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Big Pines Blues Festival seeks student guitar contestants

By Special to @play
April 20, 2017 at 3 p.m.

Andrew Greear, 17, of Hallsville competes in the 2016 Patterson Nissan Junior Showcase competition during the T-Bone Walker Blues Fest at Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center in Longview.

Student-age guitarists will once again have the opportunity to show their talents as part of the 2017 Big Pines Blues Festival.

The festival's "Junior Showcase" gives aspiring musicians the chance to perform and compete in the professional surroundings provided by the festival.

The blues festival, an annual event in Longview, will be held June 2-3.

To enter the contest, students should submit a video or YouTube link of a performance to festival organizers by email at BPBFJr@gmail.com.

Festival staff will select finalists in two age-groups from all submitted video entries.

Finalists will perform beginning at 10 a.m. June 3. Admission to the Junior Showcase performances is free to the public.

Winners will be selected by a jury panel of professional musicians.

The student showcase is open to all area students in sixth through 12th grades. Those chosen for the Junior Showcase will get to perform one song with a four-minute maximum time limit.

Complete contest rules and entry instructions are available at www.bigpinesbluesfest.com/junior-showcase. Deadline to enter is May 13, according to the website.

The winners in each age category will be recognized in an awards ceremony and will later perform on the main festival stage with a professional performing artist.

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