Smokin’ Joe Kubek
2011 Friday Night Headliner
Tall City Blues Fest is Very Much The Best Blues Music event in Texas Today. I know because I have played the Blues all over The USA! If every city had a Lisa Grissom, Blues Music would be in the mainstream and who knows…either world peace or maybe we would ALL be sleeping till noon? Long Live The Tall City Blues Fest!
2011 Festival Performer
Thank you for having us at TCBF we had a great time and made a few new friends. You and your crew did a great job and we would be honored to work with you again anytime! All the best to you and continued success.
2011 Festival Performer
Tall City Blues Fest offers me, as an artist, an excellent opportunity to perform, teach and, perhaps more importantly, meet some of the kindest, most enthusiastic music fans. I also get to take in a lot of music as a fan myself; music that’s happening on three stages throughout the festival performed by an ever-expansive roster of superb talent. I’m fortunate enough to have been involved as an artist with TCBF; a diverse, very well organized blues festival that is, I feel, a vital live music experience on the expansive Texas music scene.
2011 Festival Performer
As a performer and as a former festival producer, I must commend the entire staff for an exemplary job of bringing off a very complex event stunningly well. Given the complexity and extent of the event, it was remarkable and worthy of recognition.
Deputy City Manager (City of Midland)
The Blues Fest was well organized, exciting, and a great success. You and the volunteers presented a “top flight” event. The quality, from the printing of the programs to the performers, was second to none. We really did enjoy ourselves and I wanted to take the time and let you know that everything was great. Events like this do not just happen unless someone makes them happen, and you made it happen. Thank you and I cannot wait until next year.
The Tall City Blues Festival was an ambitious undertaking, with complete days of music on two outdoor stages, performances on a “chamber acoustic jam stage,” together with a whole separate educational program. While there were a few first date hiccups, the Tall City Blues Festival knew what it wanted to be and produced the goods.
As a young adult living in Midland I find myself and others traveling out of town to find activities that Midland lacks. TCBF 2011 was a success and a huge step in the right direction for our city.
Communications Coordinator (TOMCAT, USA)
I am very impressed with all the key players that are involved in the event. I read the letter from the producer, and I have to say I could not stop crying when reading it. Thank you for sharing and I agree that God gives us brilliant opportunities disguised as impossible situations. Congratulations, the fest is already a success because it takes a community to have a community event and this fest is an example of it.
WOW! The 2011 Tall City Blues Festival was an amazing event that I hope will be back for 2012.
Blogger at Snooty Primadona
Let me just say that I was soooo skeptical when I heard this Blues Fest was going to happen [in Midland]. I figured the bands would be amateur, at best. However, I was delightedly wrong. I’ve never had the pleasure of seeing so much talent in one place, at one time, in this town. Ever. It was a mere $40.00 for a weekend pass to the festival and there were food trucks in abundance as well as some of the most amazing blues I’ve ever heard. One of the odd things about where we live is that everyone complains that there is nothing to do here and yet, when someone DOES bring something to town, no one (or at least not enough people) support it, so it always seems to fade away. This, however, is worth supporting, especially in its fledgling year.
I didn’t even know I liked the Blues until I came to this Festival.
Founder of StevieSnacks Blues Guitar Lessons
I had the pleasure of working with Promising Projects as part of the first annual Tall City Blues Festival in 2011. The event was a first, but there was nothing “rookie” about it. Their dedication and commitment to quality was evident from start to finish. I was impressed with the scale and orchestration of the entire weekend. People from all over Texas (and even neighboring states) were treated to top-notch entertainment all weekend long. It was a job well done.
The Tall City Blues Fest was a first class event. From the moment we arrived to the moment we left we were treated with the utmost respect. I enjoyed getting to play with and hear other musicians from around Texas. The brotherhood among musicians was awesome.
Tony Balbinot/Cadillac Angels
A great festival is two things; Great music and great people. The Tall City Blues Fest gets FIVE STARS in both categories. From the time we pulled into town and hit the stage, to the time of our departure, we were treated to real Texas hospitality and enthusiasm. It was the high point of our road travels in 2012!
The Tall City Blues Fest is a first class event. It is a family friendly affair with top notch entertainment, top notch sound and lights in a great setting. I’d say it’s a great place to take yourself and your whole family, from grandma to the kids, to hear some great blues and learn something about this truly American form of music.
What a very unique experience it was for me and my band to be part of the 2012 TALL CITY BLUES FESTIVAL. The accommodations were excellent and I got to see and network with a bunch of great musicians! Nice Job TCBF! Peace & music!
Performing at the 2012 Tall City Bluesfest was most definitely a highlight of my musical career. Playing with–and just getting to listen to–the incredible musical talent there truly was a gift for a blues-lover like myself, and the treatment that I received from the organizers and staff made me feel like a star! Being invited to participate was also an eye-opener for me about the city of Midland, TX, as everything from the talent, to the venues, to the organization, to the staging, to the programs, to the accommodations was first-class all the way, which makes me wonder–why can’t a big city like my hometown, Houston (which has an incredibly rich blues history that, unfortunately, gets much too little civic respect and recognition), put on such a professional and outstanding blues festival as TCBF?
Thank you to the organizers and staff of the Tall City Bluesfest for a wonderful and memorable experience, and best wishes for many more TCBFs in the future!
Tall City Blues Festival was an awesome experience! The multiple venues and workshops made it fun and interesting for musicians and fans alike. It was great to play for the friendly and enthusiastic Midland fans and to listen to all the great artists!
Peterson Brothers Band
The Tall City Blues Fest exceeded our expectations. This was our first visit to Midland and we are now hooked. We are encouraging all of our friends to make plans to attend all of your future festivals. The town was beautiful, the festival was well organized, and everything was within walking distance, which made it an extra special experience. Lastly, we loved all of the bands; it was a fantastic lineup of musicians from everywhere! Thanks to the Tall City Blues Fest, Volunteers and Staff.
Bill Zerbe/Taxi Dancer Band
My band had the great fortune and opportunity to perform at the 2012 Tall City Blues Festival in Midland, TX. I can say from experience that it was one of the better run festivals that I have played at or attended. From an artist’s standpoint, it operated smoothly and all of our needs were attended to more than adequately. The entire staff was friendly and accommodating and the sound crew was first rate. From an audience standpoint…what a great lineup! The two main stages on opposite ends of the park made for smooth transitions between bands and meant continuous non-stop music. I strongly recommend attending the Tall City Blues Festival and urge any blues performer to seek the opportunity to be a part of this fine event.
Jose “Sweet Tone” Ruiz
I have performed and held harmonica clinics at this festival and can say that this is one of the best kept secrets in Texas. If you haven’t had an opportunity to experience it, I highly recommend that you do. These guys really know how to put a blues festival together–from entertainment, various clinics such as singer songwriter, guitar, harmonica and much more as well as food vendors that are ready to serve you. One thing for sure, the Tall City Blues Festival really makes you feel right at home.
Dr. Steve Thomas
The Tall City Blues Festival is a wonderful event for many reasons. It offers families an opportunity to spend leisure time together to listen to some of the best musicianship in the country. And the “blues”, well it is an original American art form and we are so fortunate to have great performers here in downtown Midland each July. During the Festival, the air is filled with outstanding music and the aroma of good food. What could be better in the middle of the summer than to bring a lawn chair, sit under the stars and be a part of this unique atmosphere.
Rabon Bewley – Music Professor Midland College
Incredible job at the Blues Fest this summer! It was a blast! I would like to get the Midland College Music Department involved. Again, GREAT festival.
The Tall City Blues Fest is a wonderful event for young and old. It has drawn thousands to the downtown area, which the city is working to revitalize, and provided countless hours of musical enjoyment. It provides activities for kids and musical venues ranging from small, intimate rooms to large outdoor concerts. It has been my great pleasure to attend the first two years and I can truly say that I have enjoyed all the music and am pleased to have been introduced to some acts with whom I wasn’t familiar.
One of the things I love about Midland is the sense of community one gets here; there is room at the table for everyone. When I found Tall City Blues Festival it felt so right, the Blues are about community and the people who love this music. Texas is and has been an important place for Blues players and styles and to have the new and the old traditions meld right here in our home is a reason to celebrate.
Thanks to the innovative vision of Promising Projects, West Texans now have the opportunity to hear the blues! To sit out under the stars on a warm summer’s night and listen to the blues, surrounded by friends and other blues fans is amazing. Many thanks and kudos to the TCBF team who make this dream a reality for our area and special appreciation to those businesses with the foresight and good sense to support this festival! I look forward to the Tall City Blues Fest each year and I know it will soon become a summer classic!
Rhonda & David Hunter
The Tall City Blues Festival is one of the most unique and entertaining musical events one can find in the Permian Basin area. Great atmosphere, great music, great fun!