Rentiesville BLUES FESTIVAL
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..
.thanks everyone for the support – cannot do a blues festival without help!
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 THE DETAILS! –and YES! GUITAR SHORTY WILL BE HERE TOO! ! 10 PM Friday and Saturday nights – redo on the schedule to reflect this soon! Rentiesville Blues Festival Set For August 29, 30 and 31st
(Rentiesville, OK) – Headlining this year is Guitar Shorty – just back from India and Italy, Andrew Jr. Boy Jones, Big Mike Griffin, Wanda Watson, Roger “Hurricane” Wilson plus many more acts. The Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival runs three days and nights, Three stages, indoors and out with 35 bands, over 200 musicians, workshops, a Kid’s Village and 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 of Rentiesville, Oklahoma. It actually takes place at 701 D.C. Minner St. on the grounds of one of the few remaining juke joints outside of Mississippi, right in Rentiesville, Oklahoma – The only one we know of with it’s own blues festival.
The blues festival is the main event of the Oklahoma Blues Hall Of Fame (OBHOF), and showcases 18 regional groups and five nationally acclaimed headliners.. It is a family event with lots for kids to do throughout the three day music extravaganza. Plus there’s the Juke Joint (21 only), which goes after hours indoors 5 pm til 5 am, Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day Weekend.
It is rated a “must-see to say you are in touch with blues in this country today” by the Blues Foundation, presenting music praised as the “best thing to come out of Oklahoma since oil” by fans! In 24 years it has put about $500,000.00 into the pockets of worthy musicians for their performances. This is a true roots festival.
Tickets are $15/day at the gate (about $1.50 a band!) Kids under 12 free and there is free camping across the street from the festival in the parking lot.
For More Information go to www.dcminnerblues.com or call 918-855-0978
Festival Location: 701 D.C. Minner St, Rentiesville, OK
Directions: RENTIESVILLE is on US 69 in eastern Oklahoma 2 exits north of I-40 or two exits south of Muskogee. The blues fest is 125 miles E of Oklahoma City and 70 miles SE of Tulsa; one hour west of Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Major Sponsors: Friends of Rentiesville Blues Inc., Oklahoma State Arts Council & Budweiser.
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.
|24th Annual LABOR DAY WKND Aug 29, 30, 31in 2014 WHAT:||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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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”.|
RENTIESVILLE is…: 15 miles S of Muskogee, 125 miles E of OKC, 4 Hours N of Dallas and 1 hour SE of Tulsa www.dcminnerblues.com email@example.com Info (918)855-0978 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) . . . 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!