December 2019



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Anything Box — The new wave band performs 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino’s Franklin Lounge, 1200 Futurity, with opening act JG and the Robots. Formed in New Jersey in 1986, the band’s hits include “Living in Oblivion”, “Kiss of Love” and “Dreams.” Admission is free; age 21 and older welcome. Information: (575) 874-5200 or on Facebook.

The Monstercat Uncaged Tour — The Monstercat Uncaged Tour electronic indie music label tour featuring Gammer, Riot and Tokyo Machine is 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at Green Door, 8750 Gateway East. Age 17 and older admitted. Tickets: $10;

Jim Shearer and the Second Line Survivors — The benefit jazz concert for KRWG radio at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main, in Las Cruces’ Downtown Mall. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets: $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Information: (575) 541-2290 or
  The Second Line Survivors specialize in the famous street beat grooves of New Orleans that laid the foundation for modern jazz. Led by vocalist and tuba player Jim Shearer and featuring the drumming of Ricky Malichi, the group plays a wide array of music from the entire recorded history of jazz.

A Big Band Christmas Concert — Jazz Unlimited Big Band hosts its annual holiday concert at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 5005 Love Road. The 17-piece band plays seasonal favorites in swing, rock, Latin and jazz styles. Admission is free, donations welcome. Information on Facebook at JazzUnlimited.

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.
• Saturday, Dec. 8: Dirty Circuits and General Mojo (psychedelic rock)
• Saturday, Jan. 4: The Glitter Tacos, with Dead Words, Sarchasm, and CounterPlay.
• Part Time returns at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, with Gary Wilson and the Blind Dates. Tickets: $10 (Eventbrite).

FEA — The Chicana feminist punk band from San Antonio performs Wednesday, Dec. 11, at Neon Rose, 2430 Wyoming, in support of their new bilingual album “No Novelties.” The band consists of Girl In A Coma’s Phanie Diaz and Jenn Alva with Letty Martinez and Sofi Lopez. Showtime to be announced. Information on Facebook at Neon Rose Bar.

Las Cruces Ukes — The non-profit ukulele group performs their holiday concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, in the Stuckey Auditorium of Good Samaritan, Las Cruces Village, 3011 Buena Vida Circle. Admission is free. Information: or on Facebook.
  The performance includes many favorite holiday songs such as “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Rudolph,” “Feliz Navidad,” the “New Mexican Twelve Days of Christmas” and more.

Noche de Cumbia y Norteño — The Park After Dark event is 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino’s Franklin Lounge, 1200 Futurity, featuring Grupo Majeztad and Proyecto 9. Admission is free; age 21 and older welcome. Information: (575) 874-5200 or on Facebook.

‘Brief History of Christmas Music’ — The Christmas sing-along is at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Andy Mason, along with the live audience, performs 16th Century West Country English Christmas Carols to Christmas music from the new millennium and everything in between. Admission is free. Information: (575) 541-2290 or
  Mason will present fascinating Christmas history and trivia through music. Who wrote the “12 days of Christmas?” Why is “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” so popular? Who “Sang Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree?” What was the first Christmas song to be performed in outer space? And, Did “Frosty the Snowman” really come to life?

Tuba Christmas El Paso — Join local tuba and euphonium players from throughout the region in a concert of Christmas Carols 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, as part of Winterfest. The El Paso event is part of the 46th annual Tuba Christmas with concerts held in over 300 cities throughout the world. Players interested in performing can find details at Information: 940-300-2268

Fountains at Farah Holiday Performances — Live entertainment from local performers and groups is noon to 7 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 2:30 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 22, on the performance lawn at Fountains at Farah’s Promenade Lower level. Admission is free. Information: or on


La Parada — The monthly grassroots event celebrating local culture and lifestyles is 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. the first Friday of the month (Dec. 6) at San Carlos Building, 501 Texas. Art market open all night. Cover $5 age 21 and older; $10 age 18 and older. Information: 351-6023 or on Facebook at laparadaep.
  This month’s even includes live music by Emily Davis and the Murder Police, MuckRunner Z, Zyme Oné, Benny St. Claire, Teej and handsome Rob (B2B), with live art by Crook.

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.

Barbed Wire Open Mic — The monthly BorderSenses open mic event featuring live music, poetry and comedy are 8 to 11 p.m. at Bombers Oyster Pub, 201 S. El Paso, hosted by Richie David Marrufo. Open to all types of performances, age 21 and older. Information: (text) 996-2141. The event is part of Downtown’s Last Thursday events.

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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