Tahlequah, OK (May 15, 2019)–The MEDICINE STONE music festival opened its gates for the first time back in 2013 to an overwhelming first year attendance record that numbered in the soaring thousands. The renowned sub-genre known as “Red Dirt” has its origins in Oklahoma, yet the diverse and notably original sounds that represent this particular brand of music has induced a visceral reaction with music fans across the globe. Much like its sister genre Americana, this is music that feeds the truth and traces back to roots music: of a rural past and the gathering of people from different cultures. MEDICINE STONE continues to stand as the defining destination for such a gathering, a three-day retreat that welcomes each and every person into the family reunion atmosphere in the bucolic setting along the scenic Illinois River in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. These phenomenal artists of new generations are carrying the torch of authenticity, and they continue to prove that all great music has not already been made. The widespread impact this music has generated over the last 20 years undoubtedly accounts for the steady rise in attendance year after year. The 7th Annual MEDICINE STONE comes back to the Diamondhead Resort September 19th through September 21st. Ticket packages go on sale June 3rd at 9am solely on the event website. Single day tickets go on sale August 1st based on availability. www.medicinestoneok.com.
The music lineup each year is always handpicked by creators Jason Boland and The Stragglers and Turnpike Troubadours, two of the chieftains of the genre. This year’s lineup includes Turnpike Troubadours, Jason Boland and The Stragglers, Todd Snider, American Aquarium, Parker McCollum, Cody Canada & The Departed, Wade Bowen, Micky & the Motorcars, Jamie Lin Wilson, Red Shahan, Shinyribs, John Fullbright, William Clark Green, Courtney Patton, Flatland Calvary, Bri Bagwell, Austin Meade, Max Stalling, Carter Sampson, Kaitlin Butts, the Vandoliers, Osage County, The Bottlerockets, BC & The Big Rig, Jared Taylor Band, Jacob Tovar, Dave Kay, Chris Belvins, DocFell & Co, RC & The Ambers and more.
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 and the River Stage for day time performances and after party gatherings. VIP Packages include upgraded sponsored hotel rooms, private VIP shuttle to and from the event from your hotel, MEDICINE STONE merchandise bags, one autographed MEDICINE STONE wrapped guitar, daily meet-n- greets with the artists, catered dinner for all three nights in the VIP reserved section, separate VIP bar access (MEDICINE STONE money drink tickets-quantity varies based off 2 or 4 person package)and a VIP viewing area closest to the stage. Some new features at this year’s event include the Backwoods Glamping Packages. With these packages you will already have your camping site set up for you in prime locations, all you have to do is show up! The Headliner package (2-3 people) includes bell tent, chairs, lantern, bedding, deluxe air mattress, tent lock, a fifty qt. cooler, deluxe fan/light combo, power strip, a portable air conditioner and event tickets. The Opening Act Package (2-3) includes a tent, chairs, lantern, sleeping bag liner, cot(s), tent lock, a fifty qt. cooler, deluxe fan/light combo, power strip, a portable air conditioner and event tickets. Regular camping spots throughout the landscape are also available.
“MEDICINE STONE is special for more than just the music. The music is great, but it’s more than that, it’s also about the atmosphere, the connection between artists and fans, and the way you see the same familiar faces year after year. Excellent music and even better company. -Country Exclusive
“MEDICINE STONE is hands down the largest music and camping event of the year in Cherokee County and all surrounding counties. The MEDICINE STONE team do it so well; their affinity for live music, and passion for providing the ultimate Illinois River experience are what makes MEDICINE STONE the titan that it is. Musically, The Stragglers, The Troubadours and their management always bring in top-notch acts, chock full of Red Dirt and Americana heavyweights, with a pinch or two of odd, yet fitting acts spanning a variety of genres. For the music fan, there is perhaps no more beautiful scenario to enjoy this music. Thousands reunite every year to camp, cook, and celebrate to a soundtrack featuring some of the most poignant bands in Red Dirt, Americana and Texas country. Beyond the lights, the music, the morning beers and evening shade, the underlying creature of the event is where the power lies – the Illinois River. These waters can and will heal you, they have for thousands of years. This river can also take you out. As long as you respect the river, your neighbor, your fellow Medicine Stoner, you’re on a collision course with love, baby. September never gets here soon enough.” -Joe Mack/Tahlequah Daily Press
“Medicine Stone isn’t just a music festival. It’s a family reunion. It’s one of the few times of the year where we get to catch up with our friends in other touring bands and are actually able to hang out. It’s always the highlight of our fall and we can’t wait to get back out to Diamondhead in September.”
–BJ Barham/American Aquarium
“MEDICINE STONE is hands down my favorite weekend of the year. It’s more than a festival, it’s an experience! Tucked in the woods by the river… the best of Red Dirt music in the air…and thousands of fans singing along with their favorite bands! It’s a palpable energy that is indescribable. Can’t wait for September!” –Erin Harper/The Twister Radio Tulsa
“MEDICINE STONE is the kind of event that just keeps getting better every year. It has all of the ingredients for an unforgettable weekend you will only find Oklahoma!”-Gary Braun/Micky & the Motorcars
“So pumped to be back at one of the best festivals around. An absolute blast from the moment we arrive. Hurry up and get here!” –Wade Bowen
“Can’t wait to get back to MEDICINE STONE this year! It’s a fun festival that I’m proud to be a part of!” -William Clark Green
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 and has been praised as one of the most poignant writers of his generation. www.thestragglers.com
Oklahoma natives, Turnpike Troubadours, are 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. www.turnpiketroubadours.com
Music addict, a sucker for heartbreak songs, and avid Houston sports fan! I’am also the Editor-in-Chief of Texas Music Pickers.