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Blues festival makes call for volunteers.

LONGVIEW, TEXAS April 5, 2016 -- T-Bone Walker Blues Fest, Inc. today announced that it has begun its annual roundup of volunteers to staff the annual June music festival in Longview.

"We are looking for smiling faces that can spend a few hours or a few days helping us make the festival an even bigger success," said Renea Shipp, Volunteer Coordinator for the festival.

Potential volunteers can go to the festival's website at, look for the volunteer page, and select from one of the many involvement opportunities listed.

Festival producer Marc Welch said "This is a very important event for the East Texas community. Last year we had more than 200 area volunteers involved, and as the festival continues to grow each year, we will need more and more help from the community."

Welch, a member of the board of directors of the organizing non-profit corporation, pointed out that the organization has no paid employees, is staffed entirely by volunteers, and exists solely to promote the future of blues music and blues musicians.

The two-day T-Bone Walker Blues Fest features internationally recognized blues artists performing on two stages and is supported in part by a grant from the City of Longview. The 2016 event will be held June 3-4 at the Maude Cobb Activity Complex in Longview, Texas. Visit for more information.

The festival is a fund-raiser for the non-profit IRS designated 501(c)3 corporation whose mission is to showcase contemporary blues musicians, promote a strong future for 'The Blues' genre, and to provide blues music education, youth music education, and music therapy.

The T-Bone Walker Blues Fest is named for the iconic musician Aaron Thibeaux Walker, who was born in 1910 near Linden, Texas, and was a transformational figure in blues and other genres. He was inducted into both the Blues Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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