Festival Photo Gallery

A keepin DCs dreams alive BP Stage DSC_0640Shy Willie sings the blues DSC_0828   Dan at G Fest  DC on flag w guitarMiss Blues Dorothy Ellis DSC_1479AA DC DDHollyRoach03 093AA EG Kight and her red guitar DSC_8020Wanda Watson
donna missdeeLaycie Baker BlackDiamond_withdrummerKONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAKONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAKONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERADan by Arlene Winfrey

Dorothy and Larry Garner WEB rOBHOF logo red bag
003_3Miss Blues on Monitor w guitarist OJHOF mOKBlHofFamelogoBIGDown HOme Blues Club FLOOR

DC Selby glossy from and by Richard Byrd GREATDC drawn by student Cedric web readty

Miss Blues on Monitor w guitarist OJHOFMiss Blues on Monitor w guitarist OJHOFMiss Blues on Monitor w guitarist OJHOF


Selby COME FLY W THE BLUES logo(2)

Norman Jackson Band  Berry Harris  .

DD25 blues artists

DC looks doen tite great laughing300kids CHSLayce greaATDSC_0069

Homer Johnson with Dues Paid and at the Jams

Homer Johnson with Dues Paid and at the Jams

Dick Jones and Steve Bynum of Mojo Sonata

Dick Jones and Steve Bynum of Mojo Sonata

Mark Furnam of Leon Rollerson Band

Mark Furnam of Leon Rollerson Band

Lem Sheppard

Lem Sheppard

SelbyBluesClubpensive159_159 (2)DC hands car keys to Muries

 

. thanks to our sponsors!

DSC_2603    Johnny Rawls tite great smile
DSC01565

_MG_8528 Cowboy Bronko BP stage DD24
Roger Hurricane Wilson, Johnny Rawls
BLues Club / OBHOF, Bat-Or Kalo proclaimed ‘New face of the Blues”

Harold Aldridge with Harry Williams, and Cowboy and Bronko Carr Pack Porch Stage

Kari Barber Photos of the Struggle and Hope Project. She is documenting the Historic Oklahoma Black Towns…. check out  Struggle and Hope.com

Dusk Til Dawn Blues Festival draws worldwide audience to Oklahoma

Josh Wallace by Josh Wallace   
 The Roxy Spotlighters perform Friday on the Back Porch at the Dusk Til Dawn Blues Festival in Rentiesville. [Photo by Josh Wallace, The Oklahoman]
The Roxy Spotlighters perform Friday on the Back Porch at the Dusk Til Dawn Blues Festival in Rentiesville. [Photo by Josh Wallace, The Oklahoman]

RENTIESVILLE — One of Oklahoma’s best kept secrets celebrated its 25th year as the Dusk Til Dawn blues festival kicked off Friday night.

Tucked away in the town of Rentiesville, a few miles north of Checotah in McIntosh County, the festival has been held each Labor Day weekend at the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame since 1991.

The festival’s name comes from the fact the music doesn’t begin until 5 p.m. and lasts late into the morning, finishing up about 5 a.m.

Without a cloud in the sky Friday afternoon, the repressive Oklahoma heat kept most visitors away early on. Word to the wise, although there’s free camping across from the venue, come early because the hardcore and those in the know will stake claim to the best sites.

Just after 5 p.m., the booming sound of bass drums could be heard off in the distance as the first performers got ready to kick things into gear. Soon after, a mix of R&B, classic delta blues, and covers of 1960s blues-inspired psychedelic songs flooded the air of the small outdoor venue.

By 6:30 p.m., cars would trickle in every so often, but once the moon was shining bright, people came in droves — some from nearby, others from other states and a few coming from as far away as South America.

Danny Angela, originally from New Zealand but currently living in for Brazil for nearly three decades, said it was his first time to come to Rentiesville.

“I found it on the Internet a year ago, and me and my wife were coming to the states for a road trip in our camper, so I said ‘let’s go!’ ”

Angela came days before the festival started, helping the organizers set things up.

“I volunteered, and now I’ve got my shirt and my tickets, so now it’s time to have some fun,” he said.

While for many it was their first time coming to Rentiesville, others have been coming off and on for years.

Charles McIntyre, of Yukon, came with his girlfriend, Marna Altstatt.

“I first came 15 years ago when I was actually moving out of Oklahoma and a friend invited me, I didn’t know what was going on,” McIntyre said.

Describing it as a blast, he said he remembered dancing with friends for hours next to the indoor stage.

Altstatt said it was her first time coming, but said she’s sold on the festival, and will be coming back for years.

“Good music, good food, definitely a lot of fun,” she said.

Local, regional, and national bands all headlined the first night, playing on three different stages.

Mike Winebrenner, of Tulsa, said he’s been running the sound board during shows for years. When asked if there was any difference from years back to this year’s festival he simply said, “no, not really, it just keeps getting better every year.”

While most came for the food and music that lasted until midnight, a sizable group stuck around for the after-hours jam sessions inside the hall of fame. The small club soon turned to standing room only as they gathered to watch musicians who had played earlier in the day cut loose.

Bluesman Johnny Rawls had played a set on the main stage earlier in the night, but once inside, he declared, “it’s after midnight, so I think I’m going to get a little bit nasty.”

Launching into “Hoochie Coochie,” Rawls got the crowd dancing throughout his extra set, smiling and telling the women to “wiggle.”

Outside the building, people drank and puffed on cigars and cigarettes. Perhaps inspired by the music, stories from the brokenhearted could be heard, as one man said “yeah, I had two wives that left me, now all I’ve got is two dogs.”

The festival continues through early Monday morning. Admission is $15 for adults and free for children under 12. For more information, go online to http://dcminnerblues.com/

Berry Harris - truly at the heart of the Festival, has been here for years in from Wichita KS but originally from Stringtown OK - Sunday nite in the Club

Berry Harris – truly at the heart of the Festival, has been here for years in from Wichita KS but originally from Stringtown OK – Sunday nite in the Club

 

Cara Black with Dorect Connect

Cara Black with Direct Connect

 

Harry Blackwell gets down

Harry Blackwell gets down

Cara Black  sings with Direct  Connect

Cara Black sings with Direct Connect

 

 

Kids on Dance floor - costumes by Joann McMillan

Kids on Dance floor – costumes by Joann McMillan

Kids in Costumes parade down to Main Stage Dance Floor

Kids in Costumes parade down to Main Stage Dance Floor

Dancer in Rentiesville

Dancer in Rentiesville

 

 

Karen on Bass

Karen on Bass

Stretch and Stretch'n the Blues

Stretch and Stretch’n the Blues

Miss Blues DD22 web ready img_9371_0273

Miss Blues

 

Direct Connect sax player

Direct Connect sax player

image003

D.C. Minner on festival site Tulsa World Photo

Lem SheppardOnstageDDBEST

Lem Sheppard

Jahruba glowing great

Jahruba Lambeth


 

Rentiesville fest keeps blues roots running deep
Labor Day Weekend

 

By Michele Schmidt in Currentland

RENTIESVILLE, Okla. –



Rentiesville fest keeps blues roots running deep
Labor Day Weekend


By Michele Schmidt in Currentland


RENTIESVILLE, Okla. –

 Selby Minner

and Friends of Rentiesville Blues,

Inc. present the 23rd annual Dusk ‘til

Dawn Blues Festival Aug. 30-Sept. 1

at the Down Home Blues Club.

This longest running blues festival

in the state is downhome blues

– Oklahoma style – and features

over 200 musicians on three different

stages over the weekend. Blues

queen and festival co-founder Selby

Minner said that having musicians

from the area present and playing is

important to her.

“It’s about giving credit where

credit is due,” said Minner. “This year

is about bringing it all back home. So

much of the music we present has

Oklahoma roots and this festival is

really about showcasing that. It’s the

music that got me here in the first

place.”

Some of the Oklahoma artists will

include Jahruba, Watermelon Slim,

Miss Blues, Harley Hamm, and Harold

Aldridge.

Jahruba was born in the badlands

of Norman and considers himself

a modern day buffalo soldier. His

music embodies a unique blend of

blues, jazz, world beat, reggae, and

traditional African rhythms – all

mixed with the red dirt culture of

Oklahoma to birth a new form of

music. For more on him, check out

www.jahruba.com.

Bill “Watermelon Slim” Homans

is known for his Okie-style, raw,

impassioned

intensity. Though he was

born a northerner, he found himself

farming watermelons in Oklahoma

and entertaining people with his

music. For more on him, check out

www.watermelonslim.com.

Dorothy “Miss Blues” Ellis is an

internationally known blues legend

with the kind of soul that only comes

from real life hard experience. This

is why she is often called a “true

world ambassador of the history and

sound of the blues.” For more on her,

check out www.missblues.com.

Though many of the musicians are

local and regional, blues acts come

from all over to share their songs.

Headliners for the festival include

Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials (Chicago, Illinois),

Andrew Jr. Boy Jones (Texas),

Tee Dee Young, Jimmy “Preacher”

Ellis (Arkansas), Berry Harris (Kansas),

and more!

Tee Dee Young is a Kentucky musician

known for “firing down on that

guitar.” His unique style, dynamic

stage presence, exciting harmony,

and endless energy get people in the

mood for dancing. For more on him,

check out www.teedeeyoung.com.

The festival schedule is jampacked


with too much talent to

name them all. See the festival website

for more on bands, bios, music

schedules, and more.

The festival also includes a Children’s

Village
with lots of things to

keep youngsters busy. Jahruba will

be holding a drum circle, Joann Mc-

Millan will have her stick puppets,

Domenica Lovera will return with

crafts and face painting, and

Patrick Riley will have a mask table.

It’s easy to see why this festival

is called the world’s best and largest

backyard party. It was created

together with Selby Minner by her late husband, D.C.

Minner (1935-2008), in an attempt to

keep his family legacy alive after a

string of old juke joints were being

bulldozed all across the country. In

fact, there were at least five others in

Rentiesville back in those days. Some had dirt floors.

“Things are so much more corporate

now than they were in those

days, as opposed to mom and pop

like they were then,” said Selby Minner.

“It was important to D.C. to preserve

some of that.”

So now, where he was born and

raised, musicians and music lovers

come from all around to enjoy the

sound of blues history. For this and

other reasons, the Down Home Blues

Club is important to many other people

as well.

“Tell everybody that in Oklahoma,

hidden out in the woods is a little

old juke joint called the Down Home

Blues Club. It’s authentic, funky, and

very much alive,” said Domenica

Lovera, founding board member of

F.O.R. Blues, Inc. “It is rural and real

in a sense that other venues fail to

capture. For those who long to feel

the power of the blues; try Rentiesville!”

Admission to the festival is $15

daily. Children enter free. Rentiesville

is 15 miles south of Muskogee and

about 5 miles northeast of I-40 via

U.S. 69. For more information, please

visit www.dcminnerblues.com or call   (918) 855-0978.


TeeDee YOung BEST smile B&W

Tee Dee Young
C.W. Morgan  black and white action

C.W. Morgan Muskogee bluesman

 

Kit Love Robertson and Hubert Sumlin DD 3

Kit Love Robertson and Hubert Sumlin (Howlin Wolf’s guitarist 18 years…lead on Spoonful etc.) in 1993 at the Dusk til Dawn Blues festival. This year Kit – who has his band Anarchy Blues in Colorado- will be in Rentiesville to play guitar – we hope –

 

Jimmy Ellis by Mike Greig GREAT

Jimmy Ellis in Rentiesville!

Broadway Jimmy BEST in white

Broadway Jimmy OBHOF inductee this year! – great bassist too

DDpaintingby SelbyBESTweb ready DDMOMlook@thecostumeIfound!
DC water bottle labes design just DC tee shirts on two fans

Thanks to Krystal Lacey – Johnny Rawls doing his thing

 

and James ‘the old man’ graced our stage for ten years or more always giving his best, always bringing people to their feet… James Peterson

James Perterson RIP