By Jared F. Cranke
It was one of the biggest events to hit the Strip last year with more than 1,500 people attending seemingly random shows in multiple venues. On April 13, 2012, the Red Bull Gypsy Café is back and looks to improve on last year’s success.
The Red Bull Gypsy Café is not just a Red Dirt music festival, it is a gathering of some of the genre’s greatest talent, past and present, at the birthplace of Red Dirt music -- Stillwater. The event name, Gypsy Café, pays homage to the site at “The Farm” where jam sessions sprung up over the years and where Bob Childers became the inspiration for an entire generation of music.
Four venues have signed on to host the various jam sessions that will occur at the Red Bull Gypsy Café, including Eskimo Joe’s, Willie’s Saloon, Stonewall Tavern and College Bar. At each venue, music will begin at 7pm with random pairings of singer-songwriters performing one-hour sets acoustically. At midnight, all the performers are invited to an outdoor finalé in the parking lot north of Eskimo Joe’s.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Red Dirt Relief Fund, an organization founded and administrated by Red Dirt musicians in Stillwater to act as a critical safety net for Red Dirt music people. Tickets are available now online at www.protixonline.com or at the Territory in Stillwater.
7pm - Randy Pease & Monica Taylor
8pm - Scott Evans & Tim Bays
9pm - Parker Milsap & Travis Kidd
10pm - Sam Naifeh & Randy Crouch
11pm - Stoney LaRue & Dustin Welch
12am - ALL ARTIST FINALE
7pm - Chad Sullins & Larry Spears
8pm - Greg Jacobs & Susan Herndon
9pm - Brandon Jenkins & Ben Han
10pm - Bo Phillips & Jim Paul Blair
11pm - Chuck Dunlap & Thomas Trapp
7pm - Jake Moffat & Joe Baxter
8pm - John Fullbright & Bill Erickson
9pm - Don Morris & Sarah Barker Huhn
10pm - Mike McClure & Jesse Aycock
11pm - Dustin Pittsley & Don Wood
7pm - Rick Reilley & Brandon Clark
8pm - Steve Rice & Gene Collier
9pm - Tom Skinner & John Cooper
10pm - Travis Linville & Bob Wiles
11pm - Brad Piccolo & Brad James