Music festival going country

Courtesy photo Country music performer Phil Vassar has hit the Top 5 seven times with songs such as “Carlene,” “Last Day of My Life” and “American Child.”

Courtesy photo
Country music performer Phil Vassar has hit the Top 5 seven times with songs such as “Carlene,” “Last Day of My Life” and “American Child.”

Staff report

The Clovis Music Festival is going country this year, with appearances by Phil Vasser, the Kentucky HeadHunters and the Highway Men Live tribute band.

The 27th annual festival also includes tours of the Norman & Vi Petty Rock & Roll Museum and Norman Petty Studios and the 17th annual Desert Cruzers Run to Hillcrest Car Show.

Headliners
Phil Vassar has hit the Top 5 seven times with songs such as “Carlene,” “Last Day of My Life” and “American Child.”

Known as one of Nashville’s top tunesmiths, his songs other artists have taken to No. 1 include “My Next 30 Years” by Tim McGraw, “She’s Right on the Money” by Alan Jackson, and Jo Dee Messina’s “Bye, Bye” and “I’m Alright.”

The Kentucky HeadHunters take a little bit of country and a little bit of rock and roll and meld the two together to create a unique sound. Some of their hit songs include “Dumas Walker,” “Redneck Girl” and “Walk Softly (On This Heart of Mine).”

The Big Three
The Highway Men Live is a tribute show to three greats of country music, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash.

Concert tickets
$10 for Thursday’s “Clovis Sound” performance; Friday and Saturday night performances are $30 in advance for general admission and $35 for reserved seating. General admission tickets increase to $35 at the door and reserved seating increases to $40 at the door.

Bikers welcome
The 2014 New Mexico State H.O.G. is being held Thursday-Saturday in conjunction with the festival.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. Thursday at High Plains Harley-Davidson
Information: 575-714-2481.

Schedule
Thursday
• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Norman & Vi Petty Rock & Roll Museum Tours, $5 admission
•  7 p.m. — Clovis Music Festival: Local Band Night, “The Clovis Sound” with Marshall Law and Will Banister & The Modern Day Ramblers, Curry County Events Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. $10 in advance and at the door

Friday
• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Norman & Vi Petty Rock & Roll Museum Tours, $5 admission
• 9 a.m. — “Kids Rock” Rock & Roll Assembly, Mesa Elementary School
• 8 a.m. to noon — Tours of the Norman Petty Studios, 1313 W. 7th St.
• 7 p.m. — Clovis Music Festival: Highway Men Live,  Curry County Events Center. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Saturday
• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Norman & Vi Petty Rock & Roll Museum Tours, $5 admission
• 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Rotary Rummage Sale,  Hillcrest Park
• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Desert Cruzers 17th annual Run to Hillcrest Car Show, Hillcrest Park
• 8 a.m. to noon — Tours of the Norman Petty Studios, 1313 W. 7th St.
• Noon to 2 p.m. — Back to the ’50s at Foxy’s Celebration, Foxy’s Drive-In.
• 7 p.m. — Clovis Music Festival: Phil Vassar and Kentucky HeadHunters, Curry County Events Center
Information: 575-763-3435.