The San Angelo Blues Society presents the 12th Annual Simply Texas Blues Festival to further its mission of the preservation and promotion of Blues music, pay homage to its art form, and to the venues, musicians and communities who support it.
The day-long May festival serves several purposes within that mission, namely, a competition to select a band and solo/duo act to represent San Angelo at the yearly International Blues Challenge on Memphis’ famous Beale Street. More importantly it is a fundraiser for the Society’s scholarships program, benefitting students attending local colleges, its Blues in Schools program, and its other community outreach programs. Their scholarship awards top $93,000 to date. The Simply Texas Blues Festival had its modest beginnings in 2009. It began with a group of Blues enthusiasts in a dirt lot, coming together to share their love of a music genre that inspired every genre of music going forward. It spoke to an entire community and flourished, and that community continues to celebrate a passion for this soulful means of expression.
The festival has brought statewide and national recognition to San Angelo and its music scene; acts who have competed have gone on to become featured performers all over the country. Sponsoring the winners of this competition to compete in The International Blues Competition on world famous Beale Street in Memphis, we further promote Blues music, Blues musicians and Blues music in general.