By SEAN ROWLEY
Several local venues offer live music during October, and the month kicks off big with the Tahlequah North End Music Fest on Friday and Saturday.
The festival opens at 5 p.m. Friday with sets by Andy Adams and the Fictioneers, David Castro, Mike Hosty and Moai Broadcast. Saturday’s lineup begins at 3:30 p.m. with Free Kennedy and continues with Franke Lee, the Travis Fite Band, Scott Ellison, and Earl and Them. All sets are at Norris Park.
The festival sets end around 11 p.m., so The Branch will hold after-parties each night.
“Performing on Friday is 59 South, a local band which plays classic and acoustic rock,” said Joe Mack, live music coordinator for The Branch.
“Saturday we have The Move Trio, which is an exploratory groove jazz group from Tulsa. They’re great. They play toward a destination, but they leave a lot of room for improvisation.”
Other confirmed shows for October at The Branch include Ellison, a 2013 inductee into the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame, on Oct. 9 and Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. Monica Taylor and Friends play at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 11, and Sky Meed and Mack play at 9 p.m. on Oct. 12.
Dave Kay performs at 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 16 and 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 30, Sneaky Pete at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 18, and Doc Fell and Co. at 9 p.m. on Oct. 19.
Tommy Nolen plays Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. A Halloween Bash is planned at 9 p.m. on Oct. 31.
All shows at The Branch in October are free. However, on Nov. 1, the venue hosts a ticketed event when bluegrass band MilkDrive visits from Texas for at 8 p.m. show. Admission is $10.
The Iguana Cafée, 500-A N. Muskogee Ave., also hosts performers during the North End Music Fest. Doc Fell & Co. perform at 7 p.m. on Friday and Mike Allen plays Saturday at noon, followed by Jody Jones at 3 p.m.
Iguana hosts its next “Pickin’ and Poetry” open mic night, featuring local talent, on Oct. 15 from 6-9 p.m.
Iguana will also participate in the Tiller Fest. Other October shows include the Mountain Grove Bluegrass Band on Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. and the Halloween Hootenanny with Scary Larry and Friends at 7 p.m. Oct. 31.
Friday nights are karaoke nights at the Elks Lodge, 18843 E. Murrell Road, with dinner served from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Country-western concerts are on Saturdays, starting about 9 p.m. with a $6 admission. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
The White Trash Bandidos perform this Saturday, and Robinson Avenue plays on Oct. 12. Living Country takes the stage on the 19th.
The Halloween Gala is Oct. 26 and features a performance by the Austin Cobb band.
The Hole in the Wall Band with Carl Farinelli will give its weekly performances on Fridays at 7 p.m. at the Tahlequah Senior Citizens Center, 230 E. First St.