Fest draws new fans

By Emily Crowe

CNJ STAFF WRITER

ecrowe@cnjonline.com

Music fans of all ages rocked through the weekend during the 26th annual Clovis Music Festival.

While the festival brought in an influx of concert-goers and a newer generation of hard rock lovers, festival chairman Randy Petty said he has mixed emotions about this year’s event.

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Great White featuring Jack Russell was the opening act of Saturday’s show at the Curry County Events Center and performed many of their hits including, “Once Bitten Twice Shy”, at the Clovis Music Festival.

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Great White featuring Jack Russell was the opening act of Saturday’s show at the Curry County Events Center and performed many of their hits including, “Once Bitten Twice Shy”, at the Clovis Music Festival.

“The show was great, the crowd was great and we had a lot more people come out that hadn’t come out before,” he said. “But we had a lot of people that didn’t come out that had before.”

Petty estimated between 2,300 and 2,500 attendees rocked out at Saturday’s Great White and Night Ranger concert. Final ticket sales numbers have not yet been compiled, but Petty noted there was a slight increase in attendance.

“The people who came out were elated,” Petty said. “Bands for Saturday night and Friday night told us that was the best crowd they’d played to all year.”

Curry County Events Center Manager Kevin Jolley said he thought the crowds Friday and Saturday were great.

“It was one of the best crowds we’ve had for a music festival,” he said. “It wasn’t our largest for a concert, but it was definitely up there.”

Jolley was impressed by the way the festival covered several different genres of music and catered to a variety of music fans.

“I’ve been here four years now and I think this is the best music festival I’ve seen.”

Tres Morgan, whose band No Refund played alongside three other local bands Thursday, said he was at the festival each night and every act he saw was top notch.

“Saturday night was right up my alley,” he said. “Great White really laid it all out there and had the crowd singing at the tops of their voices. And Night Ranger just blew the roof off the Events Center.”

Restaurants in the area also saw an increase in business thanks to the festival.

Twin Cronnies Drive-In manager Lance Bradley said the restaurant experienced good numbers Friday and at lunchtime Saturday.

Foxy Drive-In, which held a 50s celebration Saturday, also saw an increase in business over the weekend.

“We saw a lot of new faces,” said owner Chris Bryant. “Of course Saturday was a real good day for us. We’re looking forward to next year already.”