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(918) 855-0978 yes. open on JUNE 20th, 2020 …socially distanced, outside event…. BUT not for the Festival
2020 INDUCTIONS into the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame!
PRESS RELEASE (918) 855-0978 Rentiesville OK I-40 @ US 69Inductions set for Sat June 20th outdoors …
This Class of Inductees has several stories to tell about music from this state!
The TULSA Connection:
J. J. CALE …famed guitarist / songwriter (After Midnight, Cocaine), friend of Eric Clapton He and Leon Russell are really two of the greatest innovators behind the ‘Tulsa Sound”
JAMIE OLDAKER Tulsa; drums; in addition to playing with J.J. Cale and being called “Eric Clapton’s Best Drummer” he played with Freddie King, Bob Seeger, Albert Collins many more and is….helping Dr. Bob Blackburn of the OHS create exhibits at OK POP; the Museum being built in Tulsa up near the Cains Ballroom.. .OKLAHOMA MUSIC COMMUNITY BUILDER
DAVID TEEGARDEN Tulsa; drummer lots of jazz, but also Blues…toured with Bob Seeger and many more…will be inducted and also in the OKLAHOMA MUSIC COMMUNITY BUILDER category with his recording studio across from the Church Street Studio (think Leon Russell) to help create a MUSIC ALLEY in Tulsa. Works with youth as well.
EDWARD ‘SPIKE’ GORE Tulsa drums… totally in demand, he does the job so well ..works often with OBHOF inductee Leon Rollerson
MARK FURNAS Tulsa, Guitarist with Leon Rollerson and many more. Works with Jim Halsey Booking Agency …who took Country Music to Las Vegas…
BIG MIKE MOORE Tulsa area, Mike has the BIG BAND; Education Award… he brings the largest group of musicians….(well, really, it is between him and his band-leading friend OBHOF Inductee Jim Davis of Checotah High School.) Big Mike sings the blues, styling his vocal arrangements to fit the big band era of the tune, some 30 musicians playing together….. wonderful!
the OKLAHOMA CITY Connection…
HAROLD G. JONES OKC drums,
vocals, OKLAHOMA MUSIC COMMUNITY BUILDER created a DVD Documentary, called “Celebrating Deep Deuce, ‘The Lady’ Second Street” This DVD chronicles the transition of the Charlie Christian Jazz Festival from Venues to the street..the work and commitment and people it took to get the Festival outdoors on Deep Deuce – demolishing a broken building, for one thing…It is a great story!
His bands have been: We the People and BLT; Bottom Line Transaction, among others.
WALTER TAYLOR III
Gifted drummer. GREAT track record… (see his complete bio below in this release)
OKLAHOMA MUSIC COMMUNITY BUILDER with his Blu Fonk Movement; building community and helping others while growing a love of Deep Blues.
North West Oklahoma Connection:
‘SLICK WILLIE’ LAWSON
Stillwater, Perkins …You may remember we inducted Poochie a few years back. She sings and brings a party when she comes…the consummate guitarist behind her was her brother Slick Willie Lawson! High School math teacher.
TIM AUSTIN MITCHELL Enid OK: kin to the famed Opera Singer Leona Mitchell Tim is a very adept musician and tours regularly on the road with the top R & B artists of our times. Also a solo artist with a great CD.
Closer to HOME:
TAMMY ‘BAM BAM’ GLIDEWELL RIDGEWAY Drums, Tahlequah …15 years with Miss ‘Mama’ Blues ..Dorothy Ellis. Power drummer!
BOZ SCAGGS TX, McAlester OK, CA Toured with Steve Miller and has a long string of his own hits… we just found out this famed recording artist is qualified for an induction as he DID actually live in McAlester for a time as a child! Lucky us to be able to put him on the wall and give him a trophy!
The MUSKOGEE Connection:
LAWRENCE WRIGHT & the
STARLIGHTERS Kansas City,
Muskogee OBHOF Inductee Lem Sheppard asked me to include Lawrence Wright as he led the ‘top blues band in Kansas City ‘ for many years.
Muskogee, Wichita KS Tony Mathews (OBHOF Inductee) asked me to induct Willie Wright… “he was so good to me when I was just a kid from the country going up to Muskogee…The Wright Brothers had a three piece vocal group and Willie took me under his wing and taught me things on the guitar and I just want to thank him, Selby. He has played music all his life and in church the last 30 years, He is still alive…” Well I started asking questions and found out they were brothers – Lawrence was one of the three!
STANLEY ‘SIR STAN’ GRIGGS vocalist/entertainer born in Okmulgee, lived in KC, currently form Los Angeles…you may have seen this man at the Rentiesville Blues Fest last year… a character and fun entertainer with a life in the music
OKLAHOMA MUSIC COMMUNITY BUILDERS
SCOTT BOOKER LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
OKLAHOMA MUSIC COMMUNITY BUILDER
founder ACM@UCO in OKC; Education
working to build a Music Mecca in OKC he has created a new age school which has graduated ten years of students…Music business, Contracts, Recording and Sound Engineering, Guitar and Band Development as well as Singing and Performance… this is not traditional music instruction which often leaves out guitar (?) and certainly does not teach the business side of the music…( I mean oboe and french horn and how to read jazz improvisations…oh no!) The Academy of Contemporary Music is in Bricktown right by the canal and the Biting Sow.
ANITA ARNOLD Memphis, OKC, B.L.A.C. and organizer of the Charlie Christian Festival, also active with the Oklahoma African American Educators Hall of Fame as a Board Member…brilliant..OKLAHOMA MUSIC COMMUNITY BUILDER
Dr. Bob Blackburn CEO and head of the State Historical Society OKLAHOMA MUSIC COMMUNITY BUILDER; a brilliant man,and big inspiration to me and a friend. Has taken the Historical Society into a bright cross-cultural future. Telling the stories…The Tulsa Race Massacre included.
Larry O’Dell from the State History Museum….did considerable research on the approximately 50 Historic All Black Townships… even to digging the holes and putting up the signs the project generated at town halls in the 13 remaining Townships! OKLAHOMA MUSIC COMMUNITY BUILDER
So we have a plan! 4 pm Sat June 20, but if it rains, then next day, Sun. June 21st
Social Distancing out in the yard, the music on the East Deck
Home of the annual Dusk “til Dawn Blues Festival on Labor Day weekend and the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame and Museum.
This historic Oklahoma juke joint is world-renowned for its laid-back vibe, fantastic music and friendly people.
Mark your calendars now for the 2020 Dusk til Dawn festival, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept 4, 5, 6 at Rentiesville, Oklahoma. Enjoy contemporary and traditional blues on three stages! Admission is just $18/day, and Kids under 12 are free! Click here to receive festival updates on performers and lineup and other upcoming events and news.
Simply the Best CLICK HERE to see D.C. talk about this ON TV
On Labor Day weekend, join other blues-lovers at the one of the best festivals in the world, according to “National Geographic Traveler.”
Non-stop music from dusk ‘til dawn on three stages, arts and activities just for kids, great food including barbecue, and a down-home, family-friendly noncommercial vibe draws people from all over to this small-town festival in eastern Oklahoma!
Now in its 30th year, you will feel at home from the moment you arrive. If you want a a dose of authentic, this is the place! Festival photos
A Home of the Blues POSTPONED POSTPONED!!
Inductions will be in June , outside on Saturday the 20th, 21st is the raindate
September 4, 5, 6 ...CLICK HERE FOR updates on the lineup and the inductees as we pull it together!
The Down-Homes Blues Club not only hosts the annual festival, but is home to the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame and Museum. It’s the place to learn about the history of the blues and the 100 musicians who have been honored by induction.
Club events include the blues hall of fame induction concert each spring, and periodic concerts and jam sessions.
The Down Home Blues Club was established in the 1930s as a speakeasy in Rentiesville, Oklahoma, an historic all-black town. It was rejuvenated in the 1980s by DC Minner, legendary bluesman, who grew up there and dedicated his life to bringing the music he loved back to his childhood home.
A well-known bluesman and session player, D.C. was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2003 and the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame in 1999 . With his wife Selby Minner and their band Blues on the Move, DC expanded the place, and kept the juke joint rockin’ until his death in 2008. Today Selby Minner is keeping the music alive for the next generations.
Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival special Pages Click HERE http://dcminnerblues.com/about/
D.C. and Selby Minner sing Shaky Ground on the Travelok website https://www.travelok.com/music-trail/artists/d-c-minner
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Our busy season is May to October
..Currently we are OPEN EVERY SUNDAY at 4 PM … IT IS A JAM SESSION
Birthplace of Blues Legend D.C. Minner, he and his wife/bassist Selby came in off 12 years of touring with their band blues on the move and created the
The Down Home Blues club (1988). . Dusk Til dawn Festival (1991)
. . Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame (2004). . . D.C. Minner Rentiesville Museum (2015) & the FOR Blues Society – you can join!
Oklahoma’s Lowell Fulson was also the greatest of the West Coast Blues artists.
To learn about the Native American’s immense contribution to Rock and Blues Check out the movie RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked The World ! POSTCARD 1 back DD 29 – available on Amazon Prime
check out — D.C. Minner’s DUSK TIL DAWN BLUES FESTIVAL
EVERY LABOR DAY WEEKEND 2019 dates are August 30, 31, & Sept 1
We made the cut! Top Ten!
“10 Awesome Music Festivals to Check Out this Summer” from the National Geographic! We were the only North American Festival chosen!
MORE ON THE BLUES FESTIVAL http://dcminnerblues.com/about/
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Google maps at at Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame they may tell you “Corner of John Hope Franklin Blvd or Gertrude Av at 11 th Street–Same place …all right here in RENTIESVILLE! Events:
FREE Camping (must have a wristband) Electric Hookups for RVs are available 918 855 0978
Kari Barber did a great documentary on the OK Black Towns called Struggle and Hope
PRESS RELEASE Selby @ (918) 855-0978 Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival 2018- 28th Annual 2018 www.dcminnerblues.com firstname.lastname@example.org f book DC Minner Rentiesville Museum OR Rentiesville Dusk Til Dawn Blues Festival we are @ I – 40 / US 69 . 70 mi SE of Tulsa, 125 Mi E of OKC Fri Sat Sun of Labor Day Weekend August 31 – September 2, 2018 5 pm til 5 am $18/ day @ gate Kids Free under 12
Down Home Blues, Oklahoma Style – 200 musicians; 30 actson 3 stages; a showcase of regional OK blues and 4 international headliners; Kids free – Kid’s Village; volunteer 3 hours, get in free and ½ off on a T shirt; come join the fun! Mark your calendar for Labor Day Weekend; come to the longest running big blues fest in OK, held at The Authentic Juke Joint for the Millennium! Presented by F.O.R. Blues Inc., Selby Minner, the D.C. Minner Rentiesville Museum, and the best VOLUNTEERS and SPONSORS.
The festival takes place in Rentiesville, the childhood home of famed blues guitarist D.C. Minner, who founded the OBHOF in 2004 with his wife, Selby Minner. This year’s blues festival again brings in 200 performers from across Oklahoma and the US. D.C. Minner, in 6 Halls of Fame, is also an inductee of the Rhythm & Routes Oklahoma Music Trail. Visit the Rhythm & Routes website to learn more about the places in Oklahoma that inspired his career, listen to his music and browse an online collection of photos and videos. “The Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF + MO) is thrilled for the continued success of the OBHOF” said OF + MO Deputy Director of Music Lindsey Flowers. “As an honoree on the Rhythm and Routes Oklahoma Music Trail, D.C. Minner has brought national attention to Oklahoma’s legendary blues music culture and this year’s Rentiesville celebrations will continue to honor his legacy.”
Selby Minner Blues on the Move
from our friends at the The Blues Festival Guide.com:
As the basis for American music, the rhythms and musical progressions of blues music has had a public following since the early 20th century. As time progressed, the sounds of blues music have been altered, expanded, and often renamed. The basis of rock ‘n roll, hip hop, rap, heavy metal, and jazz all have a genesis in blues music. To ensure the continued survival of an audience for blues music and expand the financial opportunities for blues and it’s life blood festivals The Blues Festival Guide is committed to the process of outreach and a search for methods to present blues to a wider public.
Blues Music… Sometimes sad, lonely and mournful, but in other cases fully energized and bursting with electric-guitar-fueled vigor, blues is one of the most powerful, influential and popular musical styles to have risen during the last few centuries.
The song structure is simple – much of classic blues is based around a three-chord, 12-bar progression that leaves room for boundless improvisation – and it serves as a foundation for much of today’s popular music.
Today it’s still being picked on the front porches of tar-paper shacks, but it’s just as frequently fired up loud and proud in front of a barroom (or for that matter stadium) crowd. In either case though, it remains a music that reflects hardship, trouble and strife, but also perseverance and strength of character – to know the blues is to be in touch with your true spirit and soul.
Notable artists include: B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Etta James, Buddy Guy, Delbert McClinton, Robert Johnson, Willie Dixon. Many are unknown…
FREE Camping (must have a festival wristband)
Electric Hookups for RVs are available 918 855 0978
Annual LABOR DAY WKND Sept4, 5, 6 2020
|Three days and nights, Three stages, indoors and out… 35 bands, over 200 musicians, workshops, kid’s village, bar-b-que. The signature event of the D.C. Minner Rentiesville Museum & OBHOF we fondly refer to the Fest a the ‘world’s largest back yard party’ and it is a fun time that attracts some 3,500 people to the historic rural Black Township Rentiesville, the birthplace and home of OK Blues Legend and founder D.C. Minner. His grandmother Miss Lura opened the Cozy Corner here in 1936 when D.C. was one year old.
|WHEN:|| Labor Day Wknd, Fri Sat Sun 5 pm til 5 am each night.
|WHO:||a showcase of 22 regional groups and 5 nationally acclaimed headliners. We are a family friendly event with two outdoor stages and lots for kids to do throughout the three day Including Free Harmonica Lessons and Harmonica on Sunday at 7:30 in the Kid’s Village Festival.
Plus the Juke Joint which goes after hours indoors (21 only)
|What’s Cool, What’ Not:||Bring chairs or blankets unless you come early. No coolers or pets or arms or carry in drinks or food.|
|HOW MUCH:||Tickets are $18/day at the gate (about $1.50 a band!) KIDS under 12 FREE! Volunteers FREE!|
|CONTACT:||(918) 855-0978 email@example.com, www.dcminnerblues.com, 103020 D.C. Minner St (Rentiesville) Checotah OK 74426 facebook: Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival|
|Volunteer Option:||It takes a lot of people to do this – we have a great deal for volunteers! The Volunteer Option: help us out for 3 hours, get your $18 for that day BACK and ½ off on a T-shirt! Get here shortly after the gates open at 4 to be assured of getting a shift. You pay your way in and come to headquarters just inside the gate. Many jobs available… parking lot, survey, pop sales etc. You may want to volunteer the week of the festival before it starts..call 918 855 0978. Otherwise, just show up!|
MOTELS: Muskogee is 17 miles north of here, straight up US 69. Newest motels are near the Quick Trip at the Shawnee Bypass intersection. The Fairfield Inn, LaQuinta and Studio 6 and Day’s Inn will treat you right. for all the info go to: MUSKOGEE MOTELS: http://www.visitmuskogee.com/visiting/where-to-stay/?utm_source=G+Fest&utm_campaign=7cc03b3ebf-
F.O.Rentiesville Blues Inc., does the event as does Selby and OBHOF and Volunteers
lots of Jam sessions in Rentiesville … Party every FIRST SUNDAY of the month from 4 pm on in Rentiesville at the Blues Club In April we will start back with WEEKLY Jam Sessions!
We are 70 miles W of Fort Smith, 70 miles SE of Tulsa 125 miles E of OKC …we are 2 exits N of I-40 up US 69….918 855 0978.
Berry Harris OBHOF inductee … Family Farm turned venue – Oklahoma’s most authentic Juke Joint created by D.C. Minner, born on the spot. . . raised here in his Grandma Lura’s Corn Whiskey House first opened in 1936 when D.C. was one year old. This Blues Legend used to like to say he went from the ‘house of shame’ to 6 halls of fame! he actually morphed the place from Miss Lura’s Cozy Corner INTO the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame. Click to see> PHOTOS of Inductees OBHOF 2016 for the wall Certificates Complete OBHOF 2016
Selby and her slide guitar tells Rentiesville story:https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=417252397972&set=vb.820502972&type=2&theater
Alice April catches the Minner Band – Selby and Dan Ortiz – at the festival click to see> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azata5jRcB0&feature=youtu.be
Induction Postcard….refrigerator magnet …..Selby inducts Freddie Lee Rice at Rentiesville OBHOF Please check www.facebook.com/SelbyMinnerBand for band info and gig updates HOW to FIND US: http://www.travelok.com/listings/view.profile/id.2339….do NOT use GPS… try mapquest for Rentiesville or the above link…Google maps…. . .
We are 70 miles W of Fort Smith, 70 miles SE of Tulsa 125 miles E of OKC …we are 2 exits N of I-40 up US 69….918 855 0978.
The Exhibit went to Connors Library in Warner… nice write up This exhibit became the beginning of the D.C. Minner Rentiesville Museum…. one of D.C. ‘s dreams coming true! check this out! East Central Oklahoma Electric gives FOR Blues Inc a check for AC!!! and for a new COMPUTER!~~!Thanks EOCE!!! Thanks for your support! All input welcome! Selby Minner F.O.R. Blues Inc. (918) 855 0978 google-site-verification=fVOYBpQRI_1eY1JTtZvm3bsCrej1T0VSNwM0-NPNy3I
call 918 855 0978 anytime for UPCOMING DATES for Selby Minner Dan OK Slim and Blues on the Move Band CHECK Selby Minner – friend me – for FANTASTIC Festival Photos!!!!!! Press Release Guitar Shorty Inducted to OBHOFNew OpenDocument Text A JAM In the earlier days with Pat Moss, Selby on Guitar, Tiki on Bass https://www.facebook.com/darcy.hicks.9/videos/t.100000558008352/101532636551080/?type=3&theater
The Festival is Labor Day Weekend
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Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in. – Marjorie Moore – and we love our volunteers! Impossible without them . . . and our sponsors too!