The Annual Meeting of the Oklahoma Historical Society is scheduled for April 18, 19, and 20 in Miami, Oklahoma, Annual Meeting Committee Chair Leonard Logan has announced.  All of the program sessions and evening events will take place at the elegant Coleman Theatre, while the luncheons on Thursday and Friday will be staged in the Bruce Carter Student Center on the campus of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.

To alleviate any problems with parking or finding the venues, shuttle bus transportation will be provided from the convention hotels to the Coleman Theater and to the luncheons at NEO. 

The theme of the annual meeting this year is “Crossroads of Creativity: The Impact of Oklahoma on Popular Culture.”  Festivities will begin Wednesday evening with a Coffeehouse Concert at the Coleman Theatre.  Headlining the program will be Mason Williams (vocals/guitar), who played folk music in coffeehouses in Oklahoma before finding fame as a composer, recording artist, comedy writer, author, and poet.

Other notable performers will include Steve Brainard (vocals/guitar/banjo), Bill  Cheatwood (guitar/banjo), Baxter Taylor (vocals/guitar), Amber Vallee (concertina), Shanda McDonald (fiddle), Kathy Dagg (mandolin/guitar), Ed Petitt (vocals/guitar), Art Eskridge (vocals/guitar), Richard Sharp (vocals/bass), and Mike Flynn(vocals).  Doors will open at 7:00 pm and the concert will begin at 7:30 pm. It will be free of charge to the public. The event will be the "kickoff" event for the OHS Annual Meeting.
 
Program sessions on Thursday, April 19, and Friday, April 20, will feature presentations on topics such as “The Image of American Indians in Movies and Popular Culture, Images of Oklahoma in Popular Culture, Oklahomans and the Visual Arts, The Coffeehouse Era in Oklahoma, Impact of Oklahomans on Images of the American West, Music and Folklore from the Oklahoma Oil Patch, Oklahomans Who Have Impacted the Popular Culture of the United States, Music Festivals and Circuses in Rural Oklahoma, Oklahoma’s Contributions to Jazz and Blues, Oklahoma Authors and Cartoonists, and The Tulsa Drummers.

The Tulsa Drummers session will feature: 

Cleve Warren, B.A. History  Oklahoma City University, Professional drummer 1969—present, Kansas Music Hall of Fame Inductee 2009 Contributing writer Modern Drummer Magazine, Adjunct Professor—Academy of Contemporary Music @ U.C.O.;

Chuck Blackwell considered the Godfather of Tulsa Rock and Roll drummers whose career has included television show Shindig, Played with The Everly Brothers, Taj Mahal, Joe Cocker,  Mad Dogs and Englishmen, Leon Russell, Freddie King, as well as various Tulsa bands;

Jimmy Karstein who has played with Leon Russell, The Everly Brothers, Gary Lewis and The Playboys, Buffalo Springfield, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Joe Cocker, Taj Mahal, Billy Lee Riley, The Tractors,  Eric Clapton’s Rainbow Concert Band, and toured with famed Oklahoma singer-songwriter J. J. Cale For the last 35 years;

David Teegarden who played with Leon Russell, J. J. Cale, Teegarden and VanWinkle  1970 top 40 hit, “God, Love, and Rock & Roll” 1972  on Bob Seger’s seminal album, “Smokin’ O.P.’s”
Officially joined Bob Seger’s Silver Bullet Band in 1977  recorded “Against the Wind”, and live “Nine Tonight” recorded Seger’s “Stranger in Town”
album, including “Still The Same” And” Hollywood Nights,” active Studio Musician and owner of Natura Digital Studios;

Jamie Oldaker who is best known for important contributions to Eric Clapton’s recording career Also recorded with Bob Seger, Stephen Stills, Peter Frampton, and The Tractors Released “Mad Dogs and Okies” with guest stars  Eric Clapton, Vince Gill, Peter Frampton, and Ray Benson from Asleep at the Wheel, resides in Austin, Texas  recording artist

The Annual Membership Luncheon on April 19 will feature Mason Williams as the Keynote Speaker.  Thursday evening will feature “An Evening of Elegance at the Coleman Theatre,” while the Annual Awards Luncheon will take place on Friday. 

The general public is welcome to register to attend.  To receive a registration form and additional information, individuals may email Paul Lambert at plambert@okhistory.org or telephone him at 405-522-5217. 

Contact:  Dr. Paul Lambert (405) 522-0317