Turnpike Troubadours return to Tahlequah
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Turnpike Troubadours return to Tahlequah

Published 3/27/17

Hannah Nielsen

Editorial Board

Turnpike for Tahlequah is a community concert event that will benefit the Tahlequah Area Habitat for Humanity and further their goals of building houses for Tahlequah community members. Five NSU Media Studies students are organizing the event on behalf of TAHFH. The featured band, Turnpike Troubadours, has agreed to headline the event as a way to give back to their hometown. The concert will also feature openers from Finches in the Attic and River’s Edge Band.

TAHFH is in the process of building house #24 for a local disabled woman. The woman has lived in a substandard house in Tahlequah for the last several years with no running water and no kitchen. Her only income is government disability. The costs for house number #24 are estimated to be $65,000. This includes building a fully energy-efficient house on her property and tearing down the existing house. TAHFH keep their costs low by using volunteers to cut labor costs. The concert is expected to raise at least $30,000, which will finish paying for the cost of the house.

Turnpike Troubadours has agreed to play under the condition that the group provide the stage and sound equipment recommended by their management. Because of this the committee is searching for sponsors to fund the upfront costs of the event. Each level of sponsorship receives a variety of publicity benefits, and the committee has already acquired a $1,000 sponsorship from Tour Tahlequah.

Thomas Gardner, committee member, speaks to some of the challenges the group has faced in planning an event of this size.

“Other than the possibility of severe weather, the main challenge that we encountered when planning an outside event was convincing people to buy a ticket and come in rather than standing outside and listening for free,” said Gardner. “In order to help ensure that people would want to come in, we will add temporary fencing around our venue with black cloth to keep those unpaid onlookers at bay.”

This event will also greatly benefit the Tahlequah community, downtown business owners and event sponsors because it will draw a great deal of publicity to the area and those directly involved.

The gates will open at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 15, and the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m at Norris Park in downtown Tahlequah. T-shirts will be available to purchase and food trucks will be onsite.

For sponsorship inquiries, please call or email Hannah Nielsen at 918-444-2872 or nielsenh@nsuok.edu or Thomas Gardner at 918-822-7316 or gardnert@nsuok.edu.

Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite for $30 at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/turnpike-troubadours-tickets-32821458867?aff=ehomecard. There is also a limited number of tickets available at the Tahlequah Chamber and at the Habitat for Humanity office.

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