It was another successful Country Music Festival this year. Locals, tourists, vendors, and lots of country stars, including the legendary Dwight Yoakam made this festival a phenomenal one.
With each year that passes, more people learn about the festival and want to be a part of it, and we could not ask for anything more.
This year brought a new venue and we loved the festival-feel of this new arena.
We’re excited to be back next year at the Hadley Complex to kick up our heels again–see you next October!
A Line Up to Be Remembered
7 Main Headliners brought their unforgettable energy to the weekend.
King Leg opened the festival on Friday night and rocked a wonderful Americana vibe that we had not seen or heard before at the Las Cruces Country Music Festival. There is a big scene for indie, folk, back-to-basics rock and roll and we liked that.
Frankie Ballard was a total crowd pleaser. His music was full of energy and life and that vibe reverberated through the audience through the entirety of his set.
Dwight Yoakam promised (and delivered) a show that everyone will be talking about for years. The crowd was amped and excited for the light-colored low-brimmed hat and tight-jean-wearing legend, and showed it by dancing to the red glow of Dwight’s name lighting up the crowd from the large screen monitors. Dwight stormed the stage and everyone either stood, screamed, or sung along. He put on a very high energy show and took the crowd through decades of hits.
Brennin’s performance took Saturday day into the lowlit evening with his mesmerizing music and his band’s contagious energy.
Shortly after performing at the festival, Brennin announced his role in the musical Rent on FOX. The show will premier on January 27 on FOX and will feature Brennin in the role of Roger.
Sawyer Brown swayed the crowd in a way that only the very motivated Mark Miller can. One of the sponsors of the Las Cruces CMF, the Las Cruces Sun News who covered the event, described one of the highlights of the weekend event, saying “Singer Mark Miller and Sawyer Brown were arguably the most energetic performers in the history of the Las Cruces Country Music Festival.”
Randy Houser had the crowd laughing with his comedy pointing out specifics about Las Cruces and his lunch at Andele’s. We’re happy he shared his love for our local cuisine, and invite him and his band to make it back out and try more New Mexican flavors!
CMT Hot 20 — Un Poquito de Fuego
The team from CMT Hot 20 Countdown were a delight to work with. They interviewed King Leg, Frankie Ballard before their performances, and even found some green chile at the Las Cruces Farmer’s Market to try with Randy Houser.
Their visit highlighted our festival on the national level following Saturday on CMT and several local attractions. Host Katie Cook visited the Rio Grande Theatre, the Farmer’s Market, the Mesilla Plaza, White Sands, and Dripping Springs to see Las Cruces’ monumental pride and joy: the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks. It was an all-around great time and both the City and Visit Las Cruces was proud to share a bit of our festival and our home with the rest of the country.
We Love Our Sponsors!
Of course, the festival could not, and would not have happened without all of the wonderful team members, volunteers, sponsors, and affiliates of Visit Las Cruces.
We appreciate our sponsors and partners more than they know and appreciate their commitment to Las Cruces.
This festival has always been a group effort, a local-business sponsored event, and a display of a love for music and community. Thank you!
And not to brag, but we do have one incredibly dedicated team here at Visit Las Cruces too.
We work late nights and weekends leading up to this event to make sure that everything is just right.
Kudos to you permit-pullers, musician-transporters, public information-providers, talent-seekers, tour manager-coordinators, event-orchestrators, marketing-material-producers, and every single one of you magic-makers.
And although we’re always sad to see it be over, we just look forward to the next one.
Stay posted on dates, headliners, merch, and news on LCCountryFest.com. See y’all in 2019!