The 19th annual Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival has a stellar lineup planned. Started by bluegrass legend Byron Berline 19 years ago, the festival has been a gateway for acoustic, bluegrass, celtic, and music from all over the globe. The festival will be held in historic Guthrie, Oklahoma on October 1, 2 and 3.
Performing at the festival this year is Suzy Bogguss, one of country music’s most pristine and evocative vocalists. With the release of the Illinois native’s 1989 major label debut, Somewhere Between, Suzy quickly became one of the key artists that defined those golden days of ’90s country. She scored a string of Top 10 singles with country radio staples like “Outbound Plane,” “Drive South,” “Hey Cinderella,” “Letting Go” and “Aces,” and her 1991 album of that name was certified platinum. In addition, she scored a trio of gold albums and notched more than 3 million sales.
The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band features four legendary musicians: John Jorgenson on guitar, mandolin and vocals; Herb Pedersen on banjo, guitar and vocals; Jon Randall on guitar and vocals; and Mark Fain on bass.Jorgenson and Pedersen are founders (with Chris Hillman, formerly of the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers) of the formative country rock band: Desert Rose Band.
The Cleverlys come from the remote part of the Ozark Mountains, near Cane Spur, Arkansas. They spent their days working on the family farm mostly raising their own food and growing their dad’s famous pipe tobacco. They worked hard but had fun. In the evening they played and sang. On weekends they had pickens’. There was always a big crowd around. The Cleverly Trio is a family band. It was founded by dad and his three brothers, Turk, Tink and Bunyon. The whole family at one time or another has played in the band. The current members of the trio are Digger, brother Vernon Dean “VD” Cleverly, nephews Monk Cleverly and Ricky Lloyd Cleverly.
Just Added! FRIDAY NIGHT LATE SHOW featuring JOHN FULLBRIGHT, The RED DIRT RANGERS MUSIC ALL STARS, and a SPECIAL TRIBUTE to TOM SKINNER!
For full schedule of festival events, please visit the OIBF website HERE.
In addition to the music on the stages, the festival includes a Youth Tent with free youth oriented activities, the Byron Berline Youth Instrument Championships, Youth Band Competition, random band jam, Cottonwood Creek open mic stage, golf tournament, and countless “jams” in the festival campgrounds
The festival is located in the Cottonwood Creek area of Guthrie on the north side of Highway 33 just west of the train tracks. Tickets are available on oibf.com or by calling (405) 282-5556. Ticket prices range from a one day advance ticket of $30 to a three-day pass at $80. YOu can also buy a Friday night ticket for just $15.
See you in the Flats for a great weekend!