Artists

2018 OIBF presents a FANTASTIC weekend of music with 20 acts this year! 

Our International acts are: Tommy Emmanuel (Australia), April Verch Band (Canada), Blueside of Lonesome (Japan) and The Kruger Brothers (formerly from Switzerland, now from North Carolina).

Our American entertainers are: Bluegrass Martins, Starkey & Clark, The Byron Berline Band, Choctaw Line, Barry “Bones” Patton, The Neverly Hillbillies, Steelwind, Cowboy Jim Garling, The Red Dirt Rangers, Bret Graham, Hunt Family Band, Mountain Smoke, RussellClan, The Baker Family, The Foust Family and The Bonhams

And, in the Youth Tent only, 1 More Rd. and several of our other bands will entertain school kids and festival attendees. On Saturday only, we’re happy to welcome Lucas Ross,  one of the popular hosts of KAUT TV’s Rise & Shine and a tireless supporter of the American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City, as a judge for the Youth Instrument Contest (Banjo). Visit our Youth Tent and Competitions pages for more info. For an early look at the 2018 OIBF Program click here.

Click on their name above, or below their photo to visit the artist’s webpage or facebook page and sample some of their music. Click on their photo for a larger photo.

TOMMY EMMANUEL (Australia). Named one of only 5 “Certified Guitar Players” by Chet Atkins, Tommy plays hundreds of sold-out shows every year from Nashville to Sydney to London. He’s an acoustic guitarist like no other. Don’t miss his Saturday night show at OIBF!

APRIL VERCH BAND (Canada) A champion fiddler & step dancer as well as a singer, April brings traditional fiddle styles from Ottawa Valley Canada, mixed with old time American and Appalachian styles. Touring worldwide since 2000, April is back again with her band to entertain us at OIBF!

The Kruger Brothers – (originally from Switzerland, now living in North Carolina) are back by popular demand. From bluegrass & American folk music to classical and many styles in between this trio bring their music back to OIBF to an audiences who loves them.

BLUESIDE OF LONESOME (Japan)  Delighting audiences here at OIBF in multiple years, this hot band from Japan plays traditional bluegrass from the heart. We can’t get enough of them and are thrilled to have them entertain us once again in 2018

THE BLUEGRASS MARTINS are a young, entertaining, talented & award winning ensemble of individuals who just happen to be a part of an amazing family. They have been declared SPBGMA Instrumental Group of the Year by their Midwest fans.

THE BYRON BERLINE BAND needs no introduction to the OIBF audiences! Prepare yourself for hot picking and lots of fun from this legendary fiddler and his stellar band.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STARKEY & CLARK both have long histories in bluegrass & they bring their special blend to OIBF for the first time this year.

 

CHOCTAW LINE – This young band is packed with talent, great vocals and fine musicianship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE NEVERLY HILLBILLIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Artists may be added or removed before event.

A little history: Just to give you an idea of what type of entertainment to expect, read below for the lineup from 2017 & 2016, and a chance to flip through the 2016 and 2015 programs.  Click on the band names for their websites or facebook pages.

2017 INTERNATIONAL BANDS:
BLUESIDE OF LONESOME (Japan)  
NICK CHARLES (Australia)
THE ANDREW COLLINS TRIO
LOUVAT BROTHERS TRIO (Belgium)

2017 AMERICAN BANDS:
SIERRA HULL         
THE ELDERS 
THE WESTERN FLYERS 
WIL MARING & ROBERT BOWLIN
BYRON BERLINE BAND. 
HUNT FAMILY BLUEGRASS 
BRET GRAHAM 
STEELWIND 
BARRY “BONES” PATTON 
COWBOY JIM GARLING 
MOUNTAIN SMOKE
THE BONHAMS
RussellClan
JIM PAUL BLAIR BAND 
THE FOUST FAMILY

2016  INTERNATIONAL BANDS:
BlueSide of Lonesome (Japan)
 (Fri/Sat)

Calvin Vollrath (Canada) (Fri/Sat)
Steve n Seagulls (Finland) (Fri ONLY)
2016 AMERICAN BANDS:
Hot Club of Cowtown
(Fri/Sat) 
The Cleverlys (Fri/Sat)
The Turnpike Troubadours (Fri Late Night Show ONLY)
Rushad Eggleston
 
(Fri/Sat)
Burgan & Chan (from We 5) (Fri/Sat)
Chris Henry & The Hardcore Grass (with Brad Benge)(Fri/Sat)
Choctaw Line (Thurs)
The Byron Berline Band (Thurs/Fri/Sat)
Barry Patton (Thurs/Fri/Sat)
Cowboy Jim Garling (Thurs + emcee)

OIBF 2016 Poster - artist Jette Summers

OIBF 2016 Poster – artist Jette Summers

The Russell Clan (Thurs, Land Run Stage / Fri, Kid’s Tent)
The Bonham Revue with Kyle Dillingham (Thurs)
Hunt Family Bluegrass Band (Thurs & Sat)
Bret Graham (Thurs/Fri)
Red Dirt Rangers (Thurs)
Mountain Smoke (Thurs)
Hankerin’ 4 Bluegrass (Thurs)

Want to know more about what to expect at OIBF? Here’s the 2016 OIBF Program!

Want more fond memories? Click here to flip through the 2015 OIBF Program!