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Dfest Evolves into World-Class Event


SUMMER STIMULUS: Organizers, friends, family and fans gathered anxiously at downtown Tulsa’s Dilly Deli restaurant recently to hear the music and other entertainment lineup for Dfest 2009. Above, from left are Angie DeVore-Green and Tom Green, Dfest founders; John Wiscaver, State Farm; and Jen Clark, Rex Public Relations.


DANIEL C. CAMERON for GTR Newspapers


Dfest, the Midwest’s largest festival and music conference, recently announced its headliners and major expansions of the two-day industry conference. Founders Tom Green and Angie DeVore-Green were on hand to make the announcements.

Dfest comes from a 2001 idea conceptualized to help Tom and Angie DeVore-Green promote their own band. They invited local bands covering a wide array of genres. All in all, there were 12 bands and about 100 people in the audience to the first Dfest. It took place in 2002 with the name Diversafest, intended to represent the diverse styles of music present. That first go was rained out, but fans and friends insisted the Greens continue with the festival.

Dfest has grown into a world-class music conference and festival. Expecting around 70,000 people, Dfest will act like Tulsa’s very own economic stimulus. The expansions of the music lineup, community engagement, sponsorship, and arenas beyond music, take this festival and Tulsa to a new level within the industry.

“Dfest 2009 will not only be more exciting with thanks to our new sponsors, partners and venues, but this year’s talent will by far be the most exciting and diverse offering yet,” said Green as he prepared to announce headliners such as The Black Crowes, Gogol Bordello, Citizen Cope, Blue October, Bassnectar, Ozomatli, Metro Station, Bill Hamel, Delta Spirit, DJ Rekha, Gil Mantera’s Party Dream, Gringo Star, Joe Pug, Other Lives, Rachelle Van Zanten, The Knux and The Uglysuit. Emerging artists Adam’s Attic, Ali Harter, Callupsie, Ivan Ives, The Burning Hotels, The Nightlife, Tim Miller, Unwed Sailor, Crocodile and Daniel.

“In addition, we are excited to welcome the Grammy Foundation, NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences) and MusiCares to the Dfest family,” says Green. “These new industry partnerships will allow us to further expand the already incredible opportunities that the Dfest Music Conference offers emerging artists and managers.”

A music manager’s forum will also take place during the conference. Hosted by the Music Managers Forum – U.S., this new partnership gives participants the opportunity to discuss the issues and problems facing the modern-day music industry and share creative ideas to overcome those problems in the future.
Festival co-founder Angie DeVore-Green also recently announced another new offering by Dfest this year, a yoga and conscious living conference. This latest premium expansion, designed in partnership with wellness leaders around the state, will offer an additional yoga conference where attendees can learn more about conscious living, reducing the imprint we have on Planet Earth, wellness, and how yoga and music actually go hand in hand and can be a way to become more creative. With a Dfest Yoga Conference pass,Dfest, the Midwest’s largest festival and music conference, recently announced its headliners and major expansions of the two-day industry conference. Founders Tom Green and Angie DeVore-Green were on hand to make the announcements.

Dfest comes from a 2001 idea conceptualized to help Tom and Angie DeVore-Green promote their own band. They invited local bands covering a wide array of genres. All in all, there were 12 bands and about 100 people in the audience to the first Dfest. It took place in 2002 with the name Diversafest, intended to represent the diverse styles of music present. That first go was rained out, but fans and friends insisted the Greens continue with the festival.

Dfest has grown into a world-class music conference and festival. Expecting around 70,000 people, Dfest will act like Tulsa’s very own economic stimulus. The expansions of the music lineup, community engagement, sponsorship, and arenas beyond music, take this festival and Tulsa to a new level within the industry.

“Dfest 2009 will not only be more exciting with thanks to our new sponsors, partners and venues, but this year’s talent will by far be the most exciting and diverse offering yet,” said Green as he prepared to announce headliners such as The Black Crowes, Gogol Bordello, Citizen Cope, Blue October, Bassnectar, Ozomatli, Metro Station, Bill Hamel, Delta Spirit, DJ Rekha, Gil Mantera’s Party Dream, Gringo Star, Joe Pug, Other Lives, Rachelle Van Zanten, The Knux and The Uglysuit. Emerging artists Adam’s Attic, Ali Harter, Callupsie, Ivan Ives, The Burning Hotels, The Nightlife, Tim Miller, Unwed Sailor, Crocodile and Daniel.

“In addition, we are excited to welcome the Grammy Foundation, NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences) and MusiCares to the Dfest family,” says Green. “These new industry partnerships will allow us to further expand the already incredible opportunities that the Dfest Music Conference offers emerging artists and managers.”

A music manager’s forum will also take place during the conference. Hosted by the Music Managers Forum – U.S., this new partnership gives participants the opportunity to discuss the issues and problems facing the modern-day music industry and share creative ideas to overcome those problems in the future.

Festival co-founder Angie DeVore-Green also recently announced another new offering by Dfest this year, a yoga and conscious living conference. This latest premium expansion, designed in partnership with wellness leaders around the state, will offer an additional yoga conference where attendees can learn more about conscious living, reducing the imprint we have on Planet Earth, wellness, and how yoga and music actually go hand in hand and can be a way to become more creative. With a Dfest Yoga Conference pass, attendees can learn new techniques for de-stressing and channeling their creative energies.

“There’s a common audience that is into music and holistic living,” comments DeVore-Green. “Especially in Tulsa, where there’s a growing segment of the population seeking holistic alternatives to health, fitness, food and entertainment.”

Dfest 2009 will be the first year for an eco-village. “The M.E.T. Recycling Eco-Village” will be located during Dfest in the parking lot north of the PAC. Vendors promoting greening and sustainability efforts will be located in the village. Official Dfest merchandise and the lost and found booth will also be included in the village.

For more expansive coverage leading to Dfest 2009, visit www.gtrnews.com. attendees can learn new techniques for de-stressing and channeling their creative energies.
“There’s a common audience that is into music and holistic living,” comments DeVore-Green. “Especially in Tulsa, where there’s a growing segment of the population seeking holistic alternatives to health, fitness, food and entertainment.”
Dfest 2009 will be the first year for an eco-village. “The M.E.T. Recycling Eco-Village” will be located during Dfest in the parking lot north of the PAC. Vendors promoting greening and sustainability efforts will be located in the village. Official Dfest merchandise and the lost and found booth will also be included in the village.
For more expansive coverage leading to Dfest 2009, visit
GTR News.

Updated 05-18-2009

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