BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (May 9, 2019) – OKM Music is celebrating its 35th anniversary in June and is bringing an exciting multi-genre, multi-venue festival to Bartlesville.
“This season is filled with great excitement and has a little something for everyone. We have scheduled very diverse, highly-acclaimed musical talent for residents and visitors alike to enjoy classical, country, indie-pop, bluegrass and other mixed genres,” said Mary Lynn Mihm-Howk, Chairman of the OKM Music Board of Directors.
The eight-day festival, planned June 8-15, kicks off Saturday evening with a free street party at the Community Center parking lot. Beginning at 3 p.m. and running until 7 p.m., attendees will enjoy a variety of local food choices, children’s activities and games, and live music by artists that call Bartlesville and Oklahoma their home: YouTuber Anne Reburn, Stillwater’s local Issac McClung and popular folk group “The Arcadian Wild” featuring Bartlesville fiddler Paige Park.
“Bartlesville has such a great devotion for the arts, and the musicians that are performing during our kick-off party are proof of the impact that Bartlesville has had in the lives of many,” says OKM Marketing Director Ryan Martin.
At 7 p.m. head indoors to the Bartlesville Community Center for a country-themed concert, featuring the local Brent Giddens Band opening for piano-pounding powerhouse Phil Vassar. Giddens is OKM Music’s “Resident Artist” this year and has performed for various functions and events since last summer’s festival. The Brent Giddens Band regularly plays at many casinos and nightclubs throughout the state and is a local favorite among many.
Vassar is traveling around the country for his “HitsTeria” tour – celebrating ten #1 hits, fifteen top 10 songs and twenty-seven top 40 hits. Phil’s reign of signature songs include: “Just Another Day in Paradise”, “Six-Pack Summer”, “When I Love You”, and many more. Vassar was named ASCAP’s Country Songwriter of the Year in 1999 and is sure to wow guests during his performance in Bartlesville.
For a complete list of events, times and locations for the 35th OKM Music festival, visit okmmusic.org. Additional artists include: The Gothard Sisters, Arielle, Martín-Melitón Piano Duo, Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, Steep Canyon Rangers, Jenny Lin, Quartetto Gelato, Modern Oklahoma Jazz Orchestra (MOJO), Dallas Brass and Cuarteto Latino-Americano. Concert prices range from $15 to $55 for general-admission tickets and $50 to $75 for VIP tickets with various benefits for concertgoers. There are also student and senior discounts for most performances. Tickets are available at bartlesvillecommunitycenter.com or 918-337-2787.