It's been 48 hours since organizers of the third annual Neon Desert Music Festival announced 18 of the up to 30 acts that will perform May 25 this year in Downtown El Paso.
Enough time to soak it all in.
Looks like NDMF 3.0 will have the same mix of alternative, Latin and electronic acts the first two did, with a little more emphasis on the electronic.
It also will mark the third festival appearance by El Paso guitar auteur Omar Rodriguez Lopez, this time with new band Bosnian Rainbows.
The electronic element, which I felt bogged down last year's NDMF, will be repped by two hot acts, Wolfgang Gartner and Martin Solveig, not to mention two of Mexico's most innovative and respected artists, officially billed as Nortec Collective Presents: Bosich+Fussible.
Also confirmed: American electronica band STRFKR, Canadian electronica group Dragonette and American electro-house duo Viernes.
Interpol singer Paul Banks will bring his solo tour to the festival. Other rockers on the 11-hour outdoor event include Mexico's Latin Grammy-winning Carla Morrison, Mexican rap-metal blenders Molotov, the lucha-mask wearing Mex-rock goofballs A Band of Bitches, L.A. surf-rockers Best Coast, El Paso's the Royalty (who played the first festival) and Mexico pop-punks PXNDX.
NDMF organizers expect to increase the total of performing acts to about 25-30, almost 10 fewer than last year's second edition of the alt-rock, Latin rock and EDM fest. The move will reduce
costs, they said.
Plans to push back the start to 3 p.m. will give crews more time to set up the four staging areas, vendors and other attractions.
Rodriguez Lopez, who rose to prominence with El Paso's At the Drive-In, played the first NDMF in 2011 with the Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group, essentially The Mars Volta, which was in a dispute with its record company at the time.
He returned last year to play bass with Le Butcherettes, the Mexican rockers fronted by the theatrical Teri Gender Bender, who is part of Bosnian Rainbows. The group also includes Mars Volta drummer Deantoni Parks and singer-keyboardist Nicci Kasper.
The band started touring last year, precipitating Cedric Bixler Zavala's exit from Mars Volta, and will release a self-titled album in June.
Several local acts were announced Wednesday, with a few more to come, according to Splendid Sun Productions, the festival's El Paso-raised, Austin-based promotion group.
They include DJ Johnny Kage, rockers Electric Social and the Black Coats and the rap-jazz band Riboflavin.
Tickets are $55 GA, $150 VIP, available at neondesertmusicfestival.com and WB Liquors stores.
Those Splendid Sun Productions folks have been busy bees. Not only did partner and spokesman Zach Paul get married recently, but the company has been piecing together its third annual West by Southwest, or WSXW festival, which starts before and ends after Austin's SXSW festival.
More than 40 acts, including Wu-Tang Klan's Masta Killa, Deer Tick, Bleached, In the Valley Below and locals, including Riboflavin, Biscuit Roller, L.I.G.R.E. and Emily Davis will perform between today and March 23 at the Lowbrow Palace and Black Market.
Best of all, all shows are free. They're 18-and-older admission only.
Here's a chronological rundown. All shows start at 9 p.m.
-- Today -- The Soft Moon, Wstrn Plylnd, Los Satanicos and Souldies, --Lowbrow. -- Saturday -- Bleached, White Lung, Wax Idols and Warm Soda, Lowbrow; Maserati, You, Souldies and Jean-Luc Duvalier, -- Black Market. -- Sunday -- Dune Rats, Black Coats, Biscuit Roller and Lake of Fire, -- Lowbrow. -- Monday -- In the Valley Below, Sir Sly, Freddy Towers and the D.A., -- Lowbrow. -- Tuesday -- Lost Weekend, Lightworks and Fixed Idea, -- Lowbrow. -- Wednesday -- Riboflavin, Bend Sinister and Shout Out Out Out Out, -- Lowbrow. -- Thursday -- Revati and Bumpstreet Fonanza, -- Lowbrow. -- March 15 -- Borderland Bi-National Battle of the Beats (DJ battle), -- Lowbrow. -- March 16 -- Cusses, Electric Social and Emily Davis, -- Lowbrow. -- March 17 -- K. Flay, Tom Laike & Freddy Towers and Gliss, -- Lowbrow; Ape Machine, Been Obscene and Black Empress, -- Black Market. -- March 19 -- Dinner and a Suit, -- Lowbrow. -- March 20 -- Masta Killa, Lyrick, Rico Ferri & Eddy Boy and Rob Bass & System A, -- Lowbrow. -- March 21 -- Deer Tick, the Weeks, the Lusitania and Shelly Colvin, -- Lowbrow. -- March 22 -- Bulletproof Tiger, Raydub, Braille and System A, -- Lowbrow. -- March 23 -- Dependientes del Beat, L.I.G.R.E., Tom Laike & Freddy Towers and Lightworks, -- Lowbrow.
This year's event is sponsored by Imperial beer. A portion of the proceeds will go to the new Stars Scholarship Fund, which plans to begin offering scholarships to college-bound students from the area in 2014.
Two shows in the Plaza Theatre's 2012-2013 Broadway series go on sale today.
"Elvis Lives!" is a touring tribute show to the King, featuring five finalists from an international competition. It comes to the Plaza at 8 p.m. April 27.
The impersonators, er, tribute artists (as they like to be called) include champion Bill Cherry and four others, including a guy from Michigan I used to write about, Leo Days. He does a great young Elvis.
Tickets are $30 and $55, plus service charges, on sale at 10 a.m. today.
"The Addams Family," based on the offbeat '60s sitcom, will close out the Broadway series at 8 p.m. May 24-25.
Created by one of Woody Allen's collaborators and the team behind "Jersey Boys," it focuses on normal daughter Wednesday's romance with a normal guy and dad Gomez's attempts to keep it secret from Morticia and the rest of the ghoulish clan.
Tickets are $35 and $60, plus service charge, on sale at 10 a.m. today.
Tickets for both shows are available at the Plaza box office, Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com and 800-745-3000.
The Plaza's sister venue, the Abraham Chavez Theatre, will host the 7 p.m. April 11 stop ofÊ"In the Mood," the '40s big band and swing revue.
The 13-piece String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra and six-member In the Mood Singers and Dancers will perform music and dances that were popular in that time, including songs from the Glenn Miller Band, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw and Andrews Sisters catalogs.
Tickets are $29, $39 and $49, plus service charges, $10 for military and children, on sale today at the Plaza Theatre box office, Ticketmaster and 800-745-3000.
Tickets for the UTEP Dinner Theatre's 30th anniversary production of "Evita" go on sale Monday to UTEP students, faculty and staff, Tuesday for everyone else.
Directed by UDT founder Greg Taylor, the Webber-Rice musical about Juan and Eva Peron is scheduled to run for 16 performances from April 19 to May 12, but that could be extended if ticket demand warrants it.
Its last show, "Grease," was extended three times.
Tickets range from $33 to $45 for Friday and Saturday shows, $30 to $40 for Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday dinner matinees and $16-$26 for Sunday shows without the meal.
You can get tickets in all ranges from the theater box office, 747-6060.
Some tickets also will be available at the UTEP Ticket Center, Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com and 800-745-3000.
Los Lonely de Mayo
I told you last week that Los Lonely Boys would bring their brand of bluesy rock to the Inn of the Mountain Gods on May 4-5, part of its Cinco de Mayo celebration.
Turns out it's only one show, on May 4 (there's no May 5 concert at the Inn). I didn't have ticket details then. I do now.
They're $25, $35, $55, $75 and $105 (VIP), on sale at the box office, Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com and 800-745-3000.
The band had to postpone shows this week after singer-guitarist Henry Garza fell into the orchestra pit at a Feb. 27 show in Downey, Calif.
The San Angelo sibling trio, best known for its 2005 hit "Heaven," is touring behind last year's self-released "Rockpango" album.
Zimbabwe singer and guitarist Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi and his band, the Black Spirits, will perform at 7 p.m. March 29 at Tricky Falls in what may be the club's first real foray into world music.
Their sound incorporates traditional music and instruments with Western pop and instrumentation. Husky-voiced Mtukudzi sings in three languages, including English.
Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, on sale today at All That Music & Video, Bowie Feathers, Eloise, Maria's Closet and holdmyticket.com.
-- Look for an announcement soon about a Papa Roach show April 23 at NMSU's Pan Am Center. It's part of their new "Connection" tour, with openers Escape the Fate and Otherwise, who opened a free show for Hellyeah March 2 at Speaking Rock. Ticket details haven't been announced yet. Thanks to reader Robert Arriaga for tipping on it. -- The El Paso Youth Ballet will perform the classic "Swan Lake" at 7:30 p.m. April 5-6 and 2:30 p.m. April 7 at UTEP's Magoffin Auditorium. Tickets are $10 and $20, plus service charges, on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the UTEP Ticket Center, Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com and 800-745-3000. -- The Take Action tour, which stopped at Tricky Falls on March 20, raised $95,000 for the It Gets Better Project, an online, video-oriented effort to empower teenage homosexuals and bisexuals, transgender youths, and victims of bullying. -- DJ duo Optimo headlines the next installment of Late Nite Social Club's Resident Advisor Horizons series at 8 p.m. Saturday at Pasha, 201 N. Stanton. Joe N and LNSC DJs also will perform. Tickets are $10 at residentadvisor.net.
This is a roundup of concert and other event information from Doug Pullen's blog, Pullen My Blog, elpasotimes.com/blogs.
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