Celebrating a “dec-aid” with two Tulsa concerts

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In honor of its tenth anniversary serving Oklahoma music professionals in crisis, Red Dirt Relief Fund announces two events coming to Tulsa in October: Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives at Osage Casino on October 9 and Skinnerfest at 18th & Boston on October 16.

Roughtail Brews & Tunes with RDRF

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WHO:  A multi-genre lineup of musical acts based in the Oklahoma City area including: Jason Scott – Americana Stepmom – All-female dreamy punk Steelwind Duo – Bluegrass Baileyboy – Indie Folk Spunk Adams – Funk /Jazz/Hip Hop WHAT:  A relaxed evening at Rougtail Brewing’s new taproom featuring five acts from mixed genres performing stripped down sets. Local vendor, Salty Sisters, … Read More

Gypsy Cafe 2022 Lineup Announced

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Bob Childers’ Gypsy Café, Oklahoma’s largest homegrown songwriter festival, returns to Stillwater, Okla. in person on April 27 for the first time since the pandemic began. The festival will span three stages with song swap sets from 58 Oklahoma songwriters including perennial favorites Kaitlin Butts, Mike McClure, Randy Crouch, Mike Hosty and the Red Dirt Rangers while adding nine new … Read More

A Show of Gratitude June 5th in OKC

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With overflowing gratitude, the Red Dirt Relief Fund is excited to host their first socially distant live show this year as a ‘thank you’ to everyone who donated to help our Oklahoma music industry survive the impacts of the pandemic. “A Show of Gratitude” will feature four Oklahoma musicians who received COVID Crisis Grants from Red Dirt Relief Fund (RDRF) … Read More

$143,00 in COVID relief aid granted to 572 Oklahoma music professionals

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Red Dirt Relief Fund announced today they have fulfilled all eligible applications for their COVID-19 Emergency Music Grants, delivering $143,000 in one-time $250 payments to music professionals across more than 30 Oklahoma counties. The program, which was launched in mid-March, was open to any Oklahoman working in music who sustained a financial loss of at least $1,000 due to cancelled/postponed … Read More

2018 #Skinnerfest raises $6,871 for Oklahoma musicians

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Despite chilly temperatures and a mist in the air, Tulsa’s 18th & Boston neighborhood was alive and rocking as 50+ musicians graced three stages during Tom Skinner’s Skyline Music Festival. A total of $6,871 was raised to provide grants to Oklahoma musicians in crisis through the Red Dirt Relief Fund. Highlights of the day included: A raucous crowd responding with … Read More

Burn Co. VIP Brunch kicks off Tom Skinner Skyline Music Fest

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Join us for  VIP Brunch at Burn Co. Enjoy their delicious brunch buffet, Bloody Mary’s, bubbly & beautiful music from Monica Taylor, Jared Tyler, Gabe Marshall, Chris Lee Becker  & Beau Roberson. 12-2pm Burn Co. BBQ, 18th & Boston $50 VIP Brunch ticket includes brunch, beverages + festival admission All Ages (12 & under are $20 at the door with a ticketed adult)   Brunch … Read More

Free musician health care provided at 2018 Tom Skinner Skyline Fest

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When the Tom Skinner Skyline Music Festival returns to Tulsa’s SoBo neighborhood (18th & Boston) on Sunday, October 14th, more than 45 musicians on the lineup will have access to free flu shots,  health and dental screenings. Additionally, all proceeds of the festival organized by the nonprofit Red Dirt Relief Fund will support their mission to provide a safety net … Read More

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

Entertainment Workers: Insurance 101

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Are you self-employed gig worker or otherwise not offered health insurance through your employer? Then this FREE event is for you! FREE empanadas from MASA FREE advice & enrollment help from Cardinal Rule Insurance FREE well-being resources from Red Dirt Relief Fund FREE gifts & info from Community Care Swing through Hunt Club on Tuesday, August 23rd between 3-7pm for … Read More

#GivingTunesday on November 30th

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Now in it’s fourth year, #GivingTunesday showcases performances from Oklahoma musicians across all musical genres and geographies as a way to say THANK YOU to fans for their support of local music and the nonprofit that benefits local artists in crisis, Red Dirt Relief Fund. Artists will go live throughout the day on their social media channels. See the lineup … Read More

Skinnerfest raises $15,354 for music people in need

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Last Sunday more than 400 music fans flocked to 18th & Boston in Tulsa for the sixth annual Tom Skinner Skyline Music Fest, lovingly nicknamed Skinnerfest. They were treated to songs and stories from more than 40 Oklahoma musicians in songwriter-in-the-round and full band sets that filled the neighborhood with music all day. The festival raised $15,354 to support grant … Read More

Red Dirt Relief Fund receives Governor’s Arts Award for Community Service

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On November 9, the Oklahoma Arts Council recognized Red Dirt Relief Fund as a recipient of The Community Service Award among 14 individuals and three organizations that were honored for their contributions to the arts during the 44th Oklahoma Governor’s Arts Awards. During the ceremony, Joy Harjo, three-time US Poet Laureate, was designated an Oklahoma Cultural Treasure, and Broken Arrow’s … Read More

Skinnerfest returns to Tulsa October 17th

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On Sunday, October 17th, more than 30 Oklahoma musicians will gather at Mercury Lounge and Venue Shrine at 18th and Boston in Tulsa to play an intimate festival celebrating the life and songwriting tradition of Oklahoma Music Hall of Famer, Tom Skinner. The festival will benefit Oklahoma musicians in crisis through the nonprofit Red Dirt Relief Fund that has granted … Read More