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T-Bone Walker Blues Fest Announces 2016 Artist Lineup

The Keb' Mo' Band took their routinely sold out show to fans across North America during the summer and fall of 2015. Photo by Chuck Arlund.

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.

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Grant Awarded to T-Bone Walker Blues FestivalGrant 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."

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Blues Festival Names Producer for 2016 Show

T-Bone Walker Festival 2015 Photo Jim KingLONGVIEW, 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.

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11th Annual T-Bone Walker Blues Fest 2016 Dates Announced

We are excited to announce that the 11th Annual T-Bone Walker Blues Fest for 2016 will be held on

Friday June 3rd and Saturday June 4th, 2016

Longview, Texas.

Tickets Go On Sale Wednesday April 13th, 2016

A reason to smile on tax day - tickets for the 11th Annual T-bone Walker Blue Festival will be going on sale Wednesday April 13th! All of the details for the tickets will be coming before that date.  The lineup will be announced as soon as all of the acts are booked and under contract.



Friends Remembered

Diane Hulme

DianeHulmeFor the first eight years of the festival in Linden, Diane & her husband, David, were year-long volunteers. Both were active with the Music City Texas Theater and key organizers and planners of the festival. Diane was tireless in her role as the Producer of the Festival Support Staff and a non-stop worker at the festival itself. We all loved her and she leaves a space to fill in our tasks that is large as the place she holds in our hearts.

Vaya con Dios

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SmallTicketsTickets Go On Sale Wednesday April 15th

A reason to smile on tax day - tickets for the 10th Annual T-bone Walker Blue Festival will be going on sale Wednesday April 15th! All of the details for the tickets will be coming shortly, but for now we can tell the Festival will be more than just great blues music! Here are some new details about this years festival that we are so excited to announce!

LOSLONELYBOYSLOSLONELYBOYS32C2E9DA7F3BaustinrrcomCustomNEW! Meet and Greet T-Bone Walker Blues Stars!

Packages will be announced with all the details of several Meet and Greet Packages to be offered this year. Meet Tab Benoit, Rick Derringer, and Los Lonely Boys in person! Package pricing and details coming soon!

New! All Star Guitar Workshops

Saturday afternoon guitar workshops with Eric Gales, Jonathon Boogie Long, Cary Morin, Kingfish, Lance Lopez and more. Details and workshop schedule coming soon!

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Artist Line Up for the 2015

10th Annual T-Bone Walker Blue Music Festival

 UPDATED 5/24/2015



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