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Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival -29th Annual!
Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame F.O. R. Blues Inc.

The Oakland Blues Divas – back by popular demand! Ronnie Stewart, Selby Minner new CD face painting in the Kid’s Village
August 30, 31, Sept 1 FRI SAT SUN of Labor Day Weekend; 5 pm til 5 am, $18; under 12
– chosen by NAT’L GEOGRAPHIC as one of the WORLD’s
‘Ten Awesome Festivals To Check Out This Summer! ‘. . .
Only one in the US they picked!

Down Home Blues Oklahoma Style 200 musicians; 30 bands on 3 stages;
a showcase of regional OK blues and 4 international headliners

Mark your calendar for Labor Day Weekend and come to the longest running big blues fest in Oklahoma

RENTIESVILLE is: 15 m, S of Muskogee, 125 m, E of OKC, 200 m. N of Dallas & 70 m SE of Tulsa I – 40 @ US 69 Info (918)855-0978
# RentiesvilleRoadTrip google OBHOF, FB Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival or OBHOF or Selby Minner

SELBY MINNER and Blues on the Move

BERRY HARRIS – from Stringtown OK and Wichita… a life in the blues OBHOF

. . . 10 + Oklahoma Blues Hall of Famers on the show
The Kid’s Village (“children under 12 are free and we keep them busy having fun while the music soaks in!” OK State Arts Council roster artists and 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) Wonda ‘Sunset the Sunsetter “ Macon ininduction. Shiron Butterfly Ray shares her joy


Watermelon Slim, new inductee Mr. Guitar Kelvin Drake (on the road w Clarence Carter for years) , Bebo McDaniels, D.C. , Johnny Rawls CD “World’s best – and largest – back yard party!” “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! “You can see all the headliners by 11 pm but night owls keep on and dig the blues from 5 pm til 5 am.”

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 7 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 High School Jazz 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.

Years of People having FUN: .
The festival takes place in Rentiesville, the childhood home of famed blues singer/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 7 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.”



Roger Hurricane Wilson bringing a Caravan of RVers
                        …Kelvin Mr. Guitar Drake worked with Clarence Carter for years and years

    Sunsetter and Shiron our main stage MC    Mr. Chef Larry Jones


Mike Moore Big Band Sunday —          Sun sets as the main stage warms up


Hydramatics with the Actor Steve and Oklahoma Ollie in from the West coast one more time!


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


LABOR DAY WKND August 30, 31, Sept  1, 2019   
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,, 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 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:

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


  thanks to our Sponsors! in addition to those with logos on the poster, we have:
Hoss Style Motors, Pistols and Pearls, Sue’s Recycling, PRINTY PLEASE,
What About Bob’s, Hillcrest Health, Square Deal Music, Max’s Garage,
East Central Electric, Charlies Chicken Checotah, Bob Loftis Furniture 
Studio 6 Motel, Legends Beauty in McAlester, Leon Rollerson, La Quinta       
Blues Foundation Revue,    Early shot of the Blues Club, lead singer D’Elegantz
Dr.Harold Aldridge Jr. 
below Akeem Kemp (AZ)  

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

Johnny Rawls – California Shake! –  and Oklahoma Ollie in from LA gets inducted into oBHOF
          Robert Glass




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 

PRESS RELEASE DD 27 June 27 no sponsors bestt     – From 2017

 NEWSLETTER ABOUT FEST 27 in 2017 (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 Deep Soul performing artist Johnny Rawls will be here in opening night of the festival. You don’t want to miss it! 

Kenny Diggs founder of D’Elegantz
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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 came to Rentiesville Fest 2016


Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn Blues Fest DATES this year: August 30, 31, Sept 1, 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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Carole Point, new Inductee Magic Mike
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BIG GEORGE BROCK and Detonators in Rentiesville -great video!:


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 . . . .



D.C.’s spirit lives on …



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DD 2010 Johnny Rawls, Miss Blues Love and Happiness just after she opened for BB King

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Nick Brodner International Cuisine – a favorite vendor

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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 $18/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!