Longview, TX — If all goes according to plan, Longview will be singing the blues for years to come, making the T-Bone Walker Blues Festival the crown jewel of city events.
“We’re shooting for this to be Longview’s biggest draw, maybe not this year, but in years to come,” said Executive Director Rick Howell.
Board members hope the festival has a permanent home in Longview.
“The first year we really want to just knock it out, come out with some really big acts to kick this thing off ,” board member Ken Chinn said. “This will be big for the city, great for the economy. You have a group that will be flying in from California. We draw people from Tennessee, and last year there were some people who flew in from Europe. This will put Longview on the map musically.”
Organizers are planning for about 12,000 people to stream into Longview on Sept. 12 and 13 for the ninth annual event, which moved to the Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center this year from Linden, birthplace of blues legend Walker.
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