This year marks the 27th 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. This year’s festival will take place Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 4-6, at the Curry County Events Center, 1900 E. Brady Ave.
Local bands will take the stage on Thursday, Sept. 4, after they are selected in a Battle of the Bands contest at the High Plains Harley Davidson.
Friday night, Sept. 5, features the Highway Men Live – a tribute show to three greats of country music, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash. The Highway Men Live features Philip Bauer as Johnny Cash, Bob Gill as Waylon Jennings and Michael Moore as Willie Nelson. A special appearance will be made by Buddy Holly on Friday as well, in celebration of the music history in Clovis and honoring the tradition of the Clovis Sound.
The Kentucky HeadHunters open the Saturday night, Sept. 6, show with Phil Vassar presenting as the headliner of the evening. 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,” “Walk Softly (On This Heart of Mine),” and many more.
Phil Vassar has hit the Top 5 seven times with songs like “Carlene,” “Last Day of My Life” and “American Child” and topped the charts with “In A Real Love” and “Just Another Day in Paradise.” 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.”