Tall City Blues Festival 2015
The Tall City Blues Fest is held in Midland, Texas, the festival is the brainchild of Lisa Grissom & Ronn Reeger. Each year they travel to Memphis, TN looking for the perfect combination of performers to share their stages on Friday & Saturday night. I have been honored to webcast Music On The Couch from the lobby of the Doubletree Hotel prior to music each day for the last three years and to have been selected as Stage Emcee for the last two years.
Presenting Sponsor for the Festival is Mazda Midland/Odessa and Mr. Chris Robin.
All outside acts were presented on the Cimarex Energy Stage on both Friday & Saturday. On Saturday afternoon, The Women In Blues Showcase was held inside The Doubletree hotel and was presented by Navarrete/Schwartz
Unless noted, all photos taken by yours truly. NOW, I am not Donna Criswell, Leslie Joseph, Jenn Oken, Marilyn Stringer or any of the other incredible photographers who cover The Blues...Also, if any of the artists see something they like, I will supply them with the high-resolution file for their use.
BIG JIM ADAM
NOAH WOTHERSPOON BAND
FRIDAY NIGHT SETS
LIONEL YOUNG BAND
HUGE apologies to DAVID ALABANIMAL GREEN
I don't have any pictures of you
BIG LLOU JAM
SATURDAY AFTERNOON SETS
"Women In Blues Showcase"
IN LAYMAN TERMS
THURSDAY NIGHT VIP PARTY
Left my camera in the hotel room (brain cramp), but got this short video of Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers
entertaining the VIPs and sponsors.
Drummer Michael J Minor
Tas Cru & His Band Of Tortured Souls
Opening act on the stage was Darren Welch Group, the West Texas Invitational Act. Unfortunately, while they were performing, I had a number of items that needed to be addressed as Stage Manager and thus, I did not get any photos of the band.
My apologies to Darren, Robert Smith, Kevin Powell & Landon Scoggins. Find out more about The Darren Welch Group at their Facebook Page.
(L-R) Allice "Honeybee" Ericksen, Sonny Rock, Jeremy Walz, Tas Cru, Tamara Nicolai, Dick Earl Ericksen
Sam Brady Keyboards
John "Stockton" Blackmon
sorry John, I could not resist!
Chris Jones - Bass
Fred Spencer - Drums
Jeff Flanigan -Bass
Stanley Dixon - Drums
By the time this special, invitation only after-hours jam began, all I wanted to do was sit and enjoy, so I really did not get any photos.
I did grab Annika's cell phone and captured the following video (mine had no more storage available!)
JUST SOME FUN
Mr. Sipp's Manager
Presenting Sponsor - Mazda Midland/Odessa
Above & Below: John Blackmon's Cell Phone
My Camera By Tamara Nicolai
My Camera By Chris Robin
My Camera By Annika Chambers
From Sandy Layman
From Kim Horton
From Brandon Santini
Below From Craig Wallace
With My Co-Host on Friday, Ms. Macey Meriggi
Reporter/Producer/Anchor from CBS 7 News, Odessa, TX
From Ronn Reeger
SUNDAY GOSPEL BRUNCH
Finally on Sunday Morning, there is a special Sunday Gospel brunch. This year hosted by Big Llou Johnson & Big Jim Adam and featuring the Macedonia Baptist Church Choir & Band. Mr Pervis Evan was a featured vocalist as was Ms. Sue Roseberry, who was the featured vocalist on this song, the closing number of the morning. All of the musicians from the festival who were in attendance were asked to join in for this one.