Aug. 02--El Paso's Frontera Repertory Theatre Company will open its second season with a play about El Paso artist and author Tom Lea.
Called "Tom Lea: Grace Note in a Hard World," it was written by Frontera Rep co-founder Camilla Carr and is the first in a series of one-acts commissioned by El Paso's Tom Lea Institute to document his life on stage.
It will premiere at 8 p.m. Oct. 4-5 and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Philanthropy Theatre as part of the annual Tom Lea Month celebration.
Character actor Ray Baker, who appeared in "Crimes of the Heart" on Broadway and movies such as "Rain Man" and "Silkwood," will star in the production, which focuses
on Lea's early years.
Tickets cost $35, $25 and $15 for students and military, and go on sale at 10 a.m. today at the Plaza Theatre box office, and through Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com and 800-745-3000.
Eli Young Band moved up
The Eli Young Band has rescheduled its Tricky Falls show. They actually moved it up a week, from Oct. 13 to Oct. 6.
No official reason for the change was made, though it's likely the band wasn't adhering to the title of "Drunk All Night," its new single and first from the follow up to its breakout 2011 album "Life At Best."
It's an 8:30 p.m. show. Tickets
are $25 at All That Music & Video, Bowie Feathers, Eloise, Maria's Closet and holdmyticket.com.
Tickets purchased for the Texas band's original date will be honored. Refunds are available at the point of purchase.
More Tricky Falls
The club at 209 S. El Paso St. also is bringing back Sunday Sessions, its free acoustic Sunday-night shows. First up are El Chuco ska punks Fixed Idea at 10 p.m. Aug. 25, followed by husband-and-wife Americana duo the Grahams on Sept. 1 and Chicago Americana band Judson Claiborne on Sept. 15. All those performances will be upstairs in Bowie Feathers.
Other recent additions to the Tricky Falls calendar:
-- LA punks Rotting Out, touting new album "The Wrong Way," with Take Offense, Minus and Relentless, at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12 ($10 in advance, $12 day of show).
-- A rockabilly triple bill of Austin's Rockin' Lloyd Tripp Family Band, with Darrin Stout and the Rockabilly Strangers, at 9 p.m. Aug. 23 ($6).
-- Reggae rockers Tribal Seeds, with Josh Heinrich, 9 p.m. Aug. 30 ($16).
-- Experimental rockers Man Man, whose new album "On Oni Pond" comes out Sept. 10, at 9 p.m. Sept. 26 ($13).
Fiesta de las Flores will go a little bit country (but not a little bit rock 'n' roll) this year.
Organizers have booked two newer country acts, singers Jayron Weaver and Ashley McBryde, for opening night Aug. 30 at the Coliseum.
Things will look and sound more familiar after that. Local fave Sunny Ozuna and Johnny Hernandez y La Gente will play Aug. 31, with Texas norteno band Grupo Control headlining the finale on Sept. 1, which also will be military appreciation day.
Tickets cost $10 in advance, at 7-Eleven/Alon locations, and $15 at the door. Kids 12 and younger will be admitted free when accompanied by a parent.
Ramiro Guzman, who books the concerts for that Mexican cultural festival, also has booked a return engagement by Little Joe y La Familia at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Abraham Chavez Theatre.
That's one day after Mr. Hernandez turns 73.
Tierra will open the show.
Ticket prices are $15, $30 and $45, plus service fees. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. today at the Plaza Theatre box office and through Ticketmaster outlets, 800-745-3000 and ticketmaster.com.
A portion of the proceeds will go to the Frontline Faith Project, which distributes recorded Christian content free to members of the military.
Blues at Bliss
Speaking of the military, Blues Traveler will headline the final installment of this year's Let Freedom Sing concert series Aug. 21 at Fort Bliss.
Singer-harmonica player John Popper and the group are best known for their intense, improvisational live shows.
But they also managed to have a brief run on the pop charts in the '90s with "Hook" and "Run-Around." The band released "Suzie Cracks the Whip" last year, its first studio effort in four years.
The show will start at 7 p.m. on the grounds outside the post's Freedom Crossing mall.
No opening act has been announced.
It's open to the public. You'll need photo ID and a car with a U.S. license plate to get in.
Also, El Paso expats the Dirty River Boys will headline the Bliss, Brews & Que on Oct. 12 at Freedom Crossing. It's a two-day event (Oct. 11-12) that combines cooking competitions (barbecue, potato salad, margaritas, dessert and "soldier's choice"), suds and music.
Go to freedcomcrossing atfortbliss.com for more info.
One last military-related note: The Inn of the Mountain Gods near Ruidoso is offering a 20 percent discount on concert ticket to military personnel with proper ID.
At the Inn
Speaking of the Inn, the Mescalero casino has added shows by Mexican regional act Intocable at 8 p.m. Sept. 13 and Poison frontman-reality TV star Bret Michaels at 8 p.m. Sept. 27.
Intocable tickets cost $25, $35, $55, $65 and $75, plus service charges.
Tickets for Michaels' show cost $25, $40, $55, $65 and $75, plus service charges.
Tickets for all Inn shows are on sale at the box office, and through Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com and 800-745-3000.
My Education, the Austin band that will peform its score for the silent film "Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans" on Sunday at the Plaza Classic Film Festival, also will play a set of other music at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Lowbrow Palace. Bumpstreet Fonanza and Cosmic Cactus open. Tickets cost $8, $11 for ages 18 to 20.
They'll accompany "Sunrise" at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Plaza Theatre. Those tickets cost $8 at the door or through Ticketmaster.
Norteno singer Julian Alvarez, whose hits include "Las Mulas de Moreno" and "Y Tu," will play the Coliseum at 8 p.m. Aug. 18. Tickets cost $29.25, $31.25, $34.25 and $36.75, plus service charges, at the box and Ticketmaster. VIP tables are going for $500. Call 225-4944 about that.
XL Ultra Lounge, 100 S. Americas in the Lower Valley, will host a three-day Latinos Unidos Festival on Labor Day weekend. Performers are El Paso salsa band Sobredosis del Sabor and a variety of acts representing various pop and Latino music styles, including Voz a Voz, Jowell y Randy, Los Splendiz, Alex Wayne, D20, Ray Reyes, Alex Matos and 4Ever. It will start at 1 p.m. Aug. 30-Sept. 1. Tickets are $10 per day, $45 VIP, on sale at Ticketbully.com. Call 860-9595 for more info.
Soulful Dance Gavin Dance singer Jonny Craig will headline a 6 p.m. Oct. 18 show at the War Room, 204 S. Mesa. Mod Sun, Kyle Lucas, Hearts & Hands and Bleach Blonde are also on the bill. Tickets cost $15 at Ticketbully.
This is a roundup of concert and other event information from Doug Pullen's blog, Pullen My Blog, at elpasotimes.com/blogs. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 546-6397. Follow him on Twitter at @dougpullen and facebook.com/dougpulleneptimes.
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