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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.
The New Year’s Eve celebration is 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, featuring Fungi Mungle.
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:
• Depeche Mode (Devotional), Saturday, Jan. 18.
• Joan Sebastian (Fernando Olea), Friday, Jan. 31.
For full band lineup, see website.
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, Jan. 4: The Glitter Tacos, with Dead Words, Sarchasm, and CounterPlay.
• lovelesslust brings his industrial music “So Alone Tour” to El Paso at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9.
• Part Time returns at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, with Gary Wilson and the Blind Dates. Tickets: $10 (Eventbrite).
Watoto Children’s Choir — The Watoto Children’s Choir perform their new album “We Will Go” 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, at CrossPoint Church’s Worship Center) 11995 Montwood. Watoto is an organization in Uganda, East Africa. Admission is free; offering supporting the choir will be taken. Information: 857-7492 or crosspointelpaso.com.
Watoto Children’s Choirs have traveled extensively since 1994, sharing a message of hope for Africa’s most vulnerable children and women. Proceeds made from the album will help Watoto provide children and women with homes, education and medical care
Mesilla Valley Jazz and Blues Society — The society presents the modern jazz band Speak No Evil at its monthly concert series 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, 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.
18th & Addison and Forever Starts Today — The “Reckless Love Tour” co-headlined by the pop/punk bands is Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Neon Rose, 2430 Wyoming. Information on Facebook at Neon Rose Bar.
Dueling Pianos — The Iva Turney Society for Arts & Adventure presents pianists Ruben Gutierrez and Billy Townes at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at the International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana. Admission is free. Information: 543-6747.
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.
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 (Jan. 3) 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.
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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