The second annual Las Cruces Country Music Festival will be headlined by the legendary Charlie Daniels Band and rising country music superstar Cassadee Pope. The festival will be held April 24-27, 2014 on Main Street in downtown Las Cruces, NM.
Hosted by the Las Cruces Convention & Visitors Bureau and produced by Helping Hands Event Planning, the festival will be a four-day celebration of country music, including live concerts, a song writers workshop, artist meet and greets, a fiddling contest, a brunch and fashion show featuring acoustic performances by some of the festival artists and a New Mexico True Experience, which will feature authentic vendors from around New Mexico. This year the festival will be held in conjunction with the New Mexico State University Inter-Collegiate Rodeo.
“We are excited to be hosting our second Las Cruces Country Music Festival,” said Las Cruces Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director Phil San Filippo. “It will be a great opportunity to showcase our dynamic city while at the same time offering country music fans a wonderful event. Country Music is a big part of Southwestern culture and we believe we will attract visitors from many different areas. Most importantly, the Las Cruces Country Music Festival will be a big economic boost to the local economy.”
Headlining Friday night’s concert is the Charlie Daniels Band. With over 50 years in the music business, Charlie Daniels is responsible for some of the most memorable county hits including “Uneasy Rider,” “Long Haired Country Boy,” “The South’s Gonna Do It Again,” “In America,” “The Legend of Wooley Swamp” and of course, his signature song, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” which won a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group in 1979 as well as Single of the Year at the Country Music Association Awards. Daniels has received numerous accolades, including induction into the Grand Ole Opry and Musicians Hall of Fame, the Pioneer Award by the Academy of Country Music and a star on the Music City Walk of Fame. He is also very passionate about the military, and for the past several years has headlined a special concert each spring at David Lipscomb University benefiting the Yellow Ribbon Program which provides scholarships for veterans.
While the Friday night headliner is a country legend, Saturday night’s is a rising star. Showcasing soaring vocals and fresh sounds, Cassadee Pope’s album “Frame by Frame” debuted in the upper echelon on the Billboard charts, and her current single “Wasting All These Tears” is currently #12 on the country charts. The Voice (season 3) champion is one of only two solo women in the past five years to top the country charts with a debut release. Selling over 1.7 million tracks to date, the petite powerhouse also dominated the #1 spot on iTunes’ All-Genre chart with three of her performances. The Florida native has since opened for Rascal Flatts on her first major country tour and earned a spot singing with the super-group. She has been featured as one of CMT’s Next Women of Country and shared her journey in a docu-series on the network, earning millions of viewers each week. She has previously appeared on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, TODAY, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Keagan and sat in with legendary band The Roots on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
In addition to a line-up of great country music acts, the festival will include a song writer’s work shop provided by song-writing master Tommy Lee James who had six number one country songs to his credit, including: “And Still” by Reba McEntire, “A Man This Lonely” by Brooks and Dunn“, “If You See Him/If You See Her” by Brooks and Dunn/McEntire, “Wrong Again” from Martina McBride, “What I Really Meant To Say” by Cyndi Thomson and “She’s My Kind Of Rain” from Tim McGraw. ”
A talented multi-genre writer, James has had other hit songs recorded by diverse artist such as Taylor Swift, Pussycat Dolls, Rascal Flatts, Delta Goodrem, Orianthi, Gary Allan, Trisha Yearwood, 98 Degrees, Lonestar, Emerson Drive, Jo Dee Messina, Easton Crobin, Brian McFadden, Jamelia, Marie Serneholdt, Days Difference, Joe Walsh and One Direction.
In addition to several other performers, Las Cruces singer and songwriter Bri Bagwell will be back to perform this year as well.
That same weekend the New Mexico State University Inter-Collegiate Rodeo will be held on the NMSU campus. Anyone who purchases a weekend pass to the Country Music Festival will also receive free admission to the rodeo.
The festival will conclude with “Unplugged at the Farm and Ranch,” featuring a cowboy brunch, an acoustic concert and a western wear fashion show in the courtyard of the NM Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum.
A weekend pass for the event which includes access to all concerts, the song-writer’s workshop and brunch is $55 per person with a discount for the military and their families. Day passes are $20 per person each day.
For more information, visit www.lccountryfest.com or call 575-522-1232.