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 and held the second weekend in September, 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.
Along with three days of music, the festival features other events, such as the Desert Cruzer’s Annual Rod Run and Classic Car Show at Hillcrest Park, 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 and Bobby Vee, among dozens of others.