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.”
Last Minute Festival Updates For Attendees
Outdoor Stage Location Change
The threat of rain has prompted organizers of the T-Bone Walker Blues Fest to move the location of the outdoor stage for Friday and Saturday performances.
Officials decided Wednesday evening to adopt the "rainy day" backup plan in which the stage will be placed under cover of the Large Agriculture Pavilion. This location affords both musicians and fans adequate shelter from the forecast rain showers, said festival producer Marc Welch.
Additional covered seating is available in the Small Agriculture Pavilion, located immediately south of the large pavilion.
The original "sunny day" plan called for the stage to be located in the open field south of the Maude Cobb Convention Center building.
No changes are planned for the main stage inside Maude Cobb Convention Center building.
A very limited number of bleacher seats will be available in the pavilion, so fans are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
Vehicle entry for the venue will be via the main Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Complex entrance, Grand Blvd off of Cotton Street, then west into the parking area south of the Rodeo Arena.
Festival gates open at 4:00 PM Friday, with performances starting at 5:30. Saturday opening is at 1:00 PM with Big Gus and Swampadelic taking the stage at 2:00.
Online Ticket Sales Closed - Buy at The Gate
Online ticket sales closed at Midnight last night. Tickets will be available to purchase at the gate for both days.
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.
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
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.