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Rhythm, Q's and Blues Offers Something for Everyone

By Tourism Industry Partner



In addition to world class barbeque that will be available for tasting and people’s choice judging, the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond’s inaugural event, Rhythm, Qs & Blues, will feature world class music with Edgar Cruz and Kyle Dillingham.  All the senses will be satisfied at Edmond’s Hafer Park on Saturday, May 28th from 10 am – 2:00.  It’s an all-generations family event Memorial weekend.



         Kids can paint their own clay piggy banks, have their faces painted by funny man, Lawrence Grech, interact with the star of Juggle Whatever, enjoy video games and purchase yummy food.



         First on the music stage will be The Way, a band of professional musicians playing guitar, keyboard, and drums with singers.  Music includes blues, rock and roll, country, and pop.  From 10:30 – 11:30 fiddler Kyle Dillingham will showcase his speed, precision and endless love of music on his violin.  Dillingham has played in over two dozen countries and even with his widespread demand, he scheduled to perform for the Fine Arts Institute at the RQ&B festival. 



         Pianist, Dr. Matt Schinske (Ph.D. in music), will play through 1625 Productions cooporation and be joined by a bass player and drummer.  Then from 1:20 – 2:20, Oklahoma’s own Edgar Cruz, guitarist extraordinaire, will perform.  Cruz has performed over 200 concerts annually and has played throughout America, Europe and South America.  He has been named Oklahoma’s Top Performing Artist and/or Acoustic Guitarist for over ten years by the Oklahoma Gazette and he  has received numerous awards and acknowledgements for his musical contribution.  Audiences become entranced at the precision, speed and complexity with which his fingers strike the strings of his guitar to create a symphony of sound unusual to just one instrument.  He holds a bachelor of music in guitar performance from OKC University.



         The visual senses will respond to muscle cars on exhibit from the Oklahoma Corvette Club.



         Barbeque competitors will have an opportunity to win cash prizes and trophies in pork, beef, chicken and rib categories, plus the People’s Choice prizes.  Over $10,000 in prize money will be awarded at the completion of the festival at 2:30 pm. 

         Proceeds from the event benefit the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond, a 26 year old non profit arts organization located at 27 East Edwards.  Year round art related classes are available for all ages and all stages.  For more information call 340-4481 or visit and




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