Tricky Falls voted best music venue

Julia Hettiger, Staff Reporter

All kinds of artists, from electronic dance music superstars and Green Day to the upcoming Blessthefall and Plain White T’s concerts, have been hosted at Tricky Falls, so it is no wonder they were voted best music venue in El Paso in this year’s Prospector Pick Awards.

Tricky Falls, located at 209 El Paso St., is a music venue and bar wedged in between shops and restaurants in downtown El Paso. Tricky Falls has been home to a number of concerts and has climbed the ranks to become one of El Paso’s prominent music venues.

Austin Frisbey, senior biological sciences major, said Tricky Falls is a good place to see concerts and shows.

“I have seen Atmosphere, Figure, OFWKTA, Purity RIng and a few other artists there, and my experiences were good,” Frisbey said.

Although Tricky Falls appeared to be squeezed between other buildings, the inside area is spacious, which allows for a laid-back atmosphere.

“A lot of shows don’t get too packed there, so it’s a comfortable place to be at for a show,” Frisbey said.

Based on his experiences, Frisbey said Tricky Falls would definitely be a place he would suggest to go to for concerts.

“I would recommend it to a friend,” Frisbey said. “It is one of the nicer venues in El Paso.”

Jazmin Lopez, senior pre-speech language pathology major, is another student who has had an enjoyable experience at Tricky Falls. Although the concerts she saw there happened a few years back, she still looks back positively on it.

“I saw Taking Back Sunday and The Maine there about two years ago,” Lopez said.  “I had a nice experience.”

Misled by the outside appearance of the building, Lopez said she was surprised by the size of the interior at Tricky Falls.

“It was bigger than I expected it to be, and everyone was actually really nice,” Lopez said. “After the show we were even able to hang around outside to meet the band.”

Lopez said the venue was not disappointing, and it added to the experience of seeing some of her favorite bands in concert.

“I was very impressed with the venue,” Lopez said. “I think it has an authentic feel from the outside in.”

In addition to the stage and performance area, Tricky Falls also has the bar and lounge inside its facilities. Bowie Feathers, which has a number of leather couches to hang out on and stylish art work on the walls, is a nice place to wind down, according to Lopez.

“I like how they have the bar (Bowie Feathers) and a balcony, where you can just chill and enjoy the shows,” Lopez said.

The building that houses Tricky Falls and Bowie Feathers was built by prominent architect Henry C. Trost in 1914, landing the building a spot on the National Register of Historic Buildings. The next concert will be the metal band Blessthefall on Oct. 21. For more information about Tricky Falls, call 915-351-9938.

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