(Rentiesville, OK) – Headlining this year is Guitar Shorty, Andrew Jr. Boy Jones, Big Mike Griffin, Wanda Watson, Roger “Hurricane” Wilson plus many more acts. The Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival runs three days and nights, Three stages, indoors and out with 35 bands, over 200 musicians, workshops, a Kid’s Village and bar-b-que. We call it the “world’s largest back yard party” and it is a fun time that attracts some 3,500 people to the historic rural Black Township of Rentiesville, Oklahoma. It actually takes place at 701 D.C. Minner St. on the grounds of one of the few remaining juke joints outside of Mississippi, right in Rentiesville, Oklahoma – The only one we know of with it’s own blues festival.
The blues festival is the main event of the Oklahoma Blues Hall Of Fame (OBHOF), and showcases 18 regional groups and five nationally acclaimed headliners.. It is a family event with lots for kids to do throughout the three day music extravaganza. Plus there’s the Juke Joint (21 only), which goes after hours indoors 5 pm til 5 am, Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day Weekend.
It is rated a “must-see to say you are in touch with blues in this country today” by the Blues Foundation, presenting music praised as the “best thing to come out of Oklahoma since oil” by fans! In 24 years it has put about $500,000.00 into the pockets of worthy musicians for their performances. This is a true roots festival.
Tickets are $15/day at the gate (about $1.50 a band!) Kids under 12 free and there is free camping across the street from the festival in the parking lot.
Festival Location: 701 D.C. Minner St, Rentiesville, OK
Directions: RENTIESVILLE is on US 69 in eastern Oklahoma 2 exits north of I-40 or two exits south of Muskogee. The blues fest is 125 miles E of Oklahoma City and 70 miles SE of Tulsa; one hour west of Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Major Sponsors: Friends of Rentiesville Blues Inc., Oklahoma State Arts Council & Budweiser.