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.