IF YOU GO:
WHEN: 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1
WHERE: State Farm Arena, 2600 N. 10th St., Hidalgo
COST: $29.75 to $69.75
BUY TICKETS: Box office or ticketmaster.com
’Tis the season to be jamming and the merriment starts this Sunday.
Two stars who started their music careers at an age when most people are taking pop quizzes and fighting acne will co-headline MixMas 2013. Avril Lavigne and Jason Derulo will share the stage with an international array of pop music up-and-comers at the fourth annual concert organized by local radio station 107.9 MIX FM.
The concert kicks off at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at State Farm Arena. Tickets are $29.75 to $69.75 available at the box office or online at ticketmaster.com. Here’s a preview of what you can expect if you decide to get yourself an early Christmas gift.
At 15, this Canadian-born star had hopped off a stage she had shared with Shania Twain long enough to sign a $2 million deal with Arista Records and then cut her debut album Let Go by 17. Her first single off the album, “Complicated,” still receives steady air play, and the song hit No. 1 in several countries, reaching No. 2 in the United States on the Billboard Hot 100. It earned her two Grammy nominations, one for “Best Song of the Year” and one for “Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.” Lavigne entered the scene on the heels of a gaggle of blonde pop princesses and became known as the “anti-Britney.” Four albums later, she has shed most of her teen angst image while still maintaining her pop punk sound. She recently married fellow Canadian rocker and Nickeback frontman Chad Kroeger, whom she became close to while the two collaborated on her most fifth album, Avril Lavigne.
This singer-songwriter has been making hits since he was literally a teenager, writing songs for popular artists like Li’l Wayne, Diddy, Pitbull, Sean Kingston and others at 16 years old. Just two years ago Derulo debuted his first solo album, Jason Derülo — a blend of R&B, dance and pop,in March of 2010. The record topped charts in the U.K. and Ireland, but Derulo made a splash on this side of the Atlantic when he opened for Lady Gag the same year on her “Monsters Ball” tour. Derulo is a triple threat, having acted in a few small roles and he’s also an exceptional dancer, hosting the short-lived reality dance competition show, Everybody Dance Now.
This former lead singer of The White Tie Affair got worldwide recognition when he released his first solo single “Remember When (Push Rewind)” in 2012. The song peaked at No. 13 on the U.S. Heat chart and got intense radio play internationally.
This pop singer and dancer has made a splash since she arrived on the R&B scene in 2007, reaching the Top 40 with her first single “Whine Up.” The same year she earned “Best New Artist at Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica awards. Last year the artist broadened her musical repertoire by releasing the Spanish single “Sobredosis” on Youtube.com.
This pop group took fourth place on the second season of X Factor but stuck with audiences and was eventually signed to Simon Cowell’s record label, Syco Records. They released their debut album, Nothing to Lose in June of this year. The band has continued their rise in popularity as the opening acts for Selena Gomez’s “Stars Dance Tour.”
This English rose is a singer-songwriter and rapper, who also acts and models between verses. Lloyd is another X Factor alumna with surprise mash-ups of classic and contemporary songs with a spoken-word twist. Her debut album Sticks + Stones featured artists like Busta Rhymes, Ghetts and Mike Posner, and her next album, Sorry I’m Late is set to debut early next year.