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Special thanks to everyone for a fantastic Fest and celebrating our 10-year anniversary with us. Scroll below to see everyone who helped make this year’s Fest the best!

WELCOME

Special thanks to everyone for a fantastic Fest and celebrating our 10-year anniversary with us. Scroll below to see everyone who helped make this year’s Fest the best!

Tall City

Blues Fest

SEPT 24

Live at The Destination Midland

Tall City

Blues Fest

SEPT 24

Live at The Destination Midland

Schedule of Events

11 AM Shuttle service begins

Shuttle service will run every 15 minutes between the Doubletree and The Destination until midnight.

11 AM Sponsor & VIP Kick-Off Party Doors open

The Sponsor & VIP Party will take place inside The Destination. VIP ticketing is required.

12 PM Old lumberyard gates open

Shop, sip, eat and chillax. Kids Korner will include a bounce house, face painting, snow cones, cornhole and other kids activities.

12-3 PM Sponsor & VIP Kick-Off Party

Exclusive for our sponsors and VIPs, this party will feature KT and The Blues Scientists inside The Destination.

3 PM The Destination doors open

After the Sponsor & VIP Kick-Off Party concludes, doors to the inside of The Destination will open to general admission ticket holders.

3-3:45 PM The Corbells

This year's Fest opener is the Greater West Texas Blues Society's 2022 solo/duo act they sent to represent West Texas in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. They will perform on the Old Lumberyard stage.

3:30-6:30 PM Tony Barker band

A skillfully bred songwriter, Tony Barker was nominated for "Singer/Songwriter of the Year" by the Academy of Texas Music. He will be performing on the stage inside The Destination.

4-4:45 PM jhett black

Jhett Black brought home 2nd place as a finalist in this year's International Blues Challenge in the solo/duo category from among more than 250 artists that competed. He will perform on the Old Lumberyard stage.

5-5:45 PM In Layman terms

This brother/sister fronted group brings big sauce and bold sass to our stage. One of the Fest's youth acts from previous years, they are all grown up and ready to rock. They will be performing on the Old Lumberyard stage.

6-7 PM Dirty Red & the SoulShakers

Bringing fiery harmonica work and a piping hot guitarist, Dirty Red, brings a spicy roadhouse style of blues to the Fest that pairs perfectly with whiskey sipping. They will be performing on the Old Lumberyard stage.

7:15-8:15 PM John Sprott Blues Band

John Sprott Blues Band is the Greater West Texas Blues Society's 2022 band they sent to represent West Texas in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. They will perform on the Old Lumberyard stage.

8:30-9:45 PM Mr. Sipp (headliner)

From the heart of Mississippi, Mr. Sipp is one of the top three Fest faves and will rock our stage with a scandalously charming dose of the Delta. He will be performing on the Old Lumberyared stage.

10-11 PM Noah Wotherspoon (Finale Act)

Noah Wotherspoon will close out our stage with his guitar whispering soulfulness. He will perform on the Old Lumberyard stage.

12 AM Last shuttle runs

Catch the last shuttle and retire the evening on a high note.

Sponsor & VIP Party KT and The Blues Scientists

Rockin' & Real Blues

After touring internationally with Alligator Records recording artist Long John Hunter, Kevin Taylor (KT) switched roles from being in the drivers seat as the drummer to being in the spotlight as guitar frontman of his own group, KT and The Blues Scientists. Their rich, organic collection of blues was developed from the finest of blues icons to create a rockin’, real, salt-of-the-earth groove.

Stage: The Destination
Performance Time: 12:30-2:45 PM

SPONSORED IN PART BY:
Rowland Chiropractic Clinic
Donna & Mike Daniel

Sponsor & VIP Party KT and The Blues Scientists

Rockin' & Real Blues

After touring internationally with Alligator Records recording artist Long John Hunter, Kevin Taylor (KT) switched roles from being in the drivers seat as the drummer to being in the spotlight as guitar frontman of his own group, KT and The Blues Scientists. Their rich, organic collection of blues was developed from the finest of blues icons to create a rockin’, real, salt-of-the-earth groove.

Stage: The Destination
Performance Time: 12:30-2:45 PM

SPONSORED IN PART BY:
Rowland Chiropractic Clinic
Donna & Mike Daniel

Tony Barker Band

Skillfully Bred Songwriter

A long-time friend of the Fest, Tony Barker is a modern-day Renaissance man of many trades and a skillfully bred songwriter, which earned him a nomination for “Singer/Songwriter of The Year” by the Academy of Texas Music. A great storyteller and masterful musician, Tony will be holding down the fort providing his brand of entertainment and musicianship inside The Destination. 

Stage: The Destination
Performance Time: 3:30-6:30 PM

Tony Barker Band

Skillfully Bred Songwriter

A long-time friend of the Fest, Tony Barker is a modern-day Renaissance man of many trades and a skillfully bred songwriter, which earned him a nomination for “Singer/Songwriter of The Year” by the Academy of Texas Music. A great storyteller and masterful musician, Tony will be holding down the fort providing his brand of entertainment and musicianship inside The Destination. 

Stage: The Destination
Performance Time: 3:30-6:30 PM

Fest Opener The Corbells

2022 GWTXBS Solo/Duo Group

Born to love the blues, this father/son duo laid it down like pros representing the Greater West Texas Blues Society (GWTXBS) in this year’s International Blues Challenge. They bring a true-to-the-blues style paying homage to blues legends John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and B.B, King, just to name a few.

Stage: Old Lumberyard
Performance Time: 3-3:45 PM

Fest Opener The Corbells

2022 GWTXBS Solo/Duo Group

Born to love the blues, this father/son duo laid it down like pros representing the Greater West Texas Blues Society (GWTXBS) in this year’s International Blues Challenge. They bring a true-to-the-blues style paying homage to blues legends John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and B.B, King, just to name a few.

Stage: Old Lumberyard
Performance Time: 3-3:45 PM

Jhett Black

Raucous Rhythms & Soulful Slide

As a finalist in this year’s International Blues Challenge in the solo/duo category , Jhett Black draws from deep sources such as Lead Belly and Howlin’ Wolf to lay down foot-stomping rhythms and raucous slide guitar interwoven with the balladry of soulful gospel roots.

Stage: Old Lumberyard
Performance Time: 4-4:45 PM

SPONSORED BY:
Robin Vasicek
Paula & Chuck Howbert
Peggy & Steve Noel

Jhett Black

Raucous Rhythms & Soulful Slide

As a finalist in this year’s International Blues Challenge in the solo/duo category , Jhett Black draws from deep sources such as Lead Belly and Howlin’ Wolf to lay down foot-stomping rhythms and raucous slide guitar interwoven with the balladry of soulful gospel roots.

Stage: Old Lumberyard
Performance Time: 4-4:45 PM

SPONSORED IN PART BY:
Robin Vasicek
Paula & Chuck Howbert
Peggy & Steve Noel

In Layman Terms

Big Sauce & Bold Sass

Led by brother/sister duo, Cole & Logan Layman, this rootsy group grabs your attention with Logan’s big and bold vocals, her rhythmic hustle on bass and Cole’s rip-roaring guitar work. One of Tall City Blues Fest’s youth groups grown up, they are a powerful muscle machine that brings meaning to the notion “I never knew the blues could be so much fun!”

Stage: Old Lumberyard
Performance Time: 5-5:45 PM

SPONSORED IN PART BY:
Lezlie Frazier-Cerf & Debbie Robertson

In Layman Terms

Big Sauce & Bold Sass

Led by brother/sister duo, Cole & Logan Layman, this rootsy group grabs your attention with Logan’s big and bold vocals, her rhythmic hustle on bass and Cole’s rip-roaring guitar work. One of Tall City Blues Fest’s youth groups grown up, they are a powerful muscle machine that brings meaning to the notion “I never knew the blues could be so much fun!”

Stage: Old Lumberyard
Performance Time: 5-5:45 PM

SPONSORED IN PART BY:
Lezlie Frazier-Cerf & Debbie Robertson

Dirty Red & The SoulShakers

Fiery, Funky & Hell Bent for Higher Ground

Hailing from OKC, Dirty Red & The SoulShakers bust a groove with Eric “Dirty Red” McDaniel’s fiery harmonica coupled with the work of piping-hot guitarist, Ike Lamb. Mix in a dangerously tight and funky rhythm section and you’ve got a spicy recipe for whiskey sipping, roadhouse romping and an energy hell bent for higher ground.

Stage: Old Lumberyard
Performance Time: 6-7 PM

SPONSORED BY:
Penny & Kevin Crosson
Nancy & Barry Marks
Carolyn & Ron Stroman

Dirty Red & The SoulShakers

Fiery, Funky & Hell Bent for Higher Ground

Hailing from OKC, Dirty Red & The SoulShakers bust a groove with Eric “Dirty Red” McDaniel’s fiery harmonica coupled with the work of piping-hot guitarist, Ike Lamb. Mix in a dangerously tight and funky rhythm section and you’ve got a spicy recipe for whiskey sipping, roadhouse romping energy and an energy hell bent for higher ground.

Stage: Old Lumberyard
Performance Time: 6-7 PM

SPONSORED BY:
Penny & Kevin Crosson
Nancy & Barry Marks
Carolyn & Ron Stroman

John Sprott Blues Band

2022 GWTXBS Band

As this year’s Greater West Texas Blues Society’s (GWTXBS) band finalist, the John Sprott Blues Band went on to represent West Texas at this year’s International Blues Challenge in Memphis. With their hard-driving rhythm section, the accompaniment of Ron Riley’s harmonica handiwork and Sprott’s skilled guitar chops, this band showcases the blues true to form. 

Stage: Old Lumberyard
Performance Time: 7:15-8:15 PM

SPONSORED BY:
Greater West Texas Blues Society (GWTXBS)
Annette & Martin Dozier
Tierra Company

John Sprott Blues Band

2022 GWTXBS Band

As this year’s Greater West Texas Blues Society’s (GWTXBS) band finalist, the John Sprott Blues Band went on to represent West Texas at this year’s International Blues Challenge in Memphis. With their hard-driving rhythm section, the accompaniment of Ron Riley’s harmonica handiwork and Sprott’s skilled guitar chops, this band showcases the blues true to form. 

Stage: Old Lumberyard
Performance Time: 7:15-8:15 PM

SPONSORED BY:
Greater West Texas Blues Society (GWTXBS)
Annette & Martin Dozier
Tierra Company

Headliner Mr. Sipp

Dose of the Delta

From the heart of Mississippi, hence the name Mr. Sipp, a lengthy list of awards and accomplishments too long to name and a Tall City Blues Fest fave, Mr. Sipp will equally charm you and scandalize you all at once with his rowdy, yet stylishly tasteful ways as he brings a dose of the Delta to West Texas. 

Stage: Old Lumberyard
Performance Time: 8:30-9:45 PM

SPONSORED BY:
Mitchell Arnold & Charlene Hurst
ICON Petroleum
Navigator Oil & Minerals, Inc.

Headliner Mr. Sipp

Dose of the Delta

From the heart of Mississippi, hence the name Mr. Sipp, a lengthy list of awards and accomplishments too long to name and a Tall City Blues Fest fave, Mr. Sipp will equally charm you and scandalize you all at once with his rowdy, yet stylishly tasteful ways as he brings a dose of the Delta to West Texas. 

Stage: Old Lumberyard
Performance Time: 8:30-9:45 PM

SPONSORED BY:
Mitchell Arnold & Charlene Hurst
ICON Petroleum
Navigator Oil & Minerals, Inc.

Finale Act Noah Wotherspoon

Guitar Whisperer

Hailing from Dayton, OH, Noah Wotherspoon is talented beyond his years, but it’s the soulfulness with which he plays, as he brings the blues to life with his guitar that will leave you spellbound.

Stage: Old Lumberyard
Performance Time: 10-11 PM

SPONSORED BY:
SlideSmith & Co.
Jamey & Brenda Lucas
Cassie Stinson & Barry Holtz

Finale Act Noah Wotherspoon

Guitar Whisperer

Hailing from Dayton, OH, Noah Wotherspoon is talented beyond his years, but it’s the soulfulness with which he plays, as he brings the blues to life with his guitar that will leave you spellbound.

Stage: Old Lumberyard
Performance Time: 10-11 PM

SPONSORED BY:
SlideSmith & Co.
Jamey & Brenda Lucas
Cassie Stinson & Barry Holtz

Branding Sponsors

Branding Sponsors

Supporting Sponsors

Supporting Sponsors

Performer Sponsors

KT and The Blues Scientists
Rowland Chiropractic Clinic
Donna & Mike Daniel

The Corbells
Greater West Texas Blues Society (GWTXBS)
Legacy Weed Control & Fertilization
Leyva Lawn Care

Jhett Black
Robin Vasicek
Paula & Chuck Howbert
Peggy & Steve Noel

In Layman Terms
Lezlie Frazier-Cerf & Debbie Robertson

Dirty Red & the SoulShakers
Kevin & Penny Crosson
Nancy & Barry Marks
Carolyn & Ron Stroman

John Sprott Blues Band
Greater West Texas Blues Society (GWTXBS)
Annette & Martin Dozier
Tierra Company

Mr. Sipp
Mitchell Arnold & Charlene Hurst
ICON Petroleum
Navigator Oil & Minerals, Inc.

Noah Wotherspoon
SlideSmith & Co.
Jamey & Brenda Lucas
Cassie Stinson & Barry Holtz

By sponsoring a performer on our line-up, you help underwrite the cost of their contract fee, travel, ground transportation, lodging and hospitality.

In exchange, you’ll get a meet-and-greet in the band house with the performer you sponsor where we’ll have custom charcuterie trays, homemade cheesecakes and champagne, recognition on the Tall City Blues Fest website and live from the stage, PLUS VIP tickets! 

General admission pre-sale tickets only $20/person.
All-Access VIP $125/person.

All-Access VIP ticketing includes an invitation to our exclusive Sponsor & VIP Kick-Off Party from noon-3 PM featuring rockin’ & real blues by KT and The Blues Scientists inside The Destination, complimentary food truck service from top rated food vendors, a designated VIP seating area in The Old Lumberyard, a special reserve bar, executive style bathrooms and VIP swag!

*Founders and Friends of the Fest get special pricing on upgrading to VIP. Text 432-262-0034 and let us know you wish to upgrade.

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General admission pre-sale tickets only $20/person. 
VIP All-Access $125/person. 

*Founders and Friends of the Fest get special pricing on upgrading to VIP. 

Fest VIP All-Access includes an invitation to a special VIP Kick-Off party, complimentary food truck service from some of our top rated food vendors, a VIP deck area, a special reserve bar, executive style bathrooms, and VIP swag!

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FAQ's

FAQs what to expect

This year’s Fest will be held on Saturday, Sept 24 at The Destination in south Midland, located at 1705 W. Industrial Ave.

Tickets are available on The Destination’s website HERE. General admission tickets are on pre-sale for $20/person ($25/person after Aug 25). VIP tickets are $125/person.
For VIP’s and Sponsors, we’ll be hosting a special VIP Party from 12-3 PM to kick off the day’s festivities. VIP All-Access ticketing also includes: complimentary food truck service from some of our top rated food vendors, a special VIP seating area in The Old Lumberyard, a special reserve bar, executive style bathrooms, and VIP swag! You can grab your tickets on The Destination’s website HERE.

The Sponsor & VIP Party will kick-off the Fest from 12-3 PM inside The Destination, featuring live music by KT and the Blues Scientists.

In order to attend this Party, you must have VIP tickets, whether purchased individually or through a sponsorship.

Unfortunately, no. You will need a VIP ticket to attend the Sponsor & VIP Party from 12-3 PM.

This is one of the things we had to change this year in programming a new venue, holding the kick-off party on the same day as the Fest and rolling with the changing tide and times, however a great time can still be had on general admission tickets!

This is actually a very common question, but the short answer is yes. We will be utilizing both the inside of The Destination proper, with which you’re familiar, and also an area situated on the same property called The Old Lumberyard, where we will showcase this year’s Fest Feature Acts on a custom stage, along with great digs for VIPs, a food court, a fully stocked bar, vendors to shop and even a kid’s korner.

The inside of the Destination will open at 3 PM after the Sponsor & VIP Party concludes, but The Old Lumberyard area will open at noon to come in and shop, play and chillax.

There will be live music accessible to the general public on the stage inside The Destination from 3-6 PM and the first concert on The Old Lumberyard stage will begin at 3 PM.

The Fest will conclude at 11 PM.

Self parking will be available in designated lots on both Industrial and Florida (main entrance). Click HERE for a parking map. In addition to the green outlined areas, parking is also available at Builders & Homeowners, which is immediately to the east of the Destination on Industrial. NOTE: If you park in the grass along the tracks on Industrial, you must be 14 ft. away from the tracks per Union Pacific Railroad guidelines. 

We’re also providing complimentary round trip shuttle service from the Doubletree. See next FAQ.

Yes! We will be providing complimentary round-trip shuttle service from the Doubletree downtown for all Fest patrons and those wishing to attend the Fest.

You do NOT have to be staying at the Doubletree to take advantage of this shuttle service. You can choose to park downtown in one of the two public access garages and catch the shuttle to The Destination.

The shuttles will run from 11 AM to midnight every 15 minutes and are complimentary. Gratuity for the drivers is encouraged, but not expected.

Yes! The main entrance off Florida will be able to accommodate ride shares.

Yes! We will have a food truck court. 

Yes! We have negotiated a discounted rate of $94/night with the Doubletree in downtown Midland, which is less than 5 minutes from The Destination. This rate is valid through Sept 21. After that date, the regular rack rate applies. Click HERE to book your room online.

NOTE: Festival Founders & Friends of the Fest have a special protected rate. Reservations at this rate are only available directly through the Fest office and not available by calling the hotel front desk. If you are a member of either of these groups and would like to book an overnight stay at the Doubletree, please contact us by email at helpdesk@tallcitybluesfest.com or call/text us at 432-262-0034.

We will also be providing complimentary shuttle service to/from the Doubletree and The Destination for all Fest patrons and those wishing to attend the Fest. 

There will be a fully stocked beer barn on site (The Ector Theater Beer Barn) with an assortment of beer, wine and mixed drinks. The bar will accept drink tickets issued  to Sponsors and VIPs, cash, credit card, Cash App or Venmo. The Ector Theater staff will be on site during the Fest.

NOTE: Outside coolers, food or drink will not be allowed.

Yes! We have all the food trucks in place, but we do have a few indoor vendor spaces and some outdoor spaces available suitable for a 10X10 tent. Spaces are $100.

Contact The Destination at destinationmtx@gmail.com to inquire about being a vendor!

Yes! There will be a Kids Korner with an obstacle course jumper, face painting, a snow cone truck, cornhole and other kids activities. 

Children under 12 are admitted FREE so long as they are accompanied by adult supervision. 

Chairs are essential if you are a general admission ticket holder as we will not have any chairs available to provide or rent. Blankets are NOT recommended for this event. 

Chairs are optional for VIP ticket holders. There will be plenty of seating during the Sponsor & VIP Kick-Off Party from noon-3 PM inside The Destination and access to the VIP Deck in the Old Lumberyard where tables and chairs are provided. However, if you wish to sit somewhere other than the VIP deck, a foldable chair will come in handy. 

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Eric & Emily Baker

2022 Fest Emcees

Eric and Emily Baker met in a college music class and fell in love soon after! They graduated with Music Education degrees from the University of Texas at Arlington, were married, and moved to Phoenix, Arizona where Eric completed a master’s degree and Emily taught elementary music. They moved to the Permian Basin in 2006 when Eric was named co-principal trumpet of the West Texas Symphony. They quickly became well-known across West Texas for their musical performance and educational influence. Eric is the Chair of Visual & Performing Arts at Odessa College where he directs the Concert, Jazz, and Athletic Bands. Emily teaches music at Midland Classical Academy and conducts the youth choir “Voices of the Permian Basin” affiliated with the West Texas Symphony. Together they perform in a variety of groups across a wide range of genres. Their flagship group, Current Nine, is a popular cover band that plays jazz, blues, rock, and popular music for public and private events across the state. You can follow the Bakers on their Facebook page, “Eric and Emily Baker Music.” They enjoy living in Midland, TX with their three fabulous daughters who will soon overtake them as musicians!

Minted Lemon Creative Studio Sara Daulong

2022 Featured Artist

Sara Daulong is a creator of art who lives and works in the Permian Basin and is the proprietor of Minted Lemon Creative Studio. Other than being a creator, Sara is a dedicated registered nurse, mother of two young men, wife to a blues harmonica player and a bass player in her own right. She is a family centric individual whether that is the family she was born with or the one she chose.

Originally from the east coast Sara has strong family roots in the mid-west from which she utilizes the colors, textures and movement to pay homage to her origins. She utilizes many different mediums from canvas to paper, acrylic to watercolor and all in between to tell her visual story.

Recently she came across a quote about art: “Maybe all the talent an artist has is the drive to create.” What is Sara’s recipe for creating? She says “I believe every bird has song, even an old crow. So if you have a drive to create; just do it, let your heart be your guide.”

Minted Lemon Creative Studio Sara Daulong

2022 Featured Artist

Sara Daulong is a creator of art who lives and works in the Permian Basin and is the proprietor of Minted Lemon Creative Studio. Other than being a creator, Sara is a dedicated registered nurse, mother of two young men, wife to a blues harmonica player and a bass player in her own right. She is a family centric individual whether that is the family she was born with or the one she chose.

Originally from the east coast Sara has strong family roots in the mid-west from which she utilizes the colors, textures and movement to pay homage to her origins. She utilizes many different mediums from canvas to paper, acrylic to watercolor and all in between to tell her visual story.

Recently she came across a quote about art: “Maybe all the talent an artist has is the drive to create.” What is Sara’s recipe for creating? She says “I believe every bird has song, even an old crow. So if you have a drive to create; just do it, let your heart be your guide.”

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Contact Us

join us this year for Tall City Blues Fest 2022!

Call/Text:
432-262-0034

Email:
helpdesk@tallcitybluesfest.com

Fest Mailing Adress:
3001 W. Loop 250 North,
Suite C-105, Box #263
Midland, TX 79705

Fest Location:
The Destination Midland
1705 W. Industrial Ave.
Midland, TX 79701

Tickets On Sale: HERE