Rentiesville BLUES FESTIVAL
lots of festival photos on our new slideshow!
Rentiesville Springing the Blues Mini Fest
Saturday & Sunday, April 04 & 05, 2015
2:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Rentiesville, Oklahoma is gearing up for a great summer season including the 25th annual Blues Festival, Inductions into the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame, with a BBQ dinner in OK Blues Legend D.C. Minner’s birthplace and time worn juke joint. The Kick-off party for the season, Springing the Blues is here! All proceeds will benefit the upcoming Blues Festival and will feature almost 10 amazing bands. The festival is day and night from the afternoon until 2 in the morning! It’s a reunion, a festival, and a highlight!
HOW to FIND US: http://www.travelok.com/listings/view.profile/id.2339
The Blues Club 2015 SEASON OPENER is Day and Nite April 4 and 5th.
Open FIRST SaATURDAYS of the month at 8 pm from May – Sept.
The OBHOF INDUCTIONS are May 24th, the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend.
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
WOW – what a festival! going viral on FACEBOOK, check SELBY MINNER pages for lots of links to great PHOTOS. . .we will post a lot of them soon. . . they would be on here already IF I was not so technologically challenged…smile..
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 lotto many people and it is great to have you on board.
R E P O R T
Great music overflowing on three stages. Wonderful photos – best ever. (Photographers: Kit Love Robertson, Cliff Moore, Lynda Coole and Deb Bynum, Kari Barber from the Struggle and Hope Documentary Project, Muskogee Directory’s Kelvin, Judi White to name a few.)
We were proud to present two bands with students in them: Last Call and the Monday Night Jam Band. We were happy that many of the old timers could grace our stages once again – Jimmy Preacher Ellis, Chris Ragsdale, Oklahoma Ollie in from LA, and missed some of our most helpful and reliable headliners due to illness – Miss Blues, Berry Harris and James Walker. Some soul blues snuck in and did themselves proud – Direct Connect from OKC and Leon Rollerson from Tulsa. Lots of our Lots of our Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame inductees were onstage. .. Selby Minner, Wanda Watson, Lem Sheppard, Baby Ray Mucker, . . And one of our favorite and most famous headliners over the years made a surprise visit! Maybe he figured we were tight for money and wanted to do us a favor … but ALSO maybe he wanted to come and receive his own induction trophy in Person! Lucky us!
Here is the story – A VIP event –- giving CREDIT where credit is DUE. . . that is one of our yearly goals and this year we made a giant step in that direction here in Rentiesville. We inducted one of our most worthy – and yet most unsung – festival headliners ever. Guitar Shorty was inducted as a greatFriend of the Rentiesville Blues Fest, overcoming the ‘lived in Oklahoma’ requirement. And Shorty made it a point to get here during the festival and receive his induction trophy in person. ( We did mail it to him in May, it got broken (!) in the mail…but that’s another story. ) We have great photos too. This living legend is in his 70′s and still travels the world doing huge festivals…Italy, India, Wales, Germany, the King Biscuit in Helena, the Portland OR Fest, and much more. Check him out on youtube; 60,000 plus views on some of his videos. And – you can even help him get those well-deserved inductions as well. His ‘No More War‘ song on his soon-to-be-released-album is now up athttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2-7uNNY8zIand definitely worth a visit. At this point every listen helps. Let’s helpGuitar Shorty get inducted in Memphis, California and Texas!
Andrew Jr. Boy Jones and the love of his life Kerrie Lepai did not disappoint with a rocking good blues set. Big Mike Griffin, Cecil Gray, Terry Tsotigh, Dan OK Slim, Floyd Dry’s Back Roads Band and others gave a great representation of Oklahoma Native American Blues, both locally and nationally known.
We had the new OBHOF T shirt gold foil on black and a few dark colors which went well, helping cover costs.
From the survey: “The way you executed your festival was top notch
Clean, organized, w/ a great vibe! Walking paths to venues and vendors were clean & flowing!”
Number 25 next year ! Going to be a big one!
A Sponsor and Volunteer kick-off PARTY Thursday September 3rd 2015 under the tent!
Help us grow, come have some munchies and enjoy music free!
Our new and exciting Vision starts in 2015 when
we we will go on-line as a museum in the Spring, open on Sundays.
In preparation for this, we have been going to archive workshops and joined the OK Museums Associationtoprepare for this growth – we had a report done by the Amigos Library Services assessing the archive which they agreed isan “important collection which should stay in Rentiesville.”
Theyvisited and created aSite Survey Report for Archive Preservation and Development. (We have 75 photo albums, countless digital photos, hundreds of CDs from all the players on the festivals and all the fest applicants, D.C. Minner’s recording studio, all the out-takes of the many songs he wrote, posters, hats, clothes, and much more.)
Our Vision has always focused onEducation – we teach a lot of music here in Rentiesville and also teach through various libraries and organizations. We plan to include this important goal directly at the festival and will be adding pre-fest workshops from some of the performers before the festival next year.
G O A L S for NEXT YEAR – 2015 – Our 25th !!
sponsor banners on the field will be lighted
we will be credit card ready – at least at the gate
our expanded parking lot will be back in order
and we will improve our main stage!
Our Mission Statement: “To preserve and develop African American Music(s) Through Education and Entertainment.” This builds community.
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 . . . .
…AN AWSOME AMOUNT OF VOLUNTEER TIME FUELS THE RENTIESVILLE FESTIVAL!
. . .and is the only way we could accomplish all we do…
‘IN KIND‘volunteer work in 2014 for the Rentiesville Blues Festival
totals at $13,400.00
Time is rated at $10/hour or cost difference in ads.
PR $4310 from PRESS, RADIO, more; breakdown:
Currentland , Leon Rollerson , Darkwood DVD documentation of main stage all acts,
The Muskogee Phoenix , Pulse , Jeff McKenzie T shirts above the ordered amount ,
Castle of Muskogee signage opp RADIO KFOX , KGOU , KTFX , Hugh Foley RADIO in
Claremore and Stillwater the BREW in
Rockin’ John Peters 105 McAlester
PRE FEST SITE SET UP; ($6000)
600 hours = (17 people, average 35.2 hours each;
one day to a week or more per person) breakdown:
Selby, Dan, Joan, Su accountant, John and crew rebuilding roof of main stage, David stage construction, Lee and Sandy, Janie band packets and survey, Tiki headquarters and numerous trips to pick up banners etc., Miller’s cleaning, Wolfman Black cut grass Robert’s Family site prep extroadinary, Dusty, Larry dirt delivery and grass removal from field, Steve booth repair, Evelyn poster and postcard distribution, Brad painting fences and securing walkways
3 DAY VOLUNTEERS ($1590.00) (10 – 12 hours/day; 7 people av 27.7 hours each)
Lauren and Jason paying bands and office managers,
Joan Courtesy Car Jitney Service
Don Courtesy Car Jitney Service,
John Musician’s Gate
Face painting volunteers, Su 14 hours handling cash and bookeeping during festival
THREE -HOUR-VOLUNTEERS ($1,500.00)
recycle, stages, beverage sales, T shirt sales, park cars, deliver music equipment, survey etc. : 35
people did 50 three hour shifts; 50×3=150x $10/hour = $1,500.00. . . . . INK; TOTAL VALUE $1,500.00
Our friend LAYCE posted this to her face book page:
EVERYBODY LISTEN UP!!!!!! IF YOU’VE NEVER BEEN TO THE RENTIESVILLE BLUES FESTIVAL,PUT IT ON YOUR “TO DO” LIST!!!!! IT IS THE MOST LAID BACK,PARTY ‘TIL YOU DROP, AWESOME PLACE! GENDER, RACE, RELIGION…NOBODY CARES! ALLTHEY ASK IS THAT YOU HAVE A BLAST! AWESOME PEOPLE, FOOD, DANCIN’, AND THE BEST OF THE BLUES…FROM DUSK TIL DAWN!!! WHAT MORE COULD YOU ASK FOR!?!?!”
B O A R D
Donna McGirt, Eugene Colbert, DW Moore, John Bailey, Harry Williams, Su Riddle, Staff Selby
F R I E N D S & S P O N S O R S H I P S
The Oklahoma State Arts Council Gerry James White Fang Enterprises
PLATINUM level: Nichols Dollar Saver of Checotah A & B Distributors, Budweiser Jack Hodge Group and James Hodge Ford Oklahoma Humanities Council
GOLD level: Republic Guitars, FRIX Construction, Hillcrest Health, Discovery Counseling,
Wagoner and Muskogee, Joy Harjo Mekko Productions, Square Deal Music, The Bank of Eufaula, The Castle in Muskogee,
SILVER Janiece Vest State Farm in Eufaula, Armstrong Bank, Creek Nation, the Pulse Magazine, What About Bob’s, Fenton Nissan in McAlester, McKenzie and Company T shirts,
BRONZE Peoples National Bank Access Health Sue’s Recycling, Frame Lumber Foresee
Concrete Legends Beauty Shop McAlester Hoss Style Wheels Checotah and Eufaula Checotah
Chamber of Com Leon Rollerson Production Narva and Larry Johnson Foundation Gary
Coleman Farmers ins.
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 !!
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 www.dcminnerblues.com
OLDER NEWS BELOW ———–
SHORTY MADE A SPECIAL TRIP TO RENTIESVILLE TO GET HIS TROPHY AT THE FESTIVAL :
Down Home Blues, Oklahoma Style – 200 musicians; 30 bands on 3 stages; a showcase of regional OK blues and 4 international headliners; kids freeMark your calendar for Labor Day Weekend; come to the longest running big blues fest in OK This is a “rain or shine” event! Bring lawn chairs. No coolers or containers. No animals, pets except “service dogs” allowed. No weapons, drugs or alcohol may be brought onto the grounds.
Press Release JUNE 25 2014 —— CHECK OUT
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.
For More Information go to www.dcminnerblues.com or call 918-855-0978
Festival Location: 701 D.C. Minner St, Rentiesville, OK
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC, PEOPLE!
MUSIC, MUSIC, MUSIC – enjoy, perform, learn, and NOW . . . present!
THE OKLAHOMA BLUES CONNECTION
the theme this year at the Rentiesville Blues fest is ‘bringing it all back home to Oklahoma” Our Fest is a showcase of the region’s music. We have the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame here in this juke joint. 71 inductees!! We are working to give credit where credit is due. Oklahoma music is a story just starting to really be told. If you check out Dr. Hugh Foley’s paper back book on the subject, The Oklahoma Music Guide, it is 782 pages! Oklahoma musicians often have to leave the state to work so people have no idea and the festival is here to change that!
WHO WE PRESENT AND WHY:
LEM SHEPPARD from Pittsburg Kansas and has performed in Rentiesville most every years since 1992. OK OLLIE has people in Muskogee, lives in LA, and plays every year. the Festival gets him home to see family every year – and they come out!. FILMORE SLIM Knew D.C years ago when they were both performing at the ‘five points’ in Denver. And then later in the SF Bay Area DUES PAID from Bartlesville HARLEY HAMM from Checotah and Muskogee – watch out on that guitar, now! Harley is a party starter. LEON ROLLERSON Tulsa and what a revue he brings! . DEBBIE and HARRY BLACKWELL in from Dunsmuir up around Mt Shasta on I-5 in northern California. great west coast blues…they are family in Rentiesville. JAHRUBA lives in Norman OK – a conga playing story teller – griot. ROGER HURRICANE WILSON has adopted our Festival and comes each year, great guitarist, helps us keep it going. ROUTE 66 BIG BAND Checotah High School’s music educator Jim Davis OBHOF brings in his adult jazz band. DIRECT CONNECT OKC contemporary rhythm and blues blues. SELBY and BLUES ON THE MOVE and on SAT also CECIL GRAY Kiowa blues man from Elgin brings in Native Blues to play with Selby and her fantastic guitarist Dan Oklahoma Slim. T S HENRY WEBB in from Bisbee AZ – one of our favorite places…he played blues keyboard in Chicago for many years!!!
ANDREW ‘Jr. BOY’ JONES MIDNITE Texas- Oklahoma , a fave of Miss Blues BERRY HARRIS born in Stringtown OK (home of Reba McIntyre) and long time resident of Wichita KS OBHOF ROBERT GREEN – Tulsa mainstay of the Sunday Cimmarron Jam on Sundays on Memorial Blvd
MISS BLUES from Paris TX – she bought the longest bus ticket she could afford as a teenager and it brought her to OKC – She never looked back. Lucky for us!! Mama Blues
BABY RAY MUCKER Grew up in Stockton CA toured with the greats. Then he found Virginnia – from Hugo and has been in OK ever since. A master or the old school R & B funky blues.
BLUE FIRE FOLEY Dr Hugh Foley’s son been playing since he was three – about 17 now.from Stillwater
SLICK WILLIE High School Math teacher and a fine singer guitarist
REV BROWN RENTIESVILLE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH JIMMY ‘PREACHER’ ELLIS OBHOF, cannot do the Festival without preacher! Has lived in Tulsa many times – currently up from Dallas SCOTT ELLISON amazing track record out of Tulsa
C.W. MORGAN CAT DADDY DEAUX hometown Muskogee, Oktaha… really has matured into a strong blues force. His hit is a song about the Rentiesville Dancers in the wee hours.
we have gotten great press from Currentland and the My Pulse Mag and the local papers Indian Journal and the McIntosh County Democrat…the Muskogee Phoenix will be covering us more soon.
701 D.C. Minner St Rentiesville OK 74459 much more info on Facebook under Selby Minner
www.dcminnerblues.com for more information. Or call Selby & Co. at (918) 855-0978.
THIS IS THE BEST thanks to ALICE APRIL!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azata5jRcB0&feature=youtu.be<iframe plus DD 2010 Johnny Rawls, Miss Blues Love and Happiness just after she opened for BB King http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3mwQM3Lh3w
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! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHiiuBsJroA
2014 Festival dates are AUGUST 29, 30 and 31st!
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.
| Annual LABOR DAY WKND Sept 4, 5, 6 2015
|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 email@example.com, www.dcminnerblues.com, 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:||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, Republic Guitars, James Hodge Ford in Muskogee, the ChecotahCreek Nation Casino, Okmulgee Muskovee Creek Nation, People’s National Bank in Checotah, Armstrong Bank, 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”.|
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!
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!