Preparations continue for the return of the Dancing Rabbit Music Festival to McAlester, with the announcement of the first artist to perform at the festival’s opening show.
Oklahoma singer-songwriter Travis Linville is set to perform at the May 7 show, with the concert presented for free in downtown McAlester by the Dancing Rabbit Music Association.
Two other artists, whose names will be announced over the next two weeks, are also set to perform at the May 7 show, which will mark the Dancing Rabbit Music Festival’s first event since last fall’s show with Parker Millsap.
Again this year, musical performances and other events associated with the festival will take place along Choctaw Avenue between Third and Fifth Streets in downtown McAlester. In addition to the music, the festival features food trucks and a beer garden as well as activities at some of the other festival venues.
“The goal is to make it a one-day event,” said Blake Lynch, president of the Dancing Rabbit Music Association. He said the time at which the May 7 festival will begin and when Linville will perform has yet to be finalized.
Following the May 7 show, two more Dancing Rabbit Musical Festival shows are scheduled for June 11 and July 16.
Lynch said Linvill was a perfect fit for the festival’s opening show in 2022.
“For the show, our goal in May is to try to promote Oklahoma artists,” Lynch said. “He’s a relatively well-known American artist.”
Linville’s name has popped up in a number of surveys regarding artists people would like to see booked for the Dancing Rabbit Music Festival in 2022, Lynch said.
“Travis’ name was on the lists of people that people wanted us to post,” Lynch said.
Lynch said Linville has given a series of concerts and performances, including some at home and in other settings, over the past two years during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Linville is an early part of the May 7 show. Plans are for another opening act to be announced next week, followed by the headliner announcement in two weeks.
“We’re still working on the art,” Lynch said, of the artwork that will accompany the announcements.
Linville’s albums include his latest release, “I’m Still Here”, as well as “Up Ahead”, “Living in the Front Room”, “See You Around”, “Sun or Moon”, “Sounds of the Street” and “On the wire.”
Other members of the Dancing Rabbit Music Association include Kyle Spruce and Josh Hass. With the help of sponsors, the concerts of the Dancing Rabbit Musical Festival are presented free of charge to those attending the event. Some special VIP seating is available at a cost, but the show is presented free of charge to everyone else in attendance, except for items that individuals choose to purchase from food trucks or other vendors.
Organizers kicked off the Dancing Rabbit Music Festival in 2021 with a performance by headliner Charlie Parr last May, followed by headline shows by John Fulbright last June and the Band of Heathens in July. The festival has returned for a unique fall event featuring Millsap, taking a winter break before organizers begin finalizing plans for upcoming shows in 2022.
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