Weekend festival touts bluegrass specials

Chelle Delaney

Music lovers have the opportunity to hear some fine bluegrass performers and bands this weekend in Tucumcari at the inaugural Bluegrass Festival, event organizers say.

One example is the Alan Munde Gazette with band leader Munde, who reviewers say is one of the foremost 5-string banjo players. Munde played with the Country Gazette for 20 years.

By late Friday afternoon, the festival had already attracted about 130 guests and supporters. The Eastern New Mexico Bluegrass and Old
Tyme Music Association are the festival’s organizer.

“I just love bluegrass music,” said Dale Brown of Portales who came up for the day to hear the performers.

Eugene and Stacey Stubbs drove over from Pampa, Texas.

“I like the speed and thesound of the music. It tells a story,” said Eugene Stubbs, who knows several of the performers in the bands. “We’re going to stay the weekend.”

“We like bluegrass. We get to see old friends and to make some new ones. We also wanted to support them at their first event,” Stacey Stubbs said.

And as the evening performances wind down, the picking and grinning heats up, said David Morris, event coordinator.

“Some of the musicians have been here since Tuesday. They haven’t been winding down until about 1 a.m. They’re either over there in that circle of chairs or outside,” Morris said.

All the performances feature bluegrass, with some bands that layer their bluegrass with jazz