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Vida Buena
Live Performances
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With several venues and concert halls in the region, El Paso, Las Cruces and Southern New Mexico are often a stop for national touring acts. Local symphonies, dance troops and theatre groups also provide entertainment year round.

Aug 15 – Ronnie Dunn
8:00pm – Inn of the Mountain Gods, Ruidoso
Best known for being half of the duo Brooks & Dunn, Dunn began working as a solo artist in 2011. He released his self-titled debut album in June of 2011, reaching top 10 with its lead-off single "Bleed Red." More information available at or 800-545-9011.

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Aug 15 – Wheeler Brothers
8:00pm – The State Line, El Paso
The five-piece act out of Austin combines the gutsy indie vibe of the modern central Texas music scene with the longing strains of time-honored Texas folk. Come see one of the most exciting bands breaking out today. More information available at or 915-581-3371.

Aug 18 – Vicki Lawrence & Mama - Two Woman Show
2:00pm and 8:00pm – Spencer Theater, Ruidoso
Comedian Vicki Lawrence reprises her role as "Mama" Thelma Harper from The Carol Burnett Show and Mama's Family. This multi-media stand up comedy production stars Lawrence in the first half and the support-hose-wearing, sassy senior citizen Mama in the second half. More information available at or 888-818-7872.

Aug 23 & 24 – The Bellamy Brothers
8:00pm – Spencer Theater, Ruidoso
Best known for their easy rolling 70's southern soft rock classic "Let Your Love Flow," the Bellamy Brothers are the most successful duo in country music history, consistently climbing into the upper reaches of the Billboard country charts. More information available at or 888-818-7872.

Aug 24 – Le Chat Lunatique
8:00pm – St. Clair Winery & Bistro, Las Cruces
Le Chat Lunatique has an addictive sound they call "filthy, mangy jazz," a combination of gypsy swing, western swing and Latin rhythms that makes you want to smoke and drink too much – if only you could get off the dance floor. More information available at or 575-524-2408.

Sept 1 – The Lovin' Spoonful
8:00pm – Spencer Theater, Ruidoso
The Lovin' Spoonful are 60's chart-toppers who combined the best of folk music and rock and roll with a touch of country to make tunefully sweet songs with staying power including hits like "Do You Believe in Magic" and "Summer in the City." More information available at or 888-818-7872.

Sept 7 – GIGANT3S
8:00pm – UTEP Don Haskins Center, El Paso
Three giants of Latin music together in one concert featuring acclaimed singer/producer Marc Anthony, Latin America's preeminent signer/songwriter Marco Antonio Solis, and international pop phenomenon Chayanne. More information available at or 888-818-7872.

Sep 20 – Jason Coleman
7:30pm – Rio Grande Theatre, Las Cruces
The grandson of Floyd Cramer highlights the far-reaching influences of his grandfather's "slip notes" as he plays a nostalgic lineup of country, pop and easy listening standards, including many penned by Floyd himself. More information available at or 575-523-6403.

Sept 25 – Il Volo
7:30pm – Plaza Theatre, El Paso
Italian singing sensations Il Volo stop in El Paso during their North American headline tour. The trio of operatic pop tenors will sing numbers from their PBS Special "Il Volo Takes Flight" and their CD/DVD, "Il Volo Takes Flight – Live From The Detroit Opera House," which was released Feb. 28 on Geffen Records. More information available at or 915-231-1100.

Oct 6 – Roots & Boots
8:00pm – Inn of the Mountain Gods, Ruidoso
Three country greats are part of the Roots& Boots Tour: Aaron Tippin, Joe Diffie and Sammy Kershaw. Country fans will not want to miss this show. It is pure country at its best! More information available at or 800-545-9011.

Oct 13 – Border Legends of El Paso
5:30pm – El Maida Shrine Auditorium, El Paso
The 4th annual Border Legends of El Paso rock concert. This year's show includes Zommer Roberts, Truth, Glenn Leffler, Mario Otero, The Iveys, Mike Ciccarelli, The Henchmen, The Chains, and Rod Crosby & the Intruders. More information available at

Oct 21 – Tap - The Show
2:30pm – Abraham Chavez Theatre, El Paso
A non-stop explosion of rhythmic energy. Wrapped in dazzling costumes and backed by a soaring orchestral score, the cast travels seamlessly over decades of styles from Broadway to big band to world music and pop/rock. More information available at or 915-544-2022.

Oct 27 – 3rd Annual Downtown Zombie Walk
6:00pm – Rio Grande Theatre, Las Cruces
Dress up like a zombie to participate or just come out for the show and watch as the living dead make their way through downtown Las Cruces in this popular local event. Prizes are awarded for "Most Original," "Most Disgusting," and "Best Couple or Group." More information available at or 575-523-6403.
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