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



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.

Hosted by Mike Hosty and Kaitlin Butts, the 2017 lineup includes Mike McClure, Paul Benjaman, Read Southall, Monica Taylor, Sam Valliere and previous hosts Chad Sullins, Bryon White, Gabe Marshall, Red Dirt Rangers’ John Cooper, Brad Piccolo and Ben Han and more. Additional musicians will be announced soon.

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 $58,000 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.