Each year, a few hundred musicians and fans make the pilgrimage to Okemah to celebrate the music and life of Woodrow Wilson Guthrie one of Oklahoma’s favorite sons and the one who put Oklahoma music on the map.
This year, the first of several fundraisers will be held at the Old Church with some of Oklahoma’s finest contemporary songwriters — Nellie Clay, Carter Sampson, Erik Oftedahl, Andy Adams, Monica Taylor, Travis Fite, Jared Tyler, Seth Lee Jones and friends. — all of whom grew up taking Woody’s words to heart, mind and soul.
The festival doesn’t put itself on and it’s not free. That’s where the fundraisers come in allowing the Woody Guthrie Coalition LLC to pull in the best artists and put on the best festival in the area. Everyone leaves Okemah after the festival with a strange Woody glow and you help make that happen.
We expect there to be some auction and raffle items to sweeten the pot.
Doors open at 5 p.m. Music starts at 5:30 p.m. Potluck starts at 5 p.m. and will continue throughout the night.