Border Legends of El Paso

Welcome to the 5th annual Border Legends of El Paso Rock n' Roll Concert!

Every year this unique extravaganza gets bigger and better. Our new location in 2012, the El Maida Shrine Auditorium, proved to be a great venue. Its 10,000 square foot show room made it possible for us to add tables & dance floors to what has been termed as "El Paso's Greatest High School Reunion and Concert" with El Paso's Best Bands of the 60's and 70's - and a few surprises.
Rick Kern
Rick Kern
Hi, I'm Rick Kern. Rod Crosby and I produce the annual Border Legends of El Paso Concert. This year we'll feature entertainment by a host of great Rock n Roll acts, old and new. The show starts at 4:00 pm with 8 great bands. Come early and stake out a table for your group! There is also theater-style seating up close by the stage for those that want it like it was at the High School dances.
Rod Crosby
Rod Crosby
Join us for a fun and memorable evening! Optional food is available for $10 per plate plus beer, wine and soft drinks. Doors open at 3 pm, and the music starts at 4 pm. Come early to mingle with friends and musicians. Great food, drink and music. It's going to be a blast - and a real entertainment value!

Contact Rick for questions or comments at BorderLegendsConcert@gmail.com
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Concert Information

Date: Saturday, October 12, 2013
Place:  El Maida Shrine Auditorium
  6331 Alabama Street
El Paso, Texas 79904
Time: 3pm - 11pm
Free Parking

Admission: $15 at the door
(advance and day of show)

Tickets: El Maida Shrine Auditorium
All That Music - 6800 Gateway Blvd., 594-9900
For information, click on the name.


Your Hosts:
Rick Kern Sonny Melendrez Rod Crosby
The Performers:
PT & the Cruisers

Terry Manning

Jim Ward & Sleepercar
Rod Crosby & The Intruders

Frank Sotelo & Border Heat

Windy City
Jay Nye

The Henchmen


 

 

 

PT & the CruisersPT & the Cruisers

Patty Tiscareno, since 1968, has been a member of numerous notable groups including the Medicine Band, Southwest and the Moon Pie Daince Band. In 2003 she decided it was time to have a band that she could call "her own". PT & the Cruisers was created to include some of the greatest players in the business. She has worked on numerous recording projects and collaborated on original songs for the YMCA and The Races for the Cure. She grew up with musical influences of Linda Ronstadt, Simon & Garfunkle and Joan Baez. She is the Executive Director of the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation since its inception in 1996.

Andre Bonaguidi - a 45 year veteran of the drums, has worked extensively as a studio and performance musician. He has opened for such acts as Buffalo Springfield, Canned Heat, and Johnny Rivers and the Grassroots. His musical influences include Bobby Fuller, the Beatles & Rolling Stones. Andre played with El Paso stand-outs such as U.S. Naval, Bubba Jo, Swift Rain and Black Tie. Prior to becoming a fine wine sales representative with Glazer Wholesale, his family owned and operated Hugo's Liquors for 65 years. He has two daughters and 5 grandchildren and drives a "PT Cruiser".

Gary Hollis credits the Beatles, Cream, The Allman Brothers and Eric Clapton as some of his musical influences. Gary has been singing and playing guitar since 1969 with El Paso bands Captain Radio, Southwest, RH Factor, Chaser, and Gary and the Fossils. He is a Financial Analyst with Cardinal Health, is married to Julie and has two daughters, Kelsey and Bailey. Gary is the youngest member of the group and the only one without gray, receding or color-enhanced hair.

PT & the CruisersDoug Neal - the Founding Father of the Moon Pie Dance Band, has been performing, recording and writing since the 1960's. Moon Pie recorded three albums during their career and opened for over 100 major acts to include such notables as Emmy Lou Harris, Hank Williams, Jr., The Blues Brothers, Bo Diddley, Eddie Rabbitt and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Prior to Moon Pie, Doug played with Infants of Soul, The Instigators, Gorilla, and the Randy Fuller Group. He is VP of Hillyard Industries, is married to Laura and has two children and three grandchildren.

John "Buddy" Winston - started playing guitar during the 1960's folk music revival. He sings and plays guitar, bass mandolin, and 5-string banjo; picking up the latter after hearing Earl Scruggs play Foggy Mountain Breakdown. Early influences include Peter, Paul & Mary, Chet Atkins, Doc Watson and "anyone else with a lick to steal". He has enjoyed numerous annual retreats studying with guitar greats Tommy Emmanuel and Chet Atkins. He has worked and recorded with local favorites Los Paisanos and the Applejack Band. He is President of Radiological Physics, Inc., and is married to noted artist, Pat Olchefski-Winston.

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Jay NyeJay Nye

Jay Nye started playing guitar when he was 11. His first well-known band was from Austin High School: the Wild Ones. The group consisted of Jay Nye on rhythm guitar, Roy Moore on drums, Frank Sotelo on lead guitar and Paul West on bass. The second Wild Ones had Kenny Smith on lead guitar and Bobby Sotelo on bass. Jay had the experience of traveling up and down the California coast with a band called The Red Barons. The group consisted of Jay, Roy Moore on drums, Kenny Smith on bass, Mile Ciccarelli on lead. This band backed up Bobby Sherman of Shindig and Hullabaloo fame and also backed the Drifters (using the name Bobolinks). Jay also had some road time in Oklahoma City with a band called Smokestack Lightnin'.

Jay NyeHis last full band was an all-lawyer band called The Fabulously Foreclosures. They played for practically every charity in town, including the Sun Bowl host parties and the post Miss USA pageant party the year the pageant was held in El Paso. In recent years, Jay has played with various combinations of the old Wild Ones, playing for reunions and the first Border Legends Concert five years ago. The combination for this year's Border Legends show will include legendary veteran musicians Ruben Gutierrez on keys and Glenn Leffler on guitar. Barbara Payan and Barbara Bailey will be back-up vocalists.

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Jim Ward & SleepercarJim Ward & Sleepercar

Jim Ward is a self-taught guitarist and pianist who was the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the band Sparta; he is also the co-founder of the seminal post-hardcore band At the Drive-In, which he formed in 1993 when he was 17 years old. Sleepercar is his alternative country project.

Sleepercar's beginning can be traced back to the end of At the Drive-In. The oldest Sleepercar song, "Fences Down", was written during a sound check at one of At the Drive-In's last shows. After the band had parted ways, Ward had expressed interest in the genre of alt-country and thought about starting a band to pursue it. However, Sparta was formed and it became the main focus. During down time between Sparta albums and tours, Ward worked on finishing Sleepercar material. It would take several writing sessions before the songs had achieved their final incarnations. During these sessions, Ward was introduced to Chris Heinrich. Heinrich would go on to perform pedal steel guitar on the Sparta album Threes, Ukulele on Ward's Quiet EP, and finally pedestal for Sleepercar. Micah Adams (guitar), Clint Myers (drums), Ward's father Jeff Ward (bass), and Gabriel Gonzalez (piano) rounded out the line-up during the early practices. In 2005, Sleepercar was approached to open a show in El Paso. They would perform with a revised line-up, now including Matthew Schmitz on drums and Ward's brother-in-law Clay Anderson on guitar. Videos of this show were taken, and have shown up on Youtube. In the Summer of 2008, the band toured with City and Colour. In the Fall of 2008, they supported Coldplay on their U.S. tour. Their album, West Texas, is influenced by such artists as Gram Parsons, Ryan Adams, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Wilco.

Jim Ward is also very entrepreneurial. As stated by El Paso Times journalist, Doug Pullen, the Wards have been putting their money where their mouths are, slowly and steadily investing in the town they love so much. In addition to the Clap of Thunder recording studio, they've partnered in the Hope and Anchor bar, the Tricky Falls nightclub and Bowie Feathers bar, and Eloise. They also will be opening a new downtown restaurant on El Paso Street, not far from Tricky Falls, called the Hello Day Cafe.

Producer, Rick Kern, says: "Not only is Jim one of the most talented current writer-musicians - he has great business savvy. Multiple streams of income is the way to make money in these current times, especially when in the up-and-down music business."

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Sonny Melendrez

Sonny Melendrez was Born to Serve!

Making people happy has always been an important element in the life of this dynamic radio and television personality. Sonny travels across the country and around the globe to entertain both on and off the air, but chooses to live in San Antonio, where he grew up. Twice named Billboard Magazine’s "Radio Personality of the Year", his enthusiasm for life is evident as host of various radio and television programs. He has the honor of being in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as one of the Top 100 Radio Personalities Of All Time.

Blessed with multiple talents, Sonny is equally at home serving as TV host, actor, radio personality, writer, commercial spokesman, comedian, motivational speaker, or cartoon voice artist. His inventiveness and energetic style make him a sought-after performer and we're honored to have him hosting our 4th annual Border Legends of El Paso Rock Concert.

www.sonnyradio.com


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Terry ManningTerry Manning

Terry Manning began his music career right here in El Paso, forming the band Terry Manning and The Wild Ones while attending Austin High School in 1962. Fellow original Wild Ones Roy Moore, David Woods and Jay Nye were soon joined by fellow AHS Panther Paul West. Manning first idolized, then befriended local rock hero Bobby Fuller, and Fuller responded by sharing ideas about songwriting, recording, and playing live that Manning gladly accepted, and put into use in later times. At more than one dance where Fuller played, he even allowed Manning to "sit in" on a song or two in late sets.

Manning left El Paso in 1963, moving to Memphis, where he began working for Stax Records and Ardent Recording Studios, recording such artists as Sam and Dave, The Staple Singers, Otis Redding, Al Green, Isaac Hayes, and others. Later he became an independent producer and engineer for such groups as Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top, Lenny Kravitz, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, George Thorogood and The Destroyers, Shakira, Shania Twain, Joe Walsh, Big Star, Joe Cocker, and many others.

In 1992, Manning moved to Nassau, Bahamas to partner with Island Records founder Chris Blackwell in the operation of the world famous Compass Point Studios. He also founded Lucas Engineering, now a major manufacturer of the highest quality studio recording microphones and other electronic gear.

Terry Manning is currently recording a tribute album to the great Bobby Fuller, to be released through Norton Records on October 12, 2013. His latest single, "God Only Knows," can now be heard on iTunes. Both of these recording projects will be available to purchase at this year's Border Legends Rock Concert where Terry and his band will be performing.

Terry has shared the fact with Border Legends' producer, Rick Kern, that on Oct. 12, 2013, Terry will be celebrating his 50 Year Anniversary in the music business - coincidence? "I think not", says Kern. "The words Destiny and Karma come to mind."

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Frank Sotelo & Border Heat

Frank Sotelo, well-known El Paso singer, songwriter and guitar player, will make his fourth appearance at this year's Border Legends of El Paso Concert. He's been entertaining audiences for over 40 years. Highlights include recording the "Swift Rain Comin Down" album on the Hi/London records label and playin the Hullabaloo, in Hollywood, Ca. As a member of The Frantics, The US Navel, and Swift Rain they were opening acts for Buffalo Springfield, Canned Heat, The Animals, Nazz, Johnny Rivers, Spirit and Black Oak Arkansas.

Paul West, singer, songwriter, and bass guitar player, will join Frank as part of the new Border Heat team. Band credits are The Wild Ones, The Frantics, David Hayes, Rod Crosby and the Intruders, Swift Rain, and Cottonwood South. Paul has traveled and played for various bands in cities such Pensacola, Fl., Houston, Tx., Denver, Co., Las Vegas, Nv., Anaheim, Hollywood, and San Diego, Ca. Paul has done studio session work with the following musicians and artists, Ty Grimes, Tex Reed, Bob Smith, Joe Jr (Paul Revere & the Raiders), Betsy Barrett (Cottonwood South). His bass guitar style will be a great addition to the new Border Heat Band sound.

Davis West, drummer and singer, will also be a new member of the Border Heat Band. Davis has recorded CDs with the bands, Colporter, Erase The Day, and Tower 4. Davis has also played The Whiskey, The Troubador, The Roxy, The Viper Room, The Crazy Horse, Buzz TV show for MTV, Steven Baldwins Mountain Dew Tour, and Chicks Rock Fest Tour. Davis and his bands have opened for Marilyn Manson, Mushroom Head, Korn, Blink 162, Animal Couch, Otep, and Rue. Davis West, will join his Dad, Paul in this new Border Heat Band lineup.

Jack WoodBerry, also well known singer and guitar player in the El Paso area, will join Frank, Paul, and Davis as the fourth member of this years 2013 Border Heat Band. Jack has played in the Long John Hunter Band, The Image, Bubba Jo, The US Navel, and Moon Pie Dance Band. Jack, Frank, Paul, and Davis will continue the El Paso tradition of solid, hard hitting Rock, Rhythm & Blues at this year’s Border Legends of El Paso Concert 2013 extravaganza.

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Rick Kern

In the 1960’s and 70’s, Rick Kern emerged as a respected El Paso drummer and played with several local bands including the popular Westhampton Barge. His singing was also notable and he worked tirelessly with bandmates to create rich vocal harmonies. Upon completing college in 1972 he went on the road, touring with three different vocal show groups; Sounds Royale and two named Tapestry. The last group's brush with stardom came in 1977 when they were signed to appear on a Captain &Tennille TV special with Neil Diamond.

Rick and his wife Sharon returned to their hometown of El Paso in 1978 to start a family. He entered the communications business and today owns Windsor Marketing LLC (www.windsormarketing.net), a full service radio communications company. He also runs Windsor Productions, a film production enterprise.

About 6 years ago, Rick started networking on the Internet with El Paso musicians. Sharon suggested that he produce a concert featuring them. The result was the birth of the Border Legends of El Paso concert series. Rick now co-produces these shows with Rod Crosby. While Rick focuses on show development, talent and promotions, Rod handles the backline, lighting and sound. In January 2012, Rick also became Production & Promotions Director of the El Paso Scottish Rite Theater. Bringing great musical acts to El Paso has become his passion.

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Rod Crosby

If there's one El Paso rock musician who deserves to be called an icon, unquestionably its Rod Crosby. He has performed more good music for more people and for a longer time, than any other local musician. For over 50 years Rod has appeared on El Paso stages in every imaginable venue, from smoky rock n roll bars to the big stage with nationally known acts. He's respected by his peers for his wide vocal range, tasteful guitar playing and laid-back management style.

As a boy in California, Rod started out playing Gospel Music on the Hawaiian lap steel guitar, but soon switched to electric guitar. Gifted with a great voice, by 1960 he was performing in El Paso as lead singer and lead guitarist for The Intruders, which eventually became Rod Crosby & The Intruders. Over the years he has performed with all of the area's top musicians, playing various styles from Rock to Country. On stage, he has always demanded high quality sound, and this has led to his current venture.

Crosby Sound Production (www.rodcrosbysound.com) provides concert sound, lighting and video systems, backline equipment rentals and related audio services. Rod runs the company with his wife, Patricia. For young, up-&-coming musicians, he offers priceless technical expertise based on years of first-hand performing experience. Rod also co-produces the Border Legends Concert Series with Rick Kern. Rod handles the backline, lighting and sound, while Rick focuses on show development, talent and promotion. Fortunately for us Rod still occasionally performs on stage, as he will at this year's Border Legends Concert in October.

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Windy CityWindy City

"Windy City" was conceived in the Spring of 2004 and born in the Fall of that same year. The band has played all over El Paso and Southern New Mexico. In 2005, we opened the new Downtown parking lot across from the Civic center, we played at Music Under The Stars that summer, opened for the Eagles tribute band, Tequila Sunrise in the Signature room in Sunland Park Casino. IN 2006, we played at the Alfresco Fridays concert series and set an attendance record of 1500 people. The following year, we played t the Alfresco Fridays concert series again and set yet another attendance record with 4000 people in attendance, breaking our record from the previous year. Once again, in 2010, we played at the Alfresco Fridays concert series and added the Music in the Park series in Las Cruces, in front of a very enthusiastic and large crowd. Windy City, in 2010, played in Alamogrodo, N.M., for their annual Tailgate Concert Series at the Space Hall of Fame Museum. It was the first time that venue had ever been sold out. The band has recently gone through some major personnel changes. Our horn section now includes Richard Perez on Trombone, Mike Murguia on Woodwinds, Daniel Rodriguez on Trumpet and Flugal horn, Charles Lienberger on Trumpet and Flugal horn. Our rhythm section includes Arthur Compean on Keyboards and Lead vocals, Chuy Benitez on Lead guitar and background vocals,Jaime Solorza on Bass guitar and background vocals, Isaac Gonzales on Lead voacls and myself, Junie Chavez on drums, Lead and background vocals. This particular group of musicians has been together a little over a year and is getting better with each rehearsal and performance. If you need anymore information on booking Windy City, El Paso, Texas’ tribute band to Chicago, please call Junie Chavez @ (915) 274-1789 or e-mail me at junie_chavez@yahoo.com. We will "blow" you away. You can also find us at www.windycitytheband.blogspot.com


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Sonny & Cher with The Henchmen
Sonny & Cher with The Henchmen

The Henchmen

The Henchmen formed in 1965 as a Top-40 cover band. Founding members were Paul Dillon on lead guitar & vocals, and David Dyer on drums. They later added Mike Ekdall on rhythm guitar, keyboard & vocals and Mike Ballard on bass. The group quickly gained local popularity, playing every weekend for nearly three years.

The Henchmen's strength was their soaring vocal harmonies by Ekdall and Dillon, which enabled them to duplicate the sounds of The Byrds, The Everly Brothers and many British Invasion bands of the era. Mike Ballard’s affinity for more "underground" music expanded the group's repertoire to include music by Cream, Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix.

The HenchmenCareer highlights included performing at the world premier of the Sonny & Cher movie, Good Times, and as opening act for big venue concert acts including Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Gary Puckett and The Union Gap and Mitch Rider and the Detroit Wheels. The Henchmen played together until the Summer of 1968, when Dyer left El Paso to continue his education. To this day, The Henchmen are considered by many to be one of El Paso's greatest rock bands.

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