$100,000 in COVID-19 relief for Oklahoma music people

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While we cannot know how COVID-19 will spread or how long this pandemic will last, we do know that this virus has universally devastated our working music community. A majority of gigs and festivals for the coming weeks and months have cancelled or postponed. While some Oklahomans are fortunate to have paid leave, remote-work options and other safety nets, working … Read More

2020 Gypsy Cafe Lineup Announcement

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WHO:  Now in its ninth year, Bob Childers’ Gypsy Café will showcase more than 60 Oklahoma songwriters, including perennial favorites like John Fullbright, Kaitlin Butts, Mike McClure, Carter Sampson, Bo Phillips and Monica Taylor and while adding 11 new voices to the lineup. Six of the featured musicians have benefitted from the Red Dirt Relief Fund.   The all-Oklahoma lineup … Read More

2020 Jimmy LaFave Songwriting Contest Accepting Entries

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JLF Songwriting Contest 2020

Now in its third year, the Jimmy LaFave Songwriting Contest is open to unsigned and emerging Oklahoma songwriters. The contest is free with a grand prize of $500 and the chance to join the lineup of Bob Childers Gypsy Café, Oklahoma’s largest songwriter festival, on April 29, 2020.  Each artist may submit one lyric-driven song online at  https://forms.gle/tqN2b7oFMrmmyQ6k6 by March 1st.   The songwriting … Read More

#GivingTunesday: Dec. 3, 2019

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It’s a like a tiny desk concert from 40+ musicians all in one day: Tuesday, December 3rd! In the spirit of Giving Tuesday, the largest international day of giving, Red Dirt Relief Fund is proud to collaborate with musicians across the state to bring live tunes to fans on Facebook & Instagram in a campaign called #GivingTunesday. On Tuesday, December 3rd, … Read More

#Skinnerest raises $15,441 for Oklahoma musicians in need

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Sunday, August 18, 2019 This past Sunday afternoon, more than 400 music fans flocked to 18th & Boston in Tulsa for the fourth annual Tom Skinner Skyline Music Fest presented by Hideaway Pizza. They were treated to songs and stories from more than 40 Oklahoma musicians in songwriter-in-the-round sets, first-time musician pairings and even a few full band sets that … Read More

#Skinnerfest Lineup Announced

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On Sunday, August 18th, more than 40 Oklahoma musicians will gather at Venue Shrine,  Mercury Lounge and Burn Co. BBQ at 18th and Boston in Tulsa to play an intimate festival celebrating the life and songwriting tradition of Oklahoma music hero, Tom Skinner. The festival will benefit Oklahoma musicians in crisis through the nonprofit Red Dirt Relief Fund. Grammy-nominated songwriter … Read More

2019 #Skinnerfest seeks sponsors & friends!

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On Sunday, August 18th, Tom Skinner Skyline Festival brings 40+ Oklahoma songwriters and bands to 3 venues at 18th & Boston in Tulsa to benefit Oklahoma musicians. Now in it’s 4th year, the festival also offers an intimate VIP Brunch Concert. SPONSORSHIPS Starting at $500, Fest sponsorships allow businesses to showcase their brands, engage with fans and support for the … Read More

2019 Restless Spirit Award goes to Randy Crouch

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The Restless Spirit Award was presented to beloved Oklahoma fiddler, Randy Crouch, during Bob Childers’ Gypsy Café music festival in Stillwater on May 1st. Crouch, who lives in a self-constructed geodesic dome near the Illinois River and refers to his songs as “Oklahoma protest music,” learned to play piano, guitar and ukulele at a young age and was influenced to … Read More

2019 Gypsy Cafe Schedule

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THE FESTIVAL:  Sixty Oklahoma songwriters will play acoustic sets, swapping songs and stories inspired by the godfather of Red Dirt, Bob Childers, to benefit Oklahoma musicians through the Red Dirt Relief Fund. Fans will be venue-hopping to catch returning favorites like Stoney LaRue, John Fullbright, Kaitlin Butts, Mike Hosty, Carter Sampson and Red Dirt Rangers to name a few. Ten … Read More

Jimmy LaFave Songwriting Contest Finals part of Gypsy Cafe PreParty April 30th

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“Abilities” by Dallas Parker, “Angels Lullaby” by Ashliann Rivera, “Breathless” by Chloe-Beth Campbell and “Hollyhocks and Morning Glories” by Scott Aycock were selected from 74 entries as finalists in the second annual Jimmy LaFave Songwriting Contest. Finalists will play their songs before a live audience at the Gypsy Café Preparty hosted by the Red Dirt Rangers on April 30th from 6:30-9:30pm at … Read More