all acts subject to change  …. Plateros  WE JUST ADDED THE PLATEROS !

Big Mike Griffin Sat and Sunday              Jerome Robinson bass           Bebo Trio  Bebo McDaniels

Keeping kids busy having fun — free —                    Selby      Dan Oklahoma Slim

Oakand BLUES DIVAS!  Saturday Nite!

Blues Foundation Revue,    Early shot of the Blues Club, lead singer D’Elegantz
Harold Aldridge, and the young lions  — Levi Platero and the Plateros (NM), 
below Akeem Kemp (AZ)   Dylan Whitney (OK)….get ready – they will entertain YOU!



Akeem Kemp back by popular demand !! placed in the Youth division at the IBC when he was 18 years old!

PRESS RELEASE May 18, 2018 (918) 855-0978


    • Keeping Oklahoma Blues Alive OBHOF in Rentiesville

Filed by Michael Cross in Art & Life, Feature, Local News, News.

The Blues: When most people hear it they think of Memphis or Chicago or New Orleans even Kansas City.

But, there’s a resurgence of the blues in Oklahoma focusing on the present as well as the past.

Just off I-40 and Highway 69 north of Checotah sits the small town of Rentiesville.

The historic black town of just 99 people includes the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame in an old bar which originally opened in 1936; also the site of the Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival held with 200 performers every Labor Day Weekend since 1991.

The current owner Selby MInner gives us a tour of the place originally opened by the grandmother of blues great D.C. Minner, Selby’s husband.

A display on one wall holds pictures of the 100 inductees to the Hall of Fame over the past 13 years.

Although D.C. died in 2008, Selby has kept the hall of fame going as well as the annual Dusk till Dawn Festival which has been around since 1991 during Labor Day Weekend.

Oklahoma blues musicians have played with legends like Count Bassie, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway and Billie Holliday.

And many Oklahomans have become legends themselves like Charlie Christian, Jimmy Rushing, Jimmy Liggins, Lowell Fulson, Roy Milton, Elvin Bishop, and Jimmy ‘Chank’ Nolen, with James Brown 30 years.

In fact, Oklahoma City musician and band leader Hart Wand published the reportedly first blues song on Sheet music called “Dallas Blues”.

At her home in Oklahoma City, Dorothy Ellis also known as Miss Blues plays a version of it on her computer.

For 70 years Miss Blues has performed what she calls a style of music unique to America and Oklahoma.

I think that we should celebrate just because it’s there and it’s the one thing that we can call our own in America. What else we got that nobody else’s hand hasn’t been in.”

Miss Blues started singing the Blues when she was eight years old and has always believed it started in Oklahoma.

She was inducted into the Hall of Fame in Rentiesville back in 2004 she loves the fact that the hall of fame is in an old drinking establishment. “It’s in a juke joint,” she laughs. “Everybody else got a real pretty place. We got this juke joint and it’s housed in where the blues started in a juke joint.

Requirements for induction include

They must be from or have lived in Olkahoma.
The exception to this is the ‘Friend of the Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival Award’ which is for nationally known artists who have consistently over a period of years helped the Festival by coming in at a significantly reduced rate.
They must be 60 years of age unless they are seriously ill.
They have to be a ‘good guy’ – treat people with respect and carry the music with dignity.
They must have a track record in the sense that they are not just playing area bars where they live. Either they work(ed) with people of note or have traveled and toured.A series of recordings and CDs documenting the music they have created is great but not required.

Artists can be nominated by any non profit blues related organization or, in fact, by any blues lover.
Noinations need to supply
 documentation including their track record, any touring, other contributions to the genre such as teaching etc.  We also need a photo which will print well in either black and white or color – 300 dpi minimum, and a sample of the music played by the nominee.
This should be sent in by March of any given year. OBHOF 103020 D.C. Minner Street, Checotah, OK 74426

Blues Festival Dates in 2018 are August 31, Sept 1 & 2 Friday Saturday Sunday of Labor Day Weekend

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Eddie Bagwell from the Blues Soc of Tulsa wrote:                                      

“If you want to discover what the blues is really all about,
you’ll make plans for this one next year. .
…It was so beautiful and pure, I wish you were all there”

We made the cut!———-This article was from the National Geographic! 

10 Awesome Music Festivals to Check Out This Summer

We were the only North American Fest mentioned ! The festival is coming up soon, September 1-3. Come see us! #RentiesvilleRoadTrip 

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Last Summer’s NEWSLETTER ABOUT FEST 27 (click on link)   or–2–3-.html?soid=1128101186008&aid=vzmuJxudRps

We’re glad to have the support of new and old friends alike. Thanks to the soul group PamelaRise & Ginisys! Deep Soul performing artist Johnny Rawls will be here in opening night of the festival. You don’t want to miss it! 

  Kenny Diggs D'Elegantz

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 Selby Minner Blues on the Move with Dan ‘Oklahoma Slim’…

FREE Camping (must have a festival wristband)
Electric Hookups for RVs are available  918 855 0978


LABOR DAY WKND August 31, Sept  1, 2, 2018   WHAT:
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 griendly  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 $18/day at the gate (about $1.50 a band!) KIDS under 12 FREE! Volunteers FREE!
CONTACT (918) 855-0978,, 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 $15 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 918 855 0978. Otherwise, just show up! 


  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!

 MOTELS:  Muskogee is 12 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 Motel 6 Studio and Muskogee Inn will treat you right. for all the info go to:                 MUSKOGEE MOTELS:

F.O.Rentiesville Blues Inc., does the event as does Selby and OBHOF and Volunteers



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click above ==Eugene Hideaway Bridges, Harry Blackwell, Selby Minner, Johnny Rawls, Leon Blue – closing out Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival 2011 in the club at 4 am or so
click above to see Joanna Connor who is coming to Rentiesville Fest on Friday this year Sept 2, 2016…


Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn Blues Fest DATES: Sept 1 – 3, 5 pm – 5 am. 
I wish Michael BUrks was still alive… here he does House oF the Rising Sun…was in Rentiesville 3 times…he just washed the house – the blues club – with sound!

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.

LAST YEAR”S PR bellow:

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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   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


D.C.’s spirit lives on …



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2017 review comments by OAC

This long-standing blues festival brings three days of live music to eastern Oklahoma. The event has a strong impact on the rural community, drawing audiences from across the state and nation. An anticipated 3,500 adults and 150 youth will be reached by this project. Ticket prices are affordable at $15/day with children and volunteers receiving free admission. The extensive lineup of performers include several OAC roster artists. Panelists found the proposed regional and national marketing plan effective and applauded the community need statement for demonstrating the festival’s economic value. OAC funds to partially cover artistic fees, excluding payment of Selby Minner and Blues on the Move band as host and festival organizer. OAC funds are to support a portion of artistic fees.

Review Comments 2016


The applicant described a long-standing cultural event in a very rural and underserved community. The event has a strong reputation and attracts audience members and musicians from outside Oklahoma. Thorough explanation of expenses and income. Low cost of tickets ensures that this event is accessible. Culturally diverse audience and performing artists. Recommendations for the Applicant: Continue to seek out increased sponsorship and increasing vendor fees to continue toward sustainability for the festival. Review and refine social media platforms and presence as a component of overall marketing and event promotion. 

Review Comments 2015

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. Would assume this intimate setting creates a very personal experience for blues fans and musicians (both experienced and aspiring). Recommend they consider changing website to reflect festival brand. Organization does great outreach with students and seniors. Could use more details about “capital” expenses. Consider a ticket price increase as the price seems to have stayed the same for many years. 

  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!