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Music festivals are almost synonymous with Oklahoma in the summer. Juneteenth and Rocklahoma may stand out for many people, but more recently the music festival Rush Fest (Rush Fest) has made a name for itself. The inaugural festival was held in 2017. Now in its 5e year, it became a multi-location festival spanning two nights.
This year’s festival was held on July 8 and 9 at Four.Seven.Three Bar and Heirloom Rustic Ales Brewery in the Kendall Whittier neighborhood of Tulsa.
The island vibe was in full effect from the music that was played, to many attendees dressed in white with a touch of royal purple to honor the festival’s theme, “Royal Island Celebration”. The artists were diverse: poets, country singers, punk rock, hip-hop and R&B artists who all graced both stages over the weekend.
Rush Fest takes center stage in Tulsa
Oklahoma City native and Rush Fest performer Cordney “MAC Woods” McClain told the Black Wall Street Times that he was impressed with what the festival had brought to the city. “The greatness of a culture is found in its festivals and Rush Fest was a prime example of that feeling,” he said. “I was impressed with the inclusiveness of the festival and the intentionality of equality that was brought into the celebration,” he added.
Rush Fest was more than musical entertainment. More than a dozen vendors and food trucks donated goods and services to festival-goers. Melanie Rahtod, co-owner of N Crowd Clothing, was a vendor and attendee at the festival. “Rush Fest was an awesome experience full of talent from all genres,” she told the Black Wall Street Times. “It sent me to a place I never knew existed in our own backyard. She [Tea Rush] brought a big city feel to a small town that gave us five years of artistic excellence. It was an honor to be a vendor and see everyone dressed in the nighttime themes ready to have a good time.”
Tea Rush, artist and founder of the festival, said in a Facebook Publish, “I’m just a local artist trying to help other local artists feel national and (we’re just awesome)!! Why wait and hope someone gives us something we can build ourselves themselves and KILL him!!”