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News on the Upcoming Sun City Music Festival

dancingThe Sun City Music Festival is taking place at the beginning of the month from September 5th to 6th at Ascarate Park in El Paso. This will be the fifth year in a row the festival has taken place in El Paso, and it will undoubtedly be a smash hit with residents and attract attendees from all around the state and the country.

The Sun City Music Festival will feature a number of artists including headliners Hardwell and Armin van Buuren. From big names to the music underground, the music festival continues to attract artists that span genres and exposes concert attendees to new and unknown sounds.

True to music festival form, the Sun City fest is going to offer tons of concert merchandise as well as food and drinks sold by local vendors. The Sun City Music Festival has become a big part of El Paso culture in its five years, and it supports small business in El Paso and local artists. We hope this diverse and exciting festival continues for years to come.

Join Us at El Paso’s Downtown Street Festival

If you happen to visit El Paso near the end of June, you won’t want to miss the classic Downtown Street Festival! It’s one of our city’s most famous events, which will take place on June 26th and 27th at the Convention Center Plaza, the Abraham Chavez Theatre, Arts Festival Plaza, Santa Fe Street, Main Street, and San Francisco Street.

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It’ll be a non-stop party with food, fun, games and outdoor music suited for all ages, including five unique stages that highlight different genres of music such as alternative, country, decades, Latin, and indie rock.

Highlight performances on the first day include Grammy Award-winning band Halestorm, who will rock the stage before making way for seven-time Grammy Award-nominated rock legend Rob Zombie. On the second day, alternative rock icon Weezer will dominate the stage, and a dramatic fireworks show will light up the sky on both nights.

Most of us from Crawford Buick GMC will be at El Paso’s Downtown Street Festival. We hope you will join us there!

Go Dancing in the City This Summer!

dancing in the cityIf you were wondering what to do this month in El Paso, wonder no more! Over the summer, thousands will go Dancing in the City at the Convention Center Plaza in Downtown El Paso, including a few of us from Crawford Buick GMC!

The event takes place every Saturday through June and July. The concert is at 8pm-10pm, but if you don’t want to show up feeling like the only fool on the block who can’t dance (don’t worry, you’re not alone), you can take dance lessons an hour before, from 7pm-8pm.

Each Saturday will feature different bands and different kinds of music, ranging from swing and salsa to cumbia and funk. This June, bands like Los Chamukos, Texas Gypsies, and the Abe Mac Band will set the tone for your newly-acquired skills. There won’t be a concert on Saturday, June 27th, as that night will be dedicated to the annual Downtown Street Festival, but you can still go to learn how to dance!

El Paso Missing Dog Was Found in Baltimore–Thanks to a Microchip

dogs in a carMany dog owners know about microchips, which can be implanted safely under your pooches skin and can help those who find stray dogs to contact their owners. However–few expect to receive their dog back from a destination that’s nearly 2,000 miles away.

But that’s exactly what happened to an El Paso family whose dog, Stinger, was returned to them after being discovered in Baltimore–yes, Baltimore, Maryland. An animal rescue organization in Baltimore found the dog, and upon inspecting his microchip, realized he belonged with a family all the way out in Texas.

The biggest question of all still remains: How did Stinger get all the way to Baltimore? No one knows, and we probably never will. Stinger’s rescue is a true mystery. If he didn’t have a microchip, it’s hard to imagine how he ever would have made it home.

This miraculous El Paso missing dog story has us sold on microchips. What about you?

Buick Verano’s Paint Job Is More Efficient Than You Think

2015 Buick Verano
2015 Buick Verano

Did you know that process of painting a vehicle takes as much energy as it does to power a normal US home for nine weeks? It’s ok if you answered “no”; most people outside of the auto industry wouldn’t know either. Saving energy is a prime goal of major companies like GM, so in order to make the painting process more energy-efficient, the Orion Assembly plant, home to the Verano, created a new way to do it.

After implementing the new paint process called “three-wet,” the Buick Verano’s paint job is now more efficient than ever. The new process layers three continuous coats of paint on top of one another. Before, there was a baking process needed in between the first and second layer, which wasted energy. The original process used 2.5 megawatt hours of energy, whereas the new process only uses 1.

Innovative strategies like the “three-wet” painting process are always being developed by GM employees and that’s how the brand continues to be an industry leader—especially in reducing environmental impact.

If you want more information on the Buick Verano, its paint job, or other Buick models, visit Crawford Buick GMC.

Multiple El Paso Music Events on the Way This May

musicIf there’s one thing El Paso attracts each spring, it’s music. There are tons of musical events to go to in El Paso, Texas in the coming weeks. To get you started on planning, we at Crawford Buick GMC have put together a short list of some of the upcoming El Paso music events:

  • May 2ndBattle of El Dorado – This enormous marching band contest will ultimately provide tons of scholarships to El Paso students all while providing powerful musical entertainment.
  • May 8th-10thMariachi Loco Music Festival – This is a music festival dedicated to mariachi bands. Need I say more? There will also be excellent food on site.
  • May 22nd-24thNeon Desert Music Festival – This one isn’t for the kids; complimentary beer and wine will be available at this rowdy fest with a VIP ticket. Headliners include J. Cole, Kaskade, and Passion Pit.

Are there any other music events you’re planning to attend soon? Let us know in the comments.

“That’s Not a Buick” Campaign Gets a New Voice

Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin 4 PETA Shankbone 2008” by David ShankboneDavid Shankbone. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Remember that game we all played as children, where we had to put the shape in the hole that matched the shape? Pyramids went into the triangle-shaped hole, while squares went into the square-shaped hole. This is a basic skill, essential for survival.

Buick is worried there might one shape we’re still confused by. The shape of a Buick!  Fortunately, the brand created its “That’s Not a Buick” campaign ads to help us discern just what is and what isn’t a Buick.

Just in case we weren’t listening, they’ve enlisted the help of a very recognizable voice, that of Alec Baldwin. He’s of course the star of hit TV show 30 Rock and classic films like Beetlejuice and Glengarry Glen Ross acheter viagra a paris.

According to GM Authority, a Buick spokesperson said, “We think Alec is the perfect match for this campaign.” Watching him explain to the camera that no, a sponge is not a Buick but yes, a Buick Regal definitely is, we at Crawford Buick have to agree!

Fun Things to Do in El Paso, Texas

Spring is upon us, and that means it’s time to get outside and enjoy the many festivities El Paso has to offer this time of year! Here are some things to do in El Paso, Texas this April.

April 4th

Color Vibe 5KJoin the most fun (and low-pressure) run on earth! Participants are invited to move at their own pace and get doused in fun colors along the way. Kids 12 and under are free!

Poppy Fest 2015Enjoy live music, real wolf and eagle nature tours, and a variety of vendors and exhibitions at the El Paso Archeology Museum–for free!

April 12th

5th Annual Fallen Brother and Sister Foundation RideHave a motorcycle? Great! Then you have no excuse to skip the Valley Boys Motor Cycle Club’s 5th annual Fallen Brother and Sister Foundation Ride.

GECU Bark at the Park Grab your furry friend, and head to Southwest University Park for the big game.

April 18th

Mighty Mujer TriathlonFeeling competitive? Sign up for the women-only Mighty Mujer Triathlon to benefit the Center Against Family Violence.

April 19th

Mission Trail Art MarketJoin the Mission Valley’s most well-known arts and crafts sale along the Mission Trail. Bring your pets and enjoy live entertainment, concessions, and an unbelievable display of arts, crafts, and gourmet selections for sale.

April 23- 26

Las Cruces Country Music FestivalDust off your cowboy boots and head to downtown Las Cruces for three days of country music’s best artists, including RaeLynn (breakout star of The Voice), Kenny Rogers, Bri Bagwell, Swon Brothers, and Dustin Lynch.

April 25th

Children’s Day Celebration! Día de los Niños, Día de los LibrosHosted by the El Paso Public Library and Parks and Recreation, kids will enjoy live entertainment, activities, prizes, and books at this all-day event–for free!

For a complete list of events in the El Paso area, head over to visitelpaso.com. We at Crawford Buick GMC hope to see you around town.

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Car Lovers

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It’s that special time of year—Valentine’s Day—when you have the chance to show your sweetheart how much you care. If your special someone loves car almost as much as they love you, here are some great suggestions for Valentine’s gifts for car lovers.

  • Get the vehicle detailed. Remember what it was like driving your car when it was brand new? Give your sweetie that feeling again by having his or her car detailed.
  • Upgrade the speakers. If your significant other is picky about how things sound, consider getting some upgraded speakers or even a brand new sound system.
  • Replace the windshield. Does your partner suffer from having to stare at a chipped or cracked windshield every day? If so, surprise them with a new, chip-free windshield.
  • Satellite radio subscription. For only $199, you can get a year’s subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio. You can then enjoy listening to your favorite music commercial-free wherever you’re in the car together.
  • Plan a road trip. If spending time in the car is where your loved one feels happiest, plan a road trip and you’ll be spending plenty of time behind the wheel. You could even make it a little more fun and rent an exotic car that he or she has always loved.

Do you have any other suggestions for Valentine’s Day gifts?

A List of February Events in El Paso

As the county seat for El Paso County, our beautiful city has plenty of cultural events to offer. For those looking to spice things up—or for a great Valentine’s Day date idea—we at Crawford Buick GMC have decided to gather a list of February events in El Paso. Ranging from art shows to fundraising events and dinners, the options in our great city are endless. Here is just a taste of what El Paso has to offer!

Western Impressions Award Show and Sale
When: February 8th
Where: The Crossland Gallery
Admission: Free
Activities: Gather to view amazing art created by local artists

Guys and Dolls
When: February 11th at 7:30 PM
Where: Plaza Theater
Admission: Varies depending on seat
Activities: See the famous play acted out by local actors

Happy Valentine's Day!
Happy Valentine’s Day from Crawford Buick GMC!

Jerry Lee Lewis and Chubby Check Diner Concert Show
When: February 14th at 5:00 PM
Where: Socorro Entertainment Center
Admission: $25
Activities: Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Jerry Lee Lewis and Chubby Checkers, while also enjoying a wonderful dinner

Valentine’s Day Ghost Tour
When: February 14th from 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Where: Ghosts915 Paranormal Research Center
Admission: $15
Activities: Get spooky on Valentine’s Day with this local ghost tour!

Lake Lucero Tours
When: February 28th at 2:00 PM
Where: White Sands National Monument
Admission: $4 for children and $8 for adults
Activities: Enjoy a tour of Lake Lucero with a ranger and learn about the formation of the white sands

If you have any February events in El Paso you would like to share, mention them in the comments below!