On Tour in New Mexico

 Some of the world’s top performers visit the Land of Enchantment, often beginning or ending their tours here. It’s a place where artists come to spend some down time between tour dates, often lingering for a few days to relax or record before moving on to the next city.

Some of the top name acts on earth are making their way through New Mexico including Stephen Stills & Judy Collins, Fallout Boy, Neal McCoy, Buddy Guy, Boy George, Journey, Dierks Bently, War, Wiz Khalifa, Evanescence, Jack Johnson, Luis Miguel, Clay Walker, Tracy Byrd, Lauryn Hill, Bob Weir & The Wolf Brothers, Trace Adkins, Ozzy Osbourne, Bob Dylan and many more. New acts are being added everyday.

If you’re a fan(atic), following your favorite band on tour, there is no better place to do it than the New Mexico. We have great venues, ranging from the historic to the modern and every one of them an intimate experience. Accommodations are plentiful and the weather is great. Why go to a sold out stadium show and pay a fortune for cheap seats a half mile away when you an get up close and personal with your favorite band here in a 2000-5000 seat venue? Tickets are almost always available, airfares are low and the views are spectacular. 

Creedence Clearwater Revisited

Friday, August 17th, 2018 8:00 PM Legends Theater at Route 66 Casino

Creedence Clearwater Revival founding members and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Stu Cook and Doug “Cosmo” Clifford have been on quite a ride. Following their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cosmo and Stu launched their Creedence Clearwater Revisited project in 1995 to once again perform live in concert the hit songs — touchstones of a generation. Since then, the legendary rhythm section has been thrilled by the outpouring of affection for their new band. World tours and a platinum selling album Recollection followed.

As fans around the world can attest, Stu and Cosmo found the right players. Lead guitarist Kurt Griffey brings crowds to their feet and the front of the stage with his solos. He has recorded and toured with other notable musicians including members of the Eagles, Foreigner, the Moody Blues, Wings, Lynyrd Skynryd, Santana and Journey. On lead vocal and rhythm guitar is Dan McGuinness. The purity, power and range of Dan’s soaring voice hits right to the heart. Multi-instrumentalist Steve Gunner rounds out the group. As Cosmo puts it, “Gun provides live all the overdubs that were on the records – keyboard, acoustic guitar, percussion, harmonica and the high harmonies.”

In 2013, Classic Rock Revisited critic Jeb Wright wrote about a Creedence Clearwater Revisited concert he attended. “The true test of any concert is how the music makes you feel. On this night, this writer walked away with a wonderful feeling, having just witnessed timeless, historical music, performed to perfection. Creedence Clearwater Revisited not only looks to the past, performing iconic songs, they bring them to the modern day, reminding us all of the true importance of this music.”

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Saturday, August 18th, 2018 6:30 PM Isleta Amphitheater

The Cult emerged in 1984 as one of England’s leading heavy metal revivalists. Picking up the pseudo-mysticism and Native American obsessions of the Doors, the guitar orchestrations of Led Zeppelin, and the three-chord crunch of AC/DC, while adding touches of post-punk goth rock, the Cult gained a dedicated following in their native Britain with mid-’80s singles like “She Sells Sanctuary” before breaking into the American metal market in the late ’80s with “Love Removal Machine.” They managed one Top Ten in America with 1989’s Sonic Temple.

With Bob Rock producing, the Cult completed Hidden City in 2015. The first two singles, “Dark Energy” and “Deeply Ordered Chaos,” were issued in November and December, respectively, with a third, “Hinterland,” appearing in January of 2016. The album followed in February of that year.

Stone Temple Pilots are reborn on the band’s latest – Stone Temple Pilots (2018). It’s the group’s seventh studio album since its 1992 debut, but the first to feature new singer Jeff Gutt. The band’s founding members – Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo and Eric Kretz – officially welcomed the Detroit native to STP last year after conducting an 18-month-long search for its third singer.

This year, STP will begin writing the next chapter in its storied career with a new album and the group’s first North American tour since 2015.

Bush’s sixth release, Man on the Run, is a distinct warning that survival does not come easy. Fans wanted to have a chance to welcome back the group that had gone six-times-platinum with their debut album, 1994’s Sixteen Stone. The return of Bush with The Sea of Memories in 2011 found an audience eager for that return to one of rock’s most distinctive signature sounds, as their comeback single (“The Sound of Winter”) reached the top of Billboard’s rock and alternative charts.

Their second post-reformation project, Man on the Run, continues to find the band no longer running from the sound that made them famous, but embracing it, while adding distinctly 21st century wrinkles. The new album was helmed by two producers, Nick Raskulinecz (Deftones, Alice In Chains) and Jay Baumgardner (who’d previously mixed a number of Bush and Rossdale projects).

Man on the Run hardly ever slows down to a trot, much less a stroll — it’s virtually ballad-free. There are couple of songs, ‘Surrender’ and ‘Broken In Paradise,’ that have ballad qualities but we ended up doing them in a quite upbeat or powerful way.”

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Saturday, August 18th, 2018 Sandia Resort Amphitheater

At age 81, he’s a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound, and a living link to that city’s halcyon days of electric blues. He has received 6 Grammy Awards, 28 Blues Music Awards (the most any artist has received), the Billboard magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts. Rolling Stone ranked him in the top 25 of its “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”

In 2012, he was awarded the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime contribution to American culture, he published his long-awaited memoir, When I Left Home, and released Live at Legends, which has been nominated for Best New Recording in the Living Blues Awards. Meanwhile, Guy keeps looking to the future of the blues through his ongoing work with his 14-year-old protégé, Quinn Sullivan.

Though Buddy Guy will forever be associated with Chicago, his story actually begins in Louisiana. One of five children, he was born in 1936 to a sharecropper’s family and raised on a plantation near the small town of Lettsworth, located some 140 miles northwest of New Orleans. Buddy was just seven years old when he fashioned his first makeshift “guitar”—a two-string contraption attached to a piece of wood and secured with his mother’s hairpins. On the new album, he recounts these days on such deeply personal songs as “I Came Up Hard” and “My Mama Loved Me.”

In 1957, he took his guitar to Chicago, where he would permanently alter the direction of the instrument, first on numerous sessions for Chess Records playing alongside Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, and the rest of the label’s legendary roster, and then on recordings of his own. His incendiary style—still in evidence all over Rhythm & Blues—left its mark on guitarists from Jimmy Page to John Mayer. “He was for me what Elvis was probably like for other people,” said Eric Clapton at Guy’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2005. “My course was set, and he was my pilot.”

These many years later, Buddy Guy is a genuine American treasure, and one of the final surviving connections to an historic era in the country’s musical evolution. And still, as one glorious track on Rhythm & Blues puts it, he claims that “All That Makes Me Happy is the Blues.”

Old Crow Medicine Show

Saturday, August 18th, 2018 8:00 PM Taos Mesa Brewing

Old Crow Medicine Show started busking on street corners in 1998 New York state and up through Canada, winning audiences along the way with their boundless energy and spirit. They eventually found themselves in Boone, North Carolina where they caught the attention of folk icon Doc Watson while playing in front of a pharmacy. He invited the band to play at his festival, MerleFest, helping to launch their career. Shortly thereafter the band was hired to entertain crowds between shows at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN.

It’s been over nineteen years since these humble beginnings. The band has gone on to receive the honor of being inducted as members of the Grand Ole Opry, and have won two Grammy Awards: “Best Folk Album” for Remedy (2014) and “Best Long Form Music Video” for Big Easy Express (2013). Additionally, their classic single, “Wagon Wheel”, received the RIAA’s Platinum certification for selling over 1,000,000 copies.

Old Crow Medicine Show has toured the world playing renowned festivals and venues such as: Bonnaroo, Red Rocks Amphitheater, Coachella, London’s Roundhouse, The Ryman Auditorium, The Barclays Center, New Orleans Jazz Fest, The Fox Theater Atlanta, The Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Central Park NYC, Telluride, the Newport Folk Festival, and several appearances on A Prairie Home Companion. They’ve toured with artists such as Willie Nelson & Family, Brandi Carlile, Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, John Prine, The Avett Brothers and others.

In 2017 Old Crow Medicine Show released two albums: Best Of Old Crow Medicine Show (Nettwerk) and 50 Years Of Blonde On Blonde (Columbia Nashville). Best Of is comprised of fan favorites from Old Crows’ three Nettwerk released albums, as well as two previously unreleased tracks. 50 Years of Blonde On Blonde is Old Crow’s reimagined version of Bob Dylan’s classic Blonde On Blonde album. Released via the historic Columbia Records label, it finds Old Crow Medicine Show exploring new territory while paying homage to their biggest influence.

On April 20th, 2018 the band released the Dave Cobb produced, Volunteer, via Columbia Records Nashville. Volunteer is Old Crow’s sixth studio album and was recorded at historic RCA Studio A. The songs illustrate themes that resonate far beyond Old Crow Medicine Show’s diverse fan base, while also showcasing the depth in the group’s songwriting.

Neal McCoy

Thursday, August 23rd & Friday, August 24th, 2018, 7:00 PM Spencer Theater, Alto, NM

Neal McCoy has released fifteen studio albums on various labels, and has released 34 singles to country radio.In 1993, Neal McCoy broke through with the back-to-back number 1 singles No Doubt About It and Wink from his platinum-certified album No Doubt About It.His commercial success continued into the late 1990s with two more platinum albums and a gold album, as well as six more Top Ten hits.A seventh Top Ten hit, the number 10 Billy’s Got His Beer Goggles On, came in 2005 from his self-released That’s Life.

Music of Your Life, a big band jazz and country amalgam with Les Brown, Jr. recorded for a public television special, appeared in 2011, with a new studio album, XII, finally arriving in 2012. In 2013 he released Pride: A Tribute to Charley Pride, Neal’s long time friend and mentor. 2015 brought the Big Band Standards CD You Don’t Know Me.Neal has been on 15 USO Tours around the world and continues to say it’s one of the achievements he’s most proud of. He is also the recipient of multiple Humanitarian awards from The Academy of Country Music, The Country Radio Broadcasters and The Masonic Grand Lodge.In 2016 Neal has again made a move to continue his patriotic values by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance “Live” on his Facebook page every morning. He’s reached millions of viewers all over the country and around the world.Neal still maintains a very busy touring schedule all through the year. Make sure to catch a show when he’s near because as Neal says “No two shows are the same!”

WAR

Friday, August 24th, 2018 7:00 PM Inn of the Mountain Gods, Ruidoso

Saturday, August 25th, 2018 7:00 PM Buffalo Thunder Resort

The year was 1969, and these ‘kids’ had the nerve to carry the name WAR at a time when peace was the slogan in an anti-Vietnam America. “Our mission was tospread a message of brotherhood and harmony”. Original Band Members included; Lonnie Jordan/singer/keyboardist, Howard Scott/guitars/ vocal, Lee Oskar/harmonica, B.B. Dickerson/bass vocals, Harold Brown/drums/ vocals, the late Thomas “Papa Dee” Allen/congas/timbales, and Charles Miller /saxophonist/flutist.

WAR from the beginning was a concept & musical laboratory. As Eric Burdon’s back band, it was the vehicle to experiment with the blending of many musical styles and influences. WAR would wind-up being honored with 17 gold, platinum or multi-platinum awards which include the triple platinum The World Is A Ghetto, double platinum Why Can’t We Be Friends? and Greatest Hits, platinum Deliver The Word, WAR Live, All Day Music, Best Of WAR and…more.

The band’s popularity has grown steadily ever since, as a result of the commitment to being road WARriors combined with great increases television appearances, record sales, use of their music in film, television and commercials, samples and covers by other recording artists. A big shot in the arm to WAR’s presence on the touring scene was the release of 1994’s Peace Sign, an album well received by critics and fans. WAR now tours over 150 dates a year to audiences ranging from tens of thousands to intimate clubs.

WAR’s global popularity is a tribute to the timelessness of its music and message. Perhaps, nothing epitomizes this truth greater than the fact that WAR has twice been honored by its hometown of Los Angeles, over twenty years apart, for its music making positive contributions to the betterment of the community.

Pepe Aguliar

Friday, August 24th, 2018 8:00 PM Sandia Resort Amphitheater

Aguilar made his debut as a singer at the age of three, when his father Antonio Aguilar had a concert in Madison Square Garden in the city of New York. As a teenager, Aguilar’s musical influences were Pink Floyd and The Who, among other rock bands. Nevertheless, while leaving his teenage years behind, he turned to Tejano music once again, mixing the traditional style with his modern pop influences and becoming a strong identity in the Latin scene, in addition to developing a successful acting career.

Aguilar launched his career as a solo artist in 1989 with the launch of “Pepe Aguilar Con Tambora”, then later releasing special editions. In 1992, Aguilar recorded his first mariachi album titled “Recuérdame Bonito”, produced by Mexican singer-songwriter Joan Sebastian. He subsequently released “Que Bueno” and “Chiquilla Bonita” in 1993 and 1994.

In 1999, the album “Por El Amor De Siempre” was released. This album is the one that confirmed Pepe Aguilar’s career. The single, “Por Una Mujer Bonita” becamethe winner to almost every award and was the winner of the first Grammy in the category of “Mejor Álbum Regional Mexicano.”

“No Soy De Nadie” a CD published on 31 August 2004. “El Autobús” is in the popularity list. This Cd has great songwriters like Juan Gabriel, Luís Demetrio, Jesús Monarrez and his own song writing.

Aguilar received the 2,474th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on July 26, 2012, located at 7060 Hollywood Blvd., which was placed next to the star of his father.

La leyenda de la música Latina PEPE AGUILAR es considerado la voz de la nueva generación de la música mexicana, es uno de los cantautores y productores de mayor éxito en la música latina, poseedor de una carrera musical de 35 años, ganador de seis Grammys (americanos), tres Latin Grammys y un sin número de discos de Oro y Platino, una discografía de 24 álbumes y más de 10 millones de copias vendidas en Estados Unidos y México.

Evanescence with Lindsey Stirling

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018 8:00 PM Isleta Amphitheater, Albuquerque

Evanescence began in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1995 with singer and pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.The band released their first full-length album, Fallen in 2003. Fallen sold more than 17 million copies worldwide and helped the band win two Grammy Awards. A year later, Evanescence released their first live album, Anywhere but Home, which sold more than one million copies worldwide.

Evanescence, was released in 2011. It debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart and also debuted at number one on four other different Billboard charts; the Rock Albums, Digital Albums, Alternative Albums, and the Hard Rock Albums charts.

In 2015, Evanescence emerged from hiatus and announced they would resume touring. Synthesis was released worldwide on November 10, 2017, and marked a stylistic change in the band’s sound.

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Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 8:00 PM Isleta Amphitheater, Albuquerque

“Being out in front of people and just being ‘The Man’” might sound like a vague and ridiculous dream to have, but for Cameron Thomaz it might be the most appropriate thought to cross any mind. Better known as Wiz Khalifa, the son of two military parents has always had his eye on being a new standard by which cool is measured. Rapping since the third grade and starting to record music at 14 was probably a step in the right direction. The next best move? Inking a deal to Rostrum Records after a meeting with Benjy Grinberg.

Fresh out of high school, it was time to either sink or swim. In 2005 Wiz released his first mixtape, “Prince of the City: Welcome to Pistolvania.” The mixtape was quickly accepted by the local scene and began to gain buzz outside of Pittsburgh. With that excitement growing by the day, it was the perfect time for a proper commercial album. Wiz soon dropped “Show and Prove,” which Okayplayer.com claimed was “arguably the best album of the year.” The accolades began piling up and Khalifa was receiving significant co-signs from XXL, Rolling Stone, and VIBE, alike. A deal with Warner Bros. Records soon followed.

Fast forward a few months, and together Wiz and Rostrum Records proudly announced that these doors were those of Atlantic Records, the new home to Wiz Khalifa. Following this huge milestone in his career, Wiz soon embarked on a stint on the famed “Rock The Bells” tour alongside such legends as Lauryn Hill and Snoop Dogg, immediately followed by his nation-wide headlining tour, appropriately dubbed the “Waken Baken Tour.” After receiving co-signs from a multitude of rap veterans, including Rick Ross and Diddy, and humbly rejecting Drake’s offer to join his recent tour, it became evident that Wiz also established himself as a prominent staple online with over 3,000,000 friends on Facebook, and over 1,000,000 fans following him on Twitter. With the video for his first Atlantic Records release, “Black & Yellow,” getting an astonishing 30 million views on YouTube, there is no question about it: Wiz Khalifa’s debut album is bound to be something great.

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Sunday, September 2nd, 2018 8:00 PM Isleta Amphitheater

Jack Johnson is a singer-songwriter, musician, actor, record producer, documentary filmmaker and former professional surfer. On his off days, he works tirelessly on environmental and sustainability issues, often with a focus on the world’s oceans. Johnson and wife Kim created the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation and the Kōkua Hawaii Foundation. In 2008 Johnson adopted the concept of greening (reduce and reuse), and donates 100% of the proceeds to environmental causes.

The son of well-known surfer Jeff Johnson, Jack was born and raised on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. He began to learn how to surf at the age of five. At seventeen he became the youngest invitee to make the finals of the Pipeline Masters, one of surfing’s most prestigious surfing events, on Oahu’s North Shore. One week later, however, his stint as a professional surfer ended when he suffered a surfing accident at the Pipeline that put more than 150 stitches in his forehead and removed a few of his teeth; this later became the inspiration for the song “Drink the Water”. He appeared as a surfer in the documentary,The Endless Summer II in 1994.

Johnson learned the guitar at the age of 8 and started songwriting at the age of 12. In later years, Johnson opened for then relatively unknown acts such as Sublime and Dave Matthews with far from sold out crowds.

Johnson credits his songwriting influences as Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Radiohead, Otis Redding, G. Love and Special Sauce, Ben Harper, Sublime, The Beatles, Bob Marley, Neil Young, and A Tribe Called Quest. As part of Jack’s All The Light Above it Too World Tour he will be adding Albuquerque to round out the summer.

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Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 7:00 PM Sandia Resort & Casino

Al año siguiente, es el único artista latinoamericano invitado a participar en la grabación del disco Barcelona Gold con motivo de los Juegos Olímpicos. Gana el premio al “Mejor Video Musical Internacional” de los Premios MTV por su canción América, un tributo a las Olimpiadas, que formaría parte de un disco de edición especial titulada América & En Vivo. Por su álbum Romance, LUIS MIGUEL gana los premios Billboard en 1992 al “Mejor Artista Latino”, “Mejor Álbum”, y “Mejor Artista de la Canción en Español”. Recibe el premio “Laurel de Oro” en Chile al “Mejor Álbum del Año.” Es invitado a participar en la ceremonia de clausura de la Expo ’92 de Sevilla. Realiza un concierto para recaudar fondos para el Museo de los Niños de México.

 

La revista BILLBOARD le otorga el premio “Billboard Latin 50 Artist of the Year” y el premio al “Mejor Álbum Pop Masculino del Año”, además de ser honrado una vez más con su cuarto “World Music Award” como “Best Selling Latin Artist” al artista latino que más discos ha vendido durante este año.

En septiembre, LUIS MIGUEL interrumpe la grabación de su nuevo álbum para participar en la segunda entrega de los Latin Grammys programados para el 11 del mismo mes, sin embargo, dado a los acontecimientos ocurridos, dicha ceremonia es cancelada. En solidaridad a esta tragedia, Michael Jackson invita a LUIS MIGUEL a participar en su proyecto para recaudar fondos al grabar el tema “Todo Para Ti”, uniendo su voz con otros artistas como Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez y Gloria Estefan entre otros.

El 29 de Septiembre del 2003 edita “33”, un álbum pop que gira en base a once canciones inéditas. El álbum fue grabado en estudios de Los Ángeles y la producción estuvo a cargo de LUIS MIGUEL. Su primer sencillo “Te Necesito” a partir de su salida en la radio, se colocó en los primeros lugares de las listas de popularidad en toda América Latina, España y Estados Unidos.

En Abril de 2014, Los Premios Billboard de la Música Latina en su 25° edición desde el BankUnited Center en la ciudad de Miami, galardona a LUIS MIGUEL en la categoría GIRA DEL AÑO; debido a su extenso y triunfante “The Hits Tour” con el cual recorrió España, Sudamérica, México y Estados Unidos, siendo la gira más exitosa según sus ventas y triunfos en cada una de sus presentaciones, logrando 220 fechas totalmente abarrotadas a lo largo de más de dos años de duración.

Hoy por hoy a nivel mundial LUIS MIGUEL no sólo es el cantante en idioma español con mayor prestigio, si no también se ha convertido en el artista con mayor impacto, trascendencia y vigencia internacional en el ámbito contemporáneo.

Journey with Def Leppard

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 8:00 PM Isleta Amphitheater

It’s a double-headlining rock extravaganza as Journey & Def Leppard come to Isleta Amphitheater on Wednesday 5th September 2018! The two bands, who are known for their singalong rock radio singles like “Don’t Stop Believin'” and “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” will be whipping fans into a frenzy with a whole host of hits!

Neal Schon said, “These co-headlining Journey/Def Leppard dates will be epic classic rock shows. So many hits. It will be great to see you all, friends!”

Said Joe Elliott, “This tour is going to be a blast! We’ve toured together before and it was massive. This time it’s going to be even bigger and better!”

Journey are one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, with nearly 90 million records sold since their inception in 1973. Originally a project known as the Golden Gate Rhythm Section, featuring members of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch, Journey’s first foray into music was as a progressive rock/jazz fusion act. Five years later, the band found fame with the release of their fourth studio album, Infinity. The band ushered in a new era, with a new lead singer, a new producer and a change in direction towards a more pop/rock influenced sound, and it worked – they released seven consecutive multi-platinum albums through 1978-1987 and had a plethora of hit singles, including 1981’s Don’t Stop Believin’. In 2009, Don’t Stop Believin’ became the top-selling track in iTunes history amongst songs not released in the 21st century.

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Friday, September 7th, 2018 7:00 PM Fire Rock Casino, Gallup

Clay Walker first topped the Billboard country singles chart in 1993 with “What’s It to You” and followed with his second consecutive No. 1 hit, “Live Until I Die.” Since then he’s placed 31 titles on Billboard’s singles chart including such additional chart toppers as “Dreaming with my Eyes Open,” “If I Could Make Living,” “This Woman and This Man,” and “Rumor Has It.” (The latter two songs each spent two weeks at the summit.) He’s enjoyed his share of success at the cash registers and has consistently been one of the busiest artists on the road. He’s scored four platinum-selling albums, signifying sales of a million units, and two gold albums, discs that sold over 500,0000 units.

When he was only 16-years-old, and working nights as a desk clerk at a motel, he took a tape of a song he wrote to a nearby radio station. The disc jockey told him it was against corporate policy to play such tapes on the air. “I was heartbroken, but when I left the studio and got in my car–and I remember it was about 6:30 in the morning– as I was driving away from the radio station and he said, “Folks, I’m not supposed to do this, but this song is just too good to pass up. This song was written by a hometown boy, his name is Clay Walker!’

Walker made a name for himself on the competitive Texas honky tonk circuit before graduating to success on a national level. His first single, “What’s It To You,” flew up the chart and landed at No. 1. His smooth, evocative voice and energetic stage presence quickly established Walker as the latest Texas export to find national acclaim and a lengthy string of hits has followed. However, the Houston resident has never strayed far from his Texas roots or the Lone Star lifestyle.

Walker was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1996. Clay set his mind to overcome the obstacles MS set before him. Since them, he has founded Band Against MS (BAMS) to fight the disease and has raised upwards of $2,000,000 for the cause. In addition to founding Band Against MS, Clay’s compassion for the men and women who served in the armed forces has led him to co-found Military Warriors Support Foundation (MilitaryWarriors.org) and serve the people who serve our county on a personal level. Military Warriors Support Foundation awards mortgage-free homes to wounded heroes injured during combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. The homes are for families who have severe and/or unique circumstances dues to their injuries received while serving our country. In addition to the home, the families will receive 3 years of family and financial mentoring. Clay is passionate about helping this organization and gives homes away to these deserving soldiers at his shows!

After more than a decade in the national spotlight, Clay Walker believes the best is yet to come. “I trust my gut more than ever now,” he says. “I definitely don’t feel like a rookie, but at the same time, I think the best years of my recording career are ahead of me. I believe if the good Lord wants it, who’s going to stop it?”

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Thursday, September 13, 2018 @ NMSU Pan American Center, Las Cruces

Chris Young has accomplished more by 29 than some artists do in a lifetime. Already a Grammy-nominated recording artist, he’s also a dynamic live performer consistently in demand, an international ambassador for his genre, a talented songwriter with six Number Ones to his name – by the way, he wrote four of them – and a handsome charmer to boot. Now, with the release of his fourth album, A.M., the man known for his classic baritone and melt-your-heart ballads knows how to have a good time, too.

Still, when all is said and done, it only takes two words to sum up the career of Chris Young: Definitely country. And for anyone who knows the real Chris Young, the party anthems on A.M. won’t come as that much of a surprise. Though he’s made his name on mature, sensitive, heartfelt hits like “Tomorrow,” “You,” and “Voices,” he is, at heart, just like any other 29 –year-old guy.

When Australian singer/songwriter Morgan Evans released his self-titled debut album in 2014, it was the culmination of a musical journey that began when he started his first band at the age of thirteen. It’s a journey that has seen the country-rocker tour with superstars like Taylor Swift and Alan Jackson, play to over 50,000 people in Nashville at the world’s biggest country music festival and build a large, devoted following as he’s played the length and breadth of his native land and across the USA.

Morgan has made his mark on the Australian musical landscape with a sound that fused contemporary country with melodic rock, fueled by a unique passion and energy all Morgan’s own. His music is driven by an optimism shaped by life’s bumpy journey, a faith in the power of love and hard work to overcome the obstacles we all face every day.

Since then, Morgan has his sights set once again on Nashville, relocating to Music City where he has been writing with the A-list of songwriters for his upcoming US debut release and recently made return performances to CMA Music Fest and the Grand Ole Opry.

His growing fanbase in both Australia and the USA is eagerly awaiting new music from Morgan, expected to be released later this year.

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Friday, September 14th, 2018 7:30 PM NMSU Pan Am Center, Las Cruces

Saturday, September 15th, 2018 8:00 PM Camel rock Casino, Santa Fe

Suite Judy Blue Eyes reunites with her Woodstock friend Stephen Stills for an unforgettable evening of great music, old and new. The two longtime friends from the summer of love have hundreds of hits between the two of them. Stills was one of the principle songwriters for the groups Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills and Nash and Crosby , Stills, Nash and Young and went on to a brilliant solo career, first creating the southern rock group Manassas and later as a solo artist. A fantastic blues player, he continues to tour with CS&N.

Judy Collins has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. In the 1960s, she evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices. Five decades later, her luminescent presence shines brightly as new generations bask in the glow of her iconic 50-album body of work, and heed inspiration from her spiritual discipline to thrive in the music industry for half a century.

The award-winning singer-songwriter is esteemed for her imaginative interpretations of traditional and contemporary folk standards and her own Stephen Stills live.poetically poignant original compositions. Her stunning rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” from her landmark 1967 album, Wildflowers, has been entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Judy’s dreamy and sweetly intimate version of “Send in the Clowns,” a ballad written by Stephen Sondheim for the Broadway musical A Little Night Music,won “Song of the Year” at the 1975 Grammy Awards. She’s garnered several top-ten hits gold- and platinum-selling albums. Recently, contemporary and classic artists such as Rufus Wainwright, Shawn Colvin, Dolly Parton, Joan Baez, and Leonard Cohen honored her legacy with the album Born to the Breed: A Tribute to Judy Collins.

Throughout the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and up to the present, she has remained a vital artist, enriching her catalog with critically acclaimed albums while balancing a robust touring schedule. Judy Collins, now 77, is as creatively vigorous as ever, writing, touring worldwide, and nurturing fresh talent. She is a modern day Renaissance woman who is also an accomplished painter, filmmaker, record label head, musical mentor, and an in-demand keynote speaker for mental health and suicide prevention. She continues to create music of hope and healing that lights up the world and speaks to the heart.

Trace Adkins

Saturday, September 15th, 2018 8:00 PM Sandia Resort & Casino

A Nashville icon for more than two decades, Trace Adkins has made his mark on the country-music industry. 11 million albums sold. Time-honored hit singles. Momentous, fiery and always memorable live performances. Grammy nominations. Even a slew of movie and TV roles have come the Grand Ole Opry member’s way.

In his 2007 autobiography, A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck, the towering baritone recounts his rise to fame, brushes with death, and battles with personal demons. Adkins says he’s profoundly touched that he now serves as an inspiration to a younger generation of country artists, much in the way he revered icons like Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard when first moving to Nashville. Lest you think however that Adkins has lost any of his trademark passion and killer instinct for his craft, the 55-year-old is as fired up as ever to be back on the road touring behind Something’s Going On.

Adkins has won three Academy of Country Music Awards, including the 2009 Single of the Year Award for “You’re Gonna Miss This” and Vocal Event of the Year with Blake Shelton for “Hillbilly Bone” in 2010. He is also an accomplished actor with roles in several films and television shows, most notably playing a tough-as-nails biker in The Lincoln Lawyer, a desperate father in Deepwater Horizon, and a wise oracle of a tattoo artist in the family friendly film Moms’ Night Out. But he is perhaps most proud of his work supporting U.S. troops and veterans, serving as a spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Project and participating in an astounding 12 USO tours to date.

Tracy Byrd

Saturday, September 15th, 2018 7:00 PM Route 66 Casino Resort

Multi Platinum recording artist Tracy Byrd releases his first album in 10 years, titled, All American Texan. The 10 song CD and digital release contains 7 songs written solely by Byrd and 1 song co-written with Byron Hill, as well as two wonderful ballads, Before I Die, written by Woody Mullis and Trey Matthews,and Only Jesus, written by Wynn Varble.

All American Texan is Byrd’s 10th studio album of his career that started in 1993, but is the first release of new music since his last project, “Different Things”, which came out in 2006.

All American Texan was recorded wholly, as it should be, in Texas…Tyler, Texas, to be exact, at Rosewood Studios. The project is a true self release, in the fact that Byrd controlled and guided the entire project himself from creation to retail release and beyond. Byrd enlisted the help of some great Texas musicians, Brett Danaher, Milo Deering, David Deshazo, Nate Coon, John Carroll, John Michael Whitby and Mike Rojas, and the ears of Greg Hunt and Drew Hall, of Rosewood studios to get this project to the finish line.

Byrd says it was the hardest but most rewarding project of his career. The song’s are definitely close to Byrd’s heart as he wrote 8 of the 10 songs himself, from the honky tonkin title track, “All American Texan” to the western swing fun “Texas Truck” to the deep self examination of “Roll with It” and the sexy and bluesy “Don’t Be in a Hurry”, as well as the older spiritual depth of “Before I Die”, “Only Jesus”, and “Take it to the Bank”, this album sounds like the life of a tough, but sensitive, thankful, but unapologetic, traditional and seasoned country singer. Check it out and see what you think of it. Available on ITunes, Google Play, and all digital outlets. CD’s available at Bucee’s in Texas, at tracybyrd.net and at any of Tracy Byrd’s live shows.

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 20th Anniversary Tour

Monday, September 25th, 2018 6:30 PM Isleta Amphitheater, Albuquerque

Ms. Lauryn Hill is celebrating twenty years of her anthemic debut solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill with a newly announced World Tour. The GRAMMY® Award-winning artist uses her platform to raise money and awareness for frontline charity initiatives through touring. A portion of the ticket sales go towards the MLH Foundation, which directly contributes support for education, health, agriculture, technology, and community based businesses and development initiatives throughout the Diaspora. Your contribution will be put to use through donations made from ticket sales to support community building worldwide. See the full list of charities below.

Multi-platinum artist Ms. Lauryn Hill rose to prominence with The Fugees and took the world by storm two decades ago as a solo artist with The Miseducation of Ms. Lauryn Hill. Singles including “Doo Wop (That Thing)” and “Everything Is Everything” catapulted her to superstardom, ultimately lauding her with ten GRAMMY® nominations and five GRAMMY® Award wins.

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Tuesday, September 27th, 2018 8:00 PM Don Haskins Center, Las Cruces

Fall Out Boy consists of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Patrick Stump, bassist Pete Wentz, lead guitarist Joe Trohman, and drummer Andy Hurley. The band originated from Chicago’s hardcore punk scene, with which all members were involved at one point. The group’s debut album, Take This to Your Grave  became an underground success and helped the band gain a dedicated fanbase through heavy touring, as well as some moderate commercial success. Take This to Your Grave has commonly been cited as an influential blueprint for pop punk music in the 2000s.

With Wentz as the band’s lyricist and Stump as the primary composer, the band’s 2005 major-label breakthrough, From Under the Cork Tree, produced two hit singles, “Sugar, We’re Goin Down” and “Dance, Dance”, and went double platinum, transforming the group into superstars and making Wentz a celebrity and tabloid fixture. Fall Out Boy received a Best New Artist nomination at the 2006 Grammy Awards. The band’s 2007 follow-up, Infinity on High, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with 260,000 first week sales. It produced two worldwide hit singles, “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race” and “Thnks fr th Mmrs”. Folie à Deux, the band’s fourth album, created a mixed response from fans and commercially undersold expectations. Following the release of Believers Never Die – Greatest Hits, the band took a hiatus from 2009 to 2012 to “decompress”, exploring various side projects.

The band regrouped and recorded Save Rock and Roll (2013), becoming its second career number one and included the top 20 single “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)”. The same year, the band released the EP PAX AM Days, consisting of 8 punk-influenced tracks that were recorded during a two-day session with producer Ryan Adams. The band’s sixth studio album, American Beauty/American Psycho (2015) peaked at number one on the Billboard 200, and spawned the top-10 hit “Centuries” and the single “Uma Thurman” which reached No. 22 on the Billboard Hot 100. This was followed by their first remix album Make America Psycho Again, which featured the remixes of all original tracks from American Beauty/American Psycho by a different artist on each song, including Migos and Wiz Khalifa. The band’s seventh studio album Mania (2018), also peaked at No. 1, making it the band’s fourth No. 1 album and the group’s sixth consecutive top 10 album.

Boy George & Culture Club Life Tour with the Thompson Twins Tom Bailey

Thursday, September 27th, 2018 Sandia Resort Amphitheater

Boy George is universally recognised as one of the music scenes most iconic artists and for the past 30 years has maintained a strong position at the forefront of this ever-changing, multi-faceted industry. Attracting high praise from variety of publications that includeRollingStone, Mixmag and MTV and having gained truly global recognition, the Grammy-nominated singer has created a worldwide presence that transcends age, race, colour, creed, nationality and even religion.

To date George has sold over 100 million singles and in excess of 50 million albums as a performer and songwriter with 80’s super group Culture Club and as a solo artist in his own right. He also continues to be one of the worlds most successful and in-demand international DJs touring extensively across the globe.

Since early 2010 George has unveiled a bed of new studio releases that include ‘Amazing Grace’, ‘Sunshine into my life’ featuringSharlene Hector of Basement Jaxx fame, ‘Brand New’ and ‘Turn 2 Dust’. As well as his own projects, George has spent much of the past two years collaborating with a number of other artists that include Mark Ronson, Andrew Wyatt (Miike Snow), Glide & Swerveand Harry Choo Choo Romero.

Although in recent years (in the UK at least), the media spotlight has fallen too much on George’s iconic media status and not enough on an ever-expanding and prolific musical output, his presence in the music industry still remains an ever-present series of headline making stories with notable publications such as DJ Magazine, NME, Q Magazine, Ok Magazine, The Guardian, New York Times, and Mumbai Mirror all following his career with great zeal.

Dierks Bently Mountain High Tour

Friday, September 28th, 2018 6:30 PM Isleta Amphitheater, Albuquerque

Dierks Bentley’s career in country music could be taught in music business classes because of its rare balance of commercial success and artistic breadth. Most young Nashville newcomers who gravitate to the Station Inn and the city’s bluegrass heritage are not the ones who wind up on arena stages. The city’s not programmed that way, even if it should be. But Dierks made some savvy choices, soaking up sound and wisdom on Tuesday night bluegrass shows and on Wednesday nights on Lower Broadway with the twanging, electrifying Jamie Hartford Band. In those same days, his day job at The Nashville Network’s tape vault gave him access to a library of classic country music performances, which he soaked up like a sponge.

Under these many influences, he wrote and recorded songs that honored the past and the heritage while saying something fresh. Early songs like “I Wish It Would Break” and “Bartenders, Barstools and Barmaids” suggested this was a writer/artist who could add something to the country tradition while speaking a contemporary language. That promise was fulfilled upon teaming up with Capitol with the shocking No. 1 debut “What Was I Thinkin’?” It continued with indelible hits, including “Settle For A Slowdown” and “Every Mile A Memory.”

The tone for Dierks’s career was truly set in 2005. He won the CMA’s Horizon Award for most exceptional emerging artist. And his passion for and stewardship of classic country music earned him membership in the Grand Ole Opry, where he was the third youngest artist ever to be inducted. The first Grammy Award nominations came in 2007 and they quickly became routine. Through the critically acclaimed Up On The Ridge album, he’s earned ten Grammy nods. And throughout, Dierks has pursued a broad-based strategy on the road, juggling arena dates supporting George Strait with club and college shows and now balancing headliner status in country music settings with gritty, jammy tours of rock venues.

Throughout this journey (and critical to it), Dierks has sought out and made use of technologies that could help erase the distance between himself and his fans. The website that went up before the release of Home is perhaps the most audacious expression of that yet. The album’s cover is rendered as a mosaic of miniscule images farmed form Dierks’s nearly 200,000 Twitter followers. Drag over it, and the faces pop out in a magnifier. Click on any tile, and up pops what they’ve been saying – to Dierks and each other. It’s like a microcosm of everything Dierks has cultivated in his fan base: connectivity and immediacy.

He’s done things his own way, satisfied his own muses and done all he can do to bring all kinds of fans along with him. There’s every reason to think they’ll follow him Home too.

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Saturday, September 29th, 2018 Legends Theater at Route 66 Casino

Thanks to their die-hard, loyal fan base and their younger generation offspring, TESLA continues to tour to sold-out crowds around the world. Celebrating 30+ years of kick ass Rock ‘n’ Roll gives their audience a musical journey that keeps the loyal fans coming back and has newcomers realizing, “Wow, I didn’t know they did that song!

TESLA were formed in Sacramento, CA, in 1985. The band wrote original music and, at management’s suggestion, the band named itself after the eccentric inventor Nikola TESLA, who pioneered the radio but was given only belated credit for doing so.  TESLA quickly scored a deal with Geffen and released their debut album, Mechanical Resonance, in 1986; it produced the hard rock hits and crowd favorite, “Modern Day Cowboy” and “Little Suzi.” Mechanical Resonance reached the Top 40 on the album charts, and eventually went platinum. It was the follow-up, 1989’s, which truly broke the band. The first single, “Heaven’s Trail (No Way Out),” was a hit with hard rock audiences, setting the stage for the second single, a comforting ballad called “Love Song” which substituted a dash of hippie utopianism for the usual power ballad histrionics.

“Love Song” hit the pop Top Ten and made the band stars, pushing The Great Radio Controversy into the Top 20 and double-platinum sales figures; the follow-up single, “The Way It Is,” was also a hit.

TESLA’s music is often referred to as heavy metal but is better described as blues metal. The band’s lyrics also strayed from the themes popular in heavy metal, particularly in the 1980’s at the beginning of their career. A further distinction from their contemporaries was their blue-collar, T-shirt-and-jeans image which was in strong contrast to glam bands of the time, which were characterized by big hair, leather pants, and flashy makeup.

During the early years of their career, TESLA toured with David Lee Roth, Def Leppard, and Aerosmith.

Brian Wheat – Bass / Keyboards / Piano / Backing Vocals
Frank Hannon – Guitars / Backing Vocals
Jeff Keith – Lead Vocals
Troy Luccketta – Drums / Percussion
Dave Rude – Guitar / Backing Vocals

Ozzy Osbourne-No More Tours 2

Sunday, September 30th, 2018 7:30 PM Isleta Amphitheater

OZZY OSBOURNE is a multi-platinum recording artist, a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and a three-time Grammy® winning singer and songwriter, who has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide. OSBOURNE’s career has spanned more than four decades (as both a successful solo artist and as the lead singer of Black Sabbath) and his music is as relevant today as ever, still being heard daily on TV, in movies, on radio and at stadium sports events. In 2011 OZZY reunited with Black Sabbath and in June 2013, after more than three decades of waiting, the band released their critically acclaimed 13 album (Vertigo/Republic), which entered the charts at #1 in 13 countries. Produced by seven-time Grammy-Award winning producer Rick Rubin, 13 features the original BLACK SABBATH: OZZY OSBOURNE, TONY IOMMI and GEEZER BUTLER. In 2014 the group won a Grammy® Award in the Best Metal Performance category for the album’s first single “God Is Dead?” In May 2014 OSBOURNE was honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund at the 10th anniversary MusiCares MAP Fund® benefit concert. Later that year (November), OZZY was presented with the “Global Icon” award at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards in Glasgow. This year also marks 20 years since OSBOURNE created his name-sake hard-rock/metal touring festival, OZZFEST, which has had a hugely successful run across North America, Europe and Japan and will return to the U.S. this September.

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Sunday, October 7th, 2018 8:00 PM Kiva Auditorium, Albuquerque

The iconic master of songwriting returns to the Duke City with his band on what is now the 30th year of his Never Ending Tour. So far this year he has been to Europe, the far east, Australia and throughout North America. His set list is ever changing and he has recently performed music from his Shadows in the Night release, but you can bet you will hear favorites like Tangled Up In Blue, Things Have Changed, Highway 61 Revisited and Don’t Think Twice.

The reluctant Nobel Prize laureate brings with him a band this time that includes incredible sidemen Stu Kimball — rhythm guitar, Donnie Herron — pedal steel, lap steel, electric mandolin, banjo, violin, Charlie Sexton — lead guitar, Tony Garnier — bass guitar and George Receli — drums, percussion with Bob playing piano.

If you have never seen a Dylan concert, don’t miss out and if this will be your 100th time seeing him, don’t miss out. It is sure to be a raucous good time.

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Saturday, October 20th, 2018 8:00 PM Legends Theater @ Route 66 Casino, Albuquerque

Third Eye Blind from San Francisco Mission District Mostly guitars with other things knocking around Riffs and deep beats Lyrics are expanded in a kinda hip hop way That wrong thing you’re not supposed to say- we say it Black on Black pretty much from the beginning It took us so long to get things this way but it really feels like we are underway now Jacked on coffee we are a fabulously disorganized bunch We seek impact with friends try to surf whenever we can dirty jokes looking out for each other we have eyes and a voice so no surprise when we speak the fuck up We care about shit No sequencers no backing tracks not a DJ group We believe in the gathering power of music Guess you could say we are a motherfucking rock band Born in shadow, made of lions and loud.

Bob Weir & the Wolf Brothers

Saturday, October 27th, 2018 8:00 PM Kiva Auditorium, Albuquerque

Bob Weir and Wolf Bros featuring Bob Weir, Don Was and Jay Lane performing songs of Grateful Dead and more will embark on a 19-stop tour this fall. The tour kicks off October 16 and runs through November 18, hitting major markets across the US including New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Nashville, Denver, and Washington D.C. See the complete list of dates below.

Weir says, “Wolf Bros is something that really took its roots back in the spring of 2015 when Don Was came up to TRI and helped us piece together Dead & Company. For a while now I’ve been itchin’ to explore our songs in a trio setting. An upright bass, my acoustic or electric guitar and a drummer. We did some rehearsals this past spring and it was big fun—and that’s the whole idea. We were kickin’ around Dead songs as well as tunes from my back pages. I’m pretty sure we’re gonna have a big adventure with this…”

Edgar Winter

Saturday, October 27th, 2018 7:00 PM Legends Theater @ Route 66 Casino, Albuquerque

By the time Edgar Winter left his hometown of Beaumont, Texas in the 1960’s, he was already technically proficient in every aspect of music. A child prodigy who achieved international success early on, Edgar has found an audience in every major entertainment medium–music, film and television. A prolific writer, Edgar’s music encompasses many different genres, including rock, jazz, blues, and pop. From his critically acclaimed 1970 debut release, Entrance, he has demonstrated his unique style and ability to cross the genre lines and do the unexpected. His early recording of “Tobacco Road” is a powerful, emotionally devastating masterpiece that propelled him into the national spotlight. Edgar followed Entrance with two hit albums backed by his group White Trash, a group originally comprised of musicians from Texas and Louisiana. White Trash enjoyed huge success, both with the 1971 release of the studio album, Edgar Winter’s White Trash, and with 1972’s follow-up live gold album, Roadwork.

In late 1972 Edgar brought together Dan Hartman, Ronnie Montrose and Chuck Ruff to form The Edgar Winter Group, the legendary band that created such hits as the number one Frankenstein and the ever popular Free Ride. Released in 1973, They Only Come Out at Night peaked at the number 3 position on the Billboard Hot 200 and stayed on the charts for an impressive 80 weeks. It was certified gold in April 1973 and double platinum in November 1986. Edgar invented the keyboard body strap early in his career, an innovation that allows him the freedom to move around on stage during his multi-instrument high-energy performances. He was also the first artist to feature a synthesizer as the main instrument in a song. Frankenstein revolutionized rock and roll and opened up a whole new world of possibilities with experimentation and sound.

After They Only Come Out At Night, Edgar released Shock Treatment, featuring guitarist Rick Derringer in place of Ronnie Montrose. Later albums included Jasmine Nightdreams, The Edgar Winter Group with Rick Derringer, a live album, Together Live With Johnny Winter, Recycled, a reunion with White Trash, Standing On Rock, Mission Earth, Live In Japan, Not A Kid Anymore, The Real Deal, and Winter Blues.

With over 20 albums and numerous collaborative efforts to his credit, Edgar Winter has not been satisfied to ride the wave of popular music stardom. Major national television and radio campaigns have relied on Edgar’s music to advertise their products. Edgar has also made frequent television appearances, both to promote his music, and to give his opinions on everything from Politically Incorrect to a commercial with George Hamilton for Miller Lite beer. He has appeared in the film “Netherworld”, and the TV shows “The Cape”, “Mysterious Ways”, “Dave Letterman”, and “Jimmy Kimmel”.

Edgar Winter’s live shows consistently receive rave reviews. His music is always evolving and he is a master at stretching his skill and imagination to produce amazing results. He continues to thrill audiences with his live performances, always remaining on the cutting edge of music and style. Edgar is now at the very top of his game, and his future looks even brighter than his past.

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Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 7:00 PM Tingley Coliseum

The members of Panic! At the Disco had barely graduated high school when their full-length debut, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, transformed the suburban Las Vegas teens into national emo-pop stars. The band had materialized several years earlier, when friends Spencer Smith (drums) and Ryan Ross (guitar) began covering blink-182 tunes together. After tiring of playing another group’s material, they recruited two additional classmates, guitar/vocalist Brendon Urie and bassist Brent Wilson, and the newly formed quartet decided to model its name after a line in Name Taken’s “Panic.” Crafting pop-influenced songs with theatrical touches, quirky techno beats, and perceptive lyrics, Panic! At the Disco posted several demos online that caught the attention of Decaydance Records, the Fueled by Ramen imprint headed by Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz. Even though Panic! At the Disco had yet to play a live show, they subsequently became the first band signed to Wentz’s label.

With their record scheduled for release in September 2005, Panic! At the Disco joined the successful Nintendo Fusion Tour and hit the road alongside Fall Out Boy. The band continued touring into early 2006, while its single “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” found its way onto MTV and the Billboard Top 40.  The guys picked up a Video of the Year award at MTV’s annual VMA ceremony, beating out heavy-hitters like Madonna and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

In 2011 they released their third studio album, the John Feldmann- and Butch Walker-produced Vices & Virtues. Two years later, the band returned with Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! 2016’s Death of a Bachelor, featured co-production from Urie and longtime engineer Jake Sinclair debuted at number one in the U.S., and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Album.