Ticket feature: Bobby Vee returning to Clovis Music Festival

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Liliana Castillo Bobby Vee is returning to play the Clovis Music Festival this year. Vee has played the festival, slated for Sept. 9-12 at the Curry County Events Center, seven times he said and calls the experience “an absolute joy.” “The festival is full of grassroots kind of fun, nice people,” he said. “I love […]

Longtime Roosevelt County residents honored

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Jared Tucker Bluegrass music and an array of food followed the presentation of this year’s Roosevelt County Pioneer Awards at the Roosevelt County Fair. Lifelong Roosevelt County residents Joe Blair and Melvin and Marie Littlejohn were all chosen as this year’s award recipients. Blair, a WWII veteran and recipient of the 2008 Portales citizen of […]

Ticket feature: Pop musician Brian Hyland to perform at Clovis Music Festival

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Liliana Castillo Pop musician Brian Hyland has been curious about the Clovis Music Festival for years being a friend with return act Bobby Vee. “I always had been asking him about it,” Hyland said. “What it’s like, what the studio is like. This year, I got to do it.” Hyland is one of the national […]

IRS letter causes panic

Grant McGee Loud dramatic music like you’d hear on TV or at the movies — “DUN-DUN-DUN” — echoes in my head as I pull a letter from our mailbox; it’s from the Internal Revenue Service. I don’t know about you but when Uncle Sam’s money collectors drop a line in the middle of summer instead […]

Allison’s music motivating

Of course, I am just a fan of Mose Allison, he’s not really my main hero but now and then I get enthusiastic about his work and nearly idolize him. Mose Allison is a jazz pianist, composer and perhaps the coolest cat on the jazz and blues scene. I’ve had the good fortune of witnessing […]

Tejano music will always be cool

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist Ever hear the Barbara Mandrell song, “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool?” Well, I was Tejano … when Tejano WAS cool … and still am; even now that Tejano music is not the coolest thing in Spanish music anymore. My Uncle Manny and I are die-hard Tejano music fans. […]

Senior center hosting carnival

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Argen Duncan Burgers, sack races, ring tosses and live music are all on the lineup for a community carnival this month. The Portales Senior Center is hosting a carnival designed for all ages. “It’s something the whole family can come and enjoy,” said Miriam Welker, president of the Portales Senior Citizens organization. Welker expects the […]

Jazz ensemble unites music, non-music majors

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Clarence Plank The Eastern New Mexico University Jazz ensemble is a collection of music majors and non-music majors who have come together to play their favorite music. The band is open to all students. “They play for local social events,” said ENMU Director of Bands Dustin Seifert, “and a couple of members … last semester […]

Musical reunion

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Clarence Plank Eastern New Mexico University is hosting a special class reunion this weekend with the alumni band. The reunion began Thursday at the newly renovated band hall in the music building. Band alumni are rehearsing for a concert 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Buchanan Hall. “They get together every other year,” said Dustin Seifert, ENMU […]

Family is in harmony

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Brown family enjoys playing music and shares a strong family bond. Wesley said he wasn’t wired to play music like the rest of the family. He started making violins about five years ago, he said. Wesley mentioned to Linda that he wanted to start making fiddles one day […]

Starship to open music festival

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico This year’s Clovis Music Festival is combining the same classic Clovis sound with a newer twist for the younger generations. Using the theme of “We Built this City on Rock ‘N’ Roll,” the festival will welcome the band Starship as an opening act Sept. 9, according to a schedule […]

ENMU hosting 5th annual mud volleyball tournament

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer The fifth annual Mud Volleyball tournament is 10 a.m. Saturday at Eastern New Mexico University on the lawn behind Lincoln Hall. Changes this year include the addition of scholarships, a concession stand and music. “There will be five courts, double elimination and it is open to college students and […]

Thursday morning briefing: Tax Day, music for a cause and Jackie Robinson

Good morning and happy tax day. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. Pay up State and federal taxes are due today. Local post offices aren’t staying open late. But you can get that return post marked on time if you drop it off before midnight at boxes outside the post offices in Clovis and Portales. […]

Operas scheduled at ENMU

By Zuo Yang: PNT Staff Writer A pair of popular operas are taking center stage at Eastern New Mexico University this week, according to a university news release. The ENMU Department of Music is scheduled to perform portions of the operas “The Marriage of Figaro” and “The Barber of Seville.” According to the release, “The […]

ENMU Music Building near the end of its remodel

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior staff writer With a revamped theater, energy efficiency and lots more, the Eastern New Mexico University Music Building is near the end of its remodel. David Burks, superintendent of Bradbury Stamm contracting company, said his crews are finishing the project that started a year ago. ENMU Director of Media Relations […]

Jamboree draws young and old

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Young and old came out for music and a special anniversary for the Floyd Lions Club Country Jamboree. Among many guests for the event’s 60th year was Rebecca Lawson. She started performing in the jamboree in 1973 but moved to Oregon for a job three years later “When I […]

Floyd Jamboree celebrating 60 years of giving

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The annual Floyd Lions Club Country Jamboree celebrates 60 years of music Thursday through Sunday at the high school gym. It’s a major fundraiser for the Lions, a group that supports children needing glasses in rural communities, provides scholarships and contributes toward many other community needs. Jamboree Program Director […]

Old time music very much alive

By Don McAlavy: Freedom Columnist Old-Time music is very much alive. But you won’t hear it on “country” radio. There is another Nashville, with a kind of music so distant from what the city’s commercial center cranks out as to be from a different planet. It thrives in the community’s nooks and crannies like a […]

Students use music to draw out artwork

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Paint intertwines with the sound of a wind symphony in a collaboration between Eastern New Mexico University and Melrose Municipal Schools. Kate Karr, Melrose school music director and ENMU voice instructor, has instituted the Art-2-Music project. ENMU artists Christopher Calderon and Heather Hancock taught Melrose third- through sixth-graders painting […]

Music remains in his soul

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Portales’ most famous actor is still acting. But that’s not all Ronny Cox is doing these days. “There’s an old saying that there’s dozens of dollars to be made in folk music,” Cox said Thursday in a telephone interview from his home in Sherman Oaks, Calif. The Eastern New […]