Local El Paso Music Scene
The classic hit "El Paso" by Marty Robbins has immortalized the town forever. The history of the El Paso music scene has included Stevie Nicks, Adam Duritz, Al Jourgensen, Bobby Fuller, Grammy Winner Vikki Carr, Phil Ochs, Nikki Sixx and At The Drive-In. In the 2010 Census the El Paso metropolitan area had a population of over 800,000. Campuses include University of Texas at El Paso and El Paso Community College. The local scene is covered by The El Paso Times.
El Paso Music Acts Ariel * Yung Texas * Gershelle * Dazzlyn * Roberto Serrano * Lyndon Lai Tan * Emily Davis * The Iveys * Denim Ydnew * La Utopia *
Zuill Bailey is a professor at University of Texas at El Paso who teaches cello. He is signed to the international label Telarc and won a Grammy for Best Classical Instrument Solo in 2016 for his work on Tales of Hemmingway by the Nashville Symphony. He has released several recordings, including his 2010 album Bach Cello Suites, which was a top seller on the classical charts. Bailey has made several network TV appearances on the HBO series Oz and on NBC and A&E. In 2018 Bailey gave a pop-up concert at H&H Car Wash and Restaurant in El Paso. Later that night his trio performed at UTEP's Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall.
Local 32-year-old resident Valerie Ponzio appeared on NBC's The Voice on Monday, March 27, 2017 but judges chose contestant Enid Ortiz as the winner. The show allowed Ponzio to work with top songwriters and was thankful for the opportunity. Meeting industry professionals has allowed her to work on a recording project in Nashville. She performs like in El Paso, such as the April 7, 2017 appearance to sing the national anthem at The Perch at 209 South El Paso St.
The annual Fiesta de las Flores was helpd September 4-6, 2015 at the El Paso County Coliseum. The food and music festival showcased several local acts such as Fungi Mungle and Beg, Borrow and Steal. The El Paso County Colieum is used throughout the year an attraction for entertainers, Comic Con, sports and much more.
Elpasomusicscene.com covers the local music scene, or appeared to up through 2011. The site was created by Charles Hurley. It invludes several local artist interviews, articles and CD reviews with links to venues. Some of the the interviews include Jason Cavallaro, Marisa Predisik, Robert Martinez, Pato Banton and Alex Sandoval. The site also features a photo gallery.
The El Paso Summer Music Festival (EPSMF) is a non-profit organization that presents an annual classical music festival, which started in 2005. The first concert honored the late Michael Salzman and Wilma Salzman. Each year the festival hontors local community supporters. These honorees have included Marlene Stewart, Mary Ann Dodson, Ken and Beverly Jinkerson and Carol Johnson. One of the highlights of the festival is a competition among young musicians. The event is supported by public radio station KTEP 88.5 FM.
The Neon Desert Music Festival was held at Cleveland Square Park in Downtown El Paso on May 25, 2013. The line-up featured Molotov, Martin Solveig, Wolfgang Gartner, PXNDX, Best Coast, Bosnian Rainbows, Dragonette, Paul Banks (of Interpol), Bostich, Fussible, Carla Morrison, STRFKR and others. The event is presented by Splendid Sun Productions and provides opportunies for people to volunteer their time and help their community.