#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.

This year’s  lineup represents an eclectic mix of Skinner’s Red Dirt friends and “Tulsa Sound” musicians including his Science Project Band, Randy Crouch & The Flying Horse Band with Paul Benjaman, The Damn Quails, Pilgrim, John Fullbright, And Then There Were Two, Jesse Aycock, Chris Blevins, Wink Burcham, Mark Chamberlain, Nellie Marie Clay, John Cooper, Scott Evans, Jacob Dement, Kalyn Fay, John Fell, Greg Jacobs, Chloe Johns, Cassie Latshaw, Steve Liddell, Joe Mack, Dustin Pittsley, Jason Scott, Craig Skinner, Casii Stephan, Monica Taylor, Jacob Tovar, Jared Tyler, John Williams and more.

A VIP Brunch presented at Burn Co. will be hosted by Fullbright with his full band and multiple guests from the festival lineup. Fullbright will share stories and songs of his friendship with Skinner in what promises to be a treat for fans of either artist. Fullbright’s debut studio album, “From the Ground Up,” earned a Grammy nomination for Best Americana Album in 2012. VIP tickets include Burn Co’s famous brunch, Deep Eddy Vodka Bloody Mar bar, festival T-shirt discount and admission to all festival venues.  Following the brunch, general admission gates open at Mercury Lounge and Shrine for acoustic song swap sets and eventually full band sets with special guests later in the evening.

Skinner was often quoted for his description of Red Dirt music as “more of a brotherhood and a community thing than it is necessarily a style.”  This festival seeks to celebrate that community in a festival atmosphere that will surprise music fans of all genres by showcasing all Oklahoma talent. The festival name comes from Skinner’s song, Skyline Radio. Skinner was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame just four months before his death on July 12, 2015.

Red Dirt Relief Fund is a non-profit organization that provides a safety net of critical assistance to Oklahoma musicians. Since it began in 2012, Red Dirt Relief Fund has given over $140,000 to more than 50 musicians in 22 cities and towns across Oklahoma.

Now in its fourth year, so-called “Skinnerfest” is proudly presented by Hideaway Pizza along with several local businesses including Tulsa Dental Center that provides low-cost care to Oklahoma musicians through a partnership with Red Dirt Relief Fund.

Advance General Admission ticket are $12 or $50 for VIP (limited) and can be purchased at reddirtrelieffund.org/skyline. GA tickets are $20 at the door. Both GA festival stages are 21+. Brunch is all ages.

Thanks to our generous sponsors including Hideaway Pizza, Tulsa Dental Center, Vast Bank, Deep Eddy Vodka, Broken Arrow Brewing Company, GableGotwals and The Colony. Individual donors can access special benefits by becoming “Friends of the Festival” on the fest website.  

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