Tall City Blues Fest, nestled in downtown Midland, TX, will host over 23 different performers this year! Lisa Grissom, Producer of this year’s Festival states ”The Tall City Blues Fest is located in the heart of West Texas, halfway between Dallas and El Paso on the I-20 corridor, Midland was a perfect void begging for a blues festival”
This Festival, in it’s 2nd year, showcases award-winning blues acts accompanied by emerging talent across 3 Outdoor plus 1 Indoor stage. The Festival also offers educational clinics, a Zydeco street dance, a Gospel Brunch & Blues Jam, family activity areas, jook joints, midnight jam sessions, interactive hospitality stations, art & memorabilia auctions and food vendors, did they miss anything? I thin not!
This year’s headliners are Tommy Castro (Saturday Night) and James ‘Boogaloo’ Bolden Blues Band (Friday Night). Tommy Castro is a multi-time Blues Music Awards winner and James Bolden, having been B.B. King’s Band Leader for 32 years, is also an award-winning performer. Bolden & his band have been voted Best Blues Band by Downbeat Magazine, received a W.C. Handy Award for Best Blues Band of the Year and performed at the White House for five Presidents with B.B King & the Duke Ellington Orchestra.
In addition to the music, this year’s Festival will also offer nine different educational clinics, including harmonica 101 & advanced, harmonica for kids, blues bass 101, country blues finger-picking, bottleneck slide, acoustic blues, songwriting and cigar box guitar building.
In addition to the clinics, Apple (in conjunction with Best Buy) will be conducting Garage Band and iPhoto demonstrations and the Festival will also host The Real Blues Tour, a multi-media, travelguide performance that showcases the history of blues beginning in the early 1900′s.
Gates open Friday July 27 at 4 PM with first performer at 5:30 PM; on Saturday July 28, gates open at 10 AM with first performer at 11 AM. Friday Day Passes are $20; Saturday Day Passes are $30; Weekend Festival Passes are $40.
Tall City Blues Festival is an indoor/outdoor, family-friendly music festival. Our mission is to create an experience like none other that brings award-winning blues & roots music to West Texas and makes people feel enlightened, joy-filled & loved.
For more info, go to http://www.tallcitybluesfest.com/
Until next time,
Love, Peace & Chicken Grease
photo: courtesy of Tall City Blues Fest