Documentary producer, Buddy Holly’s niece performing at festival

Courtesy photo Larry Cappetto, an award-winning documentary director and producer, is performing with Buddy Holly’s niece, Sherry Holley, 7 p.m. Friday at the Curry County Events Center as part of the Clovis Music Festival.

Robin Coffey

The annual Clovis Music Festival kicks off today with a variety of activities and includes something a little unusual later in the week.

Larry Cappetto, an award winning military film documentary producer and director, will be performing with Buddy Holly’s niece, Sherry Holley. It happens Friday at 9 a.m. Mesa Elementary for the “Kids Rock” rock ‘n’ roll assembly and again at 7 p.m. in the Curry County Events Center.

“Sherry and I had talked about doing something together,” said Cappetto, “and the Music Festival was the closest event. Sherry, her husband and I will be performing a song that I wrote called ‘Freedom’s Price,’ which is dedicated to veterans and soldiers.”

Cappetto said it is important to remind everyone freedom isn’t free. He wants to honor survivors of 9/11.

Cappetto just finished his 13th documentary, entitled “Lest They Be Forgotten,” which is about 9/11.

Cappetto spends most of his time speaking in schools and teaching them about the history of the U.S. He said performing at the Clovis Music Festival with Sherry Holley is a highlight in his career.

“This is a great opportunity to express our freedom and to remind people what happened 10 years ago,” he said

Cappetto became serious about his music in 1978. He also plays piano and guitar and admires Holly and his style. Cappetto said he believes part of Holly will be at the music festival this weekend, with his niece Sherry performing and everyone else who was inspired by the man.