New Mexico is a land of soaring altitudes and a dry-as-a-chuppacabra’s-bone climate. Most of Louisiana crouches at, or even below, sea level, wading in air that’s stickier than an Elton John song. New Mexico seems to only cut loose if balloons or a burning effigy are about, and the state isn’t so fond of the hooch. Louisiana likes to live large (save for the Evangelicals), using any excuse to tap its toe and take a sip. Other than obscene poverty levels and having been settled by the Spanish once upon a time, the two states have little in common.
On Saturday, Sept. 25, the unifying life force that is music casts differences aside for the New Mexico Gulf Oil Crisis Benefit. Staged at the El Rey Theater, the fundraiser hosts music by The Blue Rhythm Boys, Fat Paul and Gator, and David Felberg and The Church of Beethoven Players. The program also includes a short film on the oil spill disaster. Artwork, jewelry and an Epiphone SG guitar will be live auctioned as well. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Proceeds from the all-ages event go to Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society and the Louisiana Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program. The show begins at 8 p.m. For more details contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 242-2353. (See also: Oily Gulf Blues, this issue.)
People, I’m still collecting and hoarding music-based body art imagery for an article this fall. Please keep sending photos to email@example.com and remember to put “music tattoos” in the subject line.