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April 19, 2016

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T-Bone Walker Blues Fest seeks student guitar contestants

The 11th annual T-Bone Walker Blues Fest will include the contest for student age guitar players, the T-Bone Walker Junior Showcase, that the festival inaugurated at the 2015 event.

“We are looking for student age guitar players who will compete in the professional surroundings provided by the festival, said Junior Showcase chairperson Andrea Baros.

All students in Grades 3 through twelve are eligible for entry.

Contestants will compete in one of three age groups, with festival staff selection finalists from all submitted video entries.

Finalists will perform beginning at 10:00 AM on Saturday June 4 on the Patterson Nissan Junior Showcase stage at the Maude Cobb Activity Complex. Admission to the Junior Showcase performances is free to the public.

Students may enter the contest by submitting a performance video. Complete contest rules and entry instructions are available on the festival website at Deadline for entry is May 13.

The winners in each of three categories will be recognized in an awards ceremony and will later perform on the T-Bone festival stage with a T-Bone Walker performing artist.

The 2016 T-Bone Walker Junior Showcase is made possible by the sponsorship of Patterson-Nissan.

The T-Bone Walker Blues Fest is a two-day music festival featuring nationally known performers as well as regional and local groups.
The festival is named for the iconic musician Aaron Thibeaux Walker, who was born in 1910 near Linden, Texas, was a transformational figure in blues and rock music development, and is a member of both the Blues Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Complete artist lineup, show schedule, and ticket information can be found at the festival's website at

Photo Cutline: T-Bone Walker Junior Showcase contestants perform at the 2015 T-Bone-Walker-Blues-Fest. Photos by Jim King Photography.

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