Rentiesville BLUES FESTIVAL
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Press Release JUNE 25 2014 —— CHECK OUT THE DETAILS!
2014 Festival dates are AUGUST 29, 30 and 31st!
THIS IS THE BEST thanks to ALICE APRIL!!
plus DD 2010 Johnny Rawls, Miss Blues Love and Happiness just after she opened for BB King
World’s best – and largest – back yard party!” . . . Such a variety of people – “This is peace as the world should know it!”. . . A blues festival that is truly unique as it is a family event with lots for children to do – but not after midnight in the old Juke Joint – adults only, please!
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!
2014 Festival dates are AUGUST 29, 30 and 31st!
will start adding THIS YEAR’s lineup in MAY
Eric Walker (guitar/vocals), Debbie Blackwell (guitar), Jahruba Lambeth (congas) and Stretch (harmonica) plus others , playing at the Down Home Blues Club/Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame during the Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival in Rentiesville, Oklahoma. September 1, 2013.
FOR CURRENTLAND STORY ON FEST: go to page 35 – http://currentland.com/Portals/0/Archives/PDF/Currentland-Aug13.669a0aff-34db-41aa-9d11-2b307886a0cf.pdf
“wonderful Oklahoma Blues” as Oklahoma Arts Council Director Betty Price said
AND. . .
many times we have sent bands to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis put together by the Blues Foundation..this is the best short I have ever seen about it – and it starts with Brad Absher who has played here in Rentiesville!
| 24th Annual
LABOR DAY WKND Aug 29, 30, 31in 2014
|Three days and nights, Three stages, indoors and out… 35 bands, over 200 musicians, workshops, kid’s arts and music activities, 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 18 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, www.dcminnerblues.com, 701 D.C. Minner St Rentiesville OK 74459|
|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:||We recommend any major chain in Muskogee, 15 minutes up US 69. Travel Lodge, Bacone Inn, Motel 6, Super 8, Ramada Inn. 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, Yaffe Metals, Republic Guitars, James Hodge Ford in Muskogee, the ChecotahCreek Nation Casino, People’s National Bank in Checotah, The Current, The Pulse, 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 (www.okblues.org), 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”.|
PRESS RELEASE PRESS RELEASE PRESS RELEASE
Last year’s Saturday night attendance at the Rentiesville Blues Festival broke all records. All down under the tent, on both sides in lawn chairs, and down front around the dance floor!
Down Home Blues, Oklahoma Style – 200 musicians; 30 bands on 3 stages; a showcase of regional OK blues and 4 international headliners; kids free
Mark your calendar for Labor Day Weekend; come to the longest running big blues fest in OK
SELBY MINNER and Blues on the Move – OK Slim, Homer Johnson, Cecil Gray, Electric Steve; the lady who keeps this Festival alive
BONNIE McCOY, the niece of the late great Memphis Minnie. . grew up w Big Joe Wms
FILMORE SLIM of film fame, in from Berkeley CA
MISS BLUES ‘picked to click’ on BB King’s Bluesville, the real deal, say no more! FUN! OBHOF
LEON ROLLERSON a legend from Tulsa brings a great revue OBHOF
JIMMY ‘PREACHER’ ELLIS – up from Dallas, everyone loves Preacher OBHOF
BERRY HARRIS – from Stringtown OK and Wichita KS… a life in the blues OBHOF
Harley Cowboy Hamm (Checotah), Roger Hurricane Wilson (GA), Dues Paid (Bartlesville OK), Harry and Debbie Blackwell (CA),. . . A dozen Oklahoma Blues Hall of Famers will grace the stage in abundance this year in Rentiesville, including Jimmy ‘Preacher’ Ellis (TX), Berry Harris (KS), Harry Williams, Pure Silk, Baby Ray Mucker… Little Miss Peggy… Selby..Jim Davis and Rt 66 Big Band, Miss Blues, Leon Rollerson,
MAJOR SPONSORS: F.O.Rentiesville Blues Inc., The Oklahoma State Arts Council, Wear House 100, OBHOF
PLATINUM level: Nichols Dollar Saver of Checotah, James Hodge Ford, A & B Distributors, Budweiser
GOLD level: Leon Rollerson Productions, Currentland, Darkwood Productions, Fenton, The Castle, Square Deal Music, Republic Guitars, Janiece Vest, State Farm Ins., . .
SILVER level: Janiece Vest, The Muskogee Daily Phoenix, State Farm Insurance, the Pulse Magazine, Sue’s Recycling, DDS Dental, The Bank of Eufaula, Gary Coleman Farmers ins., What About Bob’s? Yaffe Metals, . . .
BRONZE level: Frame Lumber, Hoss Style Wheels – Checotah Quick Lube, Armstrong Bank, Peoples National Bank, Foresee Concrete, Buddy’s Convenience Store, Tedford Insurance, State Farm Incurance, J&J Liquors, Farmers, Gary Coleman,
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) . . . and more!