Clovis Music Festival kicking off Thursday

By Emily Crowe
CNJ staff writer
ecrowe@cnjonline.com

The 26th annual Clovis Music Festival kicks off this week and music lovers are gearing up for a rockin’ good time.

Music festival Chairman Randy Petty said he’s been hearing good things from people about this year’s lineup.

“Everybody’s excited that we’re doing something a little different,” he said.

“The executive board of the chamber and the chamber board of directors decided to move forward and try to get something closer to maybe not current, but further ahead than the 50s and 60s.”

Local bands will be featured Thursday evening, with Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers and Travis LeDoyt as Elvis playing the Curry County Events Center Friday. The event will be capped off Saturday with performances by Night Ranger and Jack Russell’s Great White.

Clovis resident Matthew Germain, 23, said he went wild when he heard Night Ranger was coming to Clovis, and rushed out to get tickets for himself and his parents.

“I am much excited to see Night Ranger for the second time,” he said. “My first time seeing them was in 2011 when they were on tour with Journey and Foreigner.”

Petty also said the festival is drawing interest from people around the region and into Texas.

“We’ve seen ticket sales from places that we haven’t before,” he said. “Mostly regionally: Midland, Odessa and Lubbock. We typically haven’t seen much interest from those areas.”

According to Petty, ticket pre-sales are going far better than in previous years, and have been upwards of 10 times better than organizers have generally seen before a show.

“Night Ranger and Great White still have a big following,” he said. “For me, it’s been a lot more overwhelming than I expected when we booked them. There is quite a buzz over those guys.”

 

Full Music Festival Schedule

Thursday

• Norman & Vi Petty Rock & Roll Museum Tours

9 a.m.-4 p.m., 105 E. Grand

$5 admission

• No Refund, Junkyard Rhinos, Last Flight Out, StateLine

7 p.m., Curry County Events Center

Doors open at 6 p.m., $10 in advance and at the door

 

Friday

• Norman & Vi Petty Rock & Roll Museum Tours

9 a.m.-4 p.m., 105 E. Grand

$5 admission

• Kids Rock  Rock & Roll Assembly

9 a.m., Mesa Elementary

• Tour of the Norman Petty Studio at 1313 W. 7th St.

8 a.m.-12 p.m.

• Echoes from the 50s

Jam with George Tomsco of The Fireballs

10-11:30 a.m., Norman Petty Studio

• Bill Medley and Travis LeDoyt as Elvis

7 p.m., Curry County Events Center

Doors open at 6 p.m. $30 in advance, $35 at the door, general admission; $35 in advance or $40 at the door, VIP seating

 

Saturday

• Norman & Vi Petty Rock & Roll Museum Tours

9 a.m.-4 p.m., 105 E. Grand

$5 admission

• Tour of the Norman Petty Studio at 1313 W. 7th St.

8 a.m.-12 p.m.

• Echoes from the 50s

Jam with George Tomsco of The Fireballs

10-11:30 a.m., Norman Petty Studio

• Andy Mason Children’s Concert

10 a.m., Clovis Carver Library

• Back to the 50s at Foxy’s Celebration

12-2 p.m., Foxy’s Drive-In at 720 W. 7th Street

• Buddy Holly’s Birthday Party

2-3 p.m., Norman and Vi Petty Rock & Roll Museum

Free admission

• Jack Russell’s Great White and Night Ranger

7 p.m., Curry County Events Center

Doors open at 6 p.m. $30 in advance, $35 at the door, general admission; $35 in advance or $40 at the door, VIP seating

 

Sunday

• One Lord, One Faith concert

6:30 p.m., Marshall Auditorium

Free admission in commemoration of 9/11