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Daily Schedule for Upcoming Neon Desert Music Festival Announced

Neon Desert Music Festival officials announced the daily music lineup for the eighth annual event, which is slated to return to El Paso, Texas, on May 26 & 27 of Memorial Day weekend.

Taking place over 15 city blocks in the heart of downtown El Paso and encompassing two city parks, Cleveland Square Park and San Jacinto Plaza, Neon Desert is one of the first major US music festivals to emphasize booking mainstream American acts alongside acclaimed international and Latin performers since year one.

This year, the festival will welcome headlining performances on Saturday, May 27, from Dutch EDM superstar Martin Garrix, who is currently ranked the No. 1 DJ in the world on DJ Mag‘s annual Top 100 DJs Poll; El Paso-born rock icons At the Drive-In, who continue to perform in support of the band’s reunion last year after a long-awaited return from their hiatus since 2001; and the Grammy Award-winning and oft-labeled “Best Rapper Alive” Lil Wayne.

The headlining performances on Saturday will be supported with sets from alt-rock darlings Third Eye Blind, who are set to perform a variety of their decade-spanning greatest hits; rapper Playboi Carti, who continues to ride high from the success of last year’s viral smash hit “Magnolia;” the mysterious masked DJ and producer Malaa, many fans of whom suspect is the collaborative secret project of Parisian producers DJ Snake, Tchami, and Mercer; and Latin Grammy-nominated Mexican singer/songwriter Caloncho; in addition to Cults, Little Jesus, Dreamville Records’ Earthgang, Boogie, and more.

Headlining performances on Sunday will include Atlanta trap-rapper and New York Times best-selling author Gucci Mane, who is prepping for the debut of Glacier Boyz, his rumored collaborative super-group project with Migos and Lil Yachty; American DJ/producer Dillon Francis, who is currently prepping for the release of his next album which is said to heavily feature Latin and Spanish-language music; and rock group Café Tacvba, who hail from nearby Mexico and continue to perform in support of their recent album, Jei Beibi, which was released last May.

Sunday’s schedule is also set to include performances from Puerto Rican-born reggaeton singer and songwriter Farruko; electronic dance music duo GTA; New York-based indie-pop band The Drums; and Bomba Estéreo, who are best known for their psychedelic-cumbia style of music and who just released their latest album, Ayo, last fall to praise from critics and fans alike, and many other acts, like LANY, Lecrae, Cuco, Nao, and Buddy, among others.

Single-day GA passes are on sale now for $79 at NeonDesert.com  Additionally, weekend GA passes to the two-day event are still available for $119, along with J&K weekend VIP passes for $275 and J&K Platinum weekend VIP passes for $550.

J&K VIP ticket-holders will receive a variety of perks, a dedicated VIP-only entrance, complimentary drinks by Later Later, complimentary dinner each night, official Neon Desert merch, El Paso Electric charging stations, free barber, and more.

J&K Platinum VIP passes, which sold out in their debut last year, offer the most elevated experience available to ticket buyers. The Platinum VIP attendees will receive all of the regular VIP perks, in addition to exclusive access to a main stage viewing deck, a special Platinum VIP area featuring dedicated bars and food vendors, and more.

Interested patrons are encouraged to act fast as these VIP ticket packages are in very short supply.

The daily music performance lineup for Neon Desert 2018 can be found below:

SATURDAY, MAY 26

MARTIN GARRIX • AT THE DRIVE-IN • LIL WAYNE

THIRD EYE BLIND • PLAYBOI CARTI • MALAA • CALONCHO

CULTS • LITTLE JESUS • EARTHGANG • BOOGIE • THE SWELL KIDS

GREAT SHAPES • DULCE MAL • SICK.LIFE • PILOTS OF VENUS • GILA MONSTER • YOUNG DELUXE

DIVINE KEGEL • MOUNTAIN VIBES • THE FIFTH ESTATE • MIKEY CLOUD • STANGUS • THE SANDY OHMS

SUNDAY, MAY 27

GUCCI MANE • DILLON FRANCIS • CAFÉ TACVBA

FARRUKO • GTA • THE DRUMS • BOMBA ESTÉREO

LANY • LECRAE • CUCO • NAO • BUDDY • THE GARDEN

DIRTY RIVER BOYS • NICK HIRSCH • A. BILLI FREE • SPACE CAPTAINS COLLECTIVE • WILDSTERS  

FAT CAMP • SLEEPSPENT • MEDVEDI • SOUL PARADE • CRY BABY • MATT U JOHNSON

In addition to the music performances throughout the weekend, fans at the 2018 festival will experience a unique urban festival environment that literally transforms historic downtown El Paso into a festival playscape for attendees of all ages.

Key features of the festival include a dedicated stage for local artists in the San Jacinto Square, as well as a skate ramp, pro wrestling, and more.

Neon Desert will also curate a full slate of local food vendors and live visual artists for the two-day event in a continued effort to provide ticket buyers with an authentic West Texas festival experience unlike any other. The festival is also proud to benefit 2018 partner El Paso Sun City Pride.

Now in its eighth year, Neon Desert has cumulatively hosted over 170,000 attendees, with over 40,000 music fans partaking in the 2017 two-day celebration (a 25% increase from the year prior).

Since its inception in 2011, the event has offered attendees an eclectic mix of mainstream American performers alongside acclaimed international acts, with past festival performers including 2017 acts like Hardwell, Foster the People, J Balvin, Alesso, Logic, Migos, as well as Tiësto, Future, J. Cole, Kaskade, Daddy Yankee, Passion Pit, Zoé, Ximena Sariñana, Mala Rodríquez, G-Eazy, Zedd, Wiz Khalifa, MGMT, and Moby, who have played in years prior.

For more information on the festival, visit the festival’s website. Follow Neon Desert Music Festival on facebook, on Instagram and on Twitter for updates and special promotions. The official hashtag of Neon Desert 2018 is #NDMF2018.

At the Drive-In, Gucci Mane, Cardi B, Café Tacvba Among 2018 Neon Desert Acts

Friday morning, Neon Desert Music Festival officials unveiled their full music lineup for the eighth annual event, which will again take place across two days on Memorial Day weekend in the heart of downtown El Paso.

The West Texas festival is set to return this year on Saturday, May 26, and Sunday, May 27, with GA, VIP, and Platinum VIP tickets on sale now online.

Via a news release, Neon Desert officials stated, “NDMF prides itself on being one of the first major US music festivals to emphasize booking not only mainstream American acts, but acclaimed international and Latin performers, as well.”

This year’s lineup continues that tradition with an eclectic mix of world-renowned headliners, like the El Paso-born rock icons At the Drive-In, who continue to perform in support of the band’s reunion last year after a long-awaited hiatus since 2001, and Dutch EDM superstar Martin Garrix, who is currently ranked the No. 1 DJ in the world on DJ Mag‘s annual Top 100 DJs Poll.

Other headliners include Atlanta trap rapper and New York Times best-selling author Gucci Mane, who is prepping for the release of his next project, The Evil Genius, this spring which will serve as a follow up to the four notable albums that he dropped in 2017, as well as the debut of Glacier Boyz, his rumored collaborative super-group project with Migos and Lil Yachty; and American DJ/producer Dillon Francis, who is best known for bringing the moombahton dance scene to the national spotlight and is currently prepping for the release of his next album which is said to heavily feature Latin and Spanish-language music.

Neon Desert will also bring to West Texas some of the biggest names in Latin music today, which include the rock group Café Tacvba, who hail from Ciudad Satélite, Mexico, and continue to perform in support of their recent album, Jei Beibi, released last May; the Puerto Rican-born reggaeton singer and songwriter Farruko; Bomba Estéreo, who are best known for their psychedelic-cumbia style of music and who just released their latest album, Ayo, last fall to praise from critics and fans alike; and Mexican singer and songwriter Caloncho. All of these performers have either been nominated for or have won a Grammy or Latin Grammy Award.

Additional performers include a highly curated mix of nationally recognized performers alongside exciting up-and-comers, like Bronx-born Cardi B, who continues to dominate the radio charts after debuting her No. 1 smash hit, “Bodak Yellow,” in late 2017, the song that made her the first woman rapper to score an unassisted No. 1 hit on the Billboard 100 charts since Lauryn Hill did the same nearly two decades ago.

Indie rock darlings Third Eye Blind, who are set to perform a variety of their greatest hits, including “Semi-Charmed Life” and “Jumper”; rapper Playboi Carti, who continues to ride high from the success of last year’s debut mixtape that included the viral hit “Magnolia”; New York-based indie-pop band The Drums; electronic music duo GTA; and the mysterious masked DJ and producer Malaa, many fans of whom suspect is the collaborative secret project of Parisian producers DJ Snake, Tchami, and Mercer.

In addition to the music performances throughout the weekend, fans at the 2018 festival will experience a unique urban festival environment that literally transforms historic downtown El Paso into a festival playscape for attendees of all ages.

Key features of the festival, which regularly covers over 15 city blocks in the heart of downtown El Paso, include a dedicated stage for local artists in the San Jacinto Square, as well as a skate ramp, pro wrestling, numerous live art installations, and more.

Neon Desert will also curate a full slate of local merchants, food vendors, and live visual artists for the two-day event in a continued effort to provide ticket buyers with an authentic West Texas festival experience unlike any other.

Weekend passes are on sale now at www.neondesert.com. GA two-day tickets are priced at just $119, while J&K VIP tickets are $275, and J&K Platinum VIP tickets cost $550. J&K VIP ticket holders will receive a variety of perks, including re-entry to the festival, a dedicated VIP-only entrance and exit, complimentary drinks throughout the entirety of the festival, complimentary dinner each night, and official Neon Desert merch.

J&K Platinum VIP passes, which sold out in its debut last year, offer the most elevated experience available to ticket buyers. These lucky Platinum VIP attendees will receive all of the regular VIP perks in addition to exclusive access to a main stage viewing deck, special Platinum VIP area, and more.

Interested patrons are encouraged to act fast as these tickets are in short supply and will increase in price as the event date approaches.

Neon Desert is also once again offering a discount-priced two-day GA tickets for all US military members and local veterans at Fort Bliss. Weekend GA passes of Neon Desert Music Festival are available now for purchase for just $99 specifically at the LTS on East Bliss, BLDG 20732 and the Freedom Crossing LTS Kiosk. Interested ticket buyers must present an official military ID in order to purchase tickets to this event.

In total, more than 40 music performers from El Paso and across the globe are set to take the stage at Neon Desert Music Festival 2018, with the full lineup listed below:

Martin Garrix – At the Drive-In – Gucci Mane – Dillon Francis

Cardi B – Café Tacvba – Third Eye Blind – Farruko

Playboi Carti – GTA – Malaa – The Drums – Bomba Estéreo

LANY – Lecrae – Caloncho – Cuco – Nao – Cults – Little Jesus

J.I.D – Earthgang – Boogie – Buddy – The Garden

Nick Hirsch – The Swell Kids – Great Shapes – Dulce Mal

Sick.Life – A. Billi Free – Space Captains Collective – Pilots of Venus

Gila Monster – Medvedi – Divine Kegel – Soul Parade – Fat Camp

Sleepspent – Young Deluxe – Wildsters – Mikey Cloud – Mountain Vibes

The Fifth Estate – Cry Baby – Stangus – Matt U Johnson – The Sandy Ohms

Gallery+Story: Husband and Wife’s Love of Music Leads to Helping Bands, Musicians via ‘The Metal Shop’

Music has been a part of my life since before I was a DJ at KXCR radio. Almost every genre of music, at one time or another, has been heard coming out of my stereo, Walkman, or MP3 players. If it caught my attention, I would play it.

At Bradley Elementary and HE Charles Jr High School, I took my love of music to the next level. I joined the band. For two years I played the xylophone and drums. So music has always been there for me.

Even now, as I write this, I have the Beetles playing on Sirus/XM radio. There are two people, husband, and wife, who have taken their love of music to a level I would never have imagined.

Joe “Papa Joe” Nunez, and his wife Judy “Mama Judy” Aguilar. Together they run the Metal Shop and the Metal Shop Vlogs. The Metal Shop is a small mini-music venue that Joe built on the back of their home.

The Metal Shop has been open for three years now. Joe and Judy invite different local groups, as well as touring groups to come by, play there, relax, or appear on their vlog. With the number of groups that have played there and the fact they are in a residential neighborhood, I had to ask about noise before anything else. I wanted to know if the neighbors complain, or if the police are always out there over the noise.

“Actually we don’t get complaints at all.” Said Judy.

“Three years ago, they used to call the cops,” Joe said. “But we always make it a point to finish at 11. We are always aware of the fact it can get loud, and we don’t want our neighbors to hate us.” He did say that the police have come out twice in three years. However, both times they arrived the shows were over, and they understood that they were doing something for the kids. For the kids is how this all started.

I had to get that out of the way. When you have a mini-venue built onto the back of your house, you must wonder about the neighbors and what they think.

Joe and Judy have had quite a few musicians play at their home. Scylla played the Metal Shop. So, has Sluthammer, Emily Davis, Never Too Late, Janet Ann, as well as others.

“What is more fulfilling is not having bands play here,” Joe says, “but hosting touring bands here.” When a band is on the road they can miss out on so much: home cooking, just time to sit and relax, play video games. “They get to chill out here. Get them out of that mindset that they are on tour.” The last band they hosted was Covet.

“A lot of these touring bands sleep in their vans in Walmart parking lots,” I was told. “Walmart parking lots are famous for allowing anyone to camp out in their parking lots. The lights are on; they have security twenty-four hours a day. That’s why a lot of these touring bands park in Walmart parking lots at night.” But I can see that becoming old very quickly.

“When Covet was here, Judy made them food; they were able to spend the night, watch sports, and play with the dogs.” A small home away from home.

Who would they like to have play the Metal Shop? “From Indian Lakes,” both said without any hesitation. Beyond them, they say it’s a tie. “Hail the Sun, they’ve talked to us about coming here [to the Metal Shop] so we can feature them on our vlog,” says Judy. In fact, Joe and Judy have driven to California to see From Indian Lakes play, and to Dallas to see Hail the Sun. “They are amazing, From Indian Lakes.”

You could see their eyes light up as they talked about these two bands. How they have done the VIP meet and great with From Indian Lakes, and how Hail the Sun is like family to them. These two people are truly into this music scene.

Having groups play at the Metal shop is not all they do, they also have a vlog: The Metal Shop Vlogs. Some of the acts they have featured are Soul Parade, Coyote Blue, The Slinksters, and Sabrina James, among others.

“The vlog is not about us,” said Joe. “From the very beginning, we wanted to make something to showcase the bands.” That is a change from most music vlogs I’ve seen where the host is just as important, if not more so than the bands they have on and interview.

The vlog started in October 2015. “It was a short, ten-minute vlog in the beginning,” they say. “We would have them play a whole song, and we would pay a few snippets. Between it all, we would ask them about their music, what got them into music. We like to feature bands that write and play original music.”

As time as passed, the vlog has changed quite a bit. Now, at times, it runs up to an hour in length. In the past, it used to be someone from the local music scene that would host the show. However, because of touring, and shows, Joe is now the host, and Judy is behind the camera.

Having watched some of the episodes they post, I can agree with them. The vlogs are not about promoting Papa Joe and Mama Judy. The focus is on the musicians they feature. It’s a great way to get to know some local talent that hopes to hit the big time.

Opening a club, or a larger music venue has never really crossed their minds.

“Over the years, we’ve seen the struggles. Venue owners come and go. Trying to raise enough money to pay the bands. El Paso is also unpredictable with attendance. It’s not easy.”

I can see Joe’s point. So many clubs have come and gone.

I think there is a simplicity in their having this venue. It is small, intimate space. You get to interact with the bands who come and play, something you couldn’t do at a much larger venue.

Want to know how it all began? So did I. In fact, hearing that Joe and his wife shoot local bands for free is what drew my interest. Who shots for free? In this day and age, everyone wants to charge for everything. But Joe and Judy have an excellent reason for doing what they do.

“I began taking pictures of my kids, even before that, with my little brother,” says Joe. “With my kids, I got more into it. Then, when my son was in a band, I went even deeper into photography. Espically when he started playing shows. It just became my thing. “

Judy explains it a bit further. “It all started with our kids. Seeing our kids on the music scene, we knew from the bottom of our hearts that we would not charge these kids who are struggling to make money to buy their instruments. It’s hard on them. Even getting the money to get into the studio to record a CD or EP.”

“I always took photos of my son’s bands. I would see how excited they would get when they had new headshots and promo shots. I always thought that this was awesome,” Joe said. “I would wonder what someone would charge them for this. There is always someone out there trying to get one over on them. Especially young, naive kids.” He’s right; there is always someone seeking to separate these bands from their money. It happened recently with Scylla and Jerry Morales.

“Having done this for my son, and Judy’s daughter, it carried on,” Says Joe. “Our kids went off to college and Judy, and I just stayed in the music scene. The passion carried over. Now we see these kids like our family.”

“We wanted to continue to help other kids in the music scene,” Judy said. That’s what led to the opening of the Metal Shop. A place where these kids came come and play without the pressure of having to perform, or where they can go to get a night off the road and feel as if they were back home.

Sitting with Joe and Judy, it is easy to see and catch their passion for the local music scene. It’s easy to see that they are doing this for them, for those kids who struggle to make it in an industry that chews up and spits out most of the groups that even try to make it to the top.

“Our whole purpose is to support young local talent. We’ve had people come from out of town, even a Hip-Hop group from Houston. So, anyone that is young, aspiring artist, we are here to help you out,” said Joe, near the end of our interview.

Joe and Judy do want to help those who are up and coming. It can be hard, going out on tour, trying to get photos and videos, it can be too much for some to handle. This couple is here to help. That, right there, someone willing to help and do it all for free is a rare thing in our world. Very rare indeed.

The Metal Shop Vlogs can be found here and via their Facebook page.

Photos courtesy the author

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