April 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.
  The Racetrack and Casino will be close through April 5; call or check website for updates on reopening.
  Park After Dark live music is 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Mariachi bands perform at 5 p.m. Sundays. For full band lineup, see website.
  “Si Una Vez,” Selena Tribute band performs Friday, April 17, with three different singers showcasing Selena throughout her career.
  “DSB” Journey Tribute band performs Saturday, April 18, capturing the band led by Steve Perry in their prime.

Red, White and Blues Festival — Mesilla Valley Jazz and Blues Society hosts its 7th annual fundraising blues festival at 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in Grapevine Plaza, at Picacho Peak Brewing Company, 3900 W Picacho, in Las Cruces. Proceeds benefit scholarships for NMSU jazz students. Performers include Austin Jimmy Murphy, Pat “Guitar Slim” Chase, and Surround Sound Parrots (of Phoenix). Bring a lawn chair or blankets and sunscreen; no outside food or drink, or pets allowed; food and drink available for purchase.
  Tickets: $15 in advance online with credit card or at Picacho Peak Brewing Company (cash or check); $20 at the door. Information: mvjazzblues.net.

Mariachis for Mom — The Mother’s Day concert is 5 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at El Paso County Coliseum. Tickets: $15-$100 (Ticketmaster).

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:

‘Cello Concerto/Don Quixote, live recordings by Zuill Bailey’ (Steinway & Sons). Grammy-winning cellist Zuill Bailey’s newest CD features live recordings of Richard Strauss’s “Don Quixote,” and the William Walton Cello Concerto. Bailey, the artistic director of El Paso Pro-Musica, is joined by North Carolina Symphony, under the direction of Grant Llewellyn, along with violist Roberto Diaz.
  The CD has a special El Paso touch: The cover portrait of Bailey, “Music Man,” was created local artist Hal Marcus. Release date is April 3. Available through Amazon.

Artificial Happiness’ by Emily Davis and the Murder Police. The El Paso folk punk band’s newest single is being premiered this month, described as by “an intense journey—an amalgamation of classic driving punk drum and bass, locking in with ripping surf-inspired lead guitar lines, acoustic guitar strums and Emily’s gorgeously emotive vocals, singing of escapism through substance abuse.” Davis has performed on tour with punk legends Bag Religion, and the band will go on tour with fellow El Paso punk legends Sparta later this spring.
  The band’s debut full-length album, “Same Old World,” was released in October 2018.

Please Don’t Say You Love Me If You Don’t’ by Forester. The El Paso electronic/indie artist released his debut record last week, along with the first single, “Harps.” Forester’s music brings a unique approach to melding genres, primarily composed of elements of indie rock, electronica, R&B and trip-hop with vocoder effects. Tour dates and upcoming shows can be found on Instagram and Facebook.

‘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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