El Paso’s Neon Desert Music Festival Kicks Off Memorial Day Weekend


Hi everyone and Happy Friday! I hope your week was great! Memorial Day weekend will be an exciting one here in the Sun City! I’ll be attending this year’s two-day Neon Desert Music Festival for the second year in a row. This year’s headlining acts include: Hardwell, Foster the People, J Balvin, Alesso and Logic.

Although I’m excited to see all of the opening acts, I’m especially looking forward to reggaeton singer J Balvin and pop band Foster the People. This will be the second time I see J Balvin in El Paso. Los Angeles based Foster the People is well-known for their hit song, “Pumped Up Kicks.” Aside from the opening acts, I’m also excited to see many of the other acts at the 15-block downtown festival. 

R&B and hip-hop singer Nelly is also at the top of my list. Several of his jams like “Hot in Herre” and “Air Force Ones” take me back to my clubbing days at New Mexico State in the early 2000’s. If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you might remember me blogging about El Paso’s R&B singer Khalid. The 19-year-old is doing big things lately! He recently performed on The Ellen Degeneres Show, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Good Morning America. In case you missed the posts, you can check them out here and here. Rapper Migos will be a popular act at NDMF. He’s known for his hit single, “Bad and Boujee.” I didn’t really know what boujee meant until recently! I’m a little bit old school, what can I say? The Urban Dictionary says boujee refers to being high class or rich a.k.a. balling and/or possessing swag. It’s always good to learn new things!  

El Paso has a lot of great local talent in various music genres. Some of my favorites include: Frontera Bugalu, Stan Z, Ribo Flavin, Trost House and Frythm. The only band I’ve seen perform from this list so far is Ribo Flavin. The band puts on a great show! I was able to catch them at last year’s NDMF. Several international acts from Mexico will also hit the stage.

Festival organizers say more than 130,000 have attended the festival since 2011. About 32,000 attended in 2016. Some acts from previous years include: J. Cole, Kaskade, G-Eazy, Zedd, Wiz Khalifa, MGMT, Capital Cities, Moby, Deftones, Future, Daddy Yankee, Carnage, Ludacris, Cypress Hill and many others. The best thing about NDMF is that it always offers an eclectic choice of music from El Paso and around the world. There is something for everybody at this fun-filled festival. Tickets can still be purchased here. You can also follow NDMF on their social media sites via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

I’ll be posting a review of the two-day festival later this month. Please feel free to keep up with me on social media via Twitter and/or Facebook for live updates on Saturday and Sunday, May 27 & 28. Besides the music, I can’t wait to have a refreshing cucumber lemonade with rolled tacos at San Jacinto Plaza. This might become a new tradition for me!



  1. I know you’re being good….LOL!!!!!
    At least you’ll be good until Nellie starts with “It’s gettin’ hot in herre!”
    I am doing well love, and you?

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