Public service announcement: George Strait tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Oct. 12.
Not that many of you need remind that the Strait man's "The Cowboy Rides Away" farewell tour is coming to the Pan Am Center on April 6, but didn't want it to sneak up on you.
Tickets are $69.50 and $89.50, plus service charges. They'll be for sale at the box office, Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com and 800.745.3000.
Additionally, Strait's handlers will offer a limited number of "Ace in the Hole" VIP packages for $399, which includes a ticket in the first 10 rows, a pre-show party, a tour of Strait memorabilia and an unnamed gift.
The "Troubador" VIP package sells for $999 and includes a seat in the front row, various pre-show events and a guitar autographed by the King of Country himself.
It's not clear if either package includes a meeting with Mr. Strait.
Go to cidentertainment.com/georgestrait if you're interested in buying one of those VIP packages.
He also will be auctioning off seats in the first two rows and meet-and-greet passes to raise money for the Jenifer Strait Memorial Foundation, named for George and Norma Strait's daughter, who died at age 13 in a car accident in 1986.
The foundation assists the Boys and Girls Club of San Antonio and St. Jude's Ranch.
Bidding starts at 8 a.m. our time Oct. 12.
Martina McBride will open the show, part of a two-year farewell tour kicking off Jan. 18 in Lubbock.
In other concert news:
• You knew Thanksgiving weekend couldn't come without another gran baile at the Coliseum.
This year's show and dance will feature Conjunto Primavera and our own norteno kings, Los Rieleros del Norte.
The fun (and more) begins at 8 p.m. Nov. 21 at the barn.
Tickets are $31.85, plus service charges, on sale at the box office, Ticketmaster locations, ticketmaster.com an 800.745.3000.
• '80s rockers Dokken, originally scheduled to play Lubbock on Oct. 14, will play a freebie that day at the Speaking Rock Entertainment Center instead.
It's at an unusual time — 4:30 p.m. — or basically after the Dallas Cowboys game ends, according to production manager Scott Brown.
• That Magoffin Auditorium show by Mario Otero I told you about a couple of weeks ago won't be a solo show by the singer, songwriter and guitarist.
It's in celebration of the 15th anniversary of his La Guitarra's School of Music, and his new album, "Down at the Pass."
Otero and his band, the Adventures, will perform at Nov. 16-17 at the UTEP Dinner Theatre.
Tickets are $23, plus service charges, on sale at the UTEP Ticket Center, Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com and 800.745.3000.