Medicine Stone 2018 brings another year of red dirt music to Tahlequah
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Medicine Stone 2018 brings another year of red dirt music to Tahlequah

Published 9/12/18

Colby Luper

TNE Writer

For the past six years, the Medicine Stone music festival has been proudly flying the flag of red dirt country music. The festival now stands as the premier outdoor red dirt music festival and thousands of people look forward to it each year. The festival is returning to Diamondhead Resort, and it is predicted to be the biggest Medicine Stone yet.

The festival was founded in 2013 by two red dirt bands, Stillwater’s Jason Boland and the Stragglers and the Tahlequah’s Turnpike Troubadours. Both bands want to see the festival become as intertwined with the local community as possible. Many NSU alumni help run the festival and every year there are opportunities for student employment with the festival as well.

“Medicine Stone makes it a priority to involve and support the local Tahlequah community in as many ways as possible,” said Dakota Brasher, Medicine Stone lead runner and NSU graduate. “This includes providing job opportunities for the NSU student body. We usually employ around 45 NSU students, but as the festival grows, so will the employment opportunities.”

The festival is already fully staffed for this year, and in future years Dakota and Medicine Stone plan to communicate directly with NSU students to get information out to all who may be interested. Valuable work experience can be gained by working with the Medicine Stone festival, but experiencing the festival as an audience member is also a popular option among NSU students. Red dirt and country music has deep roots in Oklahoma and the surrounding areas, and Medicine Stone is considered the place to be for any students who are fans of this music.

“Medicine Stone appeals to NSU students because of just how many students love country music, country night events and two stepping,” said Katie Fletcher, Locust Grove junior. “Medicine Stone is three days that encompass all of that. It is one of a kind.”

Local businesses and organizations help to sponsor the festival and build more ties between Medicine Stone and the Tahlequah community. Tahlequah’s local radio station, Lakes Country Radio, always sets up a tent at Diamondhead Resort to allow on-air personalities to mingle with listeners. DJs from the station also introduce acts onstage.

“Medicine Stone is always a blast,” said Lou Kelly, Lakes Country Radio programming director. “We support the festival and encourage other businesses to do so as well. It’s a wonderful experience that brings the community together with the power of country music.”

The festival takes place over three days at Diamondhead Resort in Tahlequah. There are performances on the main stage each night of the festival, as well as two other stages for daytime and after party shows. The festival boasts a large selection of food and onsite amenities in addition to the live entertainment. Over 30 acres of landscape is available onsite for camping, and three-day camping passes for the festival went on sale June 1. Single day tickets went on sale August 1.

The campgrounds open for the sixth annual Medicine Stone music festival at 9 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 20 at Diamondhead Resort in Tahlequah. The festival continues through Saturday, Sept. 22. This year’s line-up includes the Turnpike Troubadours, Jason Boland and the Stragglers, Cody Canada and the Departed, The Randy Rogers Band, Wade Bowen, Shooter Jennings, and more. Tickets are available online at www.medicinestoneok.com.


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