Rentiesville Dusk 'til Dawn Blues Festival

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Country and Region United StatesOklahoma
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Rentiesville, Oklahoma USA
Festival Contact Information

Dusk ‘til Dawn Blues Festival
Friends of Rentiesville Blues Inc.
701 D.C. Minner Street
Rentiesville, OK 74459 USA
Phone: (01) 918-473-2411

Festival Description

Oklahoma Blues Legend D.C. Minner moved back to his birthplace and home in Rentiesville, Oklahoma after 32 years on the road touring, and created a huge legacy of music there. The small rural community will rock all night long to the sweet sounds of 30 bands on three stages during the annual Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival. The festival celebrated its inaugural edition in 1990.

“Keeping D.C.’s dreams alive” is the theme. Children will parade across the field in costumes and with painted faces… they will get to be in drum circles and take a home a harmonica with a book and a lesson…the Kid’s Village keeps them busy throughout the event. Two stages outdoors fill their ears as the music soaks in while having fun…but they do not go into the time-worn Juke Joint! First opened by D.C.’s Grandmother Lura in 1936 when he was one, and reopened some 20 years after her death as the Down Home Blues Club this is fun, funky, and very much alive with some of the best music you would ever want to hear. D.C. always did say “the guitar sounds better around 4:00am — something about the night air” — and this is your chance to check that out for yourself, in Rentiesville over Labor Day Weekend.

Festival Dates August 30 - September 1, 2013
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Festival Story:

Created by D.C. Minner himself with, and now presented by, Selby Minner and the Friends of Rentiesville Blues Inc., the old cotton field out back will ring with the blues!! D.C. (1935-2008, in 5 Halls of Fame) knew they were bulldozing old juke joints every day and has kept his family legacy alive here in Rentiesville, where he was born and raised, for people to enjoy from now on… Kids are free, we keep them busy. The High School Jazz Band will come in courtesy of Jim Davis. And there is a Gospel Show to start the Festivities on Sunday. The outdoor part is the most family friendly Blues festival you will find. But adults only in the juke joint, please. All the headliners from the main outdoor stage come inside after midnight and perform their second sets. That part of the show goes on until 5:00am!

Years of People having FUN: “Hey Everybody! Tell Everybody!…” that in Oklahoma, hidden out in the woods is a little old juke joint called the Down Home Blues Club, It’s authentic, funky, and very much alive.
 It’s been there since Oklahoma Bluesman D.C. Minner’s grandmother Lura opened up a bootleg corn whiskey bar in 1936. Now, however, the bootleg whiskey is gone. You can get a cold beer or a soda, and sometimes people bring potluck, but it’s all about the music. The club hosts a free jam session party every Sunday, musicians show up with cases, and the years roll back. Part of the magic is in the music played there, but the room itself has a grittiness and authenticity both palpable and intoxicating. It is rural and real in a sense that other venues fail to capture. For those who long to feel the power of the Blues, try Rentiesville!” – Domenica Lovera, founding board member F.O.R. Blues Inc.


Festival Events:

Lineup 2013:
  • Lom Sheppard
  • OK Ollie
  • Prince Albert
  • Selby Minner
  • Chuck Blackwell
  • Watermelon Slim
  • Filmore Slim
  • Mississippee Fever
  • Salty Dog
  • Leon Rollerson
  • Harley Hamm
  • Debbie Blackwell
  • Jahruba
  • Harmonica Summit
  • Roger Hurricane
  • Route 66
  • Direct Connect
  • Lil’ Ed & Bluesw Imperials
  • Tee Dee Young
  • Andrew Jr. Boy JOnes
  • Dues Paid
  • Berry Harris
  • Miss Blues
  • B’way Jimmy
  • Baby Ray Mucker
  • Blue Fire Foley
  • Mt. Olive Star Ladydee
  • Jimmy Ellis
  • Layce Baker
  • and more…


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Practical Info:

  • Rentiesville is 15 miles South of Muskogee, 125 miles East of Oklahoma City, 4 Hours North of Dallas or less and 1 hour Southeast of Tulsa
    • From I – 40 North up US 69, second exit at Checotah/Rentiesville
    • South from Muskogee, down US 69, second exit at Oktah/Rentiesville
  • Information call +01 918-855-0978


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