Local talent to take stage opening night

By Emily Crowe
CNJ STAFF WRITER
ecrowe@cnjonline.com

The Clovis sound will be evolving at this year’s Clovis Music Festival, when local bands will take the stage for the first time during the event’s opening night.

According to Randy Petty, music festival chairman, the idea of bringing in local acts has been discussed by festival organizers for the past

Courtesy photo StateLine band manager and guitarist Matthew Wolfe said the band’s newest single is already playing on the radio in Clovis.

Courtesy photo
StateLine band manager and guitarist Matthew Wolfe said the band’s newest single is already playing on the radio in Clovis.

several years.

“We finally came up with a way to audition and pick them,” he said. “A lot of folks have said it’s a good thing to be bringing local people in.”

Out of 11 bands that auditioned, four were selected to take the stage Thursday.

No Refund, Junkyard Rhinos, Last Flight Out and StateLine each sent in song recordings, went through a live audition and were finally chosen as performers.

StateLine band manager and guitarist Matthew Wolfe said he believes having local talent at the festival is something that’s been missing in the past.

“It’s about time they realize there’s only so much promoting of the old stuff they can do before they start promoting the new stuff,” he said.

Wolfe said StateLine performs a variety of music, but will be focusing on their country side during their performance Thursday. Their newest single is already playing on the radio in Clovis.

“We’re obviously really excited,” said Tres Morgan, lead singer of No Refund. “It’s a pretty cool honor to be able to open the whole music festival.”

While No Refund is a relatively new band, Morgan said many band members have been involved with the music festival in the past and friends of theirs encouraged them to audition.

“We’re just a bunch of guys doing it for fun,” he said.

 

Fast facts

What: Clovis Music Festival opening night

Where: Curry County Events Center

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Tickets: $10

Information: 763-3435 or clovismusicfestival.net

 

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. Seventh St.

8 a.m.noon

• Echoes from the 50s

Jam with George Tomsco of The Fireballs

10 a.m.-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. Seventh St.

8 a.m.-noon

• Echoes from the 50s

Jam with George Tomsco of The Fireballs

10 a.m.-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

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

• Buddy Holly’s Birthday Party

2 p.m. 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