The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the countless number of people who made the 2013 Clovis Music Festival a success: the amazingly talented bands, behind-the-scenes staff, the volunteers, our wonderful sponsors and most of all, our awesome supporters who came out to rock! Thank you all for your support!
This year will mark the 26th anniversary of the Clovis Music Festival which honors one of Clovis’ most influential and successful residents, world renowned recording artist Norman Petty and his wife, Vi Petty. The event is scheduled to take place September 5th to 7th.
Local bands will be featured on Thursday night, September 5th at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10. Be sure to come out and enjoy the “Clovis Sound” and support our local musicians to include “No Refund”, “Junkyard Rhino”, “Last Flight Out” and “StateLine”.
On Friday night, September 6th at 7 p.m., “The World’s Best Young Elvis,” Travis LeDoyt, will perform. Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers will also perform. Cost is $35 for reserved seats tickets, and $30 for general admission in advance and by August 31st. Tickets will increase to $35 for general admission and $40 for reserved seats on September 1st.
Featured Saturday night, September 7th at 7 p.m. will be Night Ranger and Jack Russell’s Great White. Cost is $35 for reserved seats tickets, and $30 for general admission in advance and by August 31st. Tickets will increase to $35 for general admission and $40 for reserved seats on September 1st.
Clovis’ musical ties date back to the days of rock & roll. The “Clovis Sound,” made popular by such greats as Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison, was created and recorded in Clovis at the Norman Petty 7th Street Studio. Clovis native Norman Petty is known throughout the world as a recording pioneer and genius whose reputation has given Clovis and New Mexico an international stature. Petty co-wrote songs with, produced, recorded and managed the career of Buddy Holly.
The collaborative effort between Holly and Petty yielded hits including: “That’ll Be The Day,” “Peggy Sue,” Everyday,” “It’s So Easy (To Fall In Love),” “Oh Boy,” “Rave On,” “Maybe Baby,” “True Love Ways,” “Not Fade Away,” and “Heartbeat.” Norman Petty’s golden ears also helped dozens of other popular country, rock, and pop musicians who recorded at his studios. Among those are Roy Orbison, Buddy Knox, Waylon Jennings, Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs, Charlie Phillips, Jimmy Bowen, Johnny Duncan, Carolyn Hester, Chita Rivera, Brad Maule and many others.
A tour of The Norman Petty 7th Street Studio will have visitors reminiscing about the rock & roll history that took place in Clovis. Though no longer an active recording studio, the original equipment is featured- large dangling microphones, the old control board with big round knobs, the clocks on the walls, the Coke machine. The furnishings look much as they did in the late fifties when Buddy Holly came to record.
Dedicated to recording and preserving Clovis’ musical history, the Norman & Vi Petty Museum pays homage to the Petty’s as well as the artists who recorded at the 7th Street Studio. The museum is designed to educate visitors about the process of recording by displaying an operational recording studio from the 1950s. Music-lovers can browse through the many artifacts on display- photographs, musical instruments, an extensive radio collection and other memorabilia as well as the original mixing board used by Norman Petty to record Buddy Holly and the Crickets.
Every September the community comes together, along with fans from across the world, to celebrate their musical roots at the Clovis Music Festival. This year marks the 26th anniversary of the music festival!
The City of Clovis proudly embraces their musical heritage, and invites you to come see why Clovis Rocks!
The “Clovis Sound” will be celebrated at the 2013 Clovis Music Festival on Thursday, September 5th with local bands being featured.
Bands are invited to submit audio clips which will be reviewed by an audition committee. Four bands will be selected to have the honor of performing as part of the historic Clovis Music Festival. Selected bands will each play a set of 30-45 minutes. The deadline to submit clips is June 7th.
While bands will not be compensated monetarily for performing, this is a wonderful opportunity to gain exposure within the community and showcase local talent.
For more information or to submit clips, please e-mail Events Coordinator Courtney Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Chamber at (575) 763-3435.