May 22, 2014

Red Dirt LakeFest Brings Unique Sounds Back to the 

Lake of the Ozarks

Midnight River Choir returns for Third Annual Red Dirt LakeFest at Runaway 2 Resort in Climax Springs, Mo.

Red dirt music returns to Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks June 12-14 with the Third Annual Red Dirt LakeFest.  The three-day event at Runaway 2 Resort in Climax Springs will feature 13 bands on two stages.  LakeFest begins on Thursday evening, with the first performance at 7:30 p.m., and continues through Saturday, when the last performance begins at 11 p.m.


"Red dirt" music gets its name from the color of the soil in Oklahoma and Northern Texas, where it grew from country music roots, and can best be described as a melding of country, folk, bluegrass, blues and rock and roll.  "The bands at the LakeFest are independent artists playing music that appeals to everyday, average Joes," festival organizer Matt Church said.  Church once owned "Longhorns," a country music venue in Manhattan, Kan.  There he booked a number of up-and-coming artists who have since made names for themselves in the red dirt music scene, including Cross Canadian Ragweed, Jason Boland, Stoney LaRue, Wade Bowen and The Great Divide.  He also booked at his club several of the bands that now appear at the LakeFest.  


Church now works as special projects director at The Red Dirt Rogue, a company that focuses on promoting the red dirt/ Texas music genre.  There he is working on several other live music events and a line of merchandise dedicated to the genre.


Rex Pryor from participating band Exit 13 agrees with Church about the broad appeal of the music.  He said that while people don't find it on most radio stations, "once they have access to that music, they pretty much get hooked on it."  


The bands at this year's LakeFest all come from the Missouri/Oklahoma/Texas area that gave red dirt music its name.  The 2014 lineup includes:

Rex Pryor of Exit 13 returns as the host of the "song swap."

Runaway 2 Resort provides an intimate setting for the festival, allowing artists and audiences to interact in a very laid-back way.  "It's very much an 'audience participation' event," Pryor said.  He said many of the bands playing this type of music often find themselves playing the same venues around the Midwest.  "It's like a family reunion among the musicians.  We really enjoy getting to network with one another and share our music."  Pryor is, once again, hosting a song swap on Friday afternoon of the festival, where musicians get together and play their original music with one another.  The song swap is a fan favorite, according to Church.


The Lake of the Ozarks' Convention and Visitor Bureau (CVB) and Tri-County Lodging Association are happy to have the LakeFest back at the Lake.  "Events like the Red Dirt LakeFest are held at the Lake of the Ozarks because it truly is a destination with something for everyone," CVB Director Tim Jacobsen said.  "Red dirt music fans can take advantage of all the attractions at the Lake, or simply stay at the resort and relax to the sounds of their favorite music."


Only 400 tickets will be sold for each day of the event - 300 three-day tickets ($99 for adults and $45 for youth under 16) and 100 one-day tickets for each day of the festival ($45 each).  Tickets include primitive tent camping, but other lodging options - including motel-type rooms, cabins and RV campsites with full hookups - are available.  The resort's amenities also include a restaurant and lounge, swimming pool, boat launch and boat slips.


Tickets can be purchased, and lodging reservations made, directly from the event's secure "shopping cart" at the Red Dirt LakeFest Facebook page.  Accommodations can also be booked by calling the Runaway 2 Resort at 1-800-468-1655.


For more information about all of the attractions and activities, as well as additional lodging and dining options at the Lake of the Ozarks, call the Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitor Bureau at 1-800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253), or visit FunLake.com.


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NOTE TO THE MEDIA: For more information or interviews about the Red Dirt LakeFest, please contact Matt Church, festival organizer, at 816-604-8444 or reddirtrogue@yahoo.com.  Deb Hendricks can also arrange interviews.  You can reach her at 573-636-8282 or  Deb@TBWGroup.net.


For media assistance or high-resolution photography, please call The Beenders-Walker Group toll-free at 800-544-8474 or email Marjorie BeendersJo DuncanDeb Hendricks or Kyle Stewart.

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