Holly, Petty proteges performing at festival

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer

The history of rock ’n’ roll, from the revolutionary sound of Elvis to the modern beat of Tejano, will be showcased at the 2007 Clovis Music Festival.

The first concert in this year’s event sponsored by the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce will be at 7 p.m. Thursday with a Clovis Legends Show.

According to Chamber spokeswoman Liz Eisenbraun, the artists performing throughout the event are all connected to the Norman Petty Studios or Buddy Holly.

“It’s going to be a star-studded event,” Eisenbraun said.

One of the artists who will make his first appearance at the festival is Buddy Holly’s older brother, Travis Holley. Holley said he will play four old, country songs, including “Remember Me.”

“I’m pretty excited about it,” Holley said. “It’s going to be good musicians and a fun time.”

The guitar player is slated to perform with several other musicians Thursday, including Tommy Allsup.

Allsup played lead guitar for Holly’s band the Crickets and is perhaps best known for being with Holly on the final, fateful Winter Dance Party tour.

Eisenbraun said music fans can look forward to other new events as well.

A historical marker commemorating the Norman Petty Studios will be unveiled at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Eisenbraun said music aficionados from England, Australia and Canada and a myriad of artists will attend the event.

“It is fitting that all these artists will be reuniting to celebrate Clovis’ music history at what appears to be a milestone in recognizing the legacy of the Norman Petty Studios by the state of New Mexico,” Eisenbraun said.

Another first will be a 1 p.m. performance Saturday by local Tejano group Grupo Eclipse.

A Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley tribute show is scheduled for Friday.

“I hear the Elvis impersonator is one of the best,” Eisenbraun said.

Bobby Vee and the Vees will headline Saturday’s show.

In addition to the evening shows, the event will include a classic car show, tours of the Norman Petty Studios, a roundtable question and answer session with the artists and a Festival Fanfare.

The ticket price for each show is $15. All of the events will start at 7 p.m.

“We’ll be making a piece of history,” Eisenbraun said, “and we’re pretty excited about it.”

What: 2007 Clovis Music Festival
When: Thursday through Saturday
Cost: $15 admission to evening shows

Music Festival schedule
7 p.m. — Clovis Legends Show at the Clovis Civic Center
7 p.m. — Buddy, Roy and Elvis Tribute at the Clovis Civic Center
Noon to 2 p.m. — Rockin’ Round Table with artists followed by Fanfare at the Clovis Civic Center
1 p.m. — Grupo Eclipse performs at the Clovis Civic Center
All day — Classic Car Show at Hillcrest Park
10 a.m. — Rockin’ Motorcycle Rally and Poker Run at High Plains Harley-Davidson
4 p.m. — Wine and cheese reception with sneak preview of future museum at the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce
7 p.m. — The Texas Playboys and Bobby Vee at the Clovis Civic Center
Daily tours of the Norman Petty Studios will be at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Other events
7 p.m. Wednesday — Old Time Radio Broadcast “My Darling Clementine,” Town Hall, Clovis Community College, $1 admission, proceeds go toward scholarships
10 a.m. Sunday—gospel at Norman Petty Studios