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Music fest kicks off September

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Night Ranger was the headline act at last year’s Clovis Music Festival.

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If it’s entertainment you seek, September may be the month for you in eastern New Mexico.

Fall’s first month will be highlighted by the Clovis Music Festival, which celebrates its 27th anniversary with a three-day run beginning Thursday at the Curry County Events Center.

Marshall Law and Will Banister and The Modern Day Ramblers kick off the weekend with a local flavor.

“The Clovis Music Festival is unique because of the rock and roll history at Norman Petty Studios,” said Ernie Kos, executive director of the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of commerce.

Kos said day two of the festival will have acts that pay tribute to Jonny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Buddy Holly.

Saturday will end with performances from southern rock band the Kentucky Headhunters and country musician Phil Vasser.

Tickets range from $10 to $40.

“There’s something for everybody to enjoy next weekend,” Kos said. “People come from around the world to see the Clovis Music Festival.”

The month’s music won’t end next week.

The YAM Theater in Portales will be hosting its monthly Music Series on Sept. 18. That’s when Josh Sullivan will be the featured artist at the historic theater on Main Street.

Portales MainStreet Executive Director Debralynn Soza said Sullivan will be performing cover songs on his acoustic guitar.

Soza said the event is $5 at the door and added that half of the proceeds will go to Portales MainStreet projects.

More to do:

•l The Special Olympics Equestrian Games will be held at the Curry County Events Center Sept. 12-13, said Special Olympics coordinator Gary Jones.

Jones said the action includes barrel racing and other timed events and admission is free.

“We would love for the public to come out and watch these athletes compete in the state championship,” Jones said.

• If you’re in the mood for helping others: Hestands Floral of Portales on Sept. 10 will give away dozens of roses in exchange for five cans of food, which will be donated to the local food pantry.