September 2019



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El Paso Call to Worship — The Body United presents its 5th annual Nights of Unified Worship 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 30-31, at Coronado High School’s Lee Ross Capshaw Auditorium, 100 Champions Place. Doors open at 6 p.m. This year’s headliner is People and Songs, a group of worship singers and songwriters whose goal is strengthen and release the voice of the church. Everyone is invited regardless denomination or church affiliation. Tickets are free; available at Information: 996-1601 or

Pleasurekraft — The electronic music group performs a benefit show for El Paso Shooting Victims Fund at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at the Green Door Event Center, 875 Gateway East. All ages are welcome. Tickets: $20; available at Additional donations to the fun may be made at

Love Buzz — 3011 Pershing. Age 21 and older, unless otherwise listed. Features both local and touring performers. Most performances are free and begin at 9 p.m. Information: 257-3118 or on Facebook at LoveBuzz915.
• Baloney — The Spokane alt-rock group performs, Saturday, Aug. 31.
• Origami Ghosts — The indie band performs at 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, with Super Group, Transeunte, Michael Martinez and Amphibian.
• Supercrush — Monday, Sept. 2, with local openers.
• La Tranza — Friday, Sept. 6.
• Lady Starbeast — Friday, Sept. 13, with Soul Parade and The Roulettes
• Daikaiju — Saturday, Sept. 21.
• In Lessons — Sunday, Sept. 29 with local support. Tickets: $5 (
• Stolen Jars — The indie folk band’s “A Reminder Tour” is Tuesday, Oct. 1, with local support.

Noche de Sonoras — The evening of Cumbia and tropical sounds from La Magiztral Sonora and Extremo Tropical begins at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino, 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M. No cover; age 21 and older admitted. Information: (575) 874-5200, or on Facebook.

‘Pickamania!’ — Sierra County Arts Council hosts a weekend of live music Sept. 13-15 at Black Range Lodge in Kingston, N.M. with food trucks, apple pies, art and music vendors and more. Cost: $10 per day ($15 Saturday); $30 full weekend. Half price for kids. Information: (575) 894-0615 or
  Performers (subject to change) include Kingston Main Street at 6 p.m. and Back Porch Blues Band at 7 p.m. Friday, and Peter McLaughlin at 6 p.m. and Jeff Scroggins and Fresh Horses at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Ben Gulley and the Timeless Trio — Las Cruces Civic Concert Association presents the trio led by vocalist Ben Gulley at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall, bringing rock to jazz, opera arias to Broadway and everything in between. Tickets: $25. Information: (575) 405-7429, or on Facebook at LCCivicConcertAssoc.

Mdou Moctar — The “Concert in the Courtyard” featuring the Niger guitarist is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, in the Ballroom Marfa Courtyard, in support of his latest album, “Ilana: The Creator.” Commonly referred to as the Jimi Hendrix of the desert, Mdou performs an electronic adaptation of Tuareg music. Admission is free. Information:
  In case of rain, the performance will move to The Capri, 603 W San Antonio.

Trapfest Block Party — The 7th annual all-ages block party is 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at North Mesa and East Main in Downtown El Paso. All ages event; 21 and older only in bars. Tickets $22 general admission; $42 VIP at Information updates on Facebook at Trapfest.
  This year’s performers include TroyBoi, and 4B with special guests Yultron, Wavedash, and Rio. (Date originally scheduled for Sept. 28.)

Trans-Pecos Festival — El Cosmico vintage trailer lodge at 802 S. Highland in Marfa, Texas, hosts the 14th annual festival of Music + Love Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 26-29, with live music, sandlot baseball, Saturday night barbecue, food trucks, camping arts and crafts, vendors, workshops and other activities. Tickets: $250 three-day pass for music only; $325 with camping. Information: (432) 729-1950 or
  Thursday’s performers are Margo Price, Butch Walker, Valley Queen, Erika Wennerstrom and William Tyler.
  Friday’s performers are El Cosmico Family Band with Robert Ellis and Friends, Chicano Batman, Luna, Orville Peck and Ross Cashiola.
  Saturday’s performers are Broken Social Scene, Combo Chimbita, Dylan LeBlanc, The Suffers and Elizabeth Cook.

Wine Attitude Folk Concert — Wine Attitude’s new location at 6404 N. Mesa, Suite B. A reception is 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, with concert by Tia McGraff and Tommy Parham at 7 p.m. Snacks provided. Tickets: $20; wine available for purchase. Reservations: Wine Attitude, 304-0111, Kay White, 204-1241 or Delia Schwartz, 433-5202.

Hard Day’s Night — Southern California’s No. 1 Beatles Tribute Show is 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino, 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M. The group is known for its tight harmonies and flawless note-for-note renditions of The Beatles greatest hits. No cover; age 21 and older admitted. Information: (575) 874-5200, or on Facebook.


Speaking Rock Entertainment Center — 122 S. Pueblo Rd. Mariachi music featured 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. Check website for schedule of tribute bands. Most shows 18 and older. Admission is free, unless otherwise listed. Information: 860-7777, or on Facebook.
• Molotov — The Mexican rockers perform an all ages show Thursday, Aug. 29, outdoors. Doors open at 5 p.m.
• Banda El Limon 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1
• Buckcherry — The rock band performs at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, with Blacktop Mojo.
• Fozzy — The heavy metal band performs at 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, with special guest Jared Nichols.

‘Trolley Tracks’ A Streetcar Music Series — El Paso musicians will perform live in intimate sessions the last Thursdays of the month through Oct. 31. Each performance will last one loop on the streetcar live and will be recorded live by Grammy-winning sound engineer, Justin Leeah. Boarding begins at 7 p.m. sharp in front of the Main Library at 501 N. Oregon. Price for streetcar entry: $1.50. Information: 212-0001, district or
  Sessions: Aug. 29, Sept. 26 and Oct. 31.

Mariachi Sundays in Mesilla — The Town of Mesilla, its business community and the Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference host the fall afternoon series 3 to 5 p.m. Sundays in September in the Plaza at historic Old Mesilla. Admission is free. Bring folding chairs or blankets. Pets and alcohol not allowed in plaza. Information: or on Facebook at Old Mesilla.

Zin Valle Free Music Sundays — Zin Valle vineyard, 7315 Hwy 28 in Canutillo (3/4 mile north of FM 259), hosts free live music 1 to 4 p.m. on selected Sundays. Wine tasting offered. Bring a picnic. Information: 877-4544 or
Sept. 1: Perfect on Paper
Sept. 22: Dusty Low
Oct. 6: Ricardo Valencia
Oct. 20: Julio Ortiz.
Music on the Lawn — The Fountains at Farah Promenade Amphitheater, 8889 Gateway West, hosts free music events at sundown 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 7. Dogs welcome. Information, schedule: 225-3600, or on Facebook.

Ardovino’s Live Music — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Dr. in Sunland Park, hosts live music at 7:30 p.m. every Friday and Saturday. Information: (575) 589-0653.

Jazz at The Tap — The Tap Bar and Restaurant, 408 E San Antonio, features live jazz music 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. every Thursday. Information: 532-1848.

Folk Fury — KTEP, 88.5 FM, features three hours of acoustic and folk music — with an emphasis on recordings by local musicians and occasional live appearances by them — from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturdays. Hosts are Dan Alloway and Gregg Carthy. Requests: 747-5153.


Border Beats

Recently added to the El Paso playlist:

‘Your Way,’ Candice Reyes Quintet — El Paso-born jazz vocalist Candice Reyes and her quintet released their latest CD in December, which includes original compositions and arrangements produced by saxophonist Abel Mireles. The quintet features renowned jazz bassist Christian McBride, six-time Grammy Award winner. Their title track single written by Reyes and Mireles is now available on iTunes, Spotify, and Cdbaby. Information about the group is on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and

‘Wheel Spit Dog’ — El Paso poet/folk singer Gene Keller wrapped up his 70-plus years of wisdom and reflection as a gift to listeners in this new CD of 15 songs. If you’re wondering about the title, you won’t find out until track 14, but it’s well worth the wait. Keller has fought through struggles of his own blues to find joy in the details of life, accepting his flaws as well as anyone else’s along the way.  The easiest way to get a copy is to email him at

“Slow Town” — El Paso progressive rock band FrenZi’s latest singer was released Feb. 28 on Spotify, iTunes, Soundcloud and Google Play. Chantal, Audrey and Dario, all age 14 to 16, began to play at local venues in El Paso and since November 2014 have played more than 100 shows in United States and Mexico. Last November, FrenZi performed in Mexico City at the international festival FILIJ 2016. Find their music on or on Facebook.

‘Day After Everything’ — El Paso band Villains Kiss has just released their latest single. The band formed in 2011, consisting of David Delgado on synth, vocals, and production, Tomas Tinajero on drums, Rene Baza on bass and
Andres Paredes on guitar. The band describes their music as “synth pop, industrial overtones teamed up with organic dance beats and energy-driven guitar, topped with dreamy-melodic vocals.” To find this song or more of their music, visit their website at or look for them on Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

‘AuraNGreen’ — El Paso musician Nancy Lorenza Green’s latest solo CD features her on Indian, Native American, and Ocarina flutes combined with chimes, bells and rain stick, and was inspired by children with special needs and elderly people. A three-minute preview of the CD can be heard, accompanied by landscape visuals, on YouTube.


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