Big Pines Blues Festival Announces Youth Contest Finalists
LONGVIEW, TEXAS – The Big Pines Blues Festival has announced the names of 15 finalists for the festival's “Junior Showcase” competition. The young guitar slingers will face off in head-to-head competition to determine the winners in two age groups on Saturday morning, June 3, on the Maude Cobb Rodeo Arena stage.
Blues Festival Announces 2017 Ticket Availability, Pricing
Organizers of the Big Pines Blues Festival announced today that advance sale tickets for the 2017 two-day event are currently available through the festival's website at www.bigpinesbluesfestival.com.
There will be no admission charge for the Friday night performances. Advance general admission tickets for the Saturday performances are priced at $20. A VIP package at $60 allows fans access to upgraded seating facilities on both Friday and Saturday nights.
The outdoor celebration of blues music will be held June 2 and 3 at the Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center in Longview.
Blues Festival Name Change Press Release
Contact: Cynthia Hellen, Board member, 903-736-1297
Longview, TX – January 20, 2017 – It was announced today that the T-Bone Walker Blues Festival has changed its name to the Big Pines Blues Festival and will continue to produce the annual blues music festival in Longview. This year’s event will be held at the Maude Cobb Activity Complex on June 2 and 3, 2017.
“This change will allow the Board and other volunteers more flexibility in programming the festival so we can better honor the region’s broader blues music heritage, and to meet the needs and musical tastes of this region,” said Board President Marcus Wren. “This change will allow the event to encompass more area businesses and age groups.”
T-Bone Walker "Blues Train" to arrive in Longview Tuesday
Family members of Aaron "T-Bone" Walker will arrive at Longview Amtrak Station Tuesday after a trip from Los Angeles, California. Aboard the Amtrak Texas Eagle 422 will be T-Bone's daughter Bernita Walker, granddaughter Kelie Sturgis, and niece Lorna Crowell. Accompanying them will be a founding member of the T-Bone Walker Blues Fest board of directors, Fred Walecki, and past president and current board member Nicolas Emiliani. The group is here to participate in activities surrounding the 11th annual T-Bone Walker Blues Fest that will take place Friday and Saturday at Maude Cobb Convention Center.
Junior Showcase Finalists Announced
The TBone Walker Blues Fest has announced the names of eleven finalists in the Patterson Nissan Junior Showcase. The Showcase is a competition for student age guitar players. The youngsters will meet in for the final showdown on the Maude Cobb Convention Center main stage beginning at 10:00 AM Saturday. Admission to the Junior Showcase performances is free to the public.
T-Bone Walker Blues Fest Announces 2016 Artist Lineup
LONGVIEW, TEXAS, January 19, 2016 – The Board of Directors of the non-profit T-Bone Walker Blues Fest, Inc. announced today that it has completed selection work on the artist lineup for the 2016 music festival. The festival will take place June 3-4 at Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center in Longview.
Headlining the 11th annual event will be three-time Grammy winner and visionary roots-music storyteller Keb’ Mo’ whose recent album “BLUESAmericana” was awarded the Blues Music Association’s Best Contemporary Blues Album of 2015. Keb' Mo' backed by his three-piece band, will cap the Friday night program.
Opening for Keb' Mo' on Friday night will be Toronto, Ontario blues guitarist, singer, music historian Danny Marks. Marks may be known to local blues fans as the host of acclaimed documentary series “Cities in Blue” that featured stories of numerous blues musicians,
including many from Texas.
A fan favorite from the 2015 festival, The Eric Gales Band, will be returning for both Friday and Saturday night performances.
Grant Awarded to 2016 Blues Festival
LONGVIEW, TEXAS, October 8, 2015 – Officials of the T-Bone Walker Blues Fest announced that the non-profit organization has been awarded a $55,500 grant from the City of Longview in support the group's 2016 festival event.
Festival officials said that the will be used to fund artist fees, marketing, and artistic services such as sound and lighting.
Dietrich Johnson, liaison to the city's Cultural Activities Advisory Commission, said that the amounts awarded were based on artistic or cultural merit, community outreach, administrative and fiscal responsibility "as well as the ability to provide matching funds."
Blues Festival Names Producer for 2016 Show
LONGVIEW, TEXAS, September 23, 2015 – The Board of Directors of the non-profit T-Bone Walker Blues Fest, Inc. announced today that it has named Longview resident Marcus Welch as Festival Producer for the 2016 music event.
The festival, now in its eleventh year, will be held June 3-4, 2016 at Maude Cobb Activity Complex in Longview, Texas.
As Festival Producer, Welch will be responsible for overseeing the work of approximately 14 volunteer committees leading up to and through the event, said Board Chair Marcus Wren III.
Marcus Welch is a co-owner in his family's 100 year old business, Welch Funeral Home. During a thirteen year involvement with Longview AlleyFest, Welch was responsible for bringing many blues musicians to that festival. For the past seven years he has produced Trick's Synthetic Podcast, a twice weekly podcast featuring all types of roots music.
The announcement was made during a Wednesday meeting that included members of the organization's volunteer corps. The primary purpose of the meeting was to finalize committee assignment responsibilities.