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OKM Hosting Free Outdoor Performance on September 10

Posted: September 02, 2020

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (September 2, 2020) – OKM Music is celebrating its reformatted 36th festival, September 5, 6, and 10, with numerous online concerts and will conclude its festival with a socially-distanced outdoor performance at the Tower Center at Unity Square on Thursday, September 10 at 6:00 p.m. Kicking off at 6:00 p.m., Clark Gibson is a jazz saxophonist, composer, and educator at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK and has recently self-released “Tri Colored Eyes” featuring his latest project, the Clark Gibson Quintet. This unique jazz ensemble features world renowned B3 organist Pat Bianchi, Jim Pisano on tenor sax, trombonist Michael Dease and Jeremy Thomas on drums. This musical project has enjoyed national attention as well as reviews from jazz festivals all over the world.
At 7:30 p.m., guests will get to enjoy the toe-tappin’ bluegrass award-winning, Balsam Range. Being the 2018 International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year, Balsam Range, has become one of the genre’s most award-winning acts. Members of the energetic ensemble include Buddy Melton (fiddle, lead and tenor vocals), Darren Nicholson (mandolin, octave mandolin, lead and baritone vocals), Dr. Marc Pruett (banjo), Tim Surrett (bass, dobro, lead and baritone vocals), and Caleb Smith (guitar, lead and baritone vocals).
Balsam Range is extremely proud of their home of Hawyood County, NC and enjoy sharing a bit of their home with guests all over the country.
“Balsam Range is very popular and well-known within the bluegrass genre and we are so excited to be able to showcase them in Bartlesville. Our guests are in for a real treat,” says Ryan Martin, OKM’s Marketing Director.
Guests attending the September 10 performance will also enjoy local food vendors: DJ’s Southern Snow, Price’s Meat Market, Price Tower Plaza, and Super Centro. In addition, children will have many activities and games to enjoy during the evening.
In addition to the planned events, Bartlesville alumni and KJRH Tulsa reporter, Katie Keleher, will be the emcee for the evening.
To ensure everyone’s safety, guests will get their temperature checked, receive facial coverings (encouraged to wear), and hand sanitizer will also be available. Seating will also be spread out to ensure a sixfoot distance between individuals.
The September 10 finale performance is free for general admission and VIP tickets are $15 (includes parking and seating). All guests planning to attend are asked to RSVP online at: okmmusic.org or by calling (918) 336-9900. In the event of inclement weather, all VIP tickets sold, and the first 325 general admission RSVP tickets will be moved indoors to the Bartlesville Community Center.
Based in Bartlesville, Okla., the 36th Annual OKM Music Festival has reformatted its Festival scheduled for September 4-10. Due to restrictions on indoor seating and the need for physical distancing, OKM will not be hosting any indoor concerts or ticketed outdoor concerts that could potentially be moved indoors due to inclement weather. Festival performances include Tina Guo, live stream concert on Sept. 5 at 2:00 p.m., Dallas String Quartet, live stream concert on Sept. 6 at 2:00 p.m., and the free Finale at Tower Center at Unity Square on Sept. 10 at 6:00 p.m. featuring the Clark Gibson Quintet and Balsam Range.

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