2018 OKM Music Festival features ‘Country Fest’

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital
Brent Giddens

From June 9-15, the OKM Music Festival celebrates 34 years in Bartlesville and offers a variety of entertainment styles. Bring the whole family and enjoy country music, jazzy-pop, chamber music and an orchestra. Several free Showcase concerts and plenty of children’s activities round out the festival.

New this year is Country Fest, a family-friendly event beginning at 4 p.m. June 9 at the historic Silver Lake Farm and Garden. Attendees can spend the night on the campgrounds, walk the trails, and enjoy a selection of down-home food choices. Quench your thirst at the wine and beer garden, participate in children’s events or peruse the arts and crafts. Dress comfortably and bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating.

“We are thrilled to partner with Pam Loriaux, owner of Silver Lake Farm & Garden, for a good old-fashioned family country fest. Folks are going to love her property, and the artists we’ve lined up are really talented song writers and musicians,” said Mary Lynn Mihm, festival chairwoman.

Local country radio station KRIG will broadcast live from the event. Music kicks off with Brent Giddens Band, Lucas Hoge and headliner Parker McCollum, who will rock the night with their own brand of country sound. If the mood strikes, get up and dance!

The Brent Giddens Band performs classic country and Red Dirt favorites, as well as several original songs in a high-energy stage show.

Hoge, who regularly performs overseas for the U.S. military, found success writing songs for hit TV shows, but his passion is recording and performing in concerts.

McCollum’s music appeals to country fans, country rockers or Americana types. On his second album, “Probably Wrong,” he wrote or co-wrote eight of the 10 tracks.

A portion of proceeds benefits the Coffee Bunker, a U.S. service members and veterans group whose mission is to support the successful reintegration with their families and communities.

Besides Country Fest, OKM Music hosts the Sons of Serendip, Miró String Quartet, pianist Katie Mahan, wind quintet WindSync, plus the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra.

Concert prices range from $10 to $30 for general-admission and $60 to $75 for VIP tickets.

For a complete lineup of this year’s OKM Festival events and to purchase tickets visit