February 2020



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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, Sunland-Park.com/entertainment or on Facebook.
  Park After Dark live music is 8:30 p.m. every Friday and Saturday. Mariachi bands perform at 5 p.m. Sundays.
  Special tribute concerts:
• Joan Sebastian (Fernando Olea), Friday, Jan. 31.
• Los Burkis & Los Yonics Tribute, Friday, Feb. 14.
• Fleetwood Mac Tribute, Saturday, Feb. 15.
  For full band lineup, see website.

Remember Then — The nostalgia group’s “Reunion...plus” show is 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Tickets: $25. Information: (575) 541-2290 or riograndetheatre.com.

Larry Lesser concerts — A free concert and conversation by award-winning songwriter Larry Lesser is 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at UTEP’s Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts (off Dawson Drive next to the Sun Bowl). Lesser will sing from his new CD of original songs based on Jewish texts and universal messages. Hosted by UTEP Religious Studies. Information: 747-6151, rubin.utep.edu or on Facebook at RubinCenter.
  Lesser also will host a free concert and conversation 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at Temple Mount Sinai, 4408 N. Stanton. Information: 532-5959 or templemountsinai.com.

Classical Drinking — Doña Ana Arts Council (DAAC) hosts its monthly musical series 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, featuring Erik Unsworth on double bass at the DAAC Arts & Cultural Center, 1740 Calle de Mercado in Mesilla. Cost: $15; tickets in advance at daarts.org or at the door. Cash bar offered by Dry Point Distillers; non-alcoholic options offered. Information: (575) 523-6403.

Mesilla Valley Jazz and Blues Society — The society presents the Borderless Brass Band in honor of Fat Tuesday at its monthly concert series 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at First Christian Church, 1809 El Paseo in Las Cruces. The music begins after a short business meeting. Admission: $10 ($5 members; $1 students with ID). Coffee and dessert reception precedes the concert at 6:30 p.m. in the foyer. Information: Larry Brooks, (575) 640-8752 or mvjazzblues.net.
  The Borderless Brass Band is an El Paso based New Orleans Dixieland jazz group consisting of Chris Oliver on trumpet, Rosemary Oliver on clarinet, Marc Moomaw on saxophone, Jon Scanlon on trombone, Tristan Bouilly on tuba and Colin BcAllister on drums.

Dan Miller — Grant County Community Concert Association presents the cowboy music revue at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, at WNMU Fine Arts Auditorium in Silver City. Over the past 14 years, Miller has performed for more than 160,000 people from 65 or more countries at his “Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue” in Cody, Wyoming. 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.


Love Buzz — 3011 Pershing. Age 21 and older, unless otherwise listed. Features both local and touring performers. Most performances are free and begin. Information: 257-3118 or on Facebook at LoveBuzz915.
• Chinese Doom Metal band Alpapa performs at 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, with Monrowe, Acululation De Cuerpos, Lady of Midday and Heinous Mutation.
• Part Time returns at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, with Gary Wilson and the Blind Dates. Tickets: $10 (Eventbrite).
• Mathrock giants Floral and Standards perform at 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, with local support.
• Indie post-punk band Church Girls perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23.
• Winter and Justus Proffitt perform at 9 p.m. Sunday, March 15. Tickets: $5 (eventbrite).
• Esmé Patterson (formerly of folk band Paper Bird) performs at 10 p.m. Saturday, March 21. Tickets: $5 (eventbrite).
• Singer-songwriter Angélica Rahe performs at 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, with Soft Glas and Jake Sherman.

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, speakingrock.com or on Facebook.
  Rock band Escape the Fate performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7.
  The legendary Chubby Checker performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14.

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 (Feb. 7) 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.

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.

Jazz Nights — Live Jazz music is 8 p.m. every Wednesday, at International, 114A Mills. Information: 355-7281 or on Facebook.

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.

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 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 streetoftrees@gmail.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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