The nonprofit OK ROOTS MUSIC (formerly Tulsa Roots Music) presents an eclectic array of music—alt-country, folk, Cajun, zydeco, rock, reggae, blues, bluegrass, jazz and world music—through live performances and educational programming. Four fantastic FREE festivals make up the core of our programming:
2019 OK ROOTS MUSIC SIGNATURE EVENTS
Global BASH: Fri-Sat, April 12-13, 2019. Free on Guthrie Green, Tulsa, OK
The 6th annual global/ethnic-oriented roots music festival is free on Guthrie Green. Past performers have included Michael Franti, Los Lobos, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The English Beat, Los Lonely Boys, Bombino, Fishbone & many others. The celebration features internationally touring artists, performance art, circus acts, bellydancing, African drumming, kids’ arts activities, community booths, and local food, beers and wines. One of the most popular events on Guthrie Green, estimated attendance is 4,000.
EARTH DAY CELEBRATION: Saturday, April 20, 2019 on Guthrie Green, Tulsa, OK
Tulsa’s biggest Earth Day celebration features environmental speakers, educational booths & demos, local & nationally touring music. Presented in collaboration with Sierra Club, Tulsa Talks Climate & the Tulsa Earth Coalition. Estimated attendance is 3,000.
OKeclecticFEST: Saturday, May 11, 2019 on Guthrie Green, Tulsa, OK
A new festival showcasing nationally touring music, dance, performance art, chefs, literary figures, spoken word, wine & craft brew tastings, and other cools stuff we haven’t even thought yet. At Guthrie Green & participating venues.
Wine, Jazz & World FETE: Fri-Sun October 4-6, 2019. Tulsa Arts District, Tulsa, OK
The 2nd annual features internationally touring jazz artists, top-shelf wines & local cuisine, kids arts & entertainment, performance & circus artists, and more. Past artists include Delfeayo Marsalis, Christian Scott, The Bad Plus, Yemen Blues & more. Estimated attendance is 4,000 over the weekend at Guthrie Green & participating venues.
MICHAEL KOSTER (Director) founded and ran the Thirsty Ear Festival, New Mexico’s premier roots music event, for 13 years. He also founded the Santa Fe Blues fest and continues to work in both Santa Fe and Tulsa in all aspects of music promotion. He has worked with hundreds of internationally touring artists and dozens of venues over the years. He regularly writes performing arts grants, and has written many articles on arts & culture for the likes of Stereophile, ARTnews, Art & Antiques, Magnet, AP, Mountain Living, and many others. Koster earned an M.A. in journalism from the University of Maryland at College Park.
Some artists we’ve worked with over the years: MICHAEL FRANTI, LOS LOBOS, ROSANNE CASH, THE ENGLISH BEAT, LOS LONELY BOYS, KEB’ MO’, TAJ MAHAL, RAY WYLIE HUBBARD, JOAN BAEZ, DOC WATSON, TOOTS & THE MAYTALS, BELA FLECK, THE WAILERS, RALPH STANLEY & THE CLINCH MOUNTAIN BOYS, DAVE ALVIN, ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL, THE BAD PLUS, BEAUSOLEIL, BE GOOD TANYAS, BLACK JOE LEWIS, GREG BROWN, JUNIOR BROWN, BUCKWHEAT ZYDECO, BURNING SPEAR, RL BURNSIDE, SAM BUSH, HAYES CARLL, DON CARLOS, NEKO CASE, GUY CLARK, ROCKY DAWUNI, IRIS DeMENT, TOUMANI DIABATE, ANI DiFRANCO, BO DIDDLEY, DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND, DR. JOHN, DUMPSTAPHUNK, HONEYBOY EDWARDS, RAMBLIN’ JACK ELLIOTT, JOE ELY, FANTASTIC NEGRITO, FISHBONE, THE FLATLANDERS, T-MODEL FORD, RUTHIE FOSTER, FRIGHTENED RABBIT, TONY FURTADO, GOV’T MULE, PATTY GRIFFIN, NANCI GRIFFITH, KNOX HAMILTON, BUTCH HANCOCK, COREY HARRIS, ALVIN YOUNGBLOOD HART, RICHIE HAVENS, JIMMIE DALE GILMORE, INDIGENOUS, RICKIE LEE JONES, ROBERT EARL KEEN, LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO, POKEY LaFARGE, ROSIE LEDET & THE ZYDECO PLAYBOYS, DAVID LINDLEY, DELFEAYO MARSALIS, LEYLA McCALLA, DEL McCOURY, JAMES McMURTRY, SHANNON McNALLY, MONTE MONTGOMERY, IAN MOORE, THE MOWGLI’S, NAHKO & MEDICINE FOR THE PEOPLE, ODETTA, PINETOP PERKINS, PO’ GIRL, REVEREND PEYTON’S BIG DAMN BAND, PETER ROWAN, BOB SCHNEIDER, CHRISTIAN SCOTT, DARRELL SCOTT, BILLY JOE SHAVER, SIERRA LEONE’S REFUGEE ALL STARS, SLY & ROBBIE, THE SKATALITES, THE SMOTHERS BROTHERS, JOAN SORIANO, MAVIS STAPLES, STEEL PULSE, BILLY STRINGS, NINET TAYEB, RICHARD THOMPSON, CEDRIC WATSON, YEMEN BLUES, YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND, YOUNG DUBLINERS, and many more.