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The Gulf Coast Blues Association was born in March, 2014.  From a core of six original members, GCBA has grown to over 250 members strong.  Members include musicians, fans, venues and companies interested in the common goal of  keeping  blues music alive.

The First Annual GCBA Houston Blues Festival was successfully produced in January 2015 with the Buddy Whittington Band headlining.  Regional and local bands perform every year.  GCBA  produced the Fifth Annual Festival on May 11, 2019, at Tomball VFW Post 2427 with TAB BENOIT headlining this event.

GCBA sponsors a Monthly Blues Jam that rotates at a different venue with a different host band.  Recently GCBA added Jazz as an additional genre under its name and a Monthly Jazz Jam is planned.  The metro Houston area is rich with outstanding blues and jazz musicians and GCBA showcases as many as possible.


To preserve, educate, and promote the music of the blues throughout the Gulf Coast region.


  • Monthly Blues & Jazz Jams that rotate at  various venues around the metro Houston area with different host bands at each event

  • Annual GCBA Houston Blues Festival

  • Fundraisers to promote & develop music education/programs in schools

  • Promoting a network for member musicians, bands & venues

  • Fundraisers for T-MuRF (Texas-Musicians Relief Fund) to help with medical, legal & physical needs for those who bring the beauty & joy of music into our everyday lives

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