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April 23, 2014

Medicine Stone tickets on sale July 1

TAHLEQUAH — Last year, the Diamondhead Resort in Tahlequah set the stage for the inaugural three-day music event, Medicine Stone. An admirable turnout was expected for this first event due to the caliber of artists who were set to perform there, but the response from diehard music fans raised the status to a premier level when thousands gathered on the banks of the Illinois River to celebrate the music scene.

Sept. 11-13 will see the sequel to an event that could become the top name in Oklahoma festivals. This year’s music lineup includes acclaimed artists and event creators Jason Boland and The Stragglers and Turnpike Troubadours, as well as Cody Canada and The Departed, Shinyribs, American Aquarium, Reckless Kelly, Micky and The Motorcars, The Great Divide, Jason Eady, Corb Lund, Dirty River Boys, Brandon Jenkins, Randy Crouch, Red Dirt Rangers, Jonny Burke, Thomas Trapp, and Brandon Clark.

“I knew the inaugural Medicine Stone Festival was going to be fun, but I wasn’t quite prepared for how great it actually turned out,” said Roger Ray of Jason Boland and The Stragglers. “There are so many facets that contribute to the event’s richness. First, there’s the river that practically runs through the festival grounds. Nothing beats a little post-soundcheck fly fishing. Then there’s the lineup – all my favorite bands in one weekend. Finally, there’s the ‘reunion’ aspect of the festival. Touring musicians seem to never find the time to be able to relax and hang out with each other. Medicine Stone brings it all home.”

Jason Boland and The Stragglers has become one of the most successful artists in the Red Dirt/Texas country music scene. Oklahoma born and bred, Boland has released eight acclaimed albums, including the latest release “Dark & Dirty Mile” that peaked at No. 25 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, and has been praised as one of the most poignant writers of his generation.

Oklahoma native Evan Felker fronts the Turnpike Troubadours, a band of country rock prodigies that snagged a national spotlight with their 2012 release “Goodbye Normal Street.” Celebrated for its lyrical style that boasts genuine story telling wrapped in deep emotion, the record hit No. 57 on the Billboard 200 chart and was cited as “the most unjustly overlooked Americana album of 2012” by the Washington Post.

Tickets will be available July 1 via the event’s website, www.medicinestoneok.com. Pre-sale ticket packages can be purchased early. Check the event website for information. Accommodation packages including camping, RV spots and hook ups, hotel rooms and bunkhouses are available.

“Medicine Stone proved to be the near perfect way to wrap up the summer and festival season, providing exactly what the Oklahoma and Red Dirt music scenes have long been lacking: a weekend to call their own and let their colors bleed through in everything from the music to the attitude and activities,” said Gary Hizer of Urban Tulsa Weekly. “The best part of the weekend was seeing two generations of artists intermingle, in true Red Dirt fashion, to share the stage and the music. If 2013 was merely a test run, Northeast Oklahoma has plenty to look forward to.”

The Diamondhead Resort is at 12081 State Highway 10 in Tahlequah. For information, visit www.diamondheadresort.us.

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