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September 23, 2010
Concert update: Texas Tornados, Ikey Owens, Freak Show, Natalia Lafourcade, Ely Guerra and more
Flaco Jimenez and the rest of the Texas Tornados will headline the NMSU's and Dona Ana Community College's eighth annual Celebrity Dance.

Rick Trevino will open the show, which will be at 8 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum's patio area in Las Cruces.

Money raised by the concert and dance will go to student scholarships.

Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door. They're on sale at the Pan Am Center box office, Pic Quik stores, Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com and 800.745.3000.

In other concert news:

• Ikey Owens, the inventive keyboardist for The Mars Volta, and 2 Mex of the Visionaries have formed their own band, Look Daggers, who'll play the Republic, 200 Anthony St. in the Union Plaza, at 9 p.m. Oct. 8 (8 p.m. door).

They'll be joined by another of Owens' bands, Free Moral Agents.

Tickets for the 18-and-over show are $10 at the door. Call 999-9696 for more info.

• Just a reminder that KLAQ's 2010 edition of its annual haunted house, dubbed "Freak Show" this year, opens on Oct. 1. It'll be open at 6 p.m. daily through Oct. 31.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children, on sale at 7-Eleven Fina stores here and Pic Quik stores in Las Cruces. The price goes up $5 per ticket at the door. New this year is a VIP pass, which allows for two trips to the haunted house and a pass to the front of the line). They're $20 at 7-Eleven and Pic Quik stores, $25 at the door.

• Local promoter Indie Speaks has booked a couple of Spanish-language shows. Mexican pop-rocker and musical restless spirit Natalie Lafourcade performs a 21-and-over show at 8 p.m. Sept. 26 at La Catrina's new east side location at 12111 Montwood.

Tickets are $35, on sale at both La Catrina locations (the other one's downtown) and at eptickets.com.

Rocker Ely Guerra plays Nova Luna, 2270 Joe Battle, at 8 p.m. Oct. 8. It's also a 21-and-over show.

Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 day of show, $40 VIP in advance, $45 VIP day of show, on sale at the club, hommework, All That Music & Video and eptickets.com.

• A couple of up-and-coming bands sneak in here over the next week. Much-buzzed Ft. Worth rockers the Orbans, touting new album "When We Were Wild," play the Percolator on Sept. 24 at 7 p.m.

Meanwhile, Ohio pop-rockers Vanity Theft play House of Rock on Sept. 30. They're releasing a new EP, "Anatomy," on Oct. 26. The band is notable, for the moment, for its bassist, Lalaine, who played Miranda Sanchez on the Disney Channel's "Lizzie McGuire."

And down the road: Art rockers Women will play the Percolator on Oct. 17. They're touring with Manchild.

And Ohio rockers Pomegranates play Black Market on Oct. 19. Oh No Oh My opens.

Washington Americana rockers Tumbledown, fronted by Mike Herrera formerly of MxPx, will play at a location here to be determined on Nov. 4. It's fitting since the band's first single from new album "Empty Bottle" (out Oct. 26) is "Arrested in El Paso Blues."

• Radio La Chusma has been tapped to open for Jaguares on Sept. 25 at the Coliseum. The border reggae band is keeping busy, with a slot at the La Vina Harvest Festival, which will be Oct. 2-3 at the La Union winery.

RLC plays at noon Oct. 3, followed by Frank Zona and Urban Edge at 2:15 and Fernie Lechuga and Friends at 4:30. The Oct. 2 lineup features Beg, Borrow and Steal at noon, blues man Austin Jimmy Murphy at 2:15 and blue woman Kat Crosby at 4:30.

Admission is $15 $5 for kids 12-20 and free for kids under 12. Go to lavinawinery.com for more info.

• Speaking of local bands, a bunch of good ones will play this year's Amigo Airsho Oct. 16-17 at Biggs Army Airfield.

Afro Taxi, the much buzzed Dirty River Boys (who play the rodeo this weekend), the Royalty and Fungi Mungle play Oct. 16, while the D.A., Lusitania, the Royalty and Fungi Mungle play Oct. 17.

The outdoor gigs will be from 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. both days. Go to amigoairsho.org for more info on the air show; ticketmaster.com for ticket info.

• Pollstar is listing a couple of notable shows (if they really happen).

Motley Crue drummer and media bad boy Tommy Lee and his electro sidekick, DJ Aero, are listed for an Oct. 30 DJ set at the Reyn Theatre. The duo has a new album, "Mayhem." There's nothing on either of their sites about it and there's nothing on the Reyn Theatre site, either. Usually, the Pollstar listings come from management and agents, so we'll keep an eye on that.

More likely to happen is a Feb. 6 by South African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, who are listed for an Chavez Theatre stop. The same show has been listed on the El Paso Friends of Jazz Society site, though at Magoffin Auditorium. Can't find anything about it on the LBM's site or Ticketmaster just yet.

• Local country music stalwart Tim Thompson, who has a residency at the Edge of Texas Steakhouse and Saloon, will headline a release party for his new CD, "His Songs of Faith," at 6 p.m. Oct. 17 at Mountain View Baptist Church, 4959 Hondo Pass.

Thompson's a revered songwriter and singer here, who competed last year on KTSM's local version of NBC's "America's Got Talent." He won, earning a trip to Houston for regional auditions.

• Local artist Chris Ibarra will feature his pop art in his fifth Summer Art Festival from noon-8 p.m. Sept. 25 at Aceitunas Beer Garden. Other artists will be included (interested creative types must fit the theme, call 726.9216 for more info) and a DJ will be spinning.

• Las Cruces' cozy Rio Grande Theatre will celebrate its fifth anniversary on Sept. 26. The party will open at 4 p.m. with a happy hour, followed by a concert at 5 p.m. with MC Jim Shearer and the Oldies But Goodies band. The 424-seat theater, built in 1926, re-opened on Sept. 16, 2005.

Admission is a suggested donation of $10 at the door.

Info: 575.523.6403.