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Jason Boland
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Medicine Stone Music Festival Debuts in Tahlequah

By: M.A. Smith

Oklahoma plays host to many of the nation’s top performers – Reba McEntire, Toby Keith and Carrie Underwood. Now Jason Boland of The Stragglers and the Turnpike Troubadours are setting the stage for a new music hospitality.

Named for Tahlequah, Okla., founder Boland says the second annual Medicine Stone music event “intends to serve as the premier outdoor music event in the four-state area.”

“It gives them a chance to host a festival showcasing musical acts they can relate to and be proud of. It’s the kind of festival I would want to go see,” Boland said.

Last year was the inaugural event and thousands of Oklahoman visited Tahlequah to take part in Oklahoma’s newest event.

“I knew the inaugural Medicine Stone was going to be fun, but I wasn’t quite prepared for how great it actually turned out,” Roger Ray of Jason Boland and the Stragglers said last year in a press release. “There are so many facets that contribute to the event’s richness.

Located at the Diamondhead Resort in Tahlequah, next to the Illinois River, Medicine Stone runs Sept. 12 through 14 and will feature music, food, camping, canoeing, rafting and floating.

RC Edwards, bass player for the Turnpike Troubadours, said, “We play festivals like this all over the country. It’s nice to bring one to our part of the world. It’s also nice for the world to get a chance to see how beautiful Tahlequah is.”

Featured artists include Jason Boland and The Stragglers, the Turnpike Troubadours, Todd Snider, Stoney LaRue, Cody Canada and The Departed, GRAMMY nominated John Fullbright, the Red Dirt Rangers, Randy Crouch and Jason Eady.

“The lineup is loaded with our favorite artists, most of which are also our friends, heroes and comrades,” Edwards said. “This festival is for the bands, as much as it is for the fans.

“Everyone who played it last year had a blast. Most bands are planning on staying all three days this year just to hangout. You never know who you might see sing around a campfire at Medicine Stone. That’s the kind of festival we wanted and it’s what we got.”

Medicine Stone has several ticket options and packages available. Individual day passes cost $20 for Sept. 11, $35 for Sept. 12 and $35 for Sept. 13. Three-day access passes for Medicine Stone costs $60.

The event has contracted with the Diamondhead Resort to provide hotel accommodations and camping rentals.

For $75, the basic Roughin’ It Package includes one-person tent camping – no electricity or amenities – and a pass to the event. Each camper must purchase a separate ticket. Guests can bring their own RV or motor home for an additional $50.

For $845, the VIP Motel Livin’ Package for Four includes four passes to Medicine Stone, a three-night stay in a hotel, free transportation to and from the event to your hotel. Also included are four merchandise swag bags and one custom-wrapped Medicine Stone acoustic guitar, autographed by all the performers.

Other hotel amenity options also are available. Guest can visit www.medicinestoneok.com to purchase tickets and learn more about the event and performers.

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