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Medicine Stone adds fourth stage

May 23, 2017


TAHLEQUAH, Okla -The 5th Annual MEDICINE STONE music event is scheduled for September 21st through the 23rd at the scenic Diamondhead Resort in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.  Having seen a 283% growth rate since the event’s inception in 2013, MEDICINE STONE stands alone as the premier outdoor Red Dirt music event and speaks to the momentous cult-like following of a unique genre made of motley sounds cultivated out of Oklahoma soil.  This year the event creators have added a third hotel for lodging accommodations and also the RIVER STAGE for day time performances in order to satisfy the horde of Red Dirt music extremists who flock to the event from all over the United States.  The 5th Annual lineup includes Turnpike Troubadours, Jason Boland and The Stragglers, The Randy Rogers Band, Cody Canada and the Departed, Shinyribs, Jonny Burke, Lucero, Mike McClure, Sunny Sweeney, Mike & The Moonpies, Kaitlin Butts, Bruce Robison, Aaron Einhouse, American Aquarium, Bri Bagwell, Dalton Domino, Dirty River Boys, Jamie Wilson, Randy Crouch & Flying Horse, Red Dirt Rangers, Byron Berline Band, Raised Right Men, Red Shahan, Monica Taylor, Shane Smith and the Saints, Thomas Trapp, The Washitas, and Jacob Tovar.  Tickets for the 5th Annual MEDICINE STONE will go on sale via the event’s website on June 1st at 9:00 AM Central.  Music fans are encouraged to snag their tickets early as the premier camping accommodations, RV spots and hotel rooms sell out within hours.  Single day tickets go on sale August 1st.


MEDICINE STONE offers a delicious array of food, beautiful landscapes, onsite amenities and an endless supply of delectable music to keep you fully satisfied!  The event features the main stage on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and the Gravel Bar Stage, Mary Ellen’s Greenhouse Stage and the new River Stage for day time performances and after party gatherings.  Details on the “The Deputy Chief of MEDICINE STONE 2017” contest will be released shortly.  One incredibly lucky individual will get the chance to see it all from the other side, up close and personal and will serve as a direct liaison between festival goers and the festival production team.  The lucky winner will kick off the event and introduce the first band on opening night from the main stage, and will receive two (2) three-day VIP access passes to the event and meet-n-greets with all artists, and a 2017 MEDICINE STONE T-shirt and koozie. 


"There's no music festival like Medicine Stone.  It's hard to describe what it feels like to be there! It’s like taking the most amazing artists and music and mixing in fans, families, and camping. It's one of the best weekends of the year.  From the minute it ends, you're already making plans to go again next year. "  -Troy Eckelhoff/Program & Music Director  99.9 KTCS  Ft. Smith, AR


“Medicine Stone is all the GREAT parts of Red Dirt.  Amazing people, incredible moments, and extraordinary music--the kind that seeps into your soul and leaves you wanting more!” -Erin Harper/The Twister Tulsa-iHeartMedia


"Medicine Stone is a gathering of family. This festival clearly defines Red Dirt music. As the days go on the musicians and the fans become the same. After the main first acts are done for the night, you can continue to hear music throughout the many camp sites.  The Illinois River is the perfect setting for the Medicine Stone Event. The 2017 festival cannot arrive soon enough!"  
-Justin Neighbor/WDAF Kansas City 


“My Town Media and our stations in Pittsburg, Independence, Chanute and Pratt, Kansas have loved being a part of The Medicine Stone Music Event for the past several years!  We have been behind Red Dirt Music for quite a while…back to when people would give you a funny look and ask ‘What the heck is Red Dirt Music?’  Medicine Stone is a warm, friendly event with a family feel that just keeps you thirsting for more!  We look forward to being a part of Medicine Stone 2017.”   -“Uncle” Joe Manns/My Country 101.7FM

About the creators

Jason Boland and The Stragglers circa 1998 has become one of the most successful artists in the Red Dirt/Texas country music scene.  Oklahoma born and bred, Boland has released nine acclaimed albums including the latest release “Squelch” in October of 2015, and has been praised as one of the most poignant writers of his generation.  The band is currently back in the studio working on their new album.

Long-time friends and Oklahoma natives, Turnpike Troubadours, a band of country rock prodigies that snagged a national spotlight with their 2012 release GOODBYE NORMAL STREET.  Celebrated for their lyrical style that boasts genuine story telling wrapped in deep emotion, Turnpike Troubadours were cited as “the most unjustly overlooked Americana album of 2012” by the Washington Post. Their latest self-titled album release in September 2015 garnered more national acclaim including Playboy Magazine who cited them as a band that are, “wrenching country music out of a staid rut and turning it into something else entirely.” The band will release their new studio album in the fall of 2017.

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