LAS CRUCES, NM -The 2016 Las Cruces Country Music Festival is just around the corner and this year’s festivities will begin with a legendary VIP Party honoring one of the most iconic bands of all time, the “Nitty Gritty Dirt Band” along with outgoing Las Cruces City Manager Robert Garza.
The VIP Party takes place on Thursday, April 28th, from 6-8pm at Hotel Encanto, located at 705 S. Telshor Blvd. Performing at the party will be Bri Bagwell fresh off her latest hit, “Las Cruces.”
Celebrating their golden anniversary together, the profoundly influential Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is part of the festival’s star-studded line-up that also includes country music legend Lee Ann Womack, rising stars David Nail and Cam, as well as Aaron Watson, Rick Trevino, Las Cruces’ own Josh Grider and Bri Bagwell.
The VIP party will also pay tribute to retiring Las Cruces City Manager Robert Garza who has worked for the City of Las Cruces for 28 years and has served as the City Manager for over five years. Garza is a native Las Crucen who attended Las Cruces public schools and received an engineering degree from New Mexico State University. He is the current Chairman of the Board of Directors for the United Way of Southwest New Mexico and has previously served on the board of directors for the Mesilla Vally Regional Dispatch Authority, Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley, The Bridge of Southern New Mexico and the Metro Narcotics Agency.
The festival will be held April 29 – May 1, in Downtown Las Cruces. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is scheduled to play on Friday, April 29, at 10:05pm on the New Mexico TRUE North Stage.
Tickets for the festival and all VIP events are still available at lccountryfest.com or at the Visit Las Cruces office, located at 211 N. Water. St.
With multi-platinum and gold records, strings of top ten hits such as “Fishin’ In The Dark” and “Mr. Bojangles”, multiple Grammy, IBMA, CMA Awards and nominations, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is credited for blending country and rock. Their groundbreaking “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” album has been inducted into the U.S. Library of Congress as well as the Grammy Hall of Fame.
VIP passes to the festival are $150 per person and includes access to all the concerts, the New Mexico State University (NMSU) Rodeo, special VIP seating at the festival, VIP parking, a commemorative t-shirt, and access to the Thursday night VIP party.
The festival also offers several additional 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 and includes access to both Friday and Saturday night as well as the NMSU Rodeo. Military receives $5 off admission with military ID.
Tickets are also still available for the Tough Enough to Wear Pink Country Breakfast for $25. The event will be held at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum and will feature acoustic performances as well as a western-wear fashion show. All proceeds from the event will go to support the local Tough Enough to Wear Pink foundation which raises money for cancer research.
The festival is hosted by Visit Las Cruces and the Friends of Visit Las Cruces Foundation.