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Music Festival Deluxe: It's the 2nd Annual Tulsa Roots Music Bash, Coming Soon to the Guthrie Green

Aired on Thursday, April 16th.

On this installment of ST, we welcome Julie Watson and Mike Koster, the co-directors of Tulsa Roots Music, a nonprofit and ongoing (and quite wonderful) concert series that first got underway here in our community about four years ago. On Saturday the 18th, the day-long Tulsa Roots Music Bash will be presented, for the second consecutive year, at the Guthrie Green in downtown Tulsa. It's a free-to-the-public festival, running from about 2:30pm till 9:30pm, and it features an impressive array of bands and musicians from all over the globe (not to mention belly dancers, circus artists, and other enticing curios). Standout acts for this year's Bash include Los Lonely Boys, The English Beat, Rocky Dawuni, and Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate -- and Julie and Mike highlight the sounds and influences of these respective groups while also speaking more generally about the kinds of musical performers they like to book for their shows (and why). They also tells us about how Tulsa Roots Music first got started, and moreover they describe their "Sundays in September" series, which is presented at the Guthrie Green each autumn. Also on our program, StudioTulsa commentator -- and avid birder -- Janet Pearson has some great stories and stats to share regarding the bird migration route known at the Central Flyway.

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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