Longview hosts world-class professional performances from the Ballet, Opera, and Symphony. Both the Gregg County Historical Museum and Longview Museum of Fine Arts have permanent collections and changing exhibits. ArtsView Children's Theatre brings live performances to the stage several times a year. The Symphonic Band features local musicians in four concerts a year. And now, Arts Longview has a world-class blues music festival. We invite you to be a part of the Arts in the Piney Woods.
Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2014 4:00 am
Residents may not quite grasp it yet, but Longview has pulled off a major coup landing the T-Bone Walker Blues Festival, which is moving this year from Linden.
And the festival hit the jackpot with Longview, too. This is a match made in blues heaven.
The music festival has gained a national reputation for bringing together great acts and drawing good crowds. But while it’s successful, the festival has not done as well as it might because, frankly, Linden is not the easiest place to get to, especially by air. And once fans have arrived, there’s not much else there.
Longview is not an air hub, either, but is served by commercial passenger flights and Amtrak. Those are two means of transportation Linden does not have.
Add to that the fact the city of Longview has agreed to co-sponsor and put together a marketing effort for the festival, and you have the makings of an event that could become as big a draw as the Great Texas Balloon Race.
In fact, the balloon race and blues festival could provide a model for an aggressive strategy to bring more such events to our city.
As our city imagines its future through the long-term planning process now being undertaken, let’s consider more than where to build roads, schools, stores or parks. What else can we do to make Longview a more special place to be?
How about a film festival? Texas has independent filmmakers by the hundreds. Such a gathering could be another big draw.
Let’s think big.
Imagination and effort transform people and places. Longview feels as if it is on the cusp of something great. Push forward, we say.
For the past 8 years, the Corporation has been blessed by its association with the Music City Texas, Inc, the Linden Economic Development Corporation, and the many sponsors and volunteers from the Linden/Cass County Community. Clearly, the Music City Texas Theater is a one-of-a-kind venues with a very personal feel, and the board and staff of the theater create a down-home atmosphere that cannot be matched anywhere. So there is a sadness in moving the festival. In the current economy, it was necessary to find a larger venue that could support a festival.
We hope that our fans will accept the move and join us in Longview for the festival which is scheduled for September 12-13, 2014.
The lineup will be posted once the performers are booked and under contract.
Longview is the home to ABC Auto, who in partnership with Shreveport's World of Wheels and Music Mountain Water, hosted the car show. Plans are underway to have a larger car show on Saturday, September 13.
Like e-bay, you may own it now for many of these guitars for a set donation. Otherwise, the item goes to the auction where the donation level is set by the crowd.
Click on the photo to view other guitars. Addition photos are available on our facebook page. The link is at the bottom of this page.
If you have an interest in owning an item now, please contact the festival at 903-244-6434, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Following supper, the smokin' hot Eric Gales will provide a private concert. Eric is on a Texas Tour and offered to stop in Linden and thank those folks that make the festival possible. He has a number of concerts in the tour with The Peterson Brothers Band as his opening act. (Way to go Glenn & Alex!)
If you are not a festival volunteer, you may be able to catch Eric at one of his concerts: http://www.ericgalesband.com. If you have thought about becoming a sponsor, but would like to know more, or meet those who are involved, please contact us and come to this private event and check us out.