2017 Bob Childers’ Gypsy Cafe returns to Stillwater April 26!



Wednesday, April 26, 2017


Venues: Eskimo Joe’s, Stonewall Tavern, George’s Stables

The storied Red Dirt music festival will bring together 60+ songwriters playing across three venues to celebrating the influence of the Godfather of Red Dirt music, Bob Childers.

Presented by Reyka Vodka & Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and hosted by Cody Canada, Kaitlin Butts and Mike Hosty, the 2017 lineup features Jason Boland, Brandon Jenkins, Mike McClure, Blake Parks, Bryce Dicus, Chris Hoffmeier, Dan Martin, Kalo, Katie Williams, Matt Mason, T.Z. Wright, Zac Wenzel, Aaron Woods, Ali Harter, Ben Han, Ben McKenzie, Bob Wiles, Brad James, Brad Piccolo, Brandon Clark, Brandon Jackson, Brett Franzmann, Bryon White, Buffalo Rogers, Cale Lester, Chad Sullins, Chance Anderson, Chris Lee Becker, Cody Brewer, Craig Skinner, Dan Siebert, Deana Hopper, Dustin Pittsley, Dylan Stewart, Gabe Marshall, Gene Collier, Gene Williams, Gib Stones, Jacob Tovar, Jake Moffat, Jesse Aycock, Jim Paul Blair, Joe Baxter, Joe Mack, John Cooper, John Williams, Kierston White, Kim Reynolds, Kurt Nielsen, Larry Spears, Lauren Barth, Monica Taylor, Paul Benjaman, Read Southall, Richelle Sigrist, Rick Reiley, Sam Valliere, Sarah Barker Huhn, Scott Carson, Scott Evans, Thomas Trapp, Travis Fite, Travis Kidd, Wink Burcham, Sherman Connelly, Michael Henneberry and more!

2017 festival host Kaitlin Butts first played Gypsy Café in 2013 alongside young musicians Parker Millsap and Corey White while she was still a student at Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM@UCO) in Oklahoma City. According to Butts, “I was paired with Rick Reiley that year. Rick reached out to me when we found out the lineup. At the time, I was so new to the scene that I didn’t really know the history. Rick gave me the low down because I was so young.” Named 2016 Best New Female Vocalist of the Year for the Texas Regional Radio Music Awards, Butts said Gypsy Café “was the one show that carved my path into the Red Dirt scene.”

This spirit of mentorship, musical discovery and honoring Bob Childers have become hallmarks of a festival that draws Oklahoma musicians from around the state.    Notable moments from last year’s fest include Stoney LaRue singing “Oklahoma Breakdown” with Mike Hosty who originally wrote the song, and a finale set led by Cody Canada, Mike McClure, Randy Crouch and Craig Skinner.

The festival format remains the same. Small songwriter groupings will play 45-minute sets across three venues: Eskimo Joe’s, George’s Stables and Stonewall Tavern. The evening will culminate with an all-musician finale on the main stage.

Red Dirt Relief Fund, a non-profit organization that provides a safety net of critical assistance to Oklahoma musicians, took over management of the festival in the fall of 2013 after Red Bull hosted the event in spring of 2011 and 2012. In 2016, the festival raised $22,000 for Oklahoma musicians in need, funding the organization’s $21,950 in grants given last year. Since the Red Dirt Relief Fund was founded in 2012, it’s provided over $60,000 to musicians in need.

Tickets that allow access to all venues start at $20. A limited amount of Reserved Seating tickets are available for $50.

For media or sponsorship inquiries, please contact Katie Dale at reddirtrelieffund@gmail.com or 918-407-4599.

2017 Festival Map