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Music Under the Stars — The 36th summer concert series sponsored presented by the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department concludes 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, June 30, with Noche Ranchera featuring Mariachi Alegre at the Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission is free. Information: elpasolive.com or on Facebook at Music Under the Stars.
Cool Canyon Nights — The 9th annual series of free outdoor summer concerts are 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, through Aug. 1 at McKelligon Canyon, Amphitheatre, sponsored by WestStar Bank. Patio performance begins at 6 p.m. with headliner at 7 p.m. on the main stage. Admission is free but space is limited. VIP tickets are $10. Information: elpasolive.com.
• June 27: Soul Sacrifice Santana Tribute
• July 11: Windy City
• July 18: Sha’Vonne
• July 25: Mainstreet
• Aug. 1: Que Creias, A Tribute to Selena.
Ruidoso Downs Summer Concerts — Ruidoso Downs Racetrack and Casino, off U.S. 70 in Ruidoso Downs, N.M. hosts its concert series selected Saturdays at 7 p.m. Information: (575) 378-4431 or raceruidoso.com.
• June 29: Blue Light Drive, featuring Dirty River Boys and Kody West. Tickets: $20
• July 27: Jake Hooker. Tickets: $10.
Music in the Park Series — The city of Las Cruces series features performances by local, regional, and national acts at 7 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 25, at Young Park, 1905 E. Nevada. No performance July 7. Admission is free; all ages welcome. No pets. Information: (575) 541-2550 or las-cruces.org.
• June 30: Borderless Brass Band (variety) and Powerswitch (rock-Las Cruces
• July 14: Blaze the Nation (rock & roll) and Dead Like Disco (pop rock)
• July 21: Zoltan & the Fortunetellers (gypsy jazz) and The Claudio Tolousse Group (contemporary jazz).
• July 28: Triple Jack (classic rock) and Tanner Huston-Country (folk, Americana)
• Aug. 4: Ted Scanlon & Desperado (western swing) and Double Shot (classic country)
• July 11: Rust (rock) and Pure Magic (variety)
• July 25: Trout Fishing In America (Americana and storytelling) and Steve Smith & Hard Road (bluegrass)
Love Buzz — 3011 Pershing. Age 21 and older, unless otherwise listed. Features both local and touring performers. Most performances are free. Information: 257-3118 or on Facebook at LoveBuzz915.
• Oi! Scouts — The New Jersey punk band performs at 9 p.m. Monday, July 1, with Corrupted Youth.
• Dendrons — Chicago band, 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 9.
• In Lessons — Post-hardcore band from Tucson, at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 13.
• Wand — The LA rock band performs at 9 p.m. Monday, July 15, with Stangus and Stardust Experience Obliteration. Tickets: $5 (Eventbrite).
• Memories in Broken Glass — The San Antonio band performs at 9 p.m. Thursday, July 18.
• Ringo Deathstarr — The Austin band performs at 10 p.m. Thursday, July 25, with Blushing and Cray Baby
• North By Northwest — The garage band from Chicago performs at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 27, with Los Mamones, Pet Peopele and Mountain Vibes.
• Twin Tribes — Dark synth band, 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 30.
• Part Time with Gary Wilson — The punk band performs at 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. Tickets: $10 (eventbrite).
State Line Music Series — El Pasoans Fighting Hunger and State Line Restaurant, 1222 Sunland Park Drive presents the Rudolph Chevrolet-Honda-Mazda-VW outdoor concert series 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays during the Spring and Summer months. Admission is free; age 21 and older welcome. All customers asked to bring non-perishable food donation or monetary donation for El Pasoans Fighting Hunger. Information: 581-3371, WTxFoodBank.org or on Facebook at The State Line Bar-B-Q.
• July 3: The Iveys
• July 10: Abe Mac Band
• July 17: Small Town Habit
• July 24: The Powell Brothers
• July 31: Drew Fish Band.
The Beatles United — The Beatles Tribute Band will give a free live performance at 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, at Alamo Drafthouse‘s Glass Half Full Taproom, 250 E. Montecillo. Information: 845-7469 or drafthouse.com.
Parks & Recreation Summer Concerts — El Paso Parks and Recreation presents the free outdoor music concerts at city parks through July 14. Concerts begin at 6 p.m. (5 p.m. July 4) Bring lawn chairs and blankets, food and beverages (no alcohol). All locations are dog friendly, but dogs must be on leash. Information: 212-0092 or elpasotexas.gov/parks. Schedule subject to change in case of inclement weather; updates on Facebook.
• Thursday, July 4: Hypnosis and Dream Merchants at San Jacinto Plaza, 111 Mills. Show time is 5 p.m.
• Sunday, July 7: La Magiztral Sonora Band at Pavo Real Park, 9301 Alameda
• Sunday, July 14: Borderline Band at Argal Park, 11565 James Watt.
Alfresco! Fridays — The 17th season of free outdoor summer concerts are 6 p.m. Fridays, through Aug. 23, at Convention Center Plaza. Presented by ElPasoLive. No outside food or beverages, or pets allowed. Information: 534-0600, alfrescofridays.com or on Facebook.
• July 5: Frontera Bugalu (border folk, cumbia)
• July 12: Azucar (Latin rock)
• July 19: Frank Ray (country)
• Aug. 2: Sangre Gitana (rumba, flamenco)
Wednesday Nights Music on the plaza — The free summer series runs twice monthly 8 p.m. selected Thursdays in July and August at Plaza de Las Cruces on historic Main Street. Admission is free; all ages welcome. No pets. Information: (575) 541-2550 or las-cruces.org.
• July 11: Rust (rock) and Pure Magic (variety)
• July 25: Trout Fishing In America (Americana and storytelling) and Steve Smith & Hard Road (bluegrass)
Striker — The metal band’s “Summer of Shred” Tour in support of the upcoming studio album “Play to Win” is 7 p.m. Saturday, July 13 at the San Carlos Building, with Death Angel, Steel Panther, Holy Grail and Bewitcher.
Tailgate 2019 — The annual outdoor concert series in Alamogordo, N.M., raises funds for the Flickinger Center. Concerts begin at 8 p.m. on various Saturdays through Aug. 24, in the upper parking lot at the New Mexico Museum of Space History, 3198 State Road 200l. Patrons should bring their own food, lawn chair and beverages. Gates open 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Information: (575) 437-2202. Online reservations at flickingercenter.com.
Single event tickets available for $25-$45 per vehicle (if spaces available). Walk up tickets are $10 ($15 couples).
• July 13: Yarbrough Band (country and classic rock)
• July 27: Show Biz Kids (Steely Dan Tribute)
Bluegrass Festival — The 24th annual all-day festival is Saturday and Sunday, July 20-21, at the Weed Community Center in Weed, N.M. Continuous live music, food, arts and crafts, plus entertainment for kids. Call for admission price: (575) 687-3316, (575) 687-4189, WeedBluegrassFestival.com or on Facebook.
Bands begin at 9 a.m. Featured bands include Blue Sky Country, Vintage, Kitty Joe Creek, Higher Ground, Simple Gifts, Mickey Morgan and Tucumcari Crossroads.
To get there: take Hwy 130, turn right at Cloudcroft, and follow the signs to Weed, 23 miles southeast of Cloudcroft.
Candlebox — The alternative rock band performs at 9 p.m. Thursday, July 25, with opening band Amity, at Speaking Rock Entertainment Center, 122 S. Pueblo Rd. Admission is free. Indoor show, age 18 and older admitted. Information: 860-7777, speakingrock.com or on Facebook.
EPTX Luchador — 1584 George Dieter. The sports bar hosts Nightswim events featuring electronic artists 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Age 21 and older admitted. Tickets at Eventbrite.com
• Mr. Carmack performs Thursday, July 25. Tickets: $10-$15
• Dada Life performs Thursday, Aug. 1. Tickets: $10-$20.
‘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 #firstname.lastname@example.org or epstreetcar.com.
Sessions: July 25, Aug. 29, Sept. 26 and Oct. 31.
‘Viva Big Bend’ Music Festival — Texas Music Magazine hosts the 7th annual music festival and conference Thursday through Sunday, July 25-28, in Marfa, Alpine, Fort Davis and Marathon. More than 50 music acts from across the country, representing a variety of styles including alternative, Americana, folk, Latin, pop and rock, will be showcased in several venues. Information on Facebook at Viva Big Bend.
Tickets: $48 four -day pass available in advance at vivabigbend.com. Tickets limited; price may increase after original tickets sell out.
Venues include Railroad Blues, Reata, Holland Hotel, Ritchey Wine Saloon and Beer Garden and Spicewood Restaurant at Quarter Circle 7 in Alpine; Lost Horse, Planet Marfa and USO Hall in Marfa; the Gage Hotel and Eve’s Garden in Marathon, and Audrey Tyrone Kelly Outdoor Theater in Fort Davis.
This year’s lineup includes Bake Turner, Bidi Bidi Banda, Blan Scott, Carlos Maxwell, Chrissy Gurrola, Chubby Knuckle Choir, Cold Jackets, Doodin’ Hog2allops, Donovan Keith, Doug Moreland, Dusty Low, Erika Wennerstrom, Gina Chavez, Grady Spencer and the Work, Hi, How Are You Project, Jordan Matthew Young, Kody West, Los Pinche Gringos, Patricia Vonne, Paul Minor, Primo Carrasco & David Beebe, Radio La Chusma, Silo Road, Sydney Wright, Tessy Lous & the Shotgun Stars, Rainstorm Brother, Taylor Young Band, The Iveys, The Joe Jacksons, The Swifts, Tomar & The FC’s and Western Youth.
Roselit Bone — The “apocalyptic cowboy music” group from Portland performs Friday, July 26, at Art Obscura Gallery, 3206 Harrelson, in Las Cruces, with Slow Motion Cowboys. Information: (575) 494-7256 or on Facebook at Art Obscura.
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M. Live music events are 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., unless otherwise listed. No cover. Information: (575) 874-5200, Sunland-Park.com/entertainment or on Facebook.
Mariachi Sundays at the Park are 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sundays through July 28.
• June 30: Mariachi Son de Mexico
• July 7: Mariachi Real de Jalisco
• July 14: Mariachi Tapatio
• July 21: Mariachi Las Caponeras
• July 28: Mariachi Paso Del Norte
Park After Dark live music series runs Fridays and Saturdays. Age 21 and older admitted:
• Friday, June 28: Azucar
• Saturday, June 29: Broken Dime Band
• Friday, July 5: Inolvidable, Jose Luis Rodriguez
• Saturday, July 13: Jet Set band and Signos band
• Friday, July 19: Frequenzia
• Friday, July 26: Kandela musical
• Saturday, July 27: Bosse
Party of the Decades is Saturday, July 6, featuring live music by Fungi Mungle, Prime 80Z and King Octopus, performing music of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s.
A Rocio Dúrcal Tribute featuring local music artist Lusy Medina is 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Friday, July 12, bringing the iconic songs of “La Española mas Mexicana” to life. Performing alongside Medina is Mariachi Aguilas, with opening act D Band. Age 21 and older.
Country Night at the Park is Saturday, July 20, with the Damian Isacc Band and Brian Mars.
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, fountainsatfarah.com or on Facebook.
• June 29: Sleepspent and Emily Davis & the Murder Police
• July 6: Cactus Moonshine and The Iveys
• July 13: Fallax and Dulce Mal
• July 20: Rugido de Felinos and SaAyverse
• July 27: Flamel and Daniel Villasenor.
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 (July 5) at San Carlos Building, 501 Texas. Art market open all night. Information: 351-6023 or on Facebook at laparadaep.
The July event is SXN Summer Vibes with live music by Bad Snacks, Eureka the Butcher, Ninjoi, Frythm, Amy G. Dala, Mvnners, Ledezma, Unthotof, and Hopeful Child, with live art by Deck Stah915.
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.
• July 7: Ricardo Valencia
• July 28: Dan Lambert
• Aug. 11: April Ticket
• Aug. 25: James Springer.
Truth or Consequences Brewing Co. — 410 N. Broadway. The venue hosts live music acts on selected evenings. Admission is free. Information: (575) 297-0289, torc.beer, or on Facebook.
Tiny House of Funk performs 7:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 13, during the Second Saturday Art Hop. Brewery Tour at 4:30 p.m.
Roselit Bone perform their “Apocalyptic Cowboy Country” style 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, July 27.
Rock n’ roll band the Turbos perform 8 to 11 p.m. Monday, July 29.
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. Admission is free, unless otherwise listed. Information: 860-7777, speakingrock.com or on Facebook.
Mesilla Summer Music Series — The Town of Mesilla hosts ”Friday Nights in the Plaza” live music 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays through July 26, on the historic plaza. Bring a lawn chair; no pets or alcohol allowed. Food truck and arts and craft vendors offered. Information: (575) 571-3890 or mesillanm.gov.
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.
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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