The Clovis Music Festival roars back into Clovis, New Mexico, April 14th and 15th, and the whole city is excited. Uncle Kracker, Eli Young Band, and Los Huracanes Del Norte are the headline acts for 2023.
“This is one of our main events in Clovis, and we’re going to have a lot of fun this year,” said Kim Tipton, events coordinator for the Clovis Chamber of Commerce.
“We’re not only having major acts perform the 14th and 15th, we also have a week of music leading up to the Music Festival!”
For the week leading up to the Music Festival, a number of acts will be performing around the city, building excitement until the main events play over the weekend.
Clovis is celebrating the acts with a hashtag for social media, #ClovisTakesTheStage.
This year, when you are seeing these acts perform, people are encouraged to tag their content on social media so people can see it during the week.
To check out the list of performers, head to the Clovis Music Festival 2023 website.
A Big Music Festival with Big Acts
After a week of musical acts playing around the city, on Friday night the headliners perform at the Curry County Events Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Friday night is Uncle Kracker followed by the Eli Young Band, and Saturday night Los Hurracanes Del Norte headline.
Norman and VI Petty Studio Tours
When talking about music in Clovis, it is impossible to ignore the Norman Petty Recording Studio. Tours will be available on Friday, April 14th, from 8 a.m.—4 p.m. for $6 a ticket.
Norman Petty and his wife, Vi Petty, formed a music group with their friend Jack Vaughn in the early fifties. They had a weekly radio show and had some success with the song, “Almost Paradise,” and recorded “Mood Indigo” with Duke Ellington.
They opened their recording studio in 1954 and success followed.
As word got around about their excellent recording studio, Buddy Holly came to record in 1957, and they took off from there. Major recording artists came to Clovis for decades, with the last to record being LeAnn Rimes in the ‘90s.
Now the studio is coming back to life as one of a few remaining analog recording studios in the United States. There has been interest from artists across the nation, and the studio is worth a visit.