Justin Willman returns to Gaslight Theatre for two shows Monday.


Justin Kredible returns to the Gaslight Monday

Justin Willman - we know him by his magical stage name, Justin Kredible - returns to Gaslight Theatre, 7010 E. Broadway, for a pair of shows Monday at 4 and 7 p.m.

Willman, host of the Food Network's "Cupcake Wars," has been a regular to Gaslight's Monday night family events series. He was here twice in 2012 - in January and in July. Tickets are $19.95 adults, $15.95 for kids 12 and younger. For reservations and details, call 886-9428.

Tickets on sale now for Juanes, Larry Cable Guy

Tickets are now on sale for two upcoming Casino del Sol AVA shows and a mixed martial arts showdown.

Tickets are available at the amphitheater, 5655 W. Valencia Road, or through tickets.solcasinos.com

• WFF Pascua Yaqui Fights IV in the Events Center March 2. $17-$97. (Presented by World Fighting Federation.)

• Larry the Cable Guy with guest Reno Collier on April 28; $25-$75.

• Latin superstar Juanes May 30; $35-$105.

Acoustic Trio to put on lava show Saturday

Members of the acoustic trio Big Wide Grin hope to play to a room full of smiling faces at Abounding Grace Sanctuary Saturday.

This will be a return trip for Elaine Dempsey, Lawrence Lambert and Karl Werne, a team of talented multi-instrumentalists who specialize in uplifting songs and vocal harmonies.

The Grin is working on tracks for its upcoming fourth album, so expect to hear some new material this visit.

The show starts at 7 p.m., and tickets are $20 at the door. Visit lavamusic.org for more information.

Dolan Ellis pays tribute to AriZona-Mexico relations

This weekend, Arizona's longtime official balladeer will take to a stage he founded to make the case for soothing relations between Arizona and Mexico.

Dolan Ellis will perform "Border Crossings," a concert with political overtones that's intended to remind people of the strong relationship Mexico and Arizona have long enjoyed.

Ellis will perform at the Arizona Folklore Preserve at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. His shows will include folk songs embracing Mexico-Arizona relationships, including his original ditty "The Bombing of Naco, Arizona." There will also be love songs such as "Adios Mi Corazon," and more original songs, "Camino de Diablo" ("The Devil's Highway"), and his ode to the celebrated Sonoran hero "Jesus Garcia," of Nacozari, Sonora (now known as Nacozari de Garcia). That song is featured on Ellis' new CD, "A Sense of Place."

Ellis, who founded the Arizona Folklore Preserve and is its artist in residence, usually doesn't address controversial topics, but organizers said he hopes this concert will "help to soothe some of the tension that exists and to make us all remember, despite what is happening today, that Arizona enjoys a population which includes many people of Hispanic origin who have contributed greatly to the economic and cultural fabric of our state," according to a press release.

Ellis has served as Arizona's official state balladeer since 1966.

The Arizona Folklore Preserve is tucked into Ramsey Canyon, six miles south of Sierra Vista on Highway 92, off Ramsey Canyon Road. Admission is $15; $6 for children 17 and under. For reservations, call 1-520-378-6165.

Coming soon:

• Western musician and author Jim Jones on Feb. 2 and 3.

• A benefit show Feb. 8 for the Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering.

Eddie Spaghetti at Club Congress

Tucson-born and Seattle-nurtured punk-rocker-turned-cowboy-crooner Eddie Spaghetti formed his metal band The Supersuckers as a way to drown out the country music crawling into his head while growing up in Tucson.

Funny thing is that music found a nesting spot in Eddie's brain, and after a career of banging heads and busting grooves, Eddie Spaghetti launched a little side trip to country music as a solo act about a decade ago. He recorded covers of Kris Kristofferson and Johnny Cash and a few original tunes, and then recorded a second solo album, this one aptly and oddly named "Old No. 2," in the fall of 2005.

He comes home Friday to do a patio show at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St. Admission is free, and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Also at Club Congress:

• Tucson bands Ohioan with Golden Boots at 7 p.m. Sunday; admission is free.

• Indie newcomer Geographer hits the stage at 7 p.m. Monday. $10 at www.hotelcongress.com, $12 at the door.

• Psychobilly rockers Nashville Pussy share the stage with Sugar Stains, Texas Trash and the Trainwreckds beginning at 8 p.m. Wednesday. $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

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