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.
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.
Enchantment Dancing inducts students into fleet-footed society by instructing grace and poise in its independent dance studio. New dancers can pick a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday to schedule their 45-minute private lesson, where a professional instructor will pass on centuries’ worth of shimmy wisdom and gently used unitards. Choreography coaches craft lessons to build skills and techniques that the student wishes to learn or specific ballroom and Latin dance styles, such as the waltz, tango, or paso doble, that will be practiced in the ensuing beginning group dance at 7 p.m. Strutting crowds spend 45 minutes twirling skirts and tapping suede shoes as blossoming boogiers develop their own styles and build confidence for upcoming weddings or touchdown celebrations. Clients can redeem their lesson and group dance on different nights or on the same evening for a concentrated dose of dancing.
Pecos Flavors Winery opened fairly recently—in 2004, originally just as a Roswell-based tasting room—but it brims with New Mexico history. The facility's current tasting room, for instance, takes on the identity of a southern New Mexico ranch. Its bar is a century old, plucked from Hondo Valley. Nearby, a statue of Billy the Kid keeps watch, staring grudgingly at anyone who spills their glass.
Befitting its state pride, Pecos has an extensive selection of New Mexican wines. More than 80 different blends of regional wine populate the Pecos collection, including the winery's own varietals grown at a pair of Chaves County vineyards. Pecos offers a number of other New Mexico products, too, such as coffee, sauces, and chocolates, as well as beers gathered from in-state breweries.
Eight-throated a cappella group The Swingle Singers packs its diaphragms with a repertoire of classical, jazz, Latin, pop, and rock stylings. The group's repertoire has spanned Bach, The Beatles, Björk, and holiday classics, each brought to life by voices that not only carry the lyrics to each song but also uncannily imitate its instrumentation, studio effects, and complex autotune solos. Founded by an American in Paris in 1963, the group has constantly evolved to stay youthful throughout its nearly 50 years with atmospheric, ever-changing lights and choreography.