The phones are lighting up at the Fox Theater in anticipation of the Oct. 6 return to Bakersfield of Ben and Noel Haggard, who will perform in honor of their father.

But cool your jets, at least until Friday.

That’s when tickets are offered for sale to the general public, starting at 10 a.m., reports Bob Bender, who runs the H Street theater.

Headlining the evening is Merle Haggard’s great pal Marty Stuart, a virtuoso of honky-tonk and heart.

Tickets range from $35 in the top balcony to $95 for the orchestra pit (fees not included).

For tickets, head to the Fox Theater box office, 1700 20th St. or visit or

Box office hours of operation are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; the phone number is 324-1369.