Venerable Moody Blues return to El Paso in March
Dec 08, 2012 (Menafn - El Paso Times - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --The Moody Blues haven't entered the 50th-anniversary realm yet, but they're still going strong after 48 years. A spring tour will bring the band, one of Britain's first progressive rock groups, back to the Plaza Theatre at 8 p.m. March 9. They last played there March 18, 2008.
Tickets -- 55 and 85, plus service charges -- go on sale at 10 a.m. today at the box office and through Ticketmaster, ticketmaster.com and 800-745-3000.
The band also will offer two VIP packages in El Paso. The merchandise package includes a ticket, souvenir merch and more for 159; the backstage/onstage tour includes a ticket and preshow tours (but not a meeting with the band) for 299.
The band, best known for the classics "Nights in White Satin,"
"Tuesday Afternoon" and a string of concept albums in the '70s, has one member left from its original 1964 lineup, drummer Graeme Edge. That version disbanded, with a new incarnation regrouping in 1966 with singer-guitarist Justin Hayward and bassist John Lodge.
Neon Desert news
They haven't announced any band names yet, but organizers of the third Neon Desert Music Festival on May 25 did put early-bird tickets on sale this week. They cost 45, and you can get them, and the 150 VIP tickets, at neondesertmusicfestival.com.
Austin's Splendid Sun Productions, which puts on the indie/Latin rock/electronic dance music festival, held a press conference Monday at San Jacinto Plaza to get the balling rolling on next year.
Splendid Sun's Zach Paul said about half of the approximately 40 bands have been booked so far.
Ticket prices will be the same next year, as will the stage locations. General admission tickets will go for 55 in advance, 65 day of show.
They'll announce the lineup in February, which is probably when general admission tickets will go on sale.
Two of Mexico's enduring stars, singers Gloria Trevi and Ana Barbara, will team up for a free show March 17 at the Socorro Entertainment Center.
Trevi is the so-called "Supreme Diva of Mexican Pop," and Barbara is the one-time grupero sex kitten-turned-producer. They have a lengthy string of hits between them, mostly from the '90s, including Trevi's "Todos Me Miran," "El Recuento de los Danos" and "Pelo Suelto" and Barbara's "La Trampa," "No Llorare" and recent "Alma Perdida."
The Socorro Entertainment Center also has added a free show by Texas ranchera singer Pepe Aguilar on Feb. 9.
Previously announced shows will be by Spanish rocker Enrique Bunbury on Sunday, Blue October on New Year's Eve, Queensryche (minus Geoff Tate) on Jan. 19 and Skillet on Feb. 16. Sister venue Speaking Rock Entertainment Center has booked a freebie by '70s rocker Eddie Money ("Hold On," "Two Tickets to Paradise") on Jan. 20.
San Jacinto Plaza will be filled with more than its thousands of Christmas lights this holiday season. Its annual Sounds of the Holidays free concert series returned this week and will include 10 local acts through Dec. 18.
Shows start at 5:30 p.m. each day and will run for an hour. The series is presented by the El Paso Parks and Recreation Department.
The rest of the schedule: Kristen Moreno, today; Iglesia Bautista Principe de Paz, Monday; the Riverside High School guitar ensemble, Tuesday; Brandon Bailey Johnson, Wednesday; the Brown Middle School Orchestra, Thursday; Espinoza's Academy and El Paso Parks and Rec performers, Dec. 14; Shelby Acosta, Dec. 17; and Jobeth Noblin, Dec. 18.
Look for "21 Outs" to open at Premiere Cinemas on Dec. 14. It's local filmmaker Charlie Minn's documentary on the 2009 state champ baseball team from Socorro High. Judging from the trailer, it looks like a combination of TV news footage and interviews with the team's coach, Chris Forbes, and his players.
School and local officials, including El Paso Mayor John Cook and former Socorro Mayor Trini Lopez, and major leaguer Omar Quintanilla also were interviewed for the movie.
"Hecho en Mexico," Duane Bridgman's documentary about contemporary Mexican artists, actors and musicians (among its interviewees are Diego Luna, Kinky and Lila Downs), opens today at Cielo Vista Cinemas, Tinseltown and Cinemark West.
A couple more movies sneaking into Premiere today:
"El milagro de Marcelino pan y vino" is a remake of the famous Mexican movie. The Spanish-language film was completed three years ago but is just now making the rounds.
"Bad Kids Go to Hell" is a horror comedy by Texas native Matthew Spradlin, based on a comic book that sounds like "The Breakfast Club" gone wrong -- complete with one of its stars, Judd Nelson, as the one who hands detention to six rich kids at a private school. They die off one by one, until one is left.
Mexican actor Demian Bichir was in El Paso recently filming exteriors for the FX channel pilot "The Bridge," in which he plays a virtuous Mexican cop.
He received a best actor Academy Award nomination for 2011's "A Better Life," in which he played an undocumented Mexican immigrant in Los Angeles who struggles to run a business while fighting to keep his son out of a gang. That movie will be screened for free at 3 p.m. Sunday at Mother Teresa Center, 2400 E. Yandell, as part of the Pax Christi film series.
Bailey behind bars
Zuill Bailey is going to prison. And he'd better look out.
It's a women's prison. It could be Beatlemania all over again.
The cellist and El Paso Pro-Musica artistic director with the chiseled good looks will perform two concerts Saturday with Alaska's Hiland Mountain Correctional Center Women's Orchestra.
It's their ninth annual concert at the prison, and will feature one of its former inmates, violist Sarah Coffman, a founding member of the orchestra playing her first gig as a civilian. Convicted in 1997, she served a 14-year sentence there for second-degree murder and first-degree burglary. Coffman, who now works for a law firm in Anchorage, learned to play the viola in prison through the Arts on the Edge program.
Why's Bailey in Alaska? He is the artistic director of the Slitka Summer Music Festival there.
Fort Bliss' 1st Armored Division Band will present its Sun City Holiday Fiesta, a free concert, at 2 p.m. Sunday at UTEP's Magoffin Auditorium. Irvin High School's Mighty Rockets band will perform alongside the 1AD group.
The concert will feature mostly seasonal music, including some rock and some mariachi.
Tickets are free, and may be picked up on post at the Fort Bliss Public Affairs Department on West Bliss, 1AD HQ on East Bliss and the ITR Ticket Office at Freedom Crossing. Doors will open at 1 for ticketholders, 1:30 for those who don't have tickets.
El Paso Brass, which includes retired Coronado High School band director Kenneth Capshaw, will headine the high school orchestra's annual "Stringathon."
The fundraiser for the orchestra will start at 11 a.m. Saturday at the school and run all day. Orchestras from the high school, Lincoln Middle and Morehead Middle will perform. The Brass will go on at 7 p.m.
The Coronado High School Orchestra is led by Ida Steadman, Capshaw's sister, who retired last year as principal cellist with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra. Her brother plays trumpet with the orchestra.
Admission to most of the Stringathon is free, but the orchestra will take requests by donation. Admission to the El Paso Brass concert is 10.
KCOS has expanded free admission to its screening of the first hour of the third season of "Downton Abbey."
The PBS blockbuster will be sneak-peeked at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the El Paso Community Foundation's Foundation Room, 333 N. Oregon. It's 50 for the reception and screening, free for just the screening, which is at 7:30 p.m.
Originally, they were going to limit the free screening portion to two people per reservation, but decided to open it up to anyone who is interested. Seating is limited to about 250.
Call 590-1313, or go to kcostv.org.
Linda Noack is closing the Sasahara Gallery, 7100 Westwind, to move closer to family in California.
The gallery will have a closing sale from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. She's promising "greatly reduced prices" on works by local artists such as Bob Adams, Ben and Salley Avant, Winfrey Hearst, Candy Mayer, Carmen Navar and Mitzi Quirarte. She's also going to sell framing and art supplies.
-- That Dec. 22 DJ set by Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner has been moved from Club 101 to The Network, 317 E. Mills. The Dozal Brothers will open. Tickets cost 10 at ticketbully.com (which still has Club 101 listed as the venue).
-- A Dec. 17 show by German dubstep DJ Boys Noize has moved from Buchanan's Event Center to Tricky Falls. Those tickets cost 21 at Happy House, the Headstand and eventbrite.com.
-- The Iveys will perform songs from their new "The Iveys Christmas" album at 3 p.m. Saturday in San Elizario. It's free, part of the city's second annual ChristKindleMarket from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday in the arts district.
-- Documentaries and public service announcements by students from the UTEP English department's First-Year Composition program will be shown at 6 p.m. Tuesday at UTEP's Union Cinema. It's free.
-- The Free Hole Slam folks are organizing a Holiday Slam and art supply drive at 7 p.m. Tuesday at The Network, 317 E. Mills. It will feature Sphinks, who will give a writing workshop at 7 p.m. and perform between the second and third rounds of the slam. Suggested donation is 5. Admission is free with the donation of pens, pencils, notebooks, paint and brushes. The group wants to donate them to at-risk kids.
This is a roundup of concert and other event information from Doug Pullen's blog, Pullen My Blog, at elpasotimes.com/blogs. Follow him at @dougpullen on Twitter.
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