Ten local acts will honor St. Cecilia, patron saint of music, with a marathon free concert starting at 4 p.m. Nov. 21 at Ambrosia, 3233 N. Mesa.
The third annual Musician's Party is being organized by Fernie Lechuga, pianist and leader of Azucar, one of the 10 bands who will perform.
Also playing: Los Silver, Los Griegos, Los Frontera, Grupo Tequila, Oro Negro, Baldo y Su Grupo Juarez, Las Utopia, Los Latinos and Canela Pura.
Admission is free with the donation of a toy or food item for the needy. Recipients of the charity have not bee announced.
In other concert news:
• Dove Award-winning gospel singer, Tyler Perry favorite and "Meet the Browns" star Tamela Mann will perform at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Christian Joy Center, 1208 Sumac, in East El Paso.
She scored a major gospel hit recently with the single "Take Me to the King," and won the Dove for her 2009 album "The Master Plan." She's promoting new album "Best Days."
Mann, who is married to fellow actor and singer David Mann, has appeared in a number of Perry's plays, movies and TV shows as Cora Simmons, including "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" and "Madea's Big Happy Family."
Tickets are $15, $7.50 for military.
Call the church at 595.1307 for more info.
• El Paso treasure Rosa Guerrero knows a thing or two about dance. Now she wants to teach us about it, too.
She'll present a free family workshop called "History of Dance" at 2 p.m. Nov. 17 at the El Paso Museum of History.
Guerrero, a retired educator and founder of the International Folklorico dance group, will focus on how dance affects cultures and brings people closer together.
Call Sue Taylor at 351.3588 with questions.
• The Percolator gets into the Thanksgiving spirit early with "Jive Turkey," with two stages of local bands and more at 7 p.m. Nov. 16.
It's billed as a fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy victims, the second here in a week. Another one was held last weekend at Tricky Falls.
Bands include Biscuit Roller, Triumph Over Shipwreck, Jazzscumm (love that name), Our Friend the Mountain and Bat/Caves.
It also will feature artists from Asylum Comics and Cards and jewelry maker Sara Dicotto.
It's $3 at the door, $1 with the donation of a canned food item.
• Hey it's not too cold for a little outdoor music just yet (said the guy from Michigan).
The Franklin Mountains State Park will host "Melodies Under the Milky Way," with Las Cruces singer-songwriter Travis Manning, at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Tom Mays Unit (off Trans Mountain Road, on the west side of the mountains).
It's $2, free for kids 12 and under.
Patrons are encouraged to bring a flashlight and jacket. Blankets and chairs are OK, but seating will be provided.
Park rangers and local astronomers also will discuss the sun, moon and how light pollution is affecting our night skies.
Also promised: Mars, Milky Way and Starburst candy.
• NMSU flutist Lisa Van Winkle and pianist Esequiel Meza are at it again. They played a free recital last week at the El Paso Conservatory of Music. Now they'll headline a Music Forum El Paso freebie at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at the El Paso Museum of Art.
Their program includes pieces by Mozart, Haydn, Ginastera and others.