Fiesta de las Flores turns 60 this year and organizers will celebrate the milestone with some Tejano music sixtysomethings — and El Chuco favorites.
The festival, which returns Aug. 31-Sept. 2 to the Coliseum grounds, will include performances by Sunny Ozuna on Sept. 1 and Little Joe y La Familia and Ruben Ramos on Sept. 2.
Bobby Esquivel and the Liberty Band will share the bill with Ozuna.
DJ Kane will headline opening night on Aug. 31.
The huacha tournament, rides, seniors dance and other staples will be back, too.
Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door (free for 12 and under), on sale at 7-Eleven Alon stores.
For more info, go to fiestadelasflores.org or call 533.3730.
In other concert news:
• That puppet-manipulating funny man Jeff Dunham returns to the Abraham Chavez Theatre on Dec. 14, according to his website.
Tickets for his tour stop, with Peanut, Walter, Achmed and the rest of the crew, go on sale Sept. 14.
No ticket prices have been announced.
Dunham's next Comedy Central special, "Minding the Monsters," will premiere on the cable network and DVD on Oct. 7.
Thanks to reader Robert Arriaga for tipping me on that.
• The NMSU Cultural Series will open with a show of sun-inspired Native American music by the offbeat string quartet Ethel, with flutist Robert Mirabal, on Sept. 7 at the NMSU Atkinson Recital Hall.
The series also will feature multinational Latin flamenco/reggae band Canteca de Macao on Sept. 20, cajun music's Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys (Nov. 15), traditional Chadian folk group H'sao (Jan. 24), American-Brazilian fusionists Nation Beat (Feb. 7) and Canadian folk group Dala (March 7).
Tickets are $15, $10 for NMSU studnts or $81 for a season tickets, on sale at the NMSU Pan Am Center box office, 575.646.1420.
• It's not too early to think about Christmas, not if you want to see Applejack's annual holiday show at tiny La Tierra Cafe.
Charlie McDonald, Buddy Winston and Zoomer Roberts will perform at 8 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Montana Street cafe. Mitch Mosley will open.
Tickets are $32, which includes dinner, on sale by calling 575.541.1992 or 592.5122.
• Fans of Alfresco! Fridays can double their musical pleasure during the popular, free outdoor series last three shows in September in the Arts Festival Plaza.
Following the doubling up of Alfresco! and Plaza Classic Film Festival bands this year, Alfresco! will feature two bands each week next month.
Salsa band Sobredosis del Sabor will go on at 6 p.m., followed classic rock cover group Brown Betty at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14. Sha'Vonne and the Vibe open the Sept. 21 show at 6 p.m., followed by Prime 80's Xperience at 7:30. Finally, cumbia group Magiztral Sonora opens the Sept. 28 finale at 6, followed by Latin jazz favorites Azucar at 7:30.
• Socorro Entertainment Center has booked Mexican pop group Reik for a free show on Sept. 15.
The trio is touring last year's "Peligro" album.
• Marfa's El Cosmico lodging area has lined up some impressive talent for its seventh annual Trans-Pecos Festival of Music and Love next month.
That includes singer-bassist Meshell Ndegeocello, with Chris Bruce, on Sept. 27, Ben Kweller and the Heartless Bastards on Sept. 28, and Dixie Chicks fiddler Martie Maguire, Bruce Robison, Kelly Willis and David Garza on Sept. 29.
They're just the big names.
The festial, which runs Sept. 27-30, also wil include sports, crafts and more at El Cosmico, which has a variety of lodging choices, including trailers, a safari tent, a teepee hotel and campground.
Tickets are $25 per night, $70 for three (no camping); $95 for two nights, $130 for three (with camping). They go up after Sept. 20.
They're on sale at elcosmico.com.
• YouTube sensations Karmin, the duo who had a recent hit with "Brokenhearted," will headline the last Let Freedom Sing concert at Fort Bliss on Aug. 30.
The pop duo will perform on the lawn near the Grand Theatre at Freedom Crossing mall on post.
• Aussie DJ Tommy Trash ("Future Folk") will bring his rowdy brand of house music to Buchanan's Event Center at 9 p.m. Oct. 5.
Tickets are $16, on sale at Happy House, the Headstand and eventbrite.com.
• Late Nite Social Club has booked Maxxi Soundsystem on Sept. 1 at the Lowbrow, part of the DJ collective's Supernite series there. The hot young DJ ("Criticize") will be joined by Light Year, Rob Bass and Slowhands.
Tickets are $10 at All That Music & Video, Happy House and the Headstand.
• Metal's Otep returns for a Sept. 15 show at the House of Rock Live, part of its "Destroy to Create" tour.
Butcher Babies and Austin's One-Eyed Doll will open.
Tickets are $20 at Ticketbully.
• Those rascally ex-Russkies, Igor and the Red Elvises, make their annual trek to the Sun City at 9 p.m. Oct. 8 at 6 Strings.
Tickets are $7 in advance, $10 day of show, on sale at the club.