Scented smoke wafts through the air of the casual Terrene Hookah lounge. Like at a buffet, patrons choose what the like from a bottomless menu of various tobacco flavors. Upgrades make the experience extra luxurious, including supplemental ice that fills hookahs to create thick billows of chilled smoke, and premium flavors from shisha tobacco brands such as Fantasia that go down smoother than a fistful of buttery marbles. Terrene also sells hookahs and hookah accessories including steam stones and coals.
Since its inception more than three years ago, The Box Performance Space has become a central stage for Albuquerque’s comedy. Acts from local performers and visiting teams from Denver, Phoenix, and Los Angeles will tickle as many funny bones as they can unearth at the fourth annual Duke City Improv Festival, which has been extended to two weekends (June 3–12) due to last year’s success. Rack up road-killed pedestrian points at Hit and Run: Musical Improv, a Denver-based, Broadway-style musical complete with dances and ballads. For Chaplin-esque antics, see the silent beginning of LA-based Now Improv's show. Pour frosting on a sweet evening of giggle fits with the locally induced cachinnations of The One Night Stanleys or the talented youth amusers from Cardboard Playhouse Players. No matter which show you choose, you'll reap the rewards of laughing, which include improving circulation, reducing stress hormones, and freaking out birds.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famers ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd combine their Southern prowess and legion of hits as the chummy Rebels & Bandoleros Tour blazes into Tingley Coliseum. Legendary trio ZZ Top has scratched the boogying itch of fans for more than 40 years with slippery lyrics and blues-seared, buzz-sawing riffs. Unlike estranged trios such as Three Dog Night and Charlie's Angels, the impenetrable force of ZZ Top is still composed of the same rigid core of electric mercenaries: Les Paul–wielding guitarist Billy Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill, and historically beardless drummer Frank Beard. ZZ Top's adroit musical powers and Santa-shaming facial hair have made it a household name, boosting back-seat manufacturing revenues with classic rock staples such as "Legs" and "Tush." With a new album in the works and an Eliminator full of rocket fuel, ZZ Top's live show throbs with the thumping energy, guitar gymnastics, and sultry emotion of a motherly tiger tongue-bathing a baby electric fence.
Classic-rock station Coyote 102.5 hitches up to The Midwest Rock-n-Roll Express to smuggle arena legends and Midwestern heroes Styx, REO Speedwagon, and Ted Nugent into the great outdoors of the Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque Presents the Pavilion with an inestimable cargo of sing-along classics. Styx has sparked the third rail since 1972 with prog-rock sensationalism, bolstering lighter-fluid epics such as "Come Sail Away" and "Babe" with complex riffs from crystalline synthesizers intertwined with power-chord crescendos and noodling from guitar giant Tommy Shaw. With founding frontman and falsetto specialist Kevin Cronin at the helm, fellow Prairie State juggernaut REO Speedwagon fills the stage with passionate chartbusters that made waterbed salesmen rich, from romantic ballads such as “Keep On Loving You" to the spurned-lover kiss-off "Take It on the Run." Kicking off the show, "Motor City Madman" and expert game hunter Ted Nugent revs his buzzsaw guitar through classics such as "Cat Scratch Fever" and "Stranglehold," all while protecting the audience from wild boars.
Foghat and Blue Öyster Cult have been generating genre-defining rock music since the 1970s. Playing together since 2001 after the passing of member Lonesome Dave, the most recent Foghat incarnation continues to give ailing fans a dose of its signature British and American blues-rock slide-guitar and slip-drum soundscapes. Since haunting listeners with the hit “Don’t Fear the Reaper,” Blue Öyster Cult has been mixing new metal music and its greatest hits. Today the band continues to build on its legacy as one of VH1's greatest hard rock bands, and the lesser-known title as the country’s most rambunctious bandana-wearers. Fans can nod their necks through a performance boasting the original core trio of members alongside their longtime bassist and drummer.
The Sinners and Saints Bash rings in the new year with bacchanalia replete with party favors, hors d’oeurves, a champagne toast, and all-night tunes courtesy of DJ Eddie Boy. The party starts at 7 p.m., so you’ll have five solid hours to find someone for a midnight kiss or a midnight discussion of classic Alan Alda quotes.