Last year, the Diamondhead Resort in Tahlequah, Okla., set the stage for the inaugural multi-day music event known simply as Medicine Stone. And this year, the resort is headed for an even bigger and better follow-up music fest, thanks to the success of the 2013 event.
The debut Medicine Stone show boasted a respectable fan turnout, thanks to the caliber of artists who performed. But according to organizers' reports,"The response from diehard music fans raised the status to a premier level when thousands gathered on the majestic banks of the Illinois River to celebrate the renowned music scene named after that rich native soil."
This time around, Sept. 11-13, 2014, is the save-the-date time for the much-anticipated sequel event that's fast becoming the top name in Oklahoma festivals. To that end, the 2014 festival's lineup will include 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 & 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.
Regarding the fall music event, "With the changes I've been through over the last few years, I forgot what it was like to be an Okie ... (and) an Okie is what I am," shared the aforementioned Canada via a May 7 email with Examiner. "Medicine Stone brought that back to me. I am honored to be a part of real red-dirt music. If they stop inviting me, I'm showing up anyways. God bless Oklahoma."
Moreover, added Roger Ray of Jason Boland and The Stragglers, "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. 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… (and) 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."
And speaking of performers Jason Boland and The Stragglers, the lineup, circa 1998, has become one of the most successful artists on the Red Dirt/Texas-country music scene. The Oklahoma-born Boland has released eight acclaimed albums to date, including the act's latest project, "Dark & Dirty Mile," which peaked at No. 25 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.
Tickets: As for the 2014 Medicine Stone event, tickets will be available July 1st via the event’s website at www.medicinestoneok.com. Presale ticket packages may be purchased early. Would-be concertgoers are advised to check the event website for more information, including details on get-away deals that include accommodation packages that include camping, RV spots and hook-ups, hotel rooms and bunkhouses.
The Diamondhead Resort, which is the site of this year's Medicine Stone, is at 12081 Oklahoma 10 in Tahlequah, Okla., 74464.
- Video bonus: To See Cody Canada and his The Departed lineup perform "The Ballad of Rosalie," simply access the video embedded with this post.