David and I enjoyed a full day at the 3rd Annual Simply Texas Blues Festival. The winner of the Blues Band Competition is: Blues Boy Willie & Texas Blues Runners! They will compete in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee.
There were 15 bands in this year’s competition:
Eli Westin; Barefoot Mark; Trinity; Avalon; Reload Blues; Gasoline Alley; Spring Mill Grind; Thumpin’ Puppies; Blues Scientists; Swamp Sauce; Danny Brooks; Immediate Blues; Blues Boy Willie & Texas Blues Runners; Jennifer B. & Groove Kings; & Blues Crew.
We worked the Tex-Mex Fandango & Blues Cruise IV booth right in front of Sealy Flats Diner, ‘the coolest place in town‘! The music was fantastic, the food was delicious, and watching The San Angelo Blues Society working so hard made us appreciate the day even more. This was an event that you could have easily spent $50 per person for, but because of the sponsors, it was all for FREE!
The day started with the Blessing of the Bikes, and the bike riders then headed out on the town for a poker run. There was an old time Car Show, the 1967 GTO won. And there was a Rib and Gumbo Cookoff along with plenty of Vendors, and Music all day long.
The evening was fantastic too. Grady Champion, winner of the 2010 International Blues Challenge, performed that night. He’s not one to perform on stage either. He gets right into the audience while singing and playing his harps.
Grady Champion is a young, blues singer and harmonica player, born October 10, that has been compared to Sonny Boy Williamson, and people can hear exactly why on his Shanachie debut Payin’ for My Sins released August 24, 1999. The album includes a version of “Don’t Start Me to Talkin'” that really shows Grady’s high-energy singing and harmonica playing and an update of the traditional blues lament “Goin’ Down Slow” with an AIDS parable — a hard-bitten vignette of modern life. His revved-up, soulful vocalizing and the charm and insight he brings to his songwriting in numbers like the campy “My Rooster Is King” and the classic-sounding tale of infidelity “You Got Some Explaining to Do” (co-written by his producer Dennis Walker, who helped Robert Cray reach national fame) mark Grady as an important new talent.
We met a lot of interested cruise folks, talked all about Roatan, Honduras; Belize City, Belize and Cozumel, Mexico. Talked about the new ship for Galveston, Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas, and all about T. Gozney Thornton, Augie Meyers, Jeff Strahan, Joe Forlini, Cynthia Jordan and all the dancing that goes on. We told everyone that we’ll have a Fandango of a Time!
Organizers from Midland were attending the event, giving away t-shirts to promote the Tall City Blues Festival, July 29 – 31st, 2011.
We have found out that Jeff Strahan and his band will be performing in the Tall City Blues Festival in Midland, Texas, July 29 – 31, 2011.
Tall City Blues Fest will take place in Centennial Park Plaza located in downtown Midland, TX. Centennial Park Plaza is located between the old County Courthouse building and the Midland Center and is bound by Texas Street to the north and Wall Street to the south.
The Festival grounds will include the Midland Center, the Hilton Midland Plaza, and the old County Courthouse building, Texas Street (from Colorado to Main) and Wall Street (from Colorado to Main).
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