Green Country Roots Festival brings the talent of Green Country to NSU
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Green Country Roots Festival brings the talent of Green Country to NSU


Colby Luper

TNE Writer

Green Country is rich with culture and art. There are festivals each year that celebrate the talented individuals and groups that live here. One of these is the Green Country Roots Festival, coordinated by the Cherokees for Black Indian Heritage Preservation Foundation. This year marks the third year of the festival, and for the first time, the festival is taking place at the NSU Event Center. This is the first event of this kind to be held at the Event Center since its construction.

The Green Country Roots Festival showcases all different kinds of art forms including music, writing, painting, basket making and pottery. All of the artists participating in the festival are from Northeastern Oklahoma. The goal of the festival is to promote the talent found in the Green country.

“We have 15 bands playing all kinds of different genres of music,” said Anita Hill, CBIHP treasurer. “The music ranges from gospel, blues and jazz to country, red dirt and rock, so there’s something for everyone.”

Bands scheduled to play the festival include Goodfella, Doc Fell & Co., When the Clock Strikes, 45ive, and the Ahna Jennings Band. Alongside the musical acts, there will be stand-up comedians, writers, visual artists and craft makers. Children’s activities will be available as well, including games and arts and crafts, for children to take part in. Various vendors selling their art, crafts and other goods will be available. Food trucks will also be operating at the festival. Door prizes will be given out at the festival

“We’re going to be giving away a drone, some smart TVs, and some Bluetooth speakers, “ said Ty Wilson, CBIHP president. “We always have really nice prizes, and all you have to do to win is show up.”

Another focus of this year’s festival is getting college students involved with the local community and helping students from out of state feel more at home. One of the scheduled acts for the festival is a poetry reading from a local NSU student. CBIHP also provides opportunities for NSU students to get involved with the coordination of the festival. Students volunteer to help prepare the festival and run it on the day of the event.

“CBIHP is a non-profit organization,” said Hill. “So any volunteer hours students complete with us count as community service.”

Local businesses can also sponsor it. Businesses sponsoring this year’s festival include Cherokee Nation, Bravado Wireless and Lakes Country Radio.

“We have worked with the festival every year it’s existed,” said Lou Kelly, programming Lakes Country Radio director. “We have announced bands onstage in the past, and the different types of music you can hear at this festival is awesome. There’s not really another festival like it here in Tahlequah.”

The 2018 Green Country Roots Festival will start at 10 a.m., October 6, at the NSU Event Center. The event lasts until midnight and admission is free. The festival will be featured on the Tulsa Channel 8 morning show on October 3 and on local radio stations during the week leading up to the event. More information can be found on Facebook, the CBIHP and Green Country Roots Festival. To learn about the festival and how get involved, can visit or send an e-mail to

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