Mayfest Going Green; Acts Announced

Downtown Tulsa Unlimited has announced Sister Hazel and Old 97’s as the headlining acts for the 37th Annual Tulsa International Mayfest as well as an expanded green effort at this year’s event. Tulsa International Mayfest will celebrate its 37th anniversary on May 14-17 in downtown Tulsa.

Angie DeVore-Green and Tom Green, owners of Dfest, announced that Sister Hazel and Old 97’s will headline Mayfest on Friday and Saturday nights, respectively. Sister Hazel, the Gainsville, Fla. five-piece band, has released all types of records over the course of their career: a live rock album and DVD, a B-sides offering, a holiday album and a slew of discs featuring the American rock fans have come to know and love.

Mayfest is trying to make each area of the Festival greener this year including the online visual and performing artist applications, which save on printing and transportation, asking participating food vendors to use environmentally-friendly serving products, providing media information on eco-friendly flash drives and green souvenirs. The commemorative poster is printed on recycled paper using soy-based ink. In addition, there will be a “green” souvenir T-shirt that is 100 percent organic cotton. Also, the toilet tissue and blue water in the holding tanks used in Mayfest port-a-potties are certified earth-friendly by Federal Government’s Research Foundation. “Mayfest can be great for downtown Tulsa and great for the whole earth at the same time,” says Michael Patton, executive director of The Metropolitan Environment Trust/Mayfest Board Member. Mayfest is an outdoor tribute to the arts and music and is a family-oriented event. It was created to promote a broader knowledge of and appreciation for arts and humanities among serious, as well as casual art lovers. The free, four-day event will include 120 artists, three stages of musical entertainment, an indoor Invitational Gallery, Youth Art Gallery, College Gallery and The Center Gallery, which features artwork of clients of The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges, as well as a KidZone, featuring family-friendly entertainment and hands-on art projects.

Mayfest is held in the heart of beautiful downtown Tulsa. Over 350,000 people are expected to visit Tulsa’s most attended festival. For more information, visit

Updated 03-23-2009

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