Guthrie hosts new TALOA Music Festival 

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Artists and music lovers of all ages will converge in a powerful way for the first TALOA Music Festival in historic downtown Guthrie at the end of September.

“I’m very intent on bringing together community collaboration and offering a more dynamic festival experience by comingling the locals and the people who are coming in to enjoy the city of Guthrie,” said Nathan Trotter, TALOA founder and executive producer.

Sept. 25-27, the festival showcases about 70 musicians in genres like electro, funk, soul, jazz, hip-hop, bluegrass and folk, new grass, blues-rock and red dirt.

Oklahoma native and legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell will play from his extensive repertoire, which includes pop, rock, folk, blues, country and gospel.

Approximately thirteen more bands from Oklahoma will be announced later this month, but until then, music lovers can get excited about the five-piece fusion folk rock band Nicn?s from Oklahoma City and other headliners like jazz pianist Marco Benevento, three-piece electronic band The New Deal, heavy instrumental rock-fusion band TAUK, downtempo act Desert Dwellers, electronic hydro funk band SunSquabi and bluegrass band The Travelin’ McCourys.

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“We handpicked this lineup to reflect what Oklahoma City and basically the state of Oklahoma would love to see … this is a family-friendly event, and all of our artists are family-friendly oriented in their personal values,” Trotter said.

The festival is meant to be a celebration of music and art and was named TALOA for a Native American word meaning “to sing,” which ties back to Trotter’s heritage.

While live music will be the main focus of the festival, attendees will also experience visual, performance and presentation art. TALOA is still accepting applications from interested artists.

One of the goals of TALOA is highlighting the emerging health motif in Oklahoma and integrating that into the festival culture.

“Basically, this state is in a revival period, and with that revival period, a consciousness of health has come into effect,” Trotter said. “We really want to expand that consciousness by bringing different types of unique, holistic and healthy lifestyle efforts into our community.”

One health-oriented option for festivalgoers will be healing workshops like yoga. The festival will also hold a Spikeball tournament, which is a sport activity played using a small trampoline on which to spike the ball. It has rules similar to volleyball. Spikeball teams will be coming to play all the way from California.

To round out the community experience, several efforts will be held to fund a new recreational center for education of the arts and academics in Guthrie. Patrons can donate items like clothing, canned food, books and musical instruments.

A three-day General Admission Weekend Pass costs $99, and a VIP Pass is $249. The number of festival tickets will be capped at about 5,000, and tickets are available for purchase online at taloafestival.com.

TALOA offers a variety of sponsorship levels to promote community involvement. For more information, email hello@taloafestival.com.

Print headline: Sing Guthrie, A new fall festival brings music, holistic experiences and more to the former state capitol.

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