Christian rock veterans Skillet, who just won a Dove Award for "Sick of It," and 24-time Dove winners Third Day will headline the 2014 edition of the "Rock & Worship Roadshow" tour, which comes to NMSU's Pan Am Center on Jan. 19.
The sixth annual tour runs Jan. 9-Feb. 16.
They'll be joined by Andy Mineo, Jamie Grace, Royal Tailor, We As Human, Soulfire Revolution and The Neverclaim on the sixth annual tour.
MercyMe is taking a break from the circuit this time around.
Tickets are still cheap: $10 at the door and the box office, $20 online and $50 VIP.
In other concert news:
• That Celtic Woman "The Emerald Isle" tour stop I told you about will go on sale next week.
Creator-writer David Downes' all-female group will return to the Plaza Theatre at 7 p.m. April 10.
Tickets will sell for $39, $69 and $79, and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 8 at the box office, Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com and 800.745.3000.
That's the same day, btw, that the Dec. 18 Dave Koz and Friends tour (with Jonathan Butler, Oleta Adams and Keiko Matsui) goes on sale.
• The Inn of the Mountain Gods is kicking up its boot heels in the coming months.
The casino near Ruidoso has added show by '90s hitmakers Diamond Rio and Lonestar at 7 p.m. Dec. 8.
Diamond Rio, always a solid live act, has all of its original members. After a hot streak of hits, including "Meet Me in the Middle," "Norma Jean Riley" and "Love a Little Longer," the band fell off the charts. It reemerged in recent years as a Christian act, winning its first Grammy for 2009's "The Reason."
Lonestar has most of its core band intact after the return of singer Richie McDonald two years ago (bassist John Rich got the boot years ago, resurrecting himself as one half of Big and Rich). Their hits include the once ubiquitous "Amazed," "I'm Already There" and "What About Now."
Tickets range from $25 to $75 and go on sale at 10 a.m. today at the box office, Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com and 800.745.3000.
Meanwhile, current hitmaker Chris Young — "Tomorrow," "Voices," "You," "Getting You Home (The Little Black Dress Song)" — will perform at the Inn at 8 p.m. Jan. 19, the same night the Roadshow tour hits NMSU.
Tickets for his show are $25-$75, on sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 1 at the venue and Ticketmaster.
• Chuco ska punks Fixed Idea have put together a pretty impressive lineup of local acts for its first A Celebration of Cultura and Arte Festival at 3 p.m. Nov. 2 at Paulina's Badlands, 7792 Franklin.
In addition to Fixed, bands include Steady Shakedown, Snappy Crotch Kicks, Thug, Get the Honey and Border Coalition, featuring members of Mexklan.
The Dia de los Muertos-themed event will include folklorico dancers, face painting, food trucks and an altar procession at 8 p.m.
Cover is only $5.
• Teen dream Ryan Beatty has postponed his Dec. 1 show at Tricky Falls, already reeling from a violent outburst at the Oct. 22 Deicide show in which an allegedly box-cutter-wielding man cut up three people, sending them to the hospital.
Beatty's November-December tour was postponed because he supposedly is behind schedule working on the tour, which was to be tied in with a new EP. New dates will be announced for 2014, but no specific dates have been confirmed yet.
As usual, refunds at the point of purchase.
Tricky did get some good news. The club at 209 S. El Paso has booked a return show by Finnish death metalists Children of Bodom for March 8.
Tyr will open that show.
They're touring new album "Halo of Blood."
Tickets are $20, on sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 8 at All That Music & Video, Bowie Feathers, Eloise, Maria's Closet and holdmyticket.com.