Come on Down to the River
BY KERRY MYERS
The Oklahoma Regatta Festival will be taking place at the newly renovated Boathouse District in Oklahoma City September 27-30 on the Oklahoma River. This annual celebration will bring thousands to the Oklahoma River.
Musical entertainment at The Oklahoma Regatta Festival includes a great amount of up and coming Oklahoma musicians. Aaron Newman has been a staple in the Oklahoma music scene for a few years, and has had the honor of sharing a stage with famous acts such as The Wallflowers, Graham Colton, and The Other Lives. Newman’s music exudes elements of rock, jazz, and pop, resulting in mass audience appeal.
“I was contacted about playing the event through Facebook,” said Newman. “I told them that if they needed any help finding some artists that I knew a lot of great local talent.”
Newman used his contacts and knowledge of local music to help create an amazing line up. Festivities will kick off on Thursday with Brandon Raines, Austin native now turned Oklahoman, and will continue through the night with singer songwriter Tyler Ryan and bluegrass sensation Bread and Butter Band. The Bread and Butter Band can often be found playing at local restaurant VZD’s on the weekends, they have become notorious for their good-time, upbeat performances.
Friday the funky and entertaining Dustin Prinz will be starting the evening at 6:30pm. His one man band act is getting a lot of attention across Oklahoma City, with steady airplay on thespyfm.com, 91.7 FM, with his single “Bipolar”. Blues guitarist, Southwest Oklahoma Native, and singer songwriter Evin Brady will be performing at 7:40. “I’m excited to see what they have done with The Boathouse District, I haven’t been there since its renovation,” said Brady. “It will be cool to reach out to a new audience, I can only hope to make new fans through this awesome opportunity.”
Friday night’s entertainment will conclude with reggae group The Suspects at 8:45pm. “We are referred to all of our festivals by locals and we are very excited about the opportunity to perform at this event,” states Ron of The Suspects. “We hope to gain fans and continue to grow the reggae scene in Oklahoma City while supporting and growing the Regatta scene as well. Our band (The Suspects) has been performing for 10 years in the Oklahoma City area and we plan to continue to push forward in the future.”
Saturday’s entertainment begins at 11 am with Blake Lankford, followed by Ben Brock and CJ Greco. Rock band The Grown Ups will be taking the stage at 1:45pm. The Grown Ups couldn’t be more excited about being chosen to play The Oklahoma Regatta Festival. “It’s a beautiful location, and we are excited about branching out to a different audience,” says Derek Harris, drummer of The Grown Ups. “We want our music to be heard by as many ears as possible, and for them to come and watch us perform again is what we strive and hope for. This is why we become musicians: so we can tell our story to a large and excited audience.”
Rockabilly entertainer Brian Lee Dunning will perform at 3pm, followed by closing ceremonies. Aaron Newman band will close out The Oklahoma Regatta Festival at 6pm on Sunday.
The Oklahoma Regatta Festival is a great opportunity to take the family to the Boathouse district and see how much our city has changed for the better over the past few years. In Oklahoma City, you can come on down to the river to pray or to play. Or both. The choice is yours.Share story on Facebook Share story on Twitter Email a Friend.