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 also includes Amanda Cunningham, Andy Adams, Ben Brock, Ben McKenzie, Blake Lankford, Blake Parks & Michael Henneberry, Bob Wiles, Brandon Clark, Bryce Dicus, Buffalo Rogers, Casper McWade, Chad Sullins, Chance Anderson, Charlie Hickman, Chloe-Beth, Chris Jones, Dwight Hamlin, Dylan Stewart, Garrett Johns, Gene Collier, Giakob Lee, Gib Stones, Isaac McClung, Jacob Dement, Jacob Tovar, Jake Flint, Jason Scott, John Goolsby, Kierston White, Kyle Nix, Maggie McClure & Shane Henry, Mallory Eagle, RC Edwards, Richelle Sigrist, Rick Reiley, Rigby Summer, JD & Lexie Smith, Sarah Barker Huhn, Stacey Sanders, Steve Liddell, Thomas Trapp, Travis Fite, Zac Wenzel, Ryan Engleman on steel guitar and more.
The finalists of the Jimmy LaFave Songwriting Contest will be announced April 6, and the winner will be added to the lineup.
WHAT: Oklahoma’s largest songwriter festival features acoustic pairings of some of the state’s best songwriters swapping songs and stories inspired by the godfather of Red Dirt, Bob Childers. Each set will include at least one Bob Childers tune. Sets will be staggered across three venues, culminating with an all-artist finale on the Grand Casino Main Stage at Eskimo Joe’s.
All proceeds from the festival benefit musicians through the Red Dirt Relief Fund, a non-profit organization that provides a safety net of critical assistance to Oklahoma music people across all genres, not just Red Dirt. Operated by an all-volunteer Board, RDRF has granted over $185,00 to musicians in the state since 2012. Bob Childers’ Gypsy Café raised $22,000 for the cause in 2019.
WHEN: Wednesday, April 29th from 4:30-11:45pm. Forty-five minutes acoustic sets will be staggered at each venue to allow fans to catch the most music. The finale will begin around 11pm. The full pairings and schedule will be released in mid April.
WHERE: All venues are in Stillwater, Oklahoma:
Eskimo Joe’s, 501 W. Elm St. (All ages)
George’s Stables, 502 W. Elm St. (21+)
Stonewall Tavern, 115 S. Knoblock St. (21+)
HOW: Festival passes are $25 in advance at http://www.reddirtrelieffund.org/gypsycafe or in person at Eskimo Joe’s Clothes in Stillwater. Day-of tickets are $30 or $20 for students with ID. A limited number of reserved seating VIP tickets for the Grand Casino Main Stage at Eskimo Joe’s are $60.
MORE INFORMATION: Visit www.reddirtrelieffund.org/gypsycafe. For media or sponsorship inquiries, please contact Katie Dale at email@example.com or 918-407-4599.