Here's two good bits of news in one.
Robert Earl Keen, one of the most revered Texas songwriters of his generation, is coming back to perform on May 12.
He'll kick off the second annual Let Freedom Sing concert series at Fort Bliss' Freedom Crossing pedestrian mall.
The first series last year featured performances by the Eli Young Band, Pat Green, Taylor Hicks and El Paso's Dirty River Boys, who kick off the State Line's free outdoor concert series at 8 tonight.
Keen is the first of four acts who'll play the free series this year. The other three have not been announced. The shows will be at 7 p.m. on the Event Lawn near the movie theater.
To get on post, you need a valid driver's license and American license plates on your vehicle. Use either the Robert E. Lee or Cassidy entrances.
In other news:
• Mexican ranchera and rodeo king Joan Sebastian is teaming up for a tour with Pepe Aguilar and Shaila Durcal.
The tour, which will be announced officially on April 19, will come to the Coliseum at 8 p.m. Sept. 28.
Tickets will be priced at $69.50, $89.50, $99.50 and $135, plus service charges, and will go on sale at 10 a.m. April 27 at the box office, Ticketmaster, ticketmaster.com and 800.745.3000.
• The fourth annual Break Yo'self graffiti art show will be from 1-9 p.m. June 15 at the Silos International Aerospace Art Gallery, 1943 Ruhlen, next to the Rescue Mission on W. Paisano.
It's a free, and fascinating event, that combines live painting by graffiti artists from in and outside of town and music by eight local acts, including Mexicans at Night, BrthDfx and DJ System Addict.
Participating artists include members of the Border Youth Team and founder Dave "Grave" Herrera, who put on the event, along with Mitsu Overstreet (whose paintings adorn the Bowie Feathers nightclub inside Tricky Falls), Jeremiah Navarro, Miles McGregor and others.
There will be an after-party, though details have not been announced.
The aerosol art continues on June 16 and 17 with outdoor painting at the area known as the Barn Yard, 1600 N. Delta. yard, and, of course, the cleanup of the area.
Admission to "Break Yo'self" is free, but donations will be accepted for the Rescue Mission next door. Suggested donations include nonperishable canned food, bottled water, cooking oil, coffee, cream, sugar, recycled paint and dry goods, in other words, practical items for the mission and its inhabitants.
Interested artist, vendors and others should call 731.2791 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
• Four bands will come together to play Beatles songs and raise money for the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation's wig program for cancer patients.
The "Wondrous Wigorium" concert is at 7 p.m. April 21 at the Chamizal National Memorial Theater. A "cancer awareness fair" starts at 5 p.m.
Performing will be pianist Billy Townes, Sgt. Pepper and the Moon Dog Band, Bel Air High School Marching Band and the Ysleta High School Brass Band.
Admission is $20, with proceeds going to RGCF's Four Seasons Beauty Program, which supplies wigs free of charge to cancer patients who have lost or are losing their hair due to treatment.
Check it out at rgcf.org.
• Cellist Zuill Bailey is a busy boy as his 40th birthday approaches April 24.
He'll follow Tuesdays "By Request" concert at the El Paso Museum of Art with performances of the Elgar cello concerto with guest conductor Mariusz Smolij and the El Paso Symphony Orchestra at 7;30 p.m. April 20-21 at the Plaza Theatre.
The El Paso Pro-Musica artistic director will precede the concerts with a free coffee talk at 9 a.m. April 20 at the Coffee Emporium, 5817 N. Mesa.
He and Smolij will be the guests of the orchestra's next Cocktails After the Symphony event at the Alcantar Sky Garden on the roof of the Plaza Theatre annex. It will follow the April 20 concert. Admission is free for CATS members, $10 for everyone else.
• Some pretty good bands will perform on indoor and outdoor stages at the April 21 Rock the Vote Music Festival at the San Carlos Building, 501 Texas, organized by Aaron Barraza, a Demo candidate for State Rep. Marisa Marquez's District 77 office.
The Lusitania will headline the indoor stage at 8 p.m. Others playing that stage include singer-songwriter Emily Davis (6:15 p.m.), Zachariah Dickey (5:30 p.m.) and Joe Barron (4:45). The music starts indoors at 1:30.
The outdoor stage starts at 1 p.m. and includes sets by Cigarettes After Sex (2 p.m.), the Sect (4:50) and Shaka Toki (7).
It's for 18-and-over, $5 at the door.
• Tinseltown 20 is one of 25 Cinemark theater that will participate in a "Marvel Avengers Movie Marathon" on May 3, the day before the much-hyped "The Avengers" opens nationwide, kicking off the summer movie season.
The marathon consists of five recent movies featuring some of the Avengers superheroes, shown in chronological order of release. "Iron Man," with Robert Downey Jr., will kick if off at noon, followed by "The Incredible Hulk" at 2:50 p.m., "Iron Man 2" at 5, "Thor" at 7:20, "Captain America" at 9:30 and the new "Avengers" movie at midnight.
Tickets are $20 and include an "Avengers" poster and Marvel pin. You can buy them at the theater or cinemark.com.
• Speaking of the movies, the fifth annual Plaza Classic Film Festival, which runs Aug. 2-12, has confirmed a few more titles, including "Willy Wonka and Chocolate Factory" (the one with Gene Wilder), "To Kill a Mockingbird" (a personal favorite), "My Man Godfrey" and Jean Luc Godard's "Band of Outsiders."
• Speaking of PCFF, local film buff, radio host and PCFF artistic director Charles Horak will celebrate the 10th anniversary of his free Film Salon series at 7 p.m. May 5 at the Trinity-First United Methodist Church, 801 N. Mesa.
In keeping with each anniversary screening, he's not revealing the title of the film or films he'll show. He'll only say that it's "special" and, as is his custom, he'll be giving away some DVDS.
• DJ, producer and remixer (Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks," Mike Posner's "Cooler Than Me") Gigamesh will top a five-act bill at 8 p.m. April 20 at the Motel Bar, 406 Durango in Union Plaza (Esteban Carrasco DJs there).
Also performing: Late Empire, Secret Society, Lorean, A-Rom, Omar Garnica and Sir Reginald.
It's a 21-and-up show. Cover's 5 bucks at the door.
• Speaking of Mr. Carrasco, he'll open for Nervo on June 7 at the Garden, the first of three nightly electronic dance music shows downtown promoted by Johnny Escalante's JandK Presents.
It's an 18-and-over show. Tickets are $7, plus SC.
The Electric Summer Series continues June 8 with a DJ set from FeedMe at Tricky Falls (Midnight Response opens), and June 9 with a set from well-traveled DJ Chuckie, also at Tricky Falls (Amer opens).
Tickets for FeedMe are $22. Tickets for Chuckie are $29, $45 for VIP balcony (21 and older), and $500 for what they're calling the "ultimate experience."
You can get tickets at jandkpresents.com.
• The El Paso Parks and Recreation Department has announced this year's Melodies at the Park free concerts.
The series opens June 10 at Eastwood Park (Album Park) with the Four Dreamers, followed by Magnum Blues June 17 at Shawver Park; jazzman Billy Townes June 24 at Westside Community Park; hot salsa band Sobredosis del Sabor July 1 at Vista del Valle Park; the 1st Armored Division Show Band July 8 at Veterans Park; singer Jamie Hernandez July 22 at Memorial Park Reserve; Midnight Mist Aug. 5 at San Jacinto Plaza; and Zulema Villela and Mariachi Cuauhtemoc Aug. 19 at Marty Robbins Park.
All concerts are free and start at 7 p.m.
Still waiting to hear from the city with this year's Music Under the Stars series, not to mention CVB's Alfresco! Fridays and KLAQ's Cool Canyon Nights