Doors open at the Curry County Events Center, 1900 E. Brady Ave., at 5:30 p.m. Rope takes place at 6:30 p.m. with one end — High Plains Junior Rodeo Association contestant. For more information, contact Marty Mathis at 575-914-8402.
Song Swap Series
Captain Klas is hosting a Song Swap at Hunt and Harvest at The Mercantile, 2408 Sudderth Dr. The Song Swap is part of a series and features Philip Coggins and Chris Miles at 8 p.m. For more information, visit Captain Klas’ Facebook event page.
Camilla Dodson: “African Instruments”
The Artesia Public Library, 205 W. Quay Ave., presents Camilla Dodson: “African Instruments,” at 2 p.m. Daughter of a Lesotho chief, Dodson lived many years in South Africa and in Ireland. She was one of five people invited to speak when Nelson Mandela returned to Cape Town after 27 years in prison. Drums are probably the earliest musical instrument common to all cultures. This presentation describes the role of music in traditional African society using drumming. In Africa, the role of music in society — for communication, ceremony, oral history, spiritual expression and entertainment — is so fundamental that many African languages have no word for music. It is simply an ever-present part of life. Several kinds of drums are used in this presentation. For more information, visit artesianm.gov/library or call 575-746-4252.
Fort Stanton Live!
Fort Stanton Historic Site opens its doors for the Fort Stanton Live! event, which brings costumed reenactors from the Civil War and Indian Wars era to the fort for demonstrations, presentations, concert and a military ball. Additionally, their will be authors, historians, photographers, artists and a variety of historical vendors sharing their crafts and other handiwork. For more information, visit fortstanton.org/fort-stanton-live.
The Garth Guy
The Garth Guy — The Garth Brooks Tribute Show takes place at the Alto Lakes Country Club, 1 Country Club Road, at 7 p.m. For more information, visit garthguy.com or call the club at 575-336-4231.
Domingos en Arte: Pascuala Ilabaca y Fauna
Domingos en Arte is a summer music and dance series presented by Melaza Music, AMP Concerts Company and the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Pascuala Ilabaca is a leading light of the new breed of young Chilean singer-songwriters. Her music is rooted in traditional sounds, but also incorporates shades of jazz, pop and rock, drawing on global influences from places as diverse as India and Mexico. On stage, she has a strong visual presence, armed with her accordion and a voice that has the power to sweeten the rhythms and melodies of the band that accompanies her. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 Fourth St. SW. For more information, call 505-724-4771.
Kevin Fowler concert
Kevin Fowler with Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers performs at the Inn of the Mountain Gods, 287 Carrizo Canyon Road, at 8 p.m. Texas country singer-songwriter Kevin Fowler took a couple of years to take stock of his artistic career, launch his own record label, then write and record “How Country Are Ya?” the old-fashioned way. How Country Are Ya? — Fowler’s seventh studio album and his first for Kevin Fowler Records in a joint venture with Nashville’s Thirty Tigers — is the good-timing, tradition-steeped and honky-tonk-stomping Amarillo native’s return to basics effort. A year in the making, the album features 15 fresh tunes (he wrote all of them except for the raucous instrumental “Mousturdonus“) and was produced by Ken Tondre, Fowler’s drummer, at Tondre’s The Compound Recording Studio in Austin. Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers have been dazzling audiences for more than 60 years. It all began in Abilene, Texas in 1955, when Larry was six, Steve was four, and Rudy was two. Since those days, the road the brothers have plowed has won them countless awards and has taken them to numerous concert halls, festival stages, national television shows and even the White House on several occasions. For more information, visit innofthemountaingods.com or call 1-800-545-9011.
National Day of the Cowboy
The National Day of the Cowboy is celebrated downtown Artesia Main Street. From 9 a.m. until noon, food and craft vendors have their booths open in the First American Bank parking lot. There will be a selfie station in front of the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. Other entertainment are roping demonstrations, Kids Canvas and Cactus at the OPAC from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; free lunch at Bennies Western Wear and “Patsy and Friends concert at 3 p.m. For tickets and more information, contact the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center at 575-746-4212.
Annual free bat flight dawn watch
One day each year the Carlsbad Caverns invite the public to the Bat Flight Amphitheater to watch the mass exodus of hundreds of thousands Brazilian free-tailed bats free of charge. The bats stay at the caverns from May through October. The event takes place at 5:30 a.m. After the bats return, the Carlsbad Caverns visitor center offers bat-related activities throughout the day. At the end of the day, around 7:15 p.m. watch the Bat Flight Program in the Bat Flight Amphitheater. The program time is subject to change. A schedule of the day’s activities is available at go.nps.gov/b3cy16.
Fiftieth anniversary of the Vietnam War
Veterans who served during the Vietnam War era will be honored at a special 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War commemoration ceremony in at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial Amphitheater, 1100 W. Louisiana Blvd. SE. All veterans who served during the Vietnam War era, as well as family members of deceased Vietnam War-era veterans, are invited to attend—and will be presented with a 50th Anniversary Commemorative Pin and a Certificate of Appreciation for their service and sacrifice. For more information, contact Department of Veterans Services public information officer Ray Seva at email@example.com or call 505-827-6352.
July 27 to 29
Ruidoso Wine and Art Festival
The annual Ruidoso Wine and Art Festival kicks off on Friday at noon at the Ruidoso Convention Center, 111 Sierra Blanca Dr. Doors open until 6 p.m. On Saturday doors are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. More than 100 talented artists are showcasing a broad spectrum of mediums including sculpture, photography, glass, paintings, ceramics, jewelry and mixed media. This year there are a variety of new artists participating in the show. The event features New Mexico wineries who offer tastings (for adults) during the festival. For more information, visit ruidosonow or call 575-257-7495.