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.
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.
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.
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.
South of the resort, the Mescalero Cultural Center curates artifacts and historical exhibits about Apache rituals and leaders, such as the famed war chief Geronimo. To the north, the rapidly growing city of Ruidoso bustles with mountain-gear outfitters, steak houses, and yeti that have decided to settle down. The Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway passes through the city and other nearby communities with ties to western outlaws and icons. The 84-mile loop also runs through a portion of the million-acre Lincoln National Forest, where visitors hike, bike, and ride horses past waterfalls and canyons until the snow starts falling in early November.