ANNOUNCING the 5th & Final
ROCKABILLY ON THE ROUTE MUSIC FESTIVAL & CLASSIC CAR/BIKE SHOW
June 1-4, 2017 in Tucumcari, NM
Tucumcari, NM: What began five years ago as a burst of passion, legendary music, and a celebration of classic Americana has grown into arguably the largest event of its kind anywhere on Route 66. Taking place throughout the historic, mid-century city of Tucumcari, NM, Rockabilly on the Route takes ownership of the Mother Road’s important cultural history to New Mexico, America, and the world as a four-day affair of over 27 bands and performers, including this year’s headliners Deke Dickerson & the Ecco-Fonics, the Delta Bombers, and Lucky Tubb & the Modern Day Troubadours. Presented by Pabst Blue Ribbon, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and Sailor Jerry’s Rum, and with a variety of unique events, including burlesque, classic car & bike show, pin-up contest, swing dance classes, a parade and even more contests and events along with live music day and night, this is hands down the hottest weekend in the Southwest!
Event producers Simon Cantlon and Ungelbah Davila, of Pink Flamingo Productions, say their goal is to celebrate America’s definitive musical legacy and classic Americana while raising funds to benefit Tucumcari’s New Mexico Route 66 Museum. After making the decision to retire the festival for 2018 and change its direction, Cantlon and Davila vowed to make the fifth year anniversary one for the books.
“We’re pulling out all the stops this year,” says Davila. “This event has won thousands of fans from around the world and we’ve had an incredible time hosting it, so this year we are definitely not going to disappoint. We have a reputation to maintain as the best Rockabilly weekender on Route 66 and we’re going out with a bang, pure Rockabilly on the Route style! We are at the peak of our success and this won’t be the year to miss.”
Thursday, June 1st: The party kicks off at 7pm with the Red, White & Booze: Veterans Night at the VFW featuring a BBQ, Pool Tournament, drink specials, live music and more! This event is a membership drive for the local VFW Post 2528. The VFW is the nation’s leading veterans’ service organization and anyone who is active duty, has served in the Armed Forces, or is a family member of the a veteran is welcomed and encouraged to join the VFW or the VFW Auxiliary. Memberships made at this post are also good at VFW posts nationwide; visit www.vfw.org to see all the benefits of being a VFW member. This event will also feature the pinup charity organization Heels for Combat Boots who will be doing a raffle and other fundraisers to assist military veterans who struggle with TBI and PTSD.
Friday, June 2 : The festival continues to motor on into with the Merchants Market kicking off at noon at the Tucumcari Convention Center, both indoors and outdoors plus take a tour of the Route 66 Museum! There will be a lunch hour Hootenanny at Tucumcari Ranch Supply with live music and BBQ 12-2pm! The Happy Hour Hullabaloo kicks off in the Convention Center Beer Garden at 3pm with live music and the Mommy and Me Pageant, plus featured cocktails and brews from Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Sailor Jerry Rum and Pabst Blue Ribbon. A cruise up and down historic Route 66 for the cars and bikes meets and begins in the Convention Center parking lot at 5pm.
Nighttime: For the evening’s festivities, there is the Headliner Hullabaloo in the Main Ballroom of the Convention Center with legendary Texas guitarist Deke Dickerson & his Ecco-fonics and the scintillating burlesque extravaganza of Albuquerque’s Gilded Cage Burlesk & Variete plus an opening act starting things off at 7pm. Afterwards the fun continues at our Midnight Madness Show at the Tri-Star Bar with three music acts plus dancing, cocktails and pool!
Saturday, June 3: The epic adventure continues at 9am with a classic parade down Route 66 that grows every year, ending at the Convention Center and kicking off our classic car & vintage bike show, hosted by the Brewsers Car Club and Desert Ace Rockers! The show will last throughout the day ending with the Car & Bike Show Awards at 3:30pm. The Convention Center will also play host during the day to live music in the Beer Garden and in the Museum, a Route 66 Film presentation by Film Critic and Historian Jeff Berg, Swing Dance Classes, the Merchants Market; as well as the Pin-Up Contest, Beard & Mustache Competition, Mister Man Challenge Competition and Tattoo Contests and Adult & Kids Dance classes. One of the most popular events, the Pin-up Contest, will crown Miss Rockabilly on the Route 2017.
The Happy Hour Hullabaloo kicks off in the Beer Garden at 3pm with live music plus featured cocktails and brews from Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Sailor Jerry Rum and Pabst Blue Ribbon.
For the evening’s festivities, there is the Headliner Hullabaloo in the Main Ballroom of the Convention Center with live music from the king of Texas honky-tonk, Lucky Tubb & The Modern Day Troubadours and the wild rockin’ sounds of California’s The Delta Bombers, plus an opening act starting things off at 7pm. Afterwards the fun continues at our Midnight Madness Show at the Tri-Star Bar with three music acts plus dancing, cocktails and pool!
Sunday June 4: Closes the weekend from 11am to 2pm with the Hangover Brunch and Tiki Pool Party with a food truck, live music, colorful cocktails, and a pool to lounge by or take a dip in at the Tri Star Express Bar and Pool.
With events and fun for everyone, from hot rods to swing dancing to classic pinup girls, Rockabilly on the Route is the only event of its kind in the state. So pack your dancing shoes, grab your family and friends, load up the classic car and hope on your vintage bikes and spend the weekend at one of Tucumcari’s historic mid-century motels this June for the biggest dance party of Route 66!
2017 Music Line-Up and where from…
Deke Dickerson & The Ecco-Fonics (TX), The Delta Bombers (CA), Lucky Tubb & The Modern Day Troubadours (TX), Jem Crossland & the Hypertonics (NC), The Stratoliners (NM), TJ Mayes (OK), Hard Six (CA), The Barnyard Stompers (TX), The Downbeats (CA), The Despots (NM), Captain Burton’s Fun Time Sideshow Circus (TX), The Phantom Pomps (CA), Jordan Igoe (SC), Rockin Rick & The Rhythm Wranglers (CA), She Returns From War (SC), Fabulous Minx (OK), Lily Slay (SC), Imperial Rooster (NM), Rockabilly Kitty Rose (GA), Josh Hi-Fi & The Rhythm Kings (CA), Gilded Cage Burlesque (NM), Soiree Entertainment Dancers (NM), Phil Rocker (Columbia), Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers (TX), The Skyliners (NM), Val West & The Skeleton Keys (TN)
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