Mark your calendars now for the 2020 Dusk til Dawn festival, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept 4, 5 and 6th in Rentiesville, Oklahoma. Enjoy contemporary and traditional blues on three stages! Admission is just $18/day at the gate, Kids under 12 FREE Click here to receive festival updates on performers and lineup and other upcoming events and news.
Simply the Best a fan: “the best music ever . . . by bands you may not even know!”
On Labor Day weekend, join other blues-lovers at the one of the “10 most awesome music festivals to check out this summer“…in the world! according to “National Geographic Traveler.”
Non-stop music from dusk ‘til dawn on three stages, arts and activities just for kids, great food including barbecue, and a down-home, family-friendly uncommercial vibe draws people from all over to this small-town festival in eastern Oklahoma!
Now in its 30th year, you will feel at home from the moment you arrive. If you want a dose of authentic, and down home, this is the place! Festival photos
LAST YEAR’s SHOW
FREE Camping (must have a festival wristband)
Electric Hookups for RVs are available 918 855 0978
Annual LABOR DAY WKND Sept4, 5, 6 2020
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org, www.dcminnerblues.com, 103020 D.C. Minner St (Rentiesville) Checotah OK 74426 facebook: Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival CLICK > to get on EMAIL LIST|
|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 starts..call 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: http://www.visitmuskogee.com/visiting/where-to-stay/?utm_source=G+Fest&utm_campaign=7cc03b3ebf-
Blues Festival Guide says –
The Rentiesville Dusk to Dawn Blues Festival will be held Sept 4, 5, 6 2020 of Labor Day Weekend from 5 pm til 5 am. Admission is $18 and under 12 free. . . . It’s a place where night owls dig the blues on three stages into the wee hours. Down home blues, Oklahoma-style with 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. 2020 will be number 30 and counting!
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 is thrilled for the continued success of the OBHOF” said 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.”
2019 Headliners Include: Knut Roppestadt (Norway), Bex Marshall (England), Watermelon Slim, Ronnie Stewart & The Oakland Blues Divas, Funkativity (Washington DC), Johnny Rawls (Soul Blues Artist Winner “California Shake”), Kelvin ‘Mr. Guitar’ Drake (toured world with Clarence Carter and worked with Solomon Burke and Bonnie Raitt), Harold Aldridge, Last Call, Pat Moss, Mike Moore Big Band, Jim Davis CHS Jazz Band, Roger Hurricane Wilson, Shy Willie, Leon Rollerson, D’elegantz, Sir Stan From La, Oklahoma Ollie In (Louisiana), Bebo McDaniel Trio, Cece Craig, Eric Little Brother Walker, Alice April, Sunsetter, Hydramatics, Craig Vaughan, John White, Cecil Gray, Wewoka Blues Band, Akeem Kemp (placed in IBC Youth Challenge in Memphis representing Arkansas), Selby Minner and Blues On The Move, Mike Moore Big Band, Bonnie McCoy (niece of the late great Memphis Minnie), Harley Cowboy Hamm (Checotah)…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!) The 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).
Comments include: “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. There is a Gospel Show to start the Festivities on Sunday. The outdoor part is the most family friendly Blues festival you will find.
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
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!
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)
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!
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!
F.O.Rentiesville Blues Inc., does the event as does Selby and OBHOF and Volunteers
VERY COOL VIDEOS:
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
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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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 . . . .
…AN AWESOME AMOUNT OF VOLUNTEER TIME FUELS THE RENTIESVILLE FESTIVAL!
D.C.’s spirit lives on …
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC!
Facebook under Selby Minner or Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival or OBHOF Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame
THIS IS THE BEST thanks to ALICE APRIL!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azata5jRcB0&feature=youtu.be<iframe
DD 2010 Johnny Rawls, Miss Blues Love and Happiness just after she opened for BB King http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3mwQM3Lh3w
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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!