Tahlequah Daily Press

September 4, 2013

Medicine Stone music festival approaching

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — srowley@tahlequahdailypress.com

With local buzz reaching a high pitch, music fans are preparing for the inaugural Medicine Stone music festival at Diamondhead Resort on the Illinois River.

Medicine Stone is Sept. 12-14 and features a lineup of mostly Oklahoma talent. The festival was conceptualized by Jason Boland & The Stragglers and the Turnpike Troubadours and also includes food, camping and floating.

“The Medicine Stone music event is the brainchild of acclaimed Oklahoma artists Jason Bolandand The Stragglers and the Turnpike Troubadours,” said Brandy Reed of RPR Media, which is promoting the event. “This has been years in the making - a top-notch outdoor event that the guys wanted to create for the music fans of Oklahoma and the surrounding states.”

The lineup includes Randy Crouch and The Flying Horse Band and Thomas Trapp during the Sept. 12 Welcome Party.

The Sept. 13 card offers Jason Boland and the Stragglers, Stoney Larue, Cody Canada and The Departed and the Red Dirt Rangers.

On Sept. 14, performers are the Turnpike Troubadours, Todd Snider, John Fullbright, Jason Eady and John Moreland.

“The music lineup this first year will feature some of the best native talent around and the location is definitely one of the best on the river,” Reed said. “Music, camping, food, and river fun will make Medicine Stone the premier end-of-summer event in the area.”

More than 2,000 tickets have been sold and all Diamondhead facilities are booked for the event. However, tickets are still available for those wishing to stay overnight on the campgrounds, or lodging may be arranged at other Illinois River resorts or local hotels. Single-day tickets are also available.

“The talk among music fans was immediate and we sold out the camping and RV spots in the first two weeks the tickets were on sale,” Reed said.

“We expect this debut event to draw a huge crowd, and the artists couldn’t be more excited to share this experience with all of their fans.”

Children are welcome to attend the event. Those age 10-under must be accompanied by a parent and do not require a ticket. Full payment for tickets is required at the time of purchase. Access to campsites is only allowed to those wearing a camping wristband.

Campers may bring food and supplies. Alcohol is permitted on the campgrounds, but not in the concert area. Glass containers are not allowed on the Illinois River.

You’re invited

Ticket information and purchase is available at www.medicinestoneok.com. Tickets cannot be purchased from Diamondhead Resort.