Welcome – the BLUES CLUB
http://dcminnerblues.com/about/ also check Selby Minner Band on Facebook for 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….
Our current winter schedule in Rentiesville
Open once a month – First Saturday
Currently no jam band scheduled – However -
Guitar/bass classes with Selby Minner begin January 5th on Tuesdays from 6 – 8 p.m. at Studio B…on Broadway in Muskogee across from Square Deal Music.
We call it Plug In, Tune Up and Play!
Both beginners and intermediate welcome. ongoing for 10 weeks and ..thanks to the Muskogee Area Arts Council and Shiron and Oscar and the Barebones Film Festival – .. are FREE!
For those who are Arts Lovers and our friends,
and / or who may be in need of a meaningful tax write-off as the year ends, please read on —
END OF YEAR UPDATE:
We are happy to report that this has been a productive year in Rentiesville! We opened our little Museum in May, inducted eight new inductees at a great gala – despite a storms – hosted and paid for a very successful 25th annual Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival, gave lots of lessons and ran 12 or more Jam Sessions on Sundays through the Summer and various First Saturdays.
NEWS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
The Building across the street is going up! – The Honey Springs Battlefield Welcome and Research Center. Brought here by Dr. Bob Blackburn and OHS, Checotah Friends of HS, People’s National Bank of Checotah and the USDA, this three million dollar building dedicated to telling the story, should bring over 100,000 visitors interested in Multicultural Tourism and Civil War History right through here! We want to be ready!
WHO HELPS US
People like you! People who come to the Festival and volunteer or support us with sponsorships and signage. The OAC again helped fund The Blues Festival at close to 25%. (We pay 200 musicians). Muskogee Area Arts Council funded 8 free group lessons in Muskogee and will again in Jan and March. We also received a Round-UP Grant from East Central Electric for an awesome 5 ton AC Unit. . . thankyou!
As a spinoff of the Honey Springs Development across the street, and since we are qualified (have the 501c3 non-profit in place over 10 years and the Museum is open) Mr. Ryan McMullen of the USDA Rural Development came knocking and wants to help with an ongoing “Rentiesville Revival”. This includes the town itself, but also us!
At the recommendation of the OMA we invited Sherri Vance, developer of the OKC City Zoo’s ZooZeum to come and provide professional advice to guide us in creating a budget for the Grant application. To qualify for the USDA help we also needed to upgrade our insurance (ouch) for another $3,000/year and get lots of estimates.
Six months later the application and all necessary changes were in place and we are now approved for $21,300 for infrastructure and museum development!! So we are poised to begin to PROTECTING OUR ARCHIVE and fix many leaks, replace rotted wood, insulate, enhance climate control, purchase racks, boxes, and do exhibit development…..
PRIORITIES and GOALS
PROTECT THE ARCHIVE / MUSEUM DEVELOPMENT
We have 2 Exhibits: From Black Town To Blues Festival and The Story Of One Man’s Journey from the House Of Shame To Six Halls Of Fame and plan new ones to include Family Nook of Rentiesville Families, From the Texas Trail To US 69 – A Road with Many Names (Including D.C. Minner Street!) and IMPACT of the Black Town Residents.
The Archive: We house easily 1000 albums, 1000 CDs – CDs of every act which has applied to and/or played our Blues Festival – truly a unique collection, 250+ videos and thousands of photos (25 Festivals, D.C. Minner’s career plus), 100 songs he wrote and recorded, posters, some Rentiesville History, … original artwork by both Selby and D.C. Minner, the recording studio itself, etc. The Amigos Library Group came and studied our archive and presented a preservation plan which they said should eventually include a new Archive Building.
We tried to put a new roof over the Stage on the field this year … ran out of time … but succeeded in building a wonderful new ramp – to upload organs and equipment… (can’t wait to see some performer dance up and down it to get to the crowd.. ) . . . New roof is still on the list.
ONGOING will be the weekly guitar and bass and keyboard lessons – group sessions are free, individual start at $15/hour… open jams and of course Selby and Oklahoma Slim’s Band Blues on the Move and the OBHOF Inductions and the 26th Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival Coming up Sept 3, 4, 5. D.C. wanted Selby to ‘keep it all going if you can’ …and so far so good. The museum was always in the plan…D.C. himself spent one winter years ago building 150 frames, and on the computer printing out photos…
PLANS FOR GROWTH
With the USDA Grant we are to become truly handicap accessible, to have both hot and cold running water in the bathrooms which will qualify us to have our Food License reinstated and to open the Museum Gift Shop! LOTS of CDs and T Shirts from bands who play the festival. The Museum shop will double as a community service to Rentiesville as a Country Grocery for the neighbors – coffee, lunch, munchies and ‘save a trip to town’ Convenience
WHERE YOU CAN HELP: Well, it takes money to spend money it turns out!! – smile-
The USDA Grant pays contractors and museum supplies. We need insurance $4,000.00 per year, payroll for Sherri Vance (who came free the first time), and other consultants. Running expenses such as heat and electric, fees such as ASCAP, SESAC and BMI. . . .
Any and all contributions will be greatly appreciated and put to good use. You will get the tax ID EIN number and and thank you letter. You can pay by check to FOR BLUES Inc., 422978 John Hope Franklin St, Checotah OK, 74426 ..for more info call 918 855 0978.
But . . . mostly come out and see us! Take a lesson, see the Museum, come clap for these great performers!
Chief of Staff Friends of Rentiesville Blues Inc . wwww.dcminnerblues.com
Facebook: Selby Minner or DC Minner Rentiesville Museum or Selby Minner Band
(918) 855-0978 Rentiesville Blues Festival September 3,4,5 Fri Sat and Sun of Labor Day Weekend 2016
Friends of Rentiesville Blues Inc 501-c3
Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame MAIL: 422978 John Hope Franklin Blvd. (at corner of D.C. Minner Street) Checotah, OK 74426
Selby and Blues on the Move
The Blues Festival is Sept 3, 4, 5, 2016….30 Bands on 3 stages. Tickets at the Gate $15/ day, kids free. on US 69 2 exits N of I – 40 and 3 exits S of Muskogee. Family FUn PLUS the Juke Joint which goes until 5 am. UP TO DATE LINEUP
all acts subject to change
Left USDA does an Exhibit on Rentiesville…
Right Our mentor and founder D.C. setting up the PA on the back Porch Stage at a Festival
The Exhibit went to Connors Library in Warner… nice write up
OBHOF 2015 PHOTOS for the wall check this out!
East Central Oklahoma Electric gives FOR Blues Inc a check for AC!!! Thanks EOCE!!!
The 25th Annual RENTIESVILLE BLUES FESTIVAL is Sept 4, 5, 6th – Labor Day Weekend.
Thanks for your support! All input welcome! Selby Minner F.O.R. Blues Inc. (918) 855 0978
A JAM In the earlier days with Pat Moss, Selby on Guitar, Tiki on Bass
Rentiesville is a very small community, but due south of Tulsa, it’s an easy trip from just about anywhere in Oklahoma. As the name of the event implies, the music takes place overnight, 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. Festival goers will be coming from across the state, region and nation as this is easily one of the better blues events to be found anywhere.
The Oklahoma Arts Council (our major funder besides you our patrons) says good things: “This event brings in a unique group of musicians in a unique environment and underserved community. A grassroots festival with strong buy-in from the local community, and a festival that is rooted in the history of the area. . . . this intimate setting creates a very personal experience for blues fans and musicians (both experienced and aspiring). . . . Organization does great outreach with students and seniors. ”
The kids’ village and conga drum circles are annual traditions that continue this year. The late night jams are the most amazing part of the festival. So pace yourself accordingly. Perhaps the best part? Admission is incredibly affordable, just $15 a day. Be sure to get your wristband to come and go from the festival grounds. There is free camping in the lot across from the festival site. Rentiesville is near Checotah, it is two exits north of I-40 on US 69. Or, if headed the other direction, that’s 18 miles south of Muskogee. Signs indicating the way will be posted at major intersections along the route. And if you can find Rentiesville, you can’t miss the festival. Check out www.dcminnerblues.com for more information. Or call Selby & Co. at (918) 855-0978.
The Festival is Labor Day Weekend
Selby and her slide guitar tells Rentiesville story:
Alice April catches the Minner Band – Selby and Dan Ortiz – at the festival this year plus!:
please click thru and see Rentiesville BLUES FESTIVAL for Fest details
The Down Home Blues Club is an entertainment center in the rural town of Rentiesville OK. D.C. Minner (who got into 5 halls of fame) was born here in 1935 and returned with his wife/bassist after 25 years touring the nation and beyond. He brought a wealth of music with him!
D.C. and Selby were married 32 years and they founded the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame here in Rentiesville in 2003. Before that they started a great Blues Festival held every year over Labor Day Weekend – in 1991. There are jam sessions each week on Sunday except in winter. D.C. passed in 2008 (age 73) and now his wife Selby and Dan Oklahoma Slim and the Friends of Rentiesville Blues keep the music and events rolling!!
(918) 855-0978, 701 D.C. Minner Street Rentiesville OK 74459
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This site was built by Selby Minner with TREMENDOUS ASSISTANCE building this web site from Mike Stewart available at 770-826-3662. 770-888-2276. He will help you own your own domain and everything!
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!