Published: 11:58 am, Sun. Jun. 18th, 2017Updated: 11:55 am
The temperature won’t be the only thing on fire next weekend, as the Sixth Annual Devon Energy Smokin’ on the Pecos New Mexico State BBQ Championship returns to the Eddy County Fairgrounds.
In addition to the main event – professional, amateur and youth barbecue competitions – and added extras, such as cowboy mounted shooting, bull riding, and an arts and crafts show, SOTP will once again be bringing a full slate of entertainment to the stage for music fans of all tastes.
The featured acts Friday, June 23, will be Tobias Rene and the Texas Tornados.
Rene is a singer/songwriter and a New Mexico native who has been active in the Southwest since 1999, when he released his debut album, “Por Primera Vez.” The winner of 12 Hispano Music Awards, Rene has also released English-language albums with a traditional country bent.
The Texas Tornados are a legendary Tejano band hailing from San Antonio, Texas, who have been active since 1990.
The band initially included the late Freddy Fender, famous worldwide for crossover hits such as “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” and “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights.” Original band members have reunited and will bring their fusion of rock, country and various Mexican styles to the Chase Energy Services Stage.
The Tornados promise audiences an eclectic mix or early rock and roll, Mexican folk music, R&B, blues and more.
“We’re just really excited about this year’s lineup, and being able to have Tobias Rene and the Texas Tornados here Friday night is great,” said event organizer David Grousnick. “We hope that folks will come out and enjoy that concert.”
Then at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 24, The Long Run: Colorado’s Tribute to the Eagles, will be in the spotlight, sponsored by Santo Petroleum.
The Long Run is one of the country’s most celebrated Eagles tribute bands and has shared the stage with such acts as Trisha Yearwood, Eric Clapton, the Bee Gees, Meat Loaf and Shania Twain.
The group was founded in 2009 in Colorado and are capable of recreating the Eagles’ harmonic vocals, along with their distinctive guitar and drum sounds.
“We’re excited to have Santo Petroleum sponsoring the Saturday night concert so that it could be free – no tickets needed,” said Grousnick. “We hope that folks will really be able to come out and enjoy that. It should be a great concert.
“When we were doing the contract with them, we originally asked for 90 minutes. They called us up and said, ‘It’s really hard to do the best of the Eagles in 90 minutes, so can we play for two hours?’”
The weekend’s entertainment lineup will also include a number of local and regional bands, such as Artesia’s own The County Line Band, Vinnie Baggatone & The Baggavaughns, Old School and Acoustically Yours, Ruidoso’s HomeGrown Boyz, Central Texas’ Rudy Wood, described as “New Mexico’s Favorite Texas Songwriter,” and the Tularosa Basin Musicians Union.
Friday evening’s performances are the only ones requiring a ticket. Tickets for Tobias Rene at 6:30 p.m. and the Texas Tornados at 8:30 p.m. will be $15 in advance or $20 at the gate. Advance tickets may be purchased online at www.brownpapertickets.com or at Hotel Artesia.
For the full music schedule plus information on all of the other festivities, visit www.smokinonthepecos.com.
With the music continuing into Sunday this year, the popular Beer Garden will remain open from noon – 5 p.m. June 25. Grousnick also reminds attendees no coolers or backpacks are allowed, and large bags are discouraged, as they will have to be searched for safety purposes.
“Just bring a chair and come prepared to have a great time,” said Grousnick.