Bluegrass festival offers open mic night

QCS Staff

The Eastern New Mexico Blue Grass and Old Tyme Music Association’s inaugural Bluegrass Festival starts Thursday.

“The event is an opportunity to bring tourist dollars into Tucumcari,” said David Morris, event coordinator.

Morris said 300 invitations have mailed and radio advertising is airing in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

“We have had flyers sent out and distributed in Arkansas,” Morris said.

The four day event is at the Quay County Fair Grounds Exhibit Hall.

Thursdays events will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a potluck supper.

There is an open mic for artists to sign up and perform, beginning at 7 p.m.

“The open mic is for those bluegrass artists that are not part of a band and want to perform before the crowd,” Morris said.

He said fans of bluegrass music would normally have to travel to Elk City, Oklahoma or Littlefield, Texas to attend a festival.

“This will provides a hometown venue for those fans that normally have no way to attend those bluegrass festival,” Morris said.

There are may concerts planned for the festival that will run from Thursday-Sunday, Morris said.

Performers will included the Batten Family, Alan Munde Gazette, Blue Grass Odyssey and the ENMB&OTMA.

The cost is $10 per day or $25 for all four days.