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Oklahoma to be Featured at AmericanFest in Nashville

September 15, 2016 - The Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) is proud to partner with the Americana Music Association at the 17th Annual Americana Music Festival & Conference (AmericanaFest) in Nashville, Tennessee, September 20 – 25. For the first time since its inception, AmericanaFest will recognize Oklahoma’s contribution to the Americana music genre and will feature the state’s legendary history and current thriving music scene. Attendees will benefit from experiencing Oklahoma’s remarkable sound at multiple showcases throughout the festival as well as discover why Oklahoma is a central hub for creating music at multiple panel sessions. These special events will be hosted by several Oklahoma partners including The Woody Guthrie Center; The Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts and Culture; and Studio Oklahoma, an initiative of OF+MO. “Oklahoma is proud to be a part of this year’s AmericaFest,” said Deby Snodgrass, Secretary of Commerce and Tourism. “We appreciate the opportunity to shine a spotlight on Oklahoma’s very talented performers and to showcase our growing music infrastructure and resources.”

The festival’s marquis event, the nationally televised Americana Honors & Awards Show taking place at the historic Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday, September 21, will further elevate Oklahoma’s voice at this year’s conference. Okie native Woody Guthrie will be posthumously awarded this year’s President’s Award, while other Oklahoma award nominees will perform including: Parker Millsap, nominated for Album of the Year; and John Moreland, nominated for Emerging Artist of the year. This premiere event will stream live on NPR and tape for broadcast by PBS, Sirius XM’s Outlaw Country station and other local radio outlets. The event will feature performances by genre leading talent such as Billy Bragg, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Jason Isbell, Alison Krauss, Jim Lauderdale, The Lumineers, Bonnie Raitt, George Strait, Bob Weir, and Lucinda Williams, among others.

Studio Oklahoma, a collective of Oklahoma industry partners including the Oklahoma Tourism Agency’s Oklahoma Music Trail, “Rhythm & Routes”, will be on display in the Conference Exhibit Hall at the Sheraton Hotel and will present several Oklahoma-centric events throughout the week. On Thursday, September 22, Studio Oklahoma will present an Oklahoma Music Panel moderated by Dr. Hugh Foley with featured panelists Jeff Moore (OKPOP), Greg Johnson (The Blue Door), Jared Deck (Artist) and Carter Sampson (Artist). The Panelists will discuss the rich musical history of Oklahoma musicians and how their voices have contributed to the music industry of today. An official showcase on Thursday, September 22, at 3rd and Lindsley will feature chart-topping Americana artists including Jimmy LaFave, Carter Sampson, John Moreland, Wanda Jackson, Parker Millsap and Jared Deck. In addition, Studio Oklahoma will host a private party open to badge holders, wristband holders and private guests on Friday, September 23, at The Filming Station featuring performances by Jimmy LaFave, Carter Sampson, Levi Parham and Susan Herndon.

“The opportunity to showcase Oklahoma’s spectacular music industry to a national audience would not be possible without the generous support of our Studio Oklahoma community partners including Grand Casino, The Paramount, The Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Dunlap Codding, The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, GFest, Hall Capital, Cellar Door Music Group, BancFirst, The McSwain Theatre, Castle Row, The Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts and Culture, The Oklahoma Opry, The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma, Okay See, OKPOP and Horton Records,” says Tava Maloy Sofsky, Director of the Oklahoma Film + Music Office, “OF+MO plans to continue the momentum of Studio Oklahoma and continue to create new opportunities to support and promote Oklahoma’s thriving creative class.”

For more information about AmericanaFest, please visit: americanamusic.org

For more information regarding Studio Oklahoma, please visit: StudioOklahoma.com

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About the Oklahoma Film + Music Office:

Created in 1979, The Oklahoma Film + Music Office strives to share all that Oklahoma has to offer by welcoming filmmakers and music professionals to the state and by creating a network of support to develop Oklahoma's film and music industries. For more information about the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program or the Oklahoma Film + Music Office please visit: www.okfilmmusic.org

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Will Rogers Memorial Museums

Another Will Rogers Homecoming Celebration

When Will Rogers returned to his Indian Territory heritage as a boy coming home from school, as a New York stage actor dropping in on his way across the country — and as a famous star of the big screen, there was always a celebration. They were recorded in the Claremore newspaper and in Will’s daily and weekly writings.

When he died in a 1935 airplane crash and the Will Rogers Memorial Museum opened on his birthday three years later, a group of his old friends, the Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club, vowed to especially remember him each year on his birthday.

That memorial event has grown into Will Rogers Days, which we are celebrating Nov. 4-8. The focus remains on the Memorial’s mission of “collecting, preserving and sharing the life, wisdom and humor of Will Rogers for all generations.”

Admission to the Museum will be free Nov. 4-8, said Tad Jones, executive director. Visitors and members of the business community are encouraged to dress western during the event.

The Pocahontas gathering continues to be the core of the celebration, which has grown to bring new focus on educating the young people. During the four-day celebration, two events are devoted primarily to children with hands-on activities that will acquaint them with Will Rogers and his Cherokee family values.

A birthday party, complete with cake, will be celebrated at the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch near Oologah on opening day, Nov. 4, the 136th anniversary of Will’s birth. There will be music that Will loved so much, presented now by Oologah-Talala students, and trick roping by Kowboy Kal, a world champion roper who has mastered — and will demonstrate — some of Will’s tricks.

Children’s Day at the Museum is three hours of activities at the Claremore Museum with school groups hearing Cherokee Storyteller Robert Lewis, playing old-fashioned games, learning to trick rope and spending time in the Children’s Museum.

The annual parade and Pocahontas tribute is on tap for Saturday followed by a 4 p.m. lecture by Amy Ware, author of a new book “The Cherokee Kid: Will Rogers, Tribal Identity, and the Making of an American Icon,” in the Museum Theatre.

New on this year’s schedule is a musical performance of “the Will and the Wind,” by Dr. Dale Smith, directed by Sherrell Daniel, retired educator. The cast of children from the Claremore area will be on stage in the Museum Theatre at 7 p.m. Saturday and again on Sunday at 2 p.m. The week will wind down with a celebration and dedication of Will Rogers Park at the Museum from 2-4 p.m. The Park, now the site of a Claremore city park was once part of the property Will Rogers purchased for a home site and is not the home of the Will Rogers Memorial.

 

CONTACT: Pat Reeder, Public Relations

EMAIL: pr@willrogers.com

DIRECT LINE: 918-343-8129

CELL: 918-906-7258

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