The line-up for the 2016 Las Cruces Country Music Festival is set. Friday’s heritage headliners include country legends Lee Ann Womack and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Saturday night continues the party with rising stars David Nail and Cam. The line-up also includes Rick Trevino and Aaron Watson who are sure to get the crowds on their feet. New this year, the 4th Annual LCCMF includes two stages for a true festival feel. Tickets are now on sale for the April 29-May 1, 2016 event.
The Country Music party begins Friday afternoon at 5 p.m. with food, dancing, a kid’s area, live music and the New Mexico TRUE area which features vendors and artisans from all over the state. The north stage entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m. with Aaron Watson whose song “That Look”, debuted in the top 10 on Billboard’s Country Digital Songs Chart this past year. Watson will be followed by Grammy and CMA (Country Music Association) Award-winning artist Lee Ann Womack. Best known for her smash-hit “I Hope You Dance”, Womack has received nine Grammy nominations, 20 CMA nominations, the CMA award for 2001’s Female Vocalist of the Year, and 2005’s Album of the Year “There’s More Where that Came From”. She was awarded the 2003 Grammy for Best Country Collaboration for “Mendocino County Line” with Willie Nelson. Womack will co-headline the event with the Grammy and CMA Award winning Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, who will be celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2016.
The festivities continue downtown Saturday morning with the Las Cruces Farmers & Crafts Market. Rated one of the top farmers markets in the country, the market features over 300 local vendors. Action continues at mid-day on the campus of New Mexico State University where the Aggies host their annual rodeo with collegiate teams competing from around the Southwest. The festival grounds re-open at 4 p.m. with live music on the south stage, dancing, and activities for the kiddos. The lights on the north stage go up at 6 p.m. with the Grammy award-winning Rick Trevino. Trevino’s debut single, “Just Enough Rope”, was the first mainstream country music single to feature separate English and Spanish-language versions. He went on to chart 14 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, reaching number one with “Running Out of Reasons to Run”.
Trevino will be followed by recent country sensation Cam, who’s single “Burning House” has skyrocketed her to the top of the Billboard charts. “Burning House” recently went platinum and Cam’s debut album “Untamed” has already received rave reviews from critics.
Closing out Saturday night will be country superstar David Nail. Nail has produced seven chart entries on Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts, including number one hits “Let It Rain” (featuring Sarah Buxton) and “Whatever She’s Got”. He also had a top 10 hit with “Red Light”.
Also performing will be three-time Texas Female Vocalist of the year and Las Cruces’ own Bri Bagwell.
Phil San Filippo, Executive Director of Visit Las Cruces says he is looking forward to listening to some of the best country music talent period. “We have two legends in Lee Ann Womack and the Nitty Gritty Dirt band, and a couple more in the making,” says San Filippo. “It’s going to be a great show, in a great venue and I am looking forward to it. The fans are going to love it!”
Sunday’s activities move to the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum for the Country Breakfast and Western Wear Fashion Show at 10 a.m. The event features a home-cooked country meal, acoustic performances by festival artists as well as a western wear fashion show.
If you’re itching for the festival and can’t wait until April, don’t despair! Log onto lccountryfest.com and enjoy a free music stream with songs from this year’s artist and previous country music festivals. Click on the “Tune in to Las Cruces Country Music Festival” link at the top of the web page and enjoy the selections.
Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at Visit Las Cruces located at 211 N. Water St. or online at lccountryfest.com. The festival offers several ticket options, starting with a day pass for only $25 per person per day in advance or $30 at the gate. A two-day festival pass is $45 in advance or $50 at the gate. A festival pass includes access to both Friday and Saturday night as well as the New Mexico State University Rodeo taking place on the NMSU campus that weekend.
For those wanting the “red carpet” treatment, there is a VIP package available for $150 which includes access to all the concerts, the NMSU rodeo, special VIP seating at the festival, VIP parking, a commemorative t-shirt, and access to Thursday night VIP party.
Individual passes are available for the Sunday Brunch for $25.
The festival is hosted by Visit Las Cruces and the Friends of Visit Las Cruces Foundation. For more information visit lccountryfest.com.
2016 Festival Schedule
Thursday, April 28th
VIP Party, location and time TBD
Friday, April 29th
10:00 AM Rodeo- NMSU campus
5:00 PM NMSU Rodeo- NMSU campus
5:00 PM Country Music Festival gates open and music starts on the second stage
6:30PM Aaron Watson on main stage
8:00 PM Lee Ann Womack on the New Mexico True Main Stage
10 PM Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on New Mexico True Main Stage
11:00 PM Official CMF after party location TBD
Saturday, April 30th
8:30 AM Farmers & Crafts Market
10:00 AM Rodeo – NMSU campus
4:00 PM Country Music Festival gates open and music starts on the second stage
6:00 PM Rick Trevino on the New Mexico True Main Stage
8:00 PM Cam on the New Mexico True Main Stage
9:50 PM David Nail on the New Mexico True Main Stage
11:00 PM Official CMF after party location TBD
Sunday, May 1st
10:00 AM – Country Breakfast at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum – Featuring a western wear fashion show and acoustic performances by some of our festival artists.
1:30 PM Rodeo NMSU campus
Buy your tickets here.