We keep singing those shutdown blues.
The folks who put on the El Paso Chopin Music Festival have been forced to move the second concert of their three-concert series to First Christian Church, 901 Arizona.
The concert will feature Shanghai-born pianist and Chopin aficionado Mei-Ting Sun at 7 p.m. Oct. 19.
Organizers also had to move the first concert on Oct. 5, featuring Krystian Tkaczewski, to the same church.
That concert "filled the church, even the choir loft and the foyer," the festival's Joyce Whiteside said in an email.
Both concerts were scheduled for the Chamizal National Memorial Theater, which has been closed since Oct. 1 due to the federal government shutdown. The Chamizal is part of the National Parks Service.
The location of the third and final concert, featuring festival co-founder Lucy Scarbrough, has not been announced yet. That concert is set for 7 p.m. Nov. 2, tentatively at Chamizal.
In other concert news:
* Tickets for Zoe's Nov. 15 show at Southwest University's Special Events Center are on sale now.
They're $50 GA.
Call the school at 778-4001 for tickets.
The Mexican band's new album, "Programaton," comes out Oct. 29. It was recorded this year at Sonic Ranch in Tornillo.
* Heavy metal fans have something to be thankful for.
Brazilian metal veterans Sepultura will play a Thanksgiving week show at Tricky Falls.
It will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 25 at the club at 209 S. El Paso.
The band has been around in one configuration or another since 1984 and is credited with helping usher in the so-called nu metal movement, especially on the underground level.
The current lineup includes original bassist Paulo Jr., longtime singer Derrick Green, guitarist Andreas Kisser and new drummer Eloy Casagrande.
Their 13th album, "The Mediator Between Head and Hand Must Be the Heart," cut in the U.S., comes out Oct. 29.
Anciients and Hank of the Destruction Moose will open the show.
Tickets are $15, on sale at 10 a.m. Oct. 18 at All That Music & Video, Bowie Feathers, Eloise, Maria's Closet and holdmyticket.com.
* Alejandro Fernandez, who brings his "Confidencias" tour to the Coliseum on Dec. 4, announced recently that he'll donate $1 from every ticket sold on the tour to the Maestro Cares Foundation.
The nonprofit was started last year by singer Marc Anthony (I hear rumors he may be back here next year) and businessman Henry Cardenas to provide housing, classrooms and more for orphaned children throughout Latin America.
Tickets for Fernandez's show range from $59.50-$149.50 at Ticketmaster.
* Nicaraguan singer and nueva trova trailblazer Katia Cardenal is coming to El Paso as part of a short American tour.
Cardenal, who has worked Stateside with the likes of Jackson Browne and with Cuban nueva trova singer Silvio Rodriguez, will perform at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at Sunset Gardens, which is between Mesa and Redd at 105 Lindbergh.
She's probably best known for being in Duo Gardabarranco, with brother Salvador Cardenal. They embraced the Cuban movement known as "new song," or folk idioms mixed with political lyrics, and adapted it to her Central American country in the 1980s.
Tickets are a $10 donation at the door.
Go to sunsetgardensep.com for more info.
* Some shows I blogged about a few weeks ago apparently have moved from the Camino Real Hotel to the new V Nightclub, 3512 N. Yarbrough.
They include a Halloween party featuring reggaeton's DZO and Chito Rock at 9 p.m. Nov. 1 ($15 GA); and an 11:45 p.m. Nov. 16 performance by the so-called "Princessa de la Bachata," recent Latin Grammy nominee Leslie Grace, with 4Ever, ($30 GA).
Both shows are being promoted by El Paso's Jewell Entertainment, which has booked two other shows at the V: Jory Boy at 9 p.m. Dec. 7 ($35 GA) and salsa's Jerry Rivera at 9 p.m. Jan. 31 ($60 GA).
Those shows are not on sale yet.
* Matthew E. White, who opens for Okkervil River at 8 p.m. Oct. 18 at Tricky Falls, will release the five song "Outer Face" EP on Oct. 22.
It's tied in with an expanded edition of the Richmond, VA native's debut album, "Big Inner." The New York Times describes his sound as "spacey folk."
Tickets for that show are $16 at the club, All That Music, Bowie Feathers, Eloise, Maria's Closet and holdmyticket.com.
* The Cliks and their transgender singer Lucas Silveira will swing through town for a show at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at Club Prism, 800 E. San Antonio.
It's part of a tour in support of newest album "Black Tie Elevator."Hot Peach and El Paso's Manifique will open the show.
Tickets are $5 in advance, $8 at the door, on sale at the club.
Prism is the club where drag performer Mercedes Demarco (Fernando Gomez) last performed Oct. 12, the day before his death while in police custody.
* New York DJ Kim Ann Foxman ("Creature") will headline the Late Nite Social Club's fourth annual Halloween costume party, Terror, at 9 p.m. Oct. 25 at 301 Nightlife, 301 S. Ochoa.
It's cheap. Admission to the 18 and older show is free until 11 p.m., $10 cover after.
* If you saw those soul shakers Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds over the summer at Music Under the Stars, you might be interested in knowing that their new album "Fight" is now out.
It was produced by Randy Jackson, the journeyman session and touring bassist best known for his tenure as a judge on "American Idol."