Blake Parks joins the Red Dirt Relief Fund Board of Directors with extensive experience in Oklahoma music, tourism, and culture. His music roots trace back to childhood, growing up in a musical family that eventually formed the bluegrass band, The Parks Family Band. Today, Blake plays fiddle, sings, and co-writes songs with Michael Henneberry for their original bluegrass band, Steelwind. … Read More
We are proud to announce the Red Dirt Relief Fund Stage featuring fine Oklahoma talent at GFest in Muskogee June 15-17th . Buy tickets HERE! Over a span of three days, GFest ticket holders will have a plethora of music genres in which to devour. From the southern rock sounds of Blackberry Smoke to the classic creations of the Nitty Gritty Dirt … Read More
The 2017 Bob Childers’ Gypsy Cafe in Stillwater last week was the largest yet in the music festivals’ six year history. Here are some highlights: Jimmy LaFave accepted the inaugural Restless Spirit Award by saying, “Bob Dylan can keep his Nobel prize. I got the Red Dirt award.” $19,700 was raised for Oklahoma musicians in crisis through the Red Dirt … Read More
Thanks to everyone who came out to the 2017 festival! We raised $19,700 for Oklahoma musicians in crisis! Wednesday, April 26, 2017 4:20-11:45pm Venues: Eskimo Joe’s, Stonewall Tavern, George’s Stables In addition to 70 Oklahoma songwriters previously announced, Jimmy LaFave, Stoney LaRue and John Fullbright join the sixth annual Bob Childers’ Gypsy Café lineup. Jimmy LaFave will be honored … Read More
Cody Canada joins Kaitlin Butts and Mike Hosty as stage host for this year’s Bob Childers’ Gypsy Cafe festival. Jason Boland, who met fellow Stragglers band mate, Brad Rice, while the two attended OSU, also joins the lineup. Nine musicians selected through an open call by the Oklahoma Music + Film Office include: Blake Parks, Bryce Dicus, Chris Hoffmeier, Dan … Read More
Bob Childers’ Gypsy Cafe festival seeks to find some of its talent through an Open Call in partnership with the Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO). The gig is a 45-minute set with 1-2 other songwriters, similar to a songwriter-in-the-round format. To apply, musicians must be registered with the Oklahoma Music Guide, OF+MO’s online database of Oklahoma musicians and music businesses. Entries … Read More
On February 17th, Cain’s Ballroom will host the OklaHomeGrown Showcase featuring Taddy Porter, Nicnos, Skytown and Good Villains. Local artist, Harrison “Zuno” Maye, has rendered each band’s logo by painting it on a drum head. These will be auctioned at the show to benefit Red Dirt Relief Fund. More about the event here.
Our deepest appreciation to the amazing musicians, dear fans, accommodating venues, generous partners, hardworking volunteers and to the man who inspired it all, Tom Skinner. We raised $4,000 for Oklahoma musicians in need on October 13th in Tulsa’s Brady Arts District. Looking forward to a bigger lovefest next year!
Why yes, we do believe this will be the tastiest benefit for Red Dirt Relief Fund yet. Thanks to Grady’s 66 Pub for hosting and donating proceeds to Oklahoma musicians in need. Getting our bibs ready for August 20th in Yukon!