Yea! Spring has sprung!
... although we really didn't have a winter to complain about! Well, it seems like we've got lots of things going on. I have been working on a double CD project I am calling "Flyin' Fingers". It will have all original fiddle and mandolin tunes, and I am hoping to get it out sometime in the next few months.
Here we go with our annual Western Swing evening --- I always look forward to Leon Rausch and all the boys getting together for some great Bob Wills music! Join us for some dancing, watching and listening --- your choice --- on Saturday evening, May 14, at the Logan Co. Fairgrounds. 7:30pm, $15 per person.
The Byron Berline Band will be giving a concert at OCCC the evening of May 24. If you live near there and find it hard to get to Guthrie, that would be a good opportunity to see and hear us. They have a very nice theater, and we're anxious to perform there.
I will be attending the Midwest Banjo Camp in OIlivet, MI. June 2 - 5, giving some fiddle workshops. I guess all those banjo players want a fiddler to play with. Anyway, I always enjoy the picking there and am looking forward to it.
Our friend, Jim Blair, is promoting a really big festival in Muskogee, Ok. June 16-18 called G-FEST. It will be huge as the groups he has lined up is amazing! Go to the G-FEST website for all the details. The Berline Band will be on stage there Saturday, the 18th of June.
And speaking of festivals, now is the time to get your early bird tickets for our big 20th OIBF weekend, Sept. 29-30, and Oct. 1. The Cleverlys and the Turnpike Troubadours are returning to our stage, as well as an exciting appearance by Hot Club of Cowtown. Our international musicians come from Finland, Canada and Japan. It'll be another good one!
SPECIAL APPEARANCE CONCERT
Saturday, May 21 7:30pm $15
ROBERT BOLEN & WIL MARING
Robert has been playing music all his life --- was a session guitarist and fiddler in Nashville for countless recordings. Known primarily as a fiddler, having been Bill Monroe's last fiddle player, he is also a virtuoso flatpicker who is well-versed in many styles. "There are lots of guitarists who have great technique and can generate excitement with their hot picking, but there are few who give us the full range of emotion that is possible in music like Robert does."
Will (Lillian) has been playing guitar, singing and writing songs from an early age. She and her musical partners have had success from Japan to Europe. " Her songs show her interest in country, bluegrass and other folk forms from many lands, and her work demonstrates considerable variety in themes and lyrical content."
Robert and Wil will be in the area and we are proud to be able to showcase their talents in our Music Hall. ....