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Next big show at the Oak Tree Opry in Anita, Iowa, is April 15-16-17, 2016. It's called SpringFest and it's a great fun gathering, all old-time music makers invited to participate. Give us a call to be part of the funnest earliest festival in Iowa.
2016 show dates: Apr 15-16-17 (features T.J. Casey, Joan Brooking, Red Johnson, Annie & Teri Avery, David Anderson, and much much more), April 29 (features Mark Jenkins, Dave Ellifrits, Angel Kucera & their World Famous Country Show) May 13 (features KWMT Fort Dodge DJ Dale Eichor with delightful Emma Heyen opening for him) May 27 (features Big John & Connie Pedersen) June 10 (features T. J. Casey from Billings, Montana), July 1 (features Jacob Austin Band from Texas), July 15 (features Capitol Recording artist Red Johnson), July 29 & 30 (features famous songwriter Terry Smith), August 5 TBA, August 19 (features Lucy Jackson from Arkansas) Sept. 9 (features Buffalo Gals from England), Sept 23 (features the Singing Farmer, Ervin Pickhinke) Oct 14 TBA (last show of the season) Come one come all for super fun all summer long!
If you've never been to Anita, Iowa, it's a wonderful little rural village with beautiful Lake Anita State Park where you can RV camp with full hook-ups, right next to the lake if you like. A corn-fed Iowa beef Steakhouse called the Redwood just on the west side of the village, and the Weathervane Café just across the street from the Oak Tree for rural breakfasts and lunches. Free admission to the Pioneer Music Museum, and just east of the village the location where Jesse James conducted the first moving train robbery. A little motel in town called the Anita Grand, and a stunningly beautiful golf course just waiting to be played. We also have a brand new fitness center for those who want to work out when they aren't listening to great 'real' country music. We even have a little airport you can fly your small plane in to spend time with us. Come join us, we're just a couple miles away from I-80, exit 70, and very easy to find. Friendly country folks welcome you to our little village, and we look forward to spending time with YOU!
AND....good news from Iowa. A fantastic new story about the Oak Tree Opry and our work as old-time music preservationists just came out in the Nov-Dec, 2014 issue of the "Iowa History Journal." It's a tremendous story, and part of the 4-page article, written by Michael Swanger, is available at: http://iowahistoryjournal.com/roots-music-thrives
Welcome to our 41st Festival,
Aug 29-Sept 4, 2016
Click up "National Old Time Music Festival" for details
The Fremont Festival in Nebraska is set for Sept. 30-Oct 1-2, 2016, at Christensen Field House. Click up old time rural music gathering.
We have my protest song "Dear Grand Ole Opry" up & running: http://youtu.be/3xDswcKKVhU
There's also a new video out with Sheila and myself performing with the famous New Zealand guitarist, Peter Posa. The fidelity is pretty bad, just a camera mike, but we sure had a good time. http://youtu.be/xZtlthHWclo
To have your CD's reviewed for Tradition Magazine, Sunday Bulletin, and Country Music News International, as well as the Rural Roots Music Commission CD of the Year awards consideration, please send to:
Bob Everhart, P. O. Box 492, Anita, Iowa, 50020
Just in the last couple of years we have had Whisperin' Bill Anderson, Jim Ed Brown, Michael Martin Murphey, Charlie McCoy, Lynn Anderson, Little Roy Lewis & Lizzy, Larry Cordle, Mickey Gilley, Barbara Fairchild, Joanne Cash, Boxcar Willie Jr., John Carter Cash, LuLu Roman, and the legendary Patti Page at our festival, a truly 'authentic old-time rural country' music festival.
In 2010, Bill Anderson came to our festival to support our efforts in saving the music from the "heart of America" what we call old-timey country or rural music. We continue to preserve, perform, perpetuate, and promote America's rural music art forms at every opportunity. We like this particular website design, mostly because it finds you in a very agricultural field. Green plants everywhere, and as you read down beneath the surface of the earth, you get to the very roots of what country, bluegrass, and folk music from rural America is all about! ...the roots!
The legendary "Patti Page" came out of retirement to perform for us and support our efforts of 'saving America's upper midwest rural music. She had a wonderful time, and we inducted her into America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame. The audience she attracted was over 2,000, so many we had to shut the doors due to fire marshall orders. Some people did not get there early enough to see her show. She had a wonderful time with us, and one of the last things she said to us was 'Keep it country Bob & Sheila.'
All ten of our stages fill up - bring lawn chairs
P.O. Box 492
Anita, Iowa, 50020