleven — The L.A. rock duo performs at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, with Rob Crow. Tickets: $12.
• Hunny and Hockey Dad — The indie bands co-headline at 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, with Queen of Jeans. Tickets: $15-$18.
• Current Joys — The singer and multi-instrumentalist performs at 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, with Gap Girls. Tickets: $10-$12.
• Cursive — The indie rock band performs at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, with Campdogzz. Tickets: $15.
• Jonathan Richman — The alternative artist performs at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, with Tommy Larkins on drums. Age 16 and older admitted. Tickets: $12-$15.
• Hot Flash Heat Wave — The rock band performs at 9 p.m. Monday, March 18, with Vacations. Tickets: $13-$15.
• Lord Huron, known for hits like “The Night We Met,” “Wait By The River,” and “Food for Love” performs at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 9, with supporting acts to be announced. Tickets: $30.

El Paso Comic Strip — 1201 Airway. 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, except at listed. Closed Dec. 2 and 16. Age 17 and older admitted. VIP Booths $10 more per ticket for all shows; available at
  Information, reservations: 779-LAFF (5233), or on Facebook at El Paso Comic Strip.
Dec. 6-9: Nick Guerra
Dec. 13-16: TBA
Dec. 21-23: The Greg Wilson
Dec. 27-30: SNL and MadTV alumni Jeff Richards.
  Special events:
  Dave Attell of “Comedy Central Presents, “Crank Yanners” and more brings his “Road Work Tour to El Paso” Nov. 29-Dec. 1. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets: $27.50 ($32.50 VIP).
  The annual New Year’s Eve celebration is 10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, with Jeff Richards headlining. Tickets: $22.50 ($32.50 VIP).

Spencer Theater for Performing Arts — Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M. Information: (575) 336-4800 or
• VoicePlay: A Holiday Special — The doo wop-style a cappella performance is 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30. Two tenors, a bass, baritone and vocal percussionist share Christmas Classics and holiday favorites. Tickets: $39-$65.
• ‘The Nutcracker’ — Tchaikovsky’s Christmas classic featuring Ruidoso’s Dalí Ballet Company is 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22-23. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Dalí Ballet. Tickets: $30.

Flickinger Center for Performing Arts — 1110 New York Ave. Alamogordo. Information: (575) 437-2202 or
Mariachi Christmas — The Christmas season performance is Thursday, Dec. 6, featuring traditional mariachi music and folklorico dance. Every year they share December traditions such as the Feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Ave Maria, and more. Tickets: $18, $28 and $38.
• Robin Spielberg — The celebrated pianist performs Friday, Jan. 25, celebrating the thrill of romance, or familiar holiday songs. Tickets: $9, $15 and $20.

Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino — Mescalero, N.M. Most shows limited to age 21 and older. Tickets through or Ticketmaster. Information: 1-877-277-5677 or
• Tracy Lawrence — The county star performs 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Tickets: $29-$89.
• Intocable — The Norteño/Tejano band performs 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5. Tickets: $25-$75.
• Chris Lane — The country singer performs 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26. Tickets: $29-$79.
  The annual “Decades of Fun” New Year’s Eve Bash with gourmet dinner and concert beginning is 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, with live music from Aquarius and Boombox Heroes playing hits from the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s. Dinner served at 8 p.m. Tickets: $125.

NM Tech Performing Arts Series — Performances are 7:30 p.m. at New Mexico Tech’s Macey Center in Socorro, N.M. Information:
• Mariachi Christmas — Mariachi and folklorico dancers perform Saturday, Dec. 8. Tickets: $20 ($18 seniors, $10 youth).
• Cantus — The men’s vocal ensemble performs Friday, Jan. 25. Tickets: $22 ($20 seniors, $10 youth).
• Willy Sucre and Friends perform Mozart, Apple, Wilson and Singagla with French horn and strings Monday, Jan. 28, as part of the Presidential Chamber Music Series. Admission is free.

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