For Immediate Release

For more information contact:

Lisa J. Grissom, Producer of Tall City Blues Fest   (432) 262‐0034,

Tall City Blues Fest, presented by Riley Geological Consultants, announces its line‐up for the 2013 Festival. The Festival will be held in downtown Midland's Centennial Plaza on July 26‐27, 2013 and brings award‐winning Blues performers to West Texas.

The Friday night headliner is Chris Duarte (Atlanta, GA) followed by a finale performance from JT Coldfire (Austin, Texas). On Saturday night Zac Harmon (Jackson, MS) will headline the Festival with a special guest performance by, Mississippi Blues Child, Castro Coleman, then followed by a finale performance from Nick Moss (Chicago, IL).

Friday night opening act will be Laurie Morvan Band (Long Beach, CA) and Saturday opening act will be Shakura S'Aida (Toronto, CA).

Other Performers include:

Justin Johnson (Durham, NC)

The Peterson Brothers (Bastrop, Texas)

Frank Gomez (Austin, Texas)

Terry Quiett (Wichita, KS)

Brad Absher & Swamp Royale (Houston, Texas)

Mike Milligan & the Altar Boyz (Austin, Texas)

Kirsten Thien (New York, NY) with special guest, Eddie Turner (Denver, CO)

“Of the 14 performers we're showcasing this year, seven have competed at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis and four have been nominated for Blues Music Awards,” said Tall City Blues Fest Talent Buyer Ronn Reeger. “It's very exciting to be able to bring this kind of talent to West Texas.”

On Friday, July 26, gates will open at 5 PM, and the first performer will take the Cimarex Energy Main Stage at 5:30 PM. On Saturday, the gates will open at 1 PM with the first performer taking the Riley Geological Main Stage at 2 PM. On Saturday, a third stage, the Ford Community Jam Stage, will host 15‐minute Community Jam sessions alternating between the Main Stage performances, making Saturday a triple‐stage format.

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Friday Passes are $15; Saturday Passes are $25; Weekend Passes are $30.

$20 Weekend Passes are available at the gate for students presenting a valid student ID.

Tall City Blues Fest, presented by Riley Geological Consultants, hosts its line‐up across two Main Stages, and also offers an outdoor Community Jam, educational workshops, an art auction and memorabilia raffle, food vendors and a midnight spectator jam. In addition to bringing award‐winning performers to West Texas, Tall City Blues Fest creates tourism, offers a culturally diverse attraction in West Texas and contributes positively to the quality of life.


5:30‐6:15 PM Justin Johnson
615‐7:15 PM The Peterson Brothers
7:15 PM‐8:15 PM Laurie Morvan (OPENER)
8:15‐9:45 PM Chris Duarte (HEADLINER)
9:45‐11 PM JT Coldfire (FINALE ACT)

2‐2:45 PM Frank Gomez
3‐3:45 PM Terry Quiett
4‐4:45 Brad Absher & Swamp Royale
5‐5:45 PM Mike Milligan & the Altar Boyz
6‐7 PM Kirsten Thien w/ special guest Eddie Turner
7‐8:15 PM Shakura S'Aida (OPENER)
8:15‐9:45 PM Zac Harmon (HEADLINER) w/ special guest performance by Castro Coleman
10‐11:15 PM Nick Moss (FINALE ACT)

The above information has been provided by the Tall City Blues Fest and distributed by the Midland Convention & Visitors Bureau. The mission of the Midland Convention & Visitors Bureau is to encourage economic growth by developing, promoting, enhancing and supporting Midland as a vibrant visitor destination