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Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival

Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival
Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival

Festival Details - "Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival"...

Start: Friday, August 30, 2024 5:00PM
End: Sunday, September 1, 2024 5:00AM

Twelve years on the road performing, and D. C. and Selby Minner were ready to move back to Oklahoma – DC's birthplace – in RENTIESVILLE and re-open his grandmother Lura's Cozy Corner as the Down Home Blues Club. That was in 1988.
The Festival grew out of the all-night club. DC enlarged the place, and the first Festival filled the enlarged club up two weeks after it was finished.Seven bands with Little Johnny Taylor as the headliner. They were hoping for 350 people, and when 700 came thru the door that Sunday afternoon they figured they were onto something good.
The next year Big Ray came down with his bulldozer for two weeks, they put up a fence and built the outdoor stage and went to two days. Two nights, really as the nights are cool in rural Rentiesville, even if it is hot in the daytime.
The couple had met so many friends scattered across the country from the 12 years of touring, that they figured if they had one weekend a year with a great reason to get here (try 30 bands!!) the friends might get to meet each other. Also they knew lots of great musicians who weren't playing festivals and who were sure qualified.
The Rentiesville Fest has turned into a reunion of sorts, both for musicians and fans. A showcase for great regional blues bands – headed up by 5 international stars – many on the move up through the ranks, and proud to be included in the Rentiesville tradition – and a focus for the music loving community across the state and beyond.
As the Festival has grown many people have come on board to help make it happen; it's far too much for one or two people to do. So we are grateful to these wonderful people who helped make this three-night event happen. 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"
When D.C. and Selby Minner started the Blues Festival in 1991, someone who lived there said "no one can find Rentiesville – not even Little Johnny Taylor" wrong! 700 people came in that Sunday afternoon. Little Johnny Taylor and 6 other bands put on an awesome show.
A couple of festivals later Selby was talking to the Blues Foundation in Memphis. They said "Blues Festival? –we didn't know there was any Blues in Oklahoma." (!!) But when they sent their writer, he wrote in their newsletter "Suffice it to say ‘all night party' is a pretty apt description, – this Festival is a must-see to say you are in touch with the Blues scene in this country today!" Rentiesville rocks!
One year it rained on us and fans were calling it the Blues Woodstock.
You keep music alive by enjoying it... and Blues is some of the best party music ever created. "Hey Everybody, Let"s Have Some Fun!" "Gonna Rock this place tonite ... all nite long...we ain't never going home!"

Minner on the Festival:

"Well, if you do something long enough, eventually you hope you get good at it, and I am really proud of this year's lineup! This is a community of music lovers. It has been a hard year for people...so much rain, and lots of stress...just watch the news... people need to come together and share the love. Nothing brings people together like music, particularly Blues, and the Festival draws a wide variety of people from near and far... everybody is here...and we hope you will mark your calendars and be here too!"

 

Price:
General Admission: USD 20.00

Official Festival Website: https://go.evvnt.com/2465386-0?pid=3698

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103020 DC Minner St
103020 DC Minner Street
Rentiesville, OK 74459
United States
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