GFest brings music entertainment to Northeastern Oklahoma
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GFest brings music entertainment to Northeastern Oklahoma

Published 4/20/17

Hillary Garrett

TNE Writer

Last year in Muskogee, GFest was born. GFest is a citywide concert where bands come and put on a weekend long festival.

GFest took place last year in June. The headliner was originally Merle Haggard, but Haggard passed away on April 6 due to complications of pneumonia. Days before the event was to take place, The Avett Brothers became the new headliner for GFest 2016. Last year, GFest took place in Muskogee at Love Hatbox Sports Complex. GFest will take place at the complex again this year.  Jim Blair, CEO of GFest, said he isthrilled about GFest and all the new things coming.

“I am most excited about the new additions to GFest,” said Blair. “We are enhancing this year’s event with a Wednesday night Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame induction and more shows under the shade. We are expecting 20,000 people over the span of the weekend.”

At GFest, there are not just bands. There are food vendors, shops and much more. To become a food vendor or nonfood vendor, applications must be filled out and guidelines must be followed. Cristin Shelby, Muskogee resident, said she set up a nonfood vendor table at GFest last year.

“Having a booth at GFest was a blast,” said Shelby. “It is really fun to be a part of such an upbeat atmosphere and see all different kinds of people come together for their love of music.”

GFest also allows camping. There are two different options to choose from. There is primitive camping, which costs $80 plus fees, and there is RV camping, which costs $325 plus fees. All camping has hookups for water and electric.

GFest needs volunteers to help with things from volunteer check-in to GFest hospitality. Volunteers can work one shift and will receive a wristband for that day. They will get a free T-shirt and designated parking spot. GFest receives more volunteer applications than volunteer spots, so spots are not guaranteed. 2016 volunteers have first opportunity to volunteer again this year.

GFest is a three-day event with different bands each night. The bands have been released, but times and artists are subject to change. This year’s headliners will be Blackberry Smoke, NEEDTOBREATHE and Creedence Clearwater Revisited. GFest kick-off begins at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, June 15 with Becky Hobbs, John Fullbright, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Blackberry Smoke. Friday’s lineup consists of California Honeydrops, JJ Grey and Mofro, The Mavericks and NEEDTOBREATHE. On Saturday, Ricochet will kick things off, followed by Ben and Noel Haggard and The Strangers, The Swon Brothers, Kentucky Headhunters and Creedence Clearwater Revisited.  Three Rivers Band will also be playing at GFest this year. Justin Rhoden, Three Rivers Band bass player, said he is excited to play in GFest.

“We are excited to play at GFest this year,” said Rhoden. “ We are looking forward to playing for everyone there.”

Applications for vendors, volunteers and nonvendors are located on the GFest website.

For more information on how to apply, visit www.GFest.com.


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