Clovis Music Festival upcoming

The annual Clovis Music Festival runs Sept. 7 through Sept. 11 and draws music fans from around the world. The festival is an annual celebration of the Clovis sound, attributed to music producers Norman and Vi Petty and rock music legend Buddy Holly, who recorded many of his biggest hits at their studio in Clovis.

Wednesday morning briefing: Meet the author, Rock n’ roll cleanup and the Red Scare

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Meet the author Portales’ award-winning writer of paranormal romances, Darynda Jones, is scheduled to speak at the Friends of the Portales Public Library meeting at noon Sept. 1 at the library. The meeting is a brown bag lunch and open to the public. While […]

Friday morning briefing: Rock the Park, Ike in Clovis and a fairy tale wedding

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Music, music, music Rock the Park is four hours of contemporary Christian music and it’s from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Potter Park. Cowtown The National Corriente Cattle Show is all day today and Sunday at the Curry County Events Center. Fast […]

Rodeo family affair for steer wrestlers

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Freedom New Mexico: Kevin Wilson Michael Bates Jr. of Mexican Springs tries to wrestle his steer down during his run at the Friday night performance of the Pioneer Days Rodeo. Bates took a no time on the run. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Silver City on Thursday, Clovis on Friday, and Window Rock, Ariz., […]

Kids and Cops basketball tournament Saturday

CNJ staff Local law enforcement is hosting a basketball tournament Saturday, giving local youth an opportunity to compete against officers. Beginning at 11:30 a.m., at The Rock — Clovis High School gymnasium — children 6 to 13 can play a 10 minute game of basketball against local officers. There will be five 20-person teams formed […]

Monday morning briefing: Spring break, farm values and closing The Rock

Good morning and happy spring. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Spring break Sunday marked the first day of spring. Today marks the start of a week-long spring break for students at Eastern New Mexico University. Alas, university staff must continue to report to work. Quirky quote of the day “How would we measure […]

First person: Sideline supporter

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Clovis High junior Kelsie Schwartz first joined the cheerleading squad as a sophomore. When a group of Clovis High cheerleaders was asked Thursday who was the best representative among the group, all indications pointed to junior Kelsie Schwartz. The cheerleading crew, coached by B.J. Burnett, worked shifts throughout the holiday […]

Religion calendar — Sept. 24

Today Rock the City — 12 p.m., Hillcrest Park. Southern Baptist ministry with family fun. Information: 762-4727 or 763-3471. Spiritual Truth and Prayer Seminar — 6 p.m., Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Nationally renowned speakers, John Martignoni and Tim Staples. $10 for non-members of the parish. Information: 575-317-8942 Saturday Coffee House Inter-denominational concert — 7 p.m., […]

‘Rock the City’ about ministry, fun

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CNJ staff photo: Alisa Boswell Mike Napier explains how to use a pamphlet on faith during evangelism training to prepare for Rock the City from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Hillcrest Park. Alisa Boswell The annual block party, Rock the City, kicks off with music, games and food noon Saturday at Hillcrest Park. The […]

Artists revive rock ‘n’ roll legends

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Buddy Holly tribute artist Johnny Rogers got up close and personal with the crowd during the last concert of the music festival Saturday night. Sharna Johnson While Bobby Brooks did “the Twist” on stage, dozens of area elementary students in poodle skirts and jeans twisted in front of the stage, […]

Concert mix of country, rock ‘n’ roll performances

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Portales’ Will Banister started Friday’s set of acts with country music from his new album. Liliana Castillo Brian Hyland had more than 2,000 people on back up when he sang his 1960’s hit “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” Friday at the Clovis Music Festival. Organizers said about […]

Friday morning briefing: Little rock stars, limited lunch and an Oscar

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. School of rock Looking to catch a budding rock star or hot new group right here in Clovis? Check out the “Kids Rock” Rock and Roll Assembly 9 a.m. today at Mesa Elementary. It’s part of the Clovis Music Festival. In case you’re hungry […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Old time rock, open gates and a presidential pardon

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Old time rock Thursday is the official kickoff of the annual Clovis Music Festival featuring museum tours and lots of live old time rock n’ roll. Here’s a link to the complete schedule: http://www.clovismusicfestival.net/index2.php#/info1/1/ Open gates The Open Gate Program is making enrolled private […]

ENMU graduate makes artistic mark on lottery

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Courtesy photo: New Mexico Lottery Eastern New Mexico University graduate Jessica Quintana designed the popular new KISS scratchers for the New Mexico Lottery. She said her time at ENMU still affects her work today. Argen Duncan An Eastern New Mexico University graduate has displayed her art in 1,100 locations, worked with rock band KISS and […]

Our people: Hometown girl

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Courtesy photo Brumfield and her husband Don were married June 24, 1972 at First Baptist Church in Clovis. Mayor Gayla Brumfield enjoys rock ‘n’ roll music and the beach. She has always enjoyed the roots Clovis has to rock ‘n’ roll and misses the beach while in our landlocked state. Tell us how you met […]

Listening party draws around 100 visitors to museum

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Kathy Teston shows a copy of Tom Petty’s unreleased CD “Mojo” to Clovis City Commissioner Juan Garza during a Monday night “Mojo Listening Party”. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer About 100 people mingled at the Norman and Vi Petty Rock ‘n’ Roll Museum Monday night to hear Tom Petty’s […]

Ticket feature: Enter the Haggis to perform in Clovis

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Courtesy photo The latest installment in Clovis Community College’s Cultural Art Series, Enter the Haggis, is expected to bring “jolting spirit and energy” to the audience, according to a press release from CCC. Freedom New Mexico Blending Celtic, rock, Latin and bluegrass, Canada’s Enter The Haggis will be performing Tuesday in Clovis. The latest installment […]

Tickets on sale for Cultural Arts performance

CNJ staff Tickets for the next Cultural Arts Series performance, Enter the Haggis, will be available for purchase at the Clovis and Curry Chamber of Commerce. The chamber is offering the tickets because Clovis Community College will be closed for spring break March 15-19. Haggis, a Canadian Celtric rock band, performs at the Clovis Civic […]

Churches will 'Rock the Block'

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Courtesy photo Live music, bounce houses, face painting and food are all part of the free fun at the Rock the Block party on Saturday. By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Three churches in north Clovis are teaming up to host a block party on Saturday. The pastors of Highland Baptist Church, Kingswood United Methodist […]

Churches will ‘Rock the Block’

Courtesy photo Live music, bounce houses, face painting and food are all part of the free fun at the Rock the Block party on Saturday. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Three churches in north Clovis are teaming up to host a block party on Saturday. The pastors of Highland Baptist Church, Kingswood United Methodist […]