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Tulsa Roots Concerts Return to Downtown Tulsa

By JULIE WENGER WATSON
Contributing Writer


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The sixth annual Tulsa Roots Rocks the Green free concert series returns to downtown Tulsa’s Guthrie Green in the Brady Arts District. The event will take place on each Sunday, Sept. 10-Oct. 1, 2:30-6:45 p.m.

The series will feature three main stage acts each weekend, with additional entertainment on the lawn.

Mike Koster, co-director of Tulsa Roots Music, the nonprofit organization that presents the music series, is looking forward to this year’s events. While he’s enthusiastic about the entire lineup, which includes artists like retro-roots revivalist Pokey LaFarge and Native American blues band Indigenous, he’s really passionate about some of the lesser known talent.

“For me, the most exciting are the world-class artists whom people may not know yet,” he remarks. “This season, we have Grammy-award-winning Fantastic Negrito, a really interesting alt-blues artist who’s experienced highs, lows and now a creative rebirth. We also have Leyla McCalla, a very compelling new artist out of Louisiana who plays Haitian-Creole music.”

Among the other performers scheduled over the four Sundays are Oklahoma singer-songwriter Carter Sampson, Dallas-based psychedelic funk group Spoonfed Tribe, Israeli indie rocker Ninet Tayeb, and Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears.

“I really feel lucky to be living in Tulsa and working in the arts at this special time in the city’s history,” says Koster. “All of the stars aligned to allow all of this activity, all this great music to happen here, and so much of it is free to the public.”

Updated 08-29-2017

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