2016 Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival DATES: Sept 3, 4, 5, 5 pm – 5 am.

Our current winter schedule in Rentiesville Open once a month – First Saturday Currently no Sunday jams scheduled – However – Guitar/bass classes with Selby Minner begin in mid January 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!

2015 PR INFO —-PDF FILE     PRESS RELEASE 25 Years and Going Strong – Rentiesville Blues Festival PRESS RELEASE 25 Years and Going Strong – Rentiesville Blues Festival. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 8, 2015 CONTACT INFO Selby Minner 918 855 0978 35 bands on 3 stages, – 200 musicians –  5 pm until 5 am $15/day, Volunteers and Kids Free, Rentiesville OK is off US 69, 5 miles N of I-40 …2 exits North OR and 3 exits South of Muskogee – 25 Years And Going Strong- The Rentiesville Blues Festival DD logo w green

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 Friends of Rentiesville Blues and Selby Minner are proud to announce a full line-up of local, regional and national acts for the 25th annual Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival, slated for Labor Day weekend. The festival will be held at the old Minner family-farm-turned-venue, the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame on Sept 4 – 6th. Oklahoma Today wrote: Red Dirt Blues – Many establishments are dedicated to the legacy of the blues, but none displays the spirit of the genre in Oklahoma like the former bootleg juke joint that is the Down Home Blues Club in Rentiesville. At the Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival, Oklahoma acts and nationals like Johnny Rawls will play all weekend to celebrate 25 years of festivals and the late blues Legend D.C. Minner (in 6 Halls of Fame). facebook Selby Minner or DC Minner Rentiesville Museum / For Blues Inc 2015 LINEUP for the RENTIESVILLE BLUES FESTIVAL 2015    FRIDAY, September 4th 2015 Rentiesville Blues Festival at D.C. Minner’s MAIN STAGE Fri Sept 4 4:00pm Gates open; Happy Hour between sets: Harold Aldridge, OBHOF – Taft and Tahlequah OK 6:00 Selby Minner, OBHOF and Dan Oklahoma Slim Blues on the Move 7:15  Jus Sayin – Tulsa 8:30 Oklahoma Ollie in from LA CA 9:45  Johnny Rawls – Blues Foundation Soul Blues Artist of the Year Miss 11     Layce Baker Jr. And Black Diamond – California, Oklahoma, OBHOF BACK PORCH STAGE Fri Sept 4 6:00 Mike LaFever – Tulsa 7:15 The ROXY Spotlighters  Muskogee – Spotlight on Young Talent Group 8:30 Roger Hurricane Wilson  9:45 Spa City Blues Society, Blues in the Schools group 11 BLUES CLUB STAGE indoors Fri Sept 4 6 PM Pat Moss  Juke Joint Preacher 7:15 Harry and Debbie Blackwell both OBHOF – Dunsmuir CA 8:30 Bat-Or Kalo – Israel 9:45 INDOOR JAM with Debbie Blackwell, Oklahoma Ollie, more 12 – 5 am Selby and Band, followed by Johnny Rawls and Layce Baker Jr. and Black Diamond SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 5th 2015 Rentiesville Blues Festival at D.C. Minner’s MAIN STAGE Sat Sept 5th 4:00pm Gates open; Happy Hour between sets: Eric Walker OKC with Bonnie McCoy 6:00 Checotah H School Rt 66 Big Band with Roger Hurricane Wilson and Jim Davis OBHOF 7:15 Selby Minner band w Okla Slim, Cecil Gray OBHOF also Little Miss Peggy OBHOF 8:30 Miss Blues OBHOF  Texas and OKC 9:45   Lil Jimmy Reed coming in from Alabama 10:30    Johnny Rawls – Blues Foundation Soul Blues Artist of the Year from Mississippi 11:45    Direct Connect OKC BACK PORCH STAGE Sat September 5th 6:00  Dylan Whitney Band 7:15   Oklahoma Ollie 8:30 Mama Cookie, Ray Drew, OKC 9:45 Bonnie McCoy – great neice of Memphis Minnie here from Kansas City 11      Big MaClyde Sheeley Wichita KS 12       Cowboy, Bronko, - Checotah and Big Dave Carr Jr (sax) – Dallas BLUES CLUB STAGE indoors Sat Sept 5th 5:00 Dues Paid – Bartlesville with Wolf Man Black OBHOF 7:15 Sunsetter – OKC 8:30 Cecil Gray and Band 9:45 INDOOR JAM with Debbie Blackwell with Mama Cookie, Sunsetter, Little Miss Peggy  12 – 5 am Selby and Band, followed by Lil Jimmy Reed and Johnny Rawls and Miss Blues maybe Layce Baker Jr. SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 6th 2015 Rentiesville Blues Festival at D.C. Minner’s MAIN STAGE Sun Sept 6th 4:00pm Gates open; Happy Hour between sets: Roger Hurricane Wilson OBHOF, GA and w Bonnie McCoy sometimes 6:00 GOSPEL including Rev. Harper of Eufaula and Rev Tony Wise’s VOPBC  Men’s Chorus 7:15 Wanda Watson – Tulsa, OBHOF 8:30 Selby Minner Dan Oklahoma Slim and Steve Shrum 9:45 Larry Garner Baton Rouge Louisianna 11     Johnny Rawls – Blues Foundation Soul Blues Artist of the Year from Mississippi BACK PORCH STAGE Sun Sept 6th 7:15 Last Call 8:30 Dirty Red and the Soul Shakers 9:45 Baby Ray Mucker OBHOF – Pittsburg CA, McAlester 11 Magic Mike Updegrove 12 Dangerous GentlemsnZ BLUES CLUB STAGE indoors Sun Sept 6th 6:00 Brothers Dupree with Sista Sarah Wade – Lawton OK 7:15 Berry Harris – OBHOF – Stringtown OK and Wichita KS 8:30 Jimmy Preacher Ellis – OBHOF – Seattle, Tulsa, now Dallas 9:45 INDOOR JAM with Debbie Blackwell and  Jimmy Ellis, Berry Harris more 12 – 5 am Selby and Band, Bonnie McCoy followed by Larry Garner Band and Johnny Rawls with Harry Blackwell and more! DD 25 POSTCARD 2 back WEB R Bat-Or Kalo great black and white NEW THIS YEAR WORKSHOPS all week from some of our best WED: Technology – check him out Roger Hurricane Wilson bring him your questions!! web, social media and digital recording INFO Debbie Blackwell how to make your own CDs Harold Aldridge where did the blues com from? Bonnie McCoy The Memphis Minnie & Big Joe Wms connection SPECIAL CD Project funded by the OAC – Checotah High School’s Rt 66 Big Band headed by Jim Davis OBHOF and Roger Hurricane Wilson OBHOF. Roger will come in from GA and record a blues/jazz CD with the students during the week of the festival! AND Volunteer  - Sponsor THANK  YOU Party Under the Tent THURSDAY nite with Danny Timms 7 – 9 Sept 3 – as a thank you to Sponsors and the ’20 hour pre-fest volunteers’ It takes a lot to do a Blues Festival – come HELP early, meet people, and start the night BeFoRe! D.C. Minner Rentiesville MUSEUM –Opened recently!! and the Honey Springs Visitor and Research Center across the street to the NE is now under construction!   HOW to FIND US: Thanks for your support! All input welcome! Selby Minner F.O.R. Blues Inc. (918) 855 0978   OUR SPONSORS INCLUDE: 2015 SPONSORSHIPS, SIGNS and BANNERS on the FIELD F.O.Rentiesville Blues Inc., does the event as does Selby and OBHOF MAJOR SPONSORS The Oklahoma State Arts Council United States Dept of Agriculture Gerry James White Fang Enterprises East Central Oklahoma Electric . . .Round Up Grant AC in the Club! PLATINUM level: Nichols Dollar Saver of Checotah A & B Distributors, Budweiser Jack Hodge Group and James Hodge Ford Oklahoma Humanities Council Last Chance Ranch O G & E Blacktop 51 GOLD level: Creek Nation Casino Checotah Republic Guitars FRIX Construction Hillcrest HealthDiscovery Counseling, Wagoner and Muskogee Joy Harjo Mekko Productions Square Deal Music The Bank of Eufaula  Outlaw Motor Speedway Armstrong Bank Checotah SILVEMuskovee Creek Nation in OkmulgeeWhat About Bob’s McAlesterMcKenzie and Company T shirts OKCDarkwood Productions BRONZE Peoples National Bank Allford Propane Sue’s Recycling, Frame Building Supply Checotah Foresee Concrete EufaulaHoss Style Wheels Checotah and EufaulaChecotah Chamber of CommerceGary Coleman Farmers Ins. Charlie’s Chicken Checotah carol pointe vendor   _MG_8791  Debbie Beanez Blackwell runs the invitational jam session in the club each night from 10 - 1 pm  DSC_3585 Carole Point, Debbie Blackwell, Debbie again, Brian McKinney and Selby below  AA youtube headerDSC_2459

BIG GEORGE BROCK and Detonators in Rentiesville -great video!:

Spa City Youngbloods S pa City Blues Soc presents the Spa City Youngbloods! Fri on the Back Porch Stage 9:45

LABOR DAY WKND Sept 4, 5, 6 2015  WHAT:
Three days and nights, Three stages, indoors and out…  35 bands, over 200 musicians, workshops, kid’s village, bar-b-que. We call it 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.
WHEN: 2014- Labor Day Wknd, Fri Sat Sun
WHO: a showcase of 22 regional groups and 5 nationally acclaimed headliners. We are a family event with two outdoor stages and lots for kids to do throughout the three day 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 $15/day at the gate (about $1.50 a band!) KIDS under 12 FREE! Volunteers FREE!
CONTACT (918) 855-0978,, 701 D.C. Minner St Rentiesville OK 74459   facebook Selby Minner
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 $15 for that day BACK and ½ off on a T-shirt!
WHERE WE ARE: DC Minner’s Down Home Blues Club in Rentiesville, OK (pop. 100)  is in the rural township of RENTIESVILLLE OK. Just off of US 69, follow the signs into Rentiesville to DC Minner Street and you are here….Rentiesville is 15 minutes South of Muskogee, 70 miles SE of Tulsa, 1 hour West of Fort Smith, 2 hours East of Oklahoma City — 2 exits north on  US 69 from I-40; 
MOTELS: GREAT MOTEL DEAL Lakeway Inn… $54.95 and 58.25  dollar room rates, with a pool, 5 minutes West of US 69 on I-40 at the 150 Exit # 259 Lake Eufaula State Park Exit. . also. . .  We recommend any major chain in Muskogee, 15 minutes up US 69. There are new motels in Eufaula, 15 minutes south near the lake…. In Checotah the motel we recommend is America’s Best across from the truck stop, near Wal-Mart.
CAMPING: Parking is free across the road. Also primitive camping. Or Lake Eufaula State Park, first come first served, as it is a holiday weekend. There is a KOA East of Checotah on I-40
SPONSORED BY: SPONSORS help make this happen…OK Arts Council, The Current,   Gerry James and White Fang Entertainment,  Republic Guitars, East Central Electric, Square Deal Music and Sound in Muskogee,  Last Chance RV Guest RANCH, Discovery Counseling, James Hodge Ford in Muskogee, the ChecotahCreek Nation Casino, Okmulgee Muskovee Creek Nation,  People’s National Bank in Checotah, Armstrong Bank, The Current, Budweiser, Coke, The Blues Festival Guide,  KMOD, Jammin’ John Peters,  KGOU, Preview, Tulsa World, The McIntosh County Democrat and the Indian Journal, The Muskogee Daily Phoenix,  SW Blues, BareBones Independant Filmmakers, Blues Society of Tulsa, OK Blues Society (, lots of friends who come early and help…!
HOSTED BY: OKLAHOMA BLUES HALL OF FAME, FRIENDS OF RENTIESVILLE BLUES INC. (a 501 c 3 not-for-profit corporation) together D.C. and Selby Minner founded it in 2003 so that the Fest could grow into the new millenium.  Our mission is “to preserve and develop African American Music through education and entertainment”.

RENTIESVILLE is…: 15 miles S of Muskog   RENTIESVILLE is…: 15 miles S of Muskogee, 125 miles E of OKC, 4 Hours N of Dallas and 1 hour SE of Tulsa   Info (918)855-0978   The Kid’s Village (“children under 12 are free and we keep them busy!” will rock to the conga drums once again with Jahruba and his drum circles. He is an OK State Arts Council roster artist and their funding through a series of grants has helped keep the festival alive over these 21 years. Kid’s Village would not be complete without Joann McMillan and her stick puppets (which require lots of little hands to make them dance across the field) . . . also GLENNA McBRIDE and more!       Nov 15, 2014

T H A N K S  S O  M U C H  for your support of our event! Deep Appreciation for supporting the arts in Oklahoma!The Blues Fest means a lot to many people and it is great to have you on board.


The simplicity of the Blues makes it user friendly to play and a great ‘gateway music’ to playing all genres of music Blues is the language of African American history. It is a living language; capable of describing this history as it happens in the present as well as the past. It expresses not only events, but the reactions and feelings of the people who live through the events of their lives. D. C. Minner was one of the greatest speakers of that language in Oklahoma. He taught it to his wife Selby and she continues to be determined to pass it on to the next generation.


A great year. . . With lots of help . . . .


Our friend LAYCE posted this to her face book page:



Donna McGirt, Eugene Colbert, DW Moore, Dr. Harold Aldridge, Harry Williams, Dan Ortiz; Staff Selby

W e U s e Y o u r D o l l a r s W is e l y ! ! !

The Oklahoma State Arts Council stated:

“Very nice line-up. Unique festival in an isolated and underserved area of the state.

This is an incredible example of a little money going a very long way”

N e w S p o n s o r O p p o r t u n I t i e s

You can have your name on a stage OR the Sponsor-Volunteer Party on Thursday. Or you could sponsor one day or a the full week of workshops before the Festival. A specialty T Shirt ( D.C. Minner quotes, unique art . . .) could have ONLY your name on the back! Lots of possibilities for getting your name in front of the music lovers who follow and who come to out event just give me a call and I would be happy to work out all the details with you.

K e e p Y o u r L e g a c y A l i v e

The Friends of Rentiesville Blues Inc. would appreciate you remembering the organization after you

are gone and in turn you will be remembered for doing such an awesome thing over the years. If you are interested in leaving The Friends of Rentiesville Blues a charitable bequest, the

language in your will should contain the following:

I/We give the Friends of Rentiesville Blues Inc. (EIN 27-0051206) , a 501(C)(3) Non-Profit

Corporation, the following money or asset (described here) to benefit their charitable purpose. F.O.R. Blues encourages you to consult your planner, tax professional or attorney when preparing your charitable bequest.”

Many thanks again for any and all support from you over the years. They say it ‘takes a village to raise a child,’ and we know it takes a lot of friends to keep a Blues Festival alive 25 years …You all make it all worthwhile. – and . . .FUN!

Looking forward to many more wonderful years ahead of us to continue D.C’s dream !!


Selby Minner

and Friends of Rentiesville Blues

(918) 855-0978 Rentiesville Blues Festival 2015 Sept 4, 5, 6 Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame 701 D.C. Minner Street Rentiesville OK 74459, Selby and Blues on the Move fb Selby Minner

Here is the   thankyouOLDER NEWS BELOW ———–   S

D.C.’s spirit lives on …



 Facebook under Selby Minner for more information. Or call Selby & Co. at (918) 855-0978.

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The Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival. . . created by D.C. Minner himself with, and now presented by, Selby Minner and the Friends of Rentiesville Blues Inc., the old cotton field out back will ring with the blues!! D.C. (1935-2008, in 5 Halls of Fame) knew they were bulldozing old juke joints every day and has kept his family legacy alive here in Rentiesville, where he was born and raised, for people to enjoy from now on.  . . . Kids are free, we keep them busy. The CHS Adult Jazz band  ROUTE 66 BIG BAND will come in courtesy of Jim Davis. And there is a Gospel Show to start the Festivities on Sunday.  The outdoor part is the most family friendly Blues festival you will find. But adults only in the juke joint, please (!) All the headliners from the main outdoor stage come inside after midnight and perform their second sets. That part of the show goes on until 5 am! ., …

PLUS – see facebook Selby Minner for a great array of photos and video clips – thanks everybody – it was a great fest! also check out Debbie Blackwell’s jam session in the club during the festival!

 facebook Selby Minner Band for Blues on the Move Info

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Nick Brodner International Cuisine – a favorite vendor, will be back in 2014!



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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!