(STILLWATER, Oklahoma / March 23, 2018) - Oklahoma’s largest songwriter festival announces more than 50 artists to play in Stillwater on May 2, 2018 from 4:30pm - 11:45pm.
Now in its seventh year, Bob Childers’ Gypsy Café welcomes back perennial favorites like Stoney LaRue, Kaitlin Butts, Mike McClure, Randy Crouch, Monica Taylor and Read Southall, while adding 12 new voices to the lineup. Red Dirt Rangers, Mike Hosty and “Tequila” Kim Reynolds will host this year’s stages.
The all-star lineup of more than 50 Oklahoma songwriters also includes Amy Lee & Austin Haworth of And Then There Were Two, Austyn Moffat, Bailey Gilbert, Blake Lankford, Blake Parks & Michael Henneberry of Steelwind, Bo Phillips, Bob Wiles, Brad James, Brandon Clark, Brandon Jackson, Bryce Dicus, Buffalo Rogers, Cale Lester, Chad Sullins, Chuck Dunlap, Dan Siebert, Dustin Pittsley, Dylan Stewart, Gabe Marshall, Gene Collier, Gene Williams, George Barton, Gib Stones, Ben Crooch, Jacob Tovar, Jake Flint, Jimmy Ray Taylor, Joe Mack, John Goolsby, John Williams, Kalyn Fay, Katie Williams, Mary Reynolds & Louise Goldberg, Morgan Reynolds, Nadia Piotrowsky, Richelle Sigrist, Rick Reiley, Sarah Barker Huhn, Scott Carson, Thomas Trapp, Zac Wenzel, Zach Linley and more.
The finalists of the Jimmy LaFave Songwriting Contest will be announced in early April, and the winner will be added to the lineup.
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 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. Operated by an all-volunteer Board, RDRF has granted over $80,00 to musicians in the state since 2012. Bob Childers’ Gypsy Café raised $20,000 for the cause in 2017, funding the full grant load for last year. Six of the musicians on this year’s bill have benefitted from RDRF.
The festival is seeking vendors to sell locally-made products in the festival grounds on Elm Street in Stillwater from 4-10pm on May 2nd. Anyone interested should contact Sarah Probasco at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets that are good for entry into all venues are $20 in advance at http://www.reddirtrelieffund.org/gypsycafe and $25 day-of. Students can purchase tickets at the gate for $20 with a student I.D. A limited number of reserved seating VIP tickets for Eskimo Joe’s Main Stage are $50.