More than 2,000 music enthusiasts packed Stillwater’s “Strip” to hear Oklahoma's most talented singers and songwriters perform in Red Bull Gypsy Café.
The festival-style event brought together famed musicians representing nearly 30 years of the movement known as Red Dirt Music, in its birthplace—Stillwater, Oklahoma. Fans of Red Dirt Music were treated to acoustic sets by some of the genre’s most talented artists spread throughout four different venues.
At the end of the evening, all gathered on one stage to perform an unforgettable finale including hits such as “The Weight” and “Boys from Oklahoma.”
The jam session at the finale was just a beautiful collaboration of music.
“This truly exceeded my expectations,” said 18-year-old John Parker Millsap, the youngest musician joining in the festivities. “The jam session at the finale was just a beautiful collaboration of music.
Familiar Faces at Red Bull Gypsy Cafe
Red Bull Gypsy Café wasn’t just about the public performances shared last night. Thursday night, brought artists together at the original “Gypsy Café” on “The Farm,” the historic location west of town where many of these musicians learned, played and composed together as they came up in the world of music.
Some meeting up for the first time in more than twenty years, the musicians instantly resumed their traditions of creating music together. The musical session lasted into the wee hours of the morning. In the immortal words of Bob Childers, the undisputed father of the Red Dirt movement, “it’s a perfect end to a perfect day, when the moon shines down on the Gypsy Café.”
Last night at the ‘The Farm’ I couldn’t wait to jam with everybody,” said Cody Canada of Cody Canada and the Departed. “I haven’t seen some of these guys in 15 years, but playing together was exactly like it used to be. This event has to happen again.”
Cody Canada in Action
Singers/songwriters participating in Red Bull Gypsy Café included:
Cody Canada, Stoney LaRue, Mike McClure, Steve Rice, Randy Crouch, Tom Skinner, Red Dirt Rangers, Greg Jacobs, Don Morris, John Parker Millsap, Bill Erickson, Monica Taylor, Bob Wiles, Kevin & Dustin Welch, Larry Spears, Susan Herndon, Jimmy LaFave, Travis Kidd, Gene Collier, Bo Phillips, Joe Mack, Chris Bell, Sam Naifeh, Jake Moffat, Randy Pease, Chuck Dunlap, Rick Reiley, Don Wood and Joe Baxter.
All proceeds of the festival will be used to help establish the Red Dirt Relief Fund, a non-profit organization founded and administrated by Red Dirt musicians in Stillwater to offer assistance to musicians in times of need.
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