At least twenty-one of Oklahoma’s most respected independent Folk/Americana bands and singer-songwriters will unite to showcase their talent at the 27th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference from Wednesday, Feb. 18 through Sunday, Feb. 22 at The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center, 1 E. Pershing Rd., Kansas City, Mo.
“The Oklahoma Room” is a five-day private showcase at the conference, spearheaded by Brian Horton, president of the non-profit Horton Records, Scott Aycock and Richard Higgs, co-hosts of “Folk Salad” radio show on KWGS 89.5 FM, Deana McCloud, executive director of the Woody Guthrie Center, and music industry veteran and talent manager Larry White.
“We wanted to provide a platform like The Oklahoma Room to pull together a number of independent musicians from across the state and let the music speak for itself.”“The Folk Alliance conference is a great opportunity for musicians to be seen and heard by all facets of the industry and an international audience,” Horton said. “We wanted to provide a platform like The Oklahoma Room to pull together a number of independent musicians from across the state and let the music speak for itself. Last year, we turned a lot of heads and The Oklahoma Room created a real buzz at the conference. We expect the same this year and in future years.”
Musicians that have been confirmed to perform in the Oklahoma Room 718 include: John Moreland, Jesse Aycock, Robert Hoefling, Rachel LaVonne, Red Dirt Rangers, Kyle Reid & The Low Swinging Chariots, Paul Benjaman, Samantha Crain, Beau Roberson of Pilgrim, Wink Burcham, Jacob Tovar, Monica Taylor, Chris Lee Becker, Scott Aycock, Dustin Pittsley, Levi Parham, John Calvin Abney, Cody Brewer of Grazzhopper, Little Joe McLerran, Desi and Cody, and Chuck Dunlap.
The International Folk Alliance conference is one of the five largest music conferences in North America, an annual event that draws together music industry professionals from throughout the world to share ideas, network, and celebrate traditional music and dance. The first conference was held in 1989 in Malibu, Calif., and will be held in Kansas City the next four years. Ticket and registration information is available here.
The Oklahoma Room is sponsored by Woody Guthrie Center, Horton Records, Folk Salad Radio, Fowler Toyota of Tulsa, and Larry White Management with the generous support of George Kaiser Family Foundation.
Updates will be shared on The Oklahoma Room Facebook event page, @OklahomaRoom on Twitter, and @TheOklahomaRoom on Instagram. For more information about Folk Alliance International, visit www.folkalliance.org.
People can help support “The Oklahoma Room” artists by attending one of the fundraising events listed below. Proceeds will help cover costs related to travel, lodging, and registration fees. If you are unable to attend one of the fundraiser events, you can still make a tax deductible contribution by clicking the “Donate” button at the bottom of the home page on the Horton Records website. You can also make a contribution over the phone via credit card or check by calling 918-645-0058.
Sunday, January 11
Old Church Center – 780 N. Main St. – Perkins, OK
All Ages – Show 5pm – $15 donation at the door or in advance via Paypal to: [email protected] or over the phone at 918-645-0058
Featuring: Red Dirt Rangers, Jacob Tovar, Chuck Dunlap, Little Joe McLerran, Levi Parham, Rachel LaVonne, Beau Roberson, Chris Lee Becker, Cody Brewer, Wink Burcham.
Sunday, January 24
The Chouse – 717 N. Boyd St. – Norman, OK
All Ages – Show 7pm – Tickets for The Chouse
Featuring: Desi & Cody, Robert Hoefling, Jesse Aycock, Kyle Reid, Levi Parham, Cody Brewer
Sunday, February 8
Woody Guthrie Center – 102 E. Mathew B. Brady St. – Tulsa, OK
All Ages – Show 7pm – $25 advance / $20 if any remain at the door – Limited seating. Capacity is 60. – Tickets in advance via Paypal to: [email protected] or over the phone at 918-645-0058
Featuring: John Moreland, Samantha Crain, John Calvin Abney, Jesse Aycock, Dylan Golden Aycock, Scott Aycock.