Minerpalooza Announces Country Star Jon Pardi as Featured Performer
Last Updated on August 26, 2020 at 12:00 AM
Originally published August 26, 2020
By UC Staff
Organizers of Minerpalooza, The University of Texas at El Paso’s biggest annual celebration, are announcing country music artist Jon Pardi as the featured performer. Pardi will present a virtual performance that will air on the El Paso-Las Cruces CW, the local affiliate of the CW Network (Channel 7.2).
The 30th annual Minerpalooza will take place Friday, Sept. 4, 2020.
“This year, we are excited that country star Jon Pardi will headline the 30-year celebration of Minerpalooza,” said Jorge Vazquez, executive director of UTEP’s Office of Special Events. “His music will resonate throughout El Paso, and everyone is welcome to dance and sing along! We invite the El Paso community to celebrate with us as we take this party right to your home.”
Pardi’s platinum-certified album “California Sunrise” (Capitol Records Nashville) debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, earning him CMA New Artist of the Year and ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year honors in 2017. Pardi dominated the top of the country music charts with consecutive No. 1 hits including two-time platinum-selling songs “Dirt on My Boots” and “Head Over Boots,” and platinum-certified “Heartache on the Dance Floor.” Most recently, “Night Shift” hit Billboard’s Top 10 Airplay charts and “She Ain’t In It” landed in the top 25.
Pardi has made national television appearances on NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” NBC’s “Today” and ABC's “Good Morning America,” and landed on several publications’ “best” lists including the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone Country and Rhapsody. Pardi was featured in two large-event TV commercials, including appearances during the Super Bowl and Grammy award broadcasts.
Pardi's performance will be preceded by virtual elements that celebrates the 30th year of the University’s back-to-school tradition, including appearances from UTEP’s spirit teams and President Heather Wilson.
“We’re so excited to be able to bring Minerpalooza to everyone safely and in the comfort of their own home,” said Nicole Aguilar, Minerpalooza organizer and director of UTEP’s Student Engagement and Leadership Center. “Hosting an event that means so much to our students and university in a new format has been a goal of ours, and we’re ready for an unforgettable night!”
For more details, keep an eye on the official Minerpalooza website and social media channels: