Rockabilly festival set for return

Third Annual Rockabilly on the Route will be held on June 4-7 in Tucumcari

Third Annual Rockabilly on the Route will be held on June 4-7 in Tucumcari

Staff Report

More than 1,000 residents and tourists who have a shared interest and love for classic cars, music and pop culture of the 1950s and early 1960s will return for the third Annual Rockabilly on the Route June 4-7 in Tucumcari.

“Rockabilly on the Route is so unique, there is no other festival is like it today,” said Ungie Davila, publisher of La Loca magazine, an Albuquerque-based rockabilly publication and co-event organizer.

Davila said one of the interesting things about Rockabilly is its allure to people of all ages and demographics. The event offers something for everyone and is family-friendly, according to Davila. She said Rockabilly planners have increased the number of live music performances and events for a second year in a row.

“We are anticipating a much larger crowd than the first two years,” said Simon Cantlon, a South Carolina-based co-event coordinator.

Starting off the Rockabilly festivities on June 4 is the Rockin’ Bowl: Rockabilly on the Route Kick-off party 7 p.m.- 11 p.m., at Mountain View Bowling.

A new event for this year’s Rockabilly on the Route is a Pop Up Drive-in movie June 5 at the Roadrunner Lodge on Historic Route 66. Returning attractions include the Wheel on 66 classic car and vintage motorcycle show hosted by Voodo Creeks Car Club and Duke City Rockers  and presented by Blvd Automotive and the Old-school burnout contest Saturday at the Tucumcari Convention Center.

Like the two previous Rockabilly on the Route, the main events will take place at the Tucumcari Convention Center, but there will be other events held at local businesses.

These events will include parties like the Midnight Madness at the Tri Star Bar, Blue Suede Breakfast at Kix on 66, Get Rhythm Dinner at Del’s Restaurant the Rockin’ Gospel Brunch  and Tikki Pool Party at Tri-Star Bar with Joe’s Back In the Day restaurant.

There will be live music, a tattoo artist, merchandise, food vendors and contests occurring June 4-7 at the Tucumcari Convention Center.

Cantlon said the two main event concerts — Rumble on the Route I and Rumble on the Route II — will occur June 5-6 at the Tucumcari Convention Center. Rumble on the Route I is scheduled for 8 p.m.-11:30 p.m., on June 5 and will feature the Gilded Cage Burlesk and Variete with guest; it also will feature live music from Hard Fall Hearts and Reno Divorce. Rumble on the Route II takes place from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., on June 6 and will feature live music performances by Wayne “The Train” Hancock, The Gretsch Brothers (from Japan) and The Creepshow (from Canada).

All times, performers and events are subject to change. For a complete list of events and tickets/pass items, check the event website at

Locally, tickets/pass items can be purchased at Tee Pee Curios, Tucumcari Ranch Supply, NAPA Auto Parts, Circa Espresso bar, Chamber of Commerce and Bob’s Budget Pharmacy.

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