See You in 2019, Las Cruces

Another Amazing Year in Cruces Country

It was a festival for two-steppers, sing-alongers, country-music-lovers, funnel-cake-and-turkey-leg-eaters, and everyone in between. The Las Cruces Country Music Festival came in rocking and went out rocking and we’re here left thinking “take me back…”  Luckily for the world, our friends at CMT in Nashville (and one of main sponsors of the Las Cruces Country Music Festival) are taking everyone down memory lane this Saturday and Sunday with CMT’s Hot 20 Countdown where we can relive some of the magic from the festival.

The CMT Hot 20 Countdown

Host Katie Cook was in Las Cruces this past weekend for the festival where she interviewed Frankie Ballard and Randy Houser and toured southern New Mexico. This Saturday on CMT will be the debut of Episode 303: Garth Brooks Rocks Notre Dame + Las Cruces Country Music Festival where you may just see yourself on national television at the festival. The crew checked out the Mesilla Plaza, the Las Cruces Farmer’s Market, White Sands National Monument, Dripping Springs, and the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. It was as some might say, monumental.

The weekly, 3-hour series is hosted by CMT favorites Katie Cook and Cody Alan, who count down the 20 biggest country music videos with the hottest news stories, the biggest country music events, live performances and candid interviews from country music’s biggest superstars and up-and-coming artists.

Fan participation is a key component to the show, as fans are able to interact with hosts Alan and Cook via extensive social media integration on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using hashtag #CMThot20

Friday night at the festival saw the return of Dwight Yoakam to Las Cruces, Frankie Ballard grooving the crowd, and King Leg rocking that Americana country vibe. Next year the festival will return to the Hadley Complex at 1600 E Hadley in Las Cruces, NM.

The Line-Up

Our seven main stage acts included Dwight Yoakam, Sawyer Brown, Randy Houser, Frankie Ballard, Rick Trevino, Brennin and King Leg. Our second stage acts included Coco O’Connor, Vince Alten & the Riff Raff, Sugar & Steel, The Yarbrough Band, Half-Broke Horses, Chris Baker Band, The Tell Runyan Band, and Sim Balkey. And how we loved Sim Balkey. All acts had the crowd dancing and toasting and the festival brought out a great, fun-loving crowd!

The crowd absolutely loved Sawyer Brown who got everyone dancing with their upbeat energy. Mark Miller and the gang put on a great show and the crowd took to their feet and left their seats, true to festival culture.

Las Cruces’ Signature Weekend

The weekend brought a lot of visitors to the area, and a of locals out for a night of dancing and fun. The weekend included The Whataburger Giddyup Gallop which brought out great western wear, pups, and cute kiddos running, jumping, and winning hobby horses as prizes.

It was a morning for friendly family competition, for walkers and runners alike.

The course included jumps and bounce houses, and was not your average race.


With stars like Dwight Yoakam, Randy Houser, Rick Trevino, Frankie Ballard, and Sawyer Brown lining our stage this year, it’s hard to know how we’ll top 2018–but we’re up for the challenge. Next year the festival will bring more country stars to the City of Crosses and will return to the open landscape of the Hadley Complex.

Keep up with 2019 dates and updates with us here.

Send this to a friend