By ROB W. ANDERSON
People who want to enjoy the evening hours at the lake or river will have options of live music over the July 4th weekend.
The Snake Creek Restaurant and Bar will offer folks visiting or camping near Lake Tenkiller the Bannister Brothers trio on Independence Day, and will host Louisiana southern alternative/hard rock band Framing the Red and Vian country artist Heath Wright, who is a member of Ricochet, Restless Heart and The Hangmen, July 5-6, respectively.
The Bannister Brothers are from Fort Smith, Ark., and will present a variety of music influenced by their love of 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s classic rock, blues, southern rock and country music.
The lakeside bar and grill hosts live music from 7 to 10 p.m., and there is no cover charge, said Snake Creek Restaurant and Bar Manager Tim New.
“It’s an outdoor venue,” he said. “We have a floating stage the bands play on. The dancing floor is on a nearby dock, and we’ve got a full bar.”
Starting today, the Snake Creek Restaurant and Bar, 18576 W. Snake Creek Road, will be open for 10 straight days to offer people enjoying the lake an all-day menu, said New.
“We’ll be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner,” he said.
Illinois River float operator Diamondhead Resort will deliver Red Dirt music fans two nights of locally-grown music beginning the day after the nation’s birthday. Red Eye Gravy will perform an 8 p.m. show Friday, July 5, at the 12801 State Highway 10 location.
Diamondhead Resort will host its annual fireworks display July 6 with local legend and multi-instrumentalist Randy Crouch providing his thundering and lightning fast sounds. Show time is set for dusk, or as the sky becomes dark. Diamondhead Resort Owner-Operator Barbara Kelley said ticket prices are $5.
“It’s $5 for both days [July 5 - 6] if you’re camping, and $5 per day if you’re not,” she said.
Barnacle Bills Resort and Marina will also provide free music for Lake Tenkiller patrons next weekend. David Kay’s one-man band will be performing Friday, July 5, while a deejay will meet crowd demands July 6, said General Manager Joe Layne.
“That’s the best thing about a deejay. If there’s a bunch of people who want to two step, we’ll two step, and if there are people who want something else, we’ll can do that, too,” he said.
Layne said there is no cover charge to enjoy the outdoor venue.
“The only thing is we close down at midnight,” he said.
Music dates for Tahlequah venues include the following: The Iguana Cafee: Pickin and Poetry, Tuesday, July 2; Franke Lee, July 12; Kelly Anquoe and Lyle Deiter, July 19; and DocFell and Co. July 26.
The Branch’s July lineup includes Kelly Blake Thomas, Wednesday, July 3; Patt Moss, July 5; Ryan Reid, July 6; Joe Baxter, July 12; Gatling and Hoffpair, July 13; Selby Minner, July 17; Joe Mack, July 19; The Watchman, July 20; Ken Sohns, July 24; Levi Parham, July 26; Jones N’ Leah, July 27; and Fifty-Nine South, July 31.
The Tahlequah Elks Lodge will host Livin Country July 13, and the White Trash Banditos July 20.
The Hole in the Wall Band will perform its weekly Friday night gig at the Tahlequah Senior Citizens Center July 5, July 12, July 19 and July 26.