Country star, Kix Brooks, formerly of the world-famous duo Brooks & Dunn, is set to headline the "Summer OilPatch Festival" at the Sellers Ranch in Drumright, Oklahoma, on Wednesday, July 4, 2012. Gates open at 11:00 a.m. Admission is free to the public and lawn chairs are welcome.
The family-friendly annual day-long concert and lifestyle event will also include special guest star, Country singer/songwriter Shawna Russell (whose latest single "Sounds Like A Party" has been chosen as the official theme song of this year’s show), along with featured artist LiveWire, plus the Flat River Band, Bo Phillips and the Red Dirt Rangers.
One of Oklahoma’s most unique entertainment experiences, the Summer OilPatch Festival has grown into one of the state’s largest and most diverse Independence Day events. In addition to the music, it includes a special children’s fair area, classic cars and motorcycles, and a variety of entertainers including clowns, stilt walkers, skydivers and jugglers, plus helicopter landings and a huge fireworks display. The show is co-sponsored by Keystone Gas Corporation, Pacer Energy Marketing and Budweiser.
"Bring the whole family. There will be great music and great food," says Rick Sellers, President of Keystone Gas Corporation, co-sponsor and organizer of the event. "We’ll serve barbeque sandwiches and hamburgers until the buns are gone. Oh, and we’ve ordered a semi-truck load of those!"
Sellers, a local philanthropist and community booster for the city of Drumright and the surrounding Cimarron Valley area of Oklahoma has taken the show from a small company party to a large-scale concert event. Since 2008, Sellers has booked nationally recognized recording artists to headline the event, including Pop/Country icon, B.J. Thomas, Classic Rockers, Head East and award-winning Country vocal band, Ricochet. With the addition of Brooks to this year’s lineup, the attendance at the 2011 Summer OilPatch Festival is expected to jump significantly from prior years.
Brooks spent 20+ years as half of Brooks & Dunn, the most successful duo in the history of Country Music, and is currently promoting his solo single "New To This Town," which features a guest appearance by Eagles guitarist and solo artist, Joe Walsh.
The Summer OilPatch Festival also provides a large platform for Sellers to promote rising homegrown recording artists and performers, including Russell, an Oklahoma singer who has graduated from opening act to featured artist over the past five years. During that time, she has released two albums and garnered national and international radio airplay and critical acclaim in publications such as Maverick and Country Weekly. Country band, LiveWire, who debuted at the show in 2011, has released several successful radio singles in the U.S. and Europe in the past year and drawn national attention in Billboard.com with their video and single for "Miracle Of The Human Spirit," which benefits tornado victims in their hometown of Joplin, Mo. Two other acts returning this year are the Nashville-based Flat River Band which features three brothers whose sibling harmony-driven sound combines Country, Americana and Bluegrass influences, and local "Red Dirt" music favorite, Phillips, who is presently winning fans on the Texas Music charts. Making their debut this year are the Red Dirt Rangers. Since forming in the late-80’s in Stillwater, the group has carried the torch for a growing musical style that has spawned such famous performers as Cross Canadian Ragweed, Jason Boland and The Stragglers and others.
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There’s something for you to do on July 4! We have a lot of other things out there, too – a summer full of fairs and festivals! Hope we can all get to some of them.