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Gerardo Plata — The folklorico singer celebrates the release of his new album with a free concert 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Woman’s Club of El Paso, 1400 N. Mesa. Folklórico dancers and traditional Mexican snacks.
Information: gerardoplata.com or on Facebook.
Plata, originally form Chihuahua, Mexico, has sung in various parts of Europe, Mexico and the United States. He has also been in various television programs such as “Sábado Gigante.”
Tournament of Bands — The annual showcase of area high school marching bands is 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at NMSU’s Aggie Memorial Stadium in Las Cruces. Preliminaries end around 5:30 p.m.; finals are 8 to 10 p.m. Tickets: $17; $7 age 6-12 (Ticketmaster).
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.
• Los Angeles band Goon performs Sunday, Nov. 3.
• Mariachi punk band Pancho Villa’s Skull returns to perform at 10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14.
• Big Bite brings their 2019 West Coast Tour to El Paso Tuesday, Nov. 19, with Diaspora, Imperial and Cowboy Baby. Admission: $3.
Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference — The 26th annual conference returns Nov. 6-10, with daily workshops and classes at NMSU’s Corbett Center. Registration: $99. Ticket information: (575) 680-3123, lascrucesmariachi.org or on Facebook.
The annual Spectacular Concert is 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at Amador Live, 302 S. Main, with headliners Mariachi Angeles, directed by Pepe Martinez Jr., Mariachi Rayos del Sol, and Los Hermanos Escamilla. Dinner at 6 p.m. Tickets: $20; $40 VIP; available at holdmyticket.com
Student Showcase and competition is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Amador Live.
Mariachi Mass is 11 a.m. to noon Sunday, Nov. 10; location to be determined.
Burlap to Cashmere — Grant County Community Concert Association presents the folk music revue at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at WNMU Fine Arts Auditorium in Silver City, taking the audience on a journey back in time to the magical stage of Greenwich Village, celebrating folk music from the ’60s, ’70s and beyond. Tickets: $20 (age 17 and younger with paid adult (two per adult), and WNMU students with valid ID admitted free. Information: (575) 538-5862 or gcconcerts.org.
Juan Gabriel & Rocio Dúrcal Tribute — The musical tribute to the Latin music stars is at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino, 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M. featuring Aaron Palacios and Lusy Medina. No cover; age 21 and older admitted. Information: (575) 874-5200, Sunland-Park.com/entertainment or on Facebook.
Tommy Walker concert — The benefit concert for Charlie’s Lunch ministries, featuring Tommy Walker, is at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Jesus Chapel, 111 W. Sunset. Admission is free. Information: charlieslunch.com or jesuschapelep.com.
Tommy Walker is a worship leader, singer/songwriter, speaker and author who since 1990 has served at his home church, Christian Assembly in Los Angeles. Walker is part of a family that started several churches in El Paso, including Jesus Chapel. His best-known songs include “Only A God Like You,” “No Greater Love",” “Mourning Into Dancing” “He Knows My Name” and "That's Why We Praise Him.”
He is also president of Tommy Walker Ministries, which teaches and mentors other worship leaders and songwriters.
Charlie’s Lunch is a Christian ministry aimed at ministering to the world’s needy children and their families.
Metal 4 Milk Bones — The metal concert benefiting Humane Society of El Paso is 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, at Rockhouse Bar and Grill, 9828 Montana, Suite D, featuring live music by Texas Voodoo Stomp, SLVTHAMMER and Burning Sunday. Admission: $10; age 21 and older admitted. Guests asked to bring a donation to help animals at the shelter like toys, leashes, bowls, etc., or a new, unwrapped toy for Marines’ Toys for Tots. Information: 591-7625 or on Facebook.
Everyone who bring a donation will be entered in a drawing to win cool stuff. Full shelter wish list at hselpaso.org.
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; eventbrite.com.
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 (Nov. 1, 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.
Nov. 1 event is “Día de los Muertos” style with Niños Perdidos, Mattox, Mind Your Dream, Woar2 & DJ Surreal, Mvnners, and Ask a Freak, with live art by Saker.
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 zinvalle.com.
• Nov. 3: James Springer
• Nov. 10: Perfect on Paper
• Nov. 29: Dusty Low (Friday).
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.
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.
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 candicereyes.com.
‘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 email@example.com.
“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 frenzirockband.com 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 villainskiss.com 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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