On Sunday, October 16th, more than 30 Oklahoma musicians will gather at Mercury Lounge and Venue Shrine at 18th and Boston in Tulsa to play the seventh annual “Skinnerfest” celebrating the life and songwriting tradition of Oklahoma Music Hall of Famer, Tom Skinner. The festival will benefit Red Dirt Relief Fund’s Financial Assistance fund to aid music professionals facing unavoidable emergencies.


This year’s lineup represents a mix of Skinner’s Red Dirt friends and “Tulsa Sound” musicians and including Wednesday Night Science Project, Pilgrim, Red Dirt Rangers with Mike McClure, Ayilla, Bob Wiles, Bryon White, Carl Carbonell, Cassie Latshaw, Chris Blevins, Craig Skinner, Dustin Pittsley, Kierston White, Jacob Tovar, Jared Tyler, Jesse Aycock, Joey Frendo, Johnny Mullenax, Kurt “Frenchy” Nielsen, Lance Roark, Larry Spears, Kalyn Fay, Paul Benjaman, Shandee Layne, Thomas Trapp, Tori Ruffin, Wink Burcham and more. A full schedule by venue will be announced the first week of October.

The day kicks off at noon with a limited-capacity Bloody Mary Brunch at Shrine featuring the Oklahoma All-Star Band led by Tulsa torchbearer, Paul Benjaman, featuring performances by Ayilla, Kalyn Fay, Jacob Tovar, Jared Tyler and Jesse Aycock.

Brunch tickets include brunch from Mac’s BBQ, two complimentary TLC Vodka drink tickets and general admission to both festival venues.  As the brunch comes to a close at 2:00pm, doors open at both venues for general admission.

Tickets go on sale August 19th at 10am (all events 21+):

$15: Advance General Admission ($20 at the door)

$60: Bloody Mary Brunch (limited capacity, includes brunch, 2 drink tickets & GA admission)

$100: “Friends of the Festival” (includes fest T-shirt, brunch, 2 drink tickets & GA admission)

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 safe festival atmosphere that will surprise music fans of all genres by showcasing all Oklahoma talent. 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 music professionals. Since it began in 2012, Red Dirt Relief Fund has granted over $625,000 to more than 800 music people in 35 Oklahoma counties including $300,850 in COVID relief grants since March 2020. 

Skinnerfest is supported by Hideaway Pizza, Tulsa Dental Center, Play Tulsa Music, White Claw, The Collab, Vast Bank, KOSU, Horton Records, TLC Vodka and Mac’s BBQ at Cain’s.

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

Skinnerfest 2021 raised $15,534 for Oklahoma musicians in crisis!

Photographs taken during 2020 Skinnerfest recording at Mercury Lounge and Cain’s Ballroom courtesy of Sean Payne and Molly McElwain.

Photos from 2019 Tom Skinner’s Skyline Music Fest