Clovis Music Festival | Clovis Chamber of Commerce
Rock and roll music is a huge part of Clovis’ rich history, and to celebrate, the city offers one of the area’s largest events – the Clovis Music Festival (CMF).
Started in 1987, the Clovis Music Festival shows that “Clovis Rocks” by inviting the entire community – and people from around the globe – in to celebrate a rich musical heritage with performances from some of the greatest musicians of all time. The festival is a tribute to the influential musicians that recorded their music in the Norman Petty recording studios located in Clovis.
During the festival other events will take place like tours of the Norman Petty recording studios, special events and jam sessions at the Norman & Vi Petty Rock & Roll Museum and much, much more. Each year, the festival grows and provides music enthusiasts with a plethora of options.
The “Clovis Sound,” made popular by such greats as Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison, was created and recorded in Clovis at Norman Petty’s Seventh Street Studio. The original Norman Petty Trio consisted of Norman and Vi Petty, along with a young guitar player named Jack Vaughn. They soon became one of America’s top vocal and instrumental groups, and with songs like “Mood Indigo,” soared into the pages of musical history. They then went on to shape an era of rock and roll.
Because Norman Petty and Buddy Holly created a wave that will ripple through popular music for decades to come, the CMF honors this tradition each year with the presentation of all types of artists and genres. Past artists have included Lonestar, Starship, Chubby Checker, Bobby Vee and dozens of others.
The 2017 Clovis Music Festival dates have changed to be earlier in the year. This year's festival will be held June 22-23, 2017 to coincide with the Draggin' Main event. More details will be coming soon!