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5th Annual Las Cruces Country Music Festival Features Superstars April 28-30

By Peggy Bendel

Headliners Kacey Musgraves and the Eli Young Band perform Saturday night, opening with local favorite Bri Bagwell; Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker, Marshall Tucker Band start the festivities Friday (photo: Kacey Musgraves, Grammy and CMA Winner).


Las Cruces, NM -- Are you ready for more great country fun? The Las Cruces Country Music Festival is back for its Fifth Annual weekend of legendary country music April 28-30, 2017!

The fifth anniversary of the festival kicks off Friday night with a once-in-a-lifetime lineup featuring the Marshall Tucker Band, Tanya Tucker and Travis Tritt, all on the north stage. The trio has accounted for dozens of country hits and awards including two Grammys and five number one singles from Tritt, and multiple Grammy nominations and country hits from Tanya Tucker.

On Saturday night, the festivities continue with current country superstars Kacey Musgraves and The Eli Young Band. Musgraves, a two-time Grammy winner and three-time CMA winner, has reached the top of the country charts with hits like "Mama's Broken Heart", "Merry Go 'round", "Follow Your Arrow", and most recently "Biscuits". Her recent concert with country legend George Strait was one of the highest grossing country shows of the year. The Grammy-nominated Eli Young Band has also taken the country charts by storm with three number one hits including: "Crazy Girl", "Even if it Breaks Your Heart", and "Drunk Last Night".

Opening on Saturday will be hometown favorite and four-time Texas Female performer of the Year Bri Bagwell, whose video for her single "Las Cruces" has received numerous awards and social views.

Over on the south stage, local and regional favorites will keep the music going between acts on the north stage.

In addition to all the great music, the festival will feature plenty of activities for the entire family including food, vendor, and a free kid's area with activities for kids of all ages. And for all you cowboy and cowgirls, there will be a mechanical bull for you to show off your rodeo skills!

Be sure to make it over to the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum Sunday morning for the annual Tough Enough to Wear Pink Country Breakfast. This event, a perfect end to a great country weekend, features acoustic performances as well as a western-wear fashion show. All proceeds from the event benefit the Las Cruces Tough Enough to Wear Pink foundation which raises money for cancer research.

Entering its fifth year, the festival has established itself as one of Las Cruces' and New Mexico's premier events. Having grown tremendously from its first year, the festival has hosted country legends like Kenny Rogers and recent Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie Daniels. The festival has also featured many of the current and future stars of country music including Cassadee Pope, Cam, Chase Bryant, the Swan Brothers and Dustin Lynch, each having seen early success on the country charts.

Tickets are on sale now at, with several options including VIP passes for $150 per person, festival passes for $50 per person and single day passes for $30 per person. Members of the military can receive a $5 discount. Limit one per person. Ticket prices will increase on January 1, 2017.

The festival is hosted by Visit Las Cruces and the Friends of Visit Las Cruces Foundation. For more information visit, contact Visit Las Cruces at (575) 541-2150, or email gro.securc-sal@erviafc.