Clovis rocks: Night Ranger, Great White wow crowds at Clovis Music Festival

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks The band Night Ranger closes out Saturday night’s show at the Curry County Events Center, the final night of the Clovis Music Festival.

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
The band Night Ranger closes out Saturday night’s show at the Curry County Events Center, the final night of the Clovis Music Festival.

By Kevin Baird
CNJ staff writer
kbaird@cnjonline.com

Clovis native Misty Wall made the pilgrimage from Sierra Vista, Ariz., to see Jack Russell’s Great White play at the 26th Annual Clovis Music Festival Saturday night.

Wall, who has traveled as far as Los Angeles to see Great White in concert, said she has been a fan ever since she first heard their song “Rock Me.”

“I was coming from a party in Melrose,” Wall said. “We were going back to Clovis and we were driving over 100 mph. We were going so fast, and I was hearing the music, and I was like, ‘this is it.’”

Wall said she likes “Rock Me” because, “it’s slow and it builds and builds and builds — then boom. You think it’s going to be mellow but it’s not.”

After Jack Russell’s Great White performed, Wall said the performance was comparable to other shows she has seen. She said overall it was excellent. Most of all, she said she loved hearing “Rock Me.”

Jack Russell’s Great White performed with a sizzling metal sound laced with guitar solos and performed their most well known song “Once Bitten Twice Shy.”

“That was intense,” said Mayor David Lansford after Jack Russell’s Great White performed. “I don’t think we’ve ever had rock ‘n’ roll like this.” He added that he hasn’t seen a bigger crowd at the Clovis Music Festival.

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Great White lead singer Jack Russell rocks the County Events Center during the Clovis Music Festival.

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Great White lead singer Jack Russell rocks the Curry County Events Center during the Clovis Music Festival.

Night Ranger opened their act with “Lay It On Me,” and worked the crowd into a frenzy. Although Night Ranger’s music is from the same genre, their songs had a solid hard rock quality behind the music. They also played a cover of Ozzie Osbourne’s “Crazy Train,” since guitarist Brad Gillis has played with Osbourne.

Connie Larue, who graduated from Clovis High School in 1984 said, “We used to drag Main and listen to Night Ranger. We’d dance and raise hell, too.”

Larue said she met lead singer and guitarist Jack Blades at the Friday concert and again Saturday at the Norman Petty Recording Studio.

“We joked about him following us. He just laughed and introduced us to the rest of his fans.”

Blades told the crowd that he enjoyed his visit to the Norman Petty Recording studio and that it’s an important landmark.

Blades told the crowd, “I don’t think these younger guys realize the history of rock and roll is right here in Clovis.”