El Paso Scene Weekly for Aug. 19-25, 2019 Click here for other weekly digests
EL PASO SCENE FEATURED EVENTS
‘Dancing Queen, The Music of Abba’ — El Paso Symphony Orchestra presents the music of Abba, with rock band and vocalists, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at The Plaza Theatre, performing hits like “Dancing Queen,” “Mamma Mia,” “Waterloo” and “Take A Chance On Me.” The show is a co-production of Jeans ‘n Classics (jeansnclassics.com). Tickets: $30-$75 (epso.org or Ticketmaster). Information: 532-3776.
ABBA was Sweden’s biggest music export, becoming one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of pop music, topping the charts worldwide from 1972 to 1982.
Mariachi Festival at the Park — 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino, 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M. Mariachi Festival at the Park is with performances by Mariachi Son de Mexico, Mariachi Los Pasajeros, Mariachi Los Arrieros, Mariachi Aguilas de Las Cruces, and special guest performances by Grupo Ranchero “Mexico Soy,” with Walterio Magdaleno, Joanna Bernal, Carlos Alberto, Paola Marin and Gerardo Fierro. Admission is free; Mexican buffet available for purchase 2 to 9 p.m. at Ventanas. Information: (575) 874-5200, Sunland-Park.com/entertainment or on Facebook.
Tamara Badalyan — Bruce Nehring Consort presents the Armenian-German organist and pianist at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at All Saints Episcopal Church, 3500 McRae. She will perform music by Bach, Franck, Armenian composers
and other masterworks. Admission is free, but contributions are encouraged. Information: 532-5874.
Badalyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia. At the Cesar Franck Concours in Haarlem, Holland, she won 3rd place and received the public prize.
State Line Music Series — State Line Restaurant, 1222 Sunland Park Drive. The outdoor concert series is 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays. Aug. 21: David Beck’s Tejano Weekend. 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.
Kountry Wayne — The “raw, real and wickedly-hilarious” social media star performs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, and 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 22-24, at El Paso Comic Strip, 1201 Airway. Tickets: $30 ($50 VIP); available at ticketweb.com. Information, reservations: 779-LAFF (5233), elpasocomicstrip.com or on Facebook at El Paso Comic Strip.
“Kountry” Wayne Colley’s more than 2,500 microformat digital videos have catapulted him from life in small town Georgia to mega social media superstar and comedy sensation. The charismatic comic has amassed over 4 million followers across Facebook and Instagram.
Mon Laferte — The Chilean singer performs her “La Gira De Norma” show at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at El Paso County Coliseum. Tickets: $36-$76; VIP packages $226 (Ticketmaster).
Alfresco! Fridays — Fungi Mungle (70s funk, rock) concludes the 17th annual free outdoor summer concert series at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at Convention Center Plaza, presented by ElPasoLive. No outside food or beverages, or pets allowed. Information: 534-0600.
Teo González — The veteran Mexican standup comic (aka “el comediante de la cola de caballo”) performs his Spanish language show at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $35-$90 (Ticketmaster).
DezorAH — 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, with Great Shapes, Deep Shadows, If We Were Turtles and Space Captains Collective, at Love Buzz, 3011 Pershing. Information: 257-3118 or on Facebook at LoveBuzz915.
Latin ’90s Pop Tour — Some of the most successful Latin pop artists are coming together at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. The retro music concert, features popular Latin artists OV7, Mercurio, Magneto, JNS, the Sacados and Caló. The tour’s last visit to the Coliseum in 2017 sold out. Tickets: $32-$178 (Ticketmaster).
Considered one of the biggest pop groups in Mexico, the five-member OV7, formerly known as Onda Vaselina 7, has more than 50 hit singles and released 15 albums, including the best-selling “CD 00” in 2000.
Magneto was a popular Mexican boy band of the 1980s and 90s, behind the chart-toppers “Todo Esta Muy Bien” and “Soy Un Soñador.”
The Mexican pop act Mercurio was one of the most popular group of singers and dancers in the 1990s.
The Argentinean house and pop group Sacados is best known for its 1995 hit “Ritmo de la Noche.”
The Mexican girl group JNS, formerly known as Jeans, rose to fame behind six studio albums in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Mexican electronic music group Caló was considered cutting edge when it first hit the scene in the 1990s.
Aaron Watson — The West Texas-born country musician performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Tickets: $16.75 to $35 (Ticketmaster).
Watson’s album, “The Underdog,” made history by debuting No. 1 on the Billboard Country chart. His latest album, “Red Bandana,” quickly hit No. 1 in Texas.
Upon a Burning Body — The band performs Sunday, Aug. 25, at Rockhouse Bar & Grill, 9828 Montana, with Of Virtue, Speaking with Ghosts and local support. Doors open at 6 p.m. Age 18 an older. Tickets: $15 in advance. Information: 591-7625.
Lowbrow Palace — 1101 Texas. Ticket information: eventbrite.com or on Facebook at lowbrowpalace.
• Beach Goons — The indie rock band performs at 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, with Junkie. Tickets: $13.
• Jakob Ogawa — The indie rocker performs at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20. Tickets: $15.
• KOTA The Friend — The hip-hop artist performs at 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23. Tickets: $15 general admission; $35 with meet and greet.
• Seratones — The Louisiana rock band performs at 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. Tickets: $13.
ALSO THIS WEEK
EPSO Gala — El Paso Symphony Orchestra’s 89th season celebration is Friday, Aug. 23, at El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place, with exclusive and private performance of the Music of ABBA. Cocktails at 6:30 p.m.; dinner, music and dancing at 7 p.m. Attire is summer cocktail. Tickets: $150 ($1,500 table for 10); $185 around dance floor ($1,850 table for 10). Information: 532-3776 or epso.org.
Cristo Rey kermes — The church at 8011 Williamette, hosts its Feria del Valle kermes Aug. 23-25. Information: 591-0688.
‘Disney’s High School Musical’ — Kids-N-Co. closes its season with the musical based on Disney Channel's smash hit movie Aug. 16-Sept. 1, at First Presbyterian Church, 1340 Murchison, directed by Anthony Michael Stokes with the assistance of Raul Chavez, and musical direction by Ajith Kumar. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $7 ($5 students, seniors, military), available at the door. Information: 274-8797 or on Facebook at El Paso Kids-n-Co.
It’s the first day after winter break at East High, The Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians and Skater Dudes find their cliques, recount their vacations and look forward to the new year. Basketball team captain and resident jock Troy discovers that the brainy Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled. They cause an upheaval when they decide to audition for the high school musical.
Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 18th annual market summer hours are 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3, email@example.com, ardovinos.com or on Facebook at FarmersMarket.
Game Garden offers bocce ball, horseshoes, cornhole and washer toss.
Downtown Artist and Farmers Market — The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department’s market for area artists and regionally grown agricultural products is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday in the Union Plaza District along Anthony Street. Information: 212-1780 or elpasoartsandculture.org.
Rough Riders Turkey Run — Rough Riders Motorcycle Club Hueco Chapter, hosts its 15th annual run to help provide Thanksgiving turkeys for those in need in the El Paso community 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, starting at Barnett Harley Davidson, 8272 Gateway East, and ending in San Elizario. Registration is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: $10 per person. Information: rough-riders-mc.com or on Facebook.
Upper Valley Artists and Farmers Market — The artist and farmers market is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays at the Hobby Lobby parking lot, 7930 N. Mesa. Admission is free. Information on Facebook at Upper Valley Artist & Farmers Market.
El Paso Chihuahuas — The city’s AAA baseball team plays home games at Southwest University Park on Santa Fe Street in Downtown El Paso. Game time is 7 p.m. (Sunday at 6 p.m.). Tickets: $11-$30. Information: 533-BASE or EPChihuahuas.com. Aug. 19-21: Fresno Grizzlies. Aug. 22-25: Sacramento River Cats. Friday, Aug. 23, is Bark at the Park (take your dog to the park) day.
UTEP Women’s Soccer — Home games are at UTEP’s University Field. Ticket information: 747-6150 or utepathletics.com.
• Thursday, Aug. 22: Wyoming, 7 p.m.
• Sunday, Aug. 25: ACU, 1 p.m.
HomeRun for the Homeless — Edward’s Homes/ERA Sellers, Buyers and Associates host the 6th annual 5K and Kids Dash benefiting El Paso’s Opportunity Center for the Homeless at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at the Clock Tower at Southwest University Park on Durango Street, rain or shine. Kids dash begins at 8:35 a.m. Registration: $30 run; $35 on race day. Kids dash: $15; $20 on race day. Registration at raceadventuresunlimted.com.
Packet and t-shirt pick up is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa, Suite 205, and 6:30 to 7 p.m. on race day.
Southern New Mexico
Great American Duck Race — The 40th annual running of the ducks is Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 22-25, in Deming, N.M. This year’s theme is “Racing Through the Stars.” Admission is free for spectators, and anyone can be a duck racer for just $5. The ducks are provided; don’t bring one. Call for entry forms. Information: (888) 345-1125, (575) 544-0469 or demingduckrace.com.
The Tournament of Ducks Parade is at 10 a.m. Saturday in downtown Deming.
Live Duck Races and Water Races are noon to 4 p.m. and 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday at McKinley Duck Downs. Duck Race eliminations and finals are 3 p.m. Sunday.
Other events include Duck Royalty Pageants Thursday, carnival and vendors daily, hot air balloon ascensions at 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, 5K race, outhouse races, tortilla toss and more.
Mark Chesnutt — The classic country singer performs 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Aug. 22-23, at the Spencer Theater, Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M. Tickets: $76-$79. Information: (575) 336-4800 or spencertheater.com.
Trails & Rails Run — The 8-mile run, 5K and 1 mile kids dash is Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Trestle Recreation Area (near intersection of Hwy 84 and 130), near Cloudcroft, N.M. The 8-mile run begins at 8:30 a.m. with 5K at 8:40 a.m. and kids dash at 8 a.m. Registration: $30 ($10 kids dash). Night before or race day registration is $35 ($15 kid’s dash). Proceeds benefit Cloudcroft student athletes. Information: Cindy Preslar (575) 430-7634; Amy Collins, (575) 202-2343 or on Facebook at “Cloudcroft Runners.”
Registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
Packet pick up is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, and 7 to 7:45 a.m. on race day at the Trestle Recreation area.
The 8-mile course is all on trail and old railroad bed. There will be two aid stations along the way with fruit and water. The Kid’s Dash will be a series of laps around the paved parking area of the Trestle Recreation area.
Tailgate 2019 — Catfish Fry Blues Band concludes the annual outdoor concert series at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, in the upper parking lot at the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo. Tickets available for $25-$45 per vehicle (if spaces available). Walk up tickets are $10 ($15 couples). Gates open 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Information: (575) 437-2202. Online reservations at flickingercenter.com.
‘Biloxi Blues’ — Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Main, Las Cruces, opens its 57th season with Neil Simon comedy Aug. 9-25, directed by Michael Wise. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sundays. Cake and non-alcoholic beverages with the cast and crew follow opening night performance. Tickets: $17 ($14 senior, student and military; $10 groups and children). Information: (575) 523-1200 or lcctnm.org.
The second in Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Neil Simon’s trilogy, which began with “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and concluded with “Broadway Bound,” Biloxi Blues won the Tony Award in 1985 for Best Play. Eugene Jerome is a young army recruit during WW II, going through basic training and learning about life and love, along with some harsher lessons, while stationed at boot camp in Biloxi, Mississippi in 1943.
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