By Geena Martinez
MIDLAND - Music lovers are flocking to downtown Midland this weekend for the 1st Annual Tall City Blues Festival.
It's an event that promises to have something for everyone.
"Blues music comes in so many different styles," event promoter, Lisa Grissom, said. "It's not about sad, it's about embracing all the eccentricities and the excitement in life."
After months and months of planning, the festival is finally here.
Grissom said the family-friendly music fest is expected to draw a crowd of about 5,000 people.
She said the festival is a good boost to the economy and it was specifically designed to be a signature downtown Midland event.
"As it grows, we envision that it will draw some tourism in and it will get on peoples radar screens," Grissom said.
17 performers are scheduled to take the stage this weekend. There will also be plenty of food, vendors and a silent auction.
For all the up-and-coming musicians out there, the event will also host several workshops.
"We have blues guitar 101," Grissom said. "It's basic one, four, five blues chords progressions. Also, harmonica, songwriting and even some garage band tutorials."
Just in the first year, Grissom said event planners made sure the festival contributed to education at MISD, ECISD and Midland College.
"They designed a YouTube video for us for a scholarship," Grissom said. "We also worked with the advanced graphic arts kids at ECISD and they designed a print advertising campaign and festival merchandising line."
It's something they hope to keep doing for years to come.
"We're just really excited and we'd like to invite you all out to something that's new to our community, something that's going to be a staple of our community," Grissom said.
The event is held at Centennial Plaza in downtown Midland. Ticket prices will drop as the day goes on Saturday. Children 12 and under are free. Sunday is free for everyone.