Restless Spirit: Brandon Jenkins

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The 2018 Restless Spirit Award was presented to Wilma Jenkins in honor of her son, the late Brandon Jenkins, at the Bob Childers’ Gypsy Cafe festival in Stillwater on May 2nd. A Tulsa native, Jenkins attended OSU and launched what would become a decades-long career in Red Dirt music. He produced 16 albums throughout his career, and wrote songs that … Read More

Gypsy Cafe raises $30,044 for Oklahoma musicians

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2018 Bob Childers’ Gypsy Café grew in its seventh year with new audiences, partners, expanded programming and new voices. Here are some highlights: Wilma Jenkins accepted the Restless Spirit Award on behalf of her son, Brandon Jenkins. Later in the evening, a hand-painted guitar with his likeness sold for $6,000 in a live auction from the stage at Eskimo Joe’s. … Read More

Benefit raises $10,000+ for Brandon Jenkins

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We were honored to be a part of “Brothers & Sisters of the Dirt: A Memorial Benefit for Brandon Jenkins,” a beautiful evening at The Shrine in Tulsa last Sunday celebrating the life of our friend, Brandon Jenkins.  Through the efforts of Brad James, Donnie Rich, “The Fun Girls” Leatha Pierce and Jean Wiles, and so many generous donors and … Read More

Jimmy LaFave Songwriting Contest Finalists Announced!

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On May 2, 2018, Bob Childers’ Gypsy Café returns to Stillwater for its seventh year! In an effort to include undiscovered talent at the state’s largest songwriter festival, organizers announced the Jimmy LaFave Songwriting Contest in early March.  Judges recently narrowed a field of more than 40 songs down to 4 finalists:  Jason Scott’s “She Good to Me:” From Oklahoma City, Jason is … Read More

Play it Loud! Explores & Benefits Oklahoma Musicians

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Play It Loud! is an original music series that follows award-winning independent filmmaker, Adam Hampton, as he explores Oklahoma’s vibrant music scene with an eclectic lineup of the state’s rising musicians. The film series culminates at Play it Loud Live, a concert featuring Season 1 artists at Grand Casino & Resort Shawnee on August 25th. All proceeds of concert benefit Oklahoma … Read More

Bob Childers’ Gypsy Cafe

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Thanks to everyone who came out to the 2017 festival! We raised $19,700 for Oklahoma musicians in crisis! See highlights and photos HERE.   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.  … Read More

Inaugural Mile 0 Fest to benefit Red Dirt Relief Fund

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Pack your bags for Mile 0 Fest, a brand-new Red Dirt & Americana music festival in Key West, Florida February 7-10th. Featuring a who’s who lineup packed with Oklahoma musicians, the festival is holding two charity events that will benefit, in part, Red Dirt Relief Fund. Festival organizers, who hail from the Oklahoma City metro, thought it important to not only … Read More

#GivingTunesday: 25 Oklahoma musicians go live on Facebook Nov. 28th

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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 in a campaign called “Giving Tunesday.” According to RDRF Executive Director Katie Dale, “We want to thank the fans that support working musicians in our state, and … Read More