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Kathy Mattea to headline Bluegrass Festival

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The Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival is set to begin Oct. 3 and again a well-known artist will be headlining the three-day festival.

About 17 artist and groups are expected to take the stage down in the Guthrie’s Cottonwood Flats, including Kathy Mattea taking the stage 9 p.m. on Saturday evening.

Mattea, a country music and bluegrass performer, began her professional career with a recording artist in 1983 and since has recorded seventeen albums and has charted more than thirty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks charts. This total includes the number one hits “Goin’ Gone”, “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses”, “Come From the Heart” and “Burnin’ Old Memories”, as well as twelve additional Top Ten singles.

Before Mattea takes the stage she will be welcomed by the Kruger Brothers, who will be making the trip from Switzerland. The international flavor continues with Louvat Brothers (Belgium) and Blue Side of Lonesome (Japan).

Naturally, it would not be a Bluegrass Festival without the Byron Berline Band.

Berline, the brainchild of the festival, is a three-time national fiddle champion and current resident of Guthrie. During his travels throughout the world, Berline has been a kind of unofficial bluegrass ambassador to China, Mexico, Australia, Germany, and most points in-between.

While speaking to bluegrass fans worldwide, Berline saw the need for a festival where national and international players could perform and mix freely. This type of event would be new to the bluegrass world and would appeal not only to the musicians themselves, but to bluegrass and other music fans worldwide.

In 1984, while still living in Los Angeles, Berline visited Oklahoma and ran into Joe Hutchinson, now a state representative. Since Hutchinson was then involved in organizing the Powder Horn Park Bluegrass Festival, and had worked on other musical events in the past, he was more than interested in Berline’s ideas about an international bluegrass festival in Oklahoma.

Byron Berline BandBut it was over ten years later before the wheels were set in motion. A small group became committed to producing such festival, and in 1996, Hutchinson was able to help in earnest by sponsoring the incorporation of the Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival (OIBF), Inc. Formally incorporated as a charitable organization under Oklahoma statutes, OIBF consists of volunteers and willing professionals who have raised funds, solicited charitable donations, and given time and money to make the festival a success.

“The organization was formed to promote bluegrass music and the State of Oklahoma,” said Doug Hawthorne, chief researcher for the Oklahoma Department of Tourism, and member of the OIBF Advisory Committee. “We gathered specialists from different areas of business and industry, and they all pitched in to make the festival a success.”

Specialists from event-planning, tourism, economic development, fund-raising, public safety, volunteer management, and of course, the bluegrass music business itself, were involved with the project. And although the OIBF looked at several possible sites for the festival, Guthrie was chosen because of its central location, easy accessibility, and historic charm.

“We looked at various sites and it was determined that Guthrie was the best location to hold the festival,” Hawthorne said. “The Guthrie Chamber of Commerce , city manager, and mayor presented profitable reasons why Guthrie is the perfect place.” Hawthorne said that the OIBF anticipates audiences of 15,000 initially, with growth to around 100,000 in the future.

The CCC Stage Schedule for 2013 is as follows (main stage ‘Land Run Stage’ info listed below):

Signup begins Wednesday – Just come to the stage and ask…..

THURSDAY – Open Mike for Noon to 6 PM – No open mike during the Random Band Scramble.

FRIDAY – Open mike from Noon to Midnight

SATURDAY – Songwriters Workshop at NOON to 1PM with RANDY PEASE
- Door Prize Drawing around 3PM
- Open mike from 1 PM to Midnight

Everyone is welcome to come sign up for a half hour set. We welcome all levels of musical skill. Acoustic instruments only, please. Songwriters most welcome.

Oct 3 – 5

THUR. Land Run Stage Youth Tent
9am - Young Family
10am - Red Dirt Rangers (:30)
11am - -
12pm Red Dirt Rangers Russell Family
1pm Cowboy Jim Garling Scenic Routes (:30)
2pm Bobby CLark -
3pm Brigade -
4pm Bret Graham -
5pm DINNER BREAK -
6pm Mountain Smoke -
7pm Hunt Family Bluegrass -
8pm Link Union -
9pm Byron Berline Band  w/ Barry Patton -
10pm Random Band Jam -
- - -
FRI. Land Run Stage Youth Tent
9am - Russell Family
10am GUITAR WORKSHOP Uwe Kruger, Richard Smith, David Grier, David Bonham, Masuo Sasabe, Jonathon Hunt, Jim Fish and Aavon Link Scenic Routes(:30)
11am MANDO WORKSHOP Mike Compton, Bobby Clark, Jefferson Louvat, Yasuhisa Katon, Rachael Link and Andrew Hunt -
12pm Bret Graham Scenic Routes
1pm Link Union Hunt Family Bluegrass (:30)
2pm Blue Side of Lonesome (Japan) -
3 pm Louvat Brothers (Belgium) -
4pm Richard Smith (England) -
5pm OIBF SCHOLARSHIP  AUCTION -
6pm Hankerin’ 4 Hank -
7pm Byron Berline Band  w/ Barry Patton -
8pm David Grier and Mike Compton -
9pm Kruger Brothers (Switzerland) -
- - -
SAT. Land Run Stage Youth Tent
9am - Youth Competitions Registration open
10am FIDDLE WORKSHOP Byron Berline, Greg Burgess, Hiromu Teshima, Kyle Link and Andrew Hunt Youth Band Competition
11am BANJO WORKSHOP Jens Kruger, Billy Perry, Ben Link, Jonathon Hunt, Ryukichi Creamy Hayakawa Youth Band Competition
12pm Hunt Family Bluegrass Youth Band Competition
1pm Richard Smith Youth Instrument Competition
2pm David Grier & Mike Compton             
3pm Byron Berline Band  w/ Barry Patton -
4pm Scholarship & Youth Band Winners -
5pm OIBF SCHOLARSHIP AUCTION -
6 pm Blue Side of Lonesome(Japan) -
7pm Louvat Brothers (Belgium) -
8pm Kruger Brothers (Switzerland) -
9pm Kathy Mattea  -
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  1. Sherry
    September 25, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    My personal favorite Kathy Mattea song… “Standing knee deep in a River and Dying of Thirst”…

  2. Joe Baxter
    September 28, 2013 at 11:57 am

    JOE BAXTER here – I run the Cottonwood Creek Campground Stage at the OIBF – Guthrie News Page has posted last year’s stage schedule – The CCC Stage Schedule for 2013 is as follows:
    Signup begins Wednesday – Just come to the stage and ask…..
    THURSDAY – Open Mike for Noon to 6 PM – No open mike during the Random Band Scramble.
    FRIDAY – Open mike from Noon to Midnight
    SATURDAY – Songwriters Workshop at NOON to 1PM with RANDY PEASE
    – Door Prize Drawing around 3PM
    – Open mike from 1 PM to Midnight
    Everyone is welcome to come sign up for a half hour set. We welcome all levels of musical skill. Acoustic instruments only, please. Songwriters most welcome.
    Tracy Grammer graced us with her wonderful presence last year, and put on a GREAT show, but will not be featured this year.
    Please Revise as soon as possible – Thank you very much – jb (833-1350)

  3. September 30, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Thank you for the comment Joe. That info was taken from the OIBF website, but has been updated on this post. Thanks!

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