|It’s been a rough year for our little concert series, what with illness, weather and bad timing conspiring to postpone or cancel shows we spent months organizing.
As Buck Owens and Roy Clark would say, “If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all, gloom, despair, and agony on me.”
We love that old song from Hee Haw, but this Saturday, June 15th, John Calvin Abney, Kierston White and Good Little Eater are going to turn those frowns upside down and put a smile on your face.
Normally at this part of your email, you’d hear about the great bands we’re having and how much you’d enjoy them if you could just get off your couch. But here, we’d like to feature our favorite local chef, Sarah Ramsay, restaurant and catering outfit — Good Little Eater — its chef and crew who will be serving up a fine meal.
We first met Sarah about four years ago when Losco Hunter suggested we have her cater our first Spring Fundraiser with Miss Brown to You and Terry ‘Buffalo’ Ware. The restaurant wasn’t even open then, but she served up a fine meal and everyone had a great time inside the Old Church. Since then, she’s catered all of our fundraising events and become a special part of our Red Dirt family and a dear friend.
On the menu for Saturday is Chicken Milanese, baked chicken breast with bread crumbs and Parmesan, mushroom white wine sauce, roasted rosemary potatoes, and asparagus, a spring green salad with red wine vinaigrette or creamy garlic herb, garlic focaccia bread and — best of all — Sarah’s strawberry meringue cake.
These dishes aren’t usually part of the regular lunch cuisine and weren’t part of the annual sold out Mother’s Day luncheon she did last month for two groups of 80 people.
Makes your mouth water just thinking about it, doesn’t it? If you have dietary restrictions, let us know by Friday morning. Doors open at 5 pm, dinner is served promptly at 6 pm, music at 7 pm. BYOB
If it were just great food, it would be well worth getting off your couch, but entertaining us will be John Calvin Abney who first played here about five years ago with Kyle Reid before the smallest crowd we’ve ever had at the Old Church. But what a night it was as the two high school friends riffed off of each other and we got a glimpse of some very talented young Oklahoma artists before they became great.
Since then, John Calvin, now 30, is older and wiser having put out four solo albums and two EPs, toured the world supporting John Moreland, including opening for John Prine, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Shovels and Rope, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Samantha Crain and so many more, plus playing on records by so many of our favorites — including Carter Sampson, Andy Adams, Tim Easton, Meg Palmer, and Erik Oftedahl.
Just this week, he’s been recording in Nashville, working on a new Moreland record, and playing shows in Nashville, North Carolina, Memphis and Arkansas. Plus, Friday night before our show, he’ll be at the Opolis in Norman for the album release party of Poolboy, his side Garage rock band.
John Calvin is the kind of guy others just want to play with because he’s just so frickin’ talented on guitar, keys, drums, harmonica and more. But Saturday, he’s bringing in a all-star bunch of guys that he wants to play with — Tom Young (the Damn Quails, the Aints) on drums, Isaac Stalling (the Aints) on electric guitar, and David Leach (John Fullbright, Jason Eady) on bass — for a real rock show. This could be your last chance to see John Calvin before be becomes even more famous.
Opening and supporting the show will be Kierston White who released her first solo record last fall, Don’t Write Love Songs. She might be better known as a member of the Tequila Songbirds, the trio she’s in with Camille Harp and Elizabee, but her solo record is really special.
On top of that, she just got married last month to Derek Paul, one of the Aints, and is a very talented graphic artist having worked with Greg Johnson on the CD cover for the Red Dirt Rangers Blue Door Nights.
It wouldn’t be a FUNdraiser without even more fun and great stuff to spend your money on. We’ll have raffle items, silent auction items and some big live auction stuff.
- Guitar donated By Daddy O’s with 2 Season Tickets To Cimarron Breeze
- 2 Night Stay at St. Francis Of The Woods with house concert
- 1 Night Stay at The Atherton Hotel with Gift Card to The Ranchers Club restaurant
- WoodyFest — 2 Event Passes with 2 T-Shirts
- Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival — 2 Event Passes Including Camping
- 2 Tickets To “Fiddler On The Roof” Broadway Production In Tulsa. Donated By Modela Art Gallery
- Hand Crafted Leather items donated By Leathers By Lory
- Hand Crafted French Taper Rolling Pin made from padauk wood with an oak stand. Also, Matching hand crafted cutting board in shape of the Old Church. Hand crafted And donated by Scott Sewell
- Yoga Mat with Hand Crafted Yoga Bag designed and donated By Connie Hunter with 2 private yoga sessions From Drishti Yoga
- One Hour massage donated By Sister Sage’s Red Dirt Massage
- Hand crafted “Guitar Bling” donated By Sister Sage’s Red Dirt Jewelery
- Gift Cards: Dinner For Two At TS Fork, Eskimo Joes, Hideaway, Prairie Arts
- Home made bread donated by Connie Hunter
- 2 Jars Honey donated By Lee Merrifield
- Trinket Box With Glass designed, created and donated by Cathy Southwick of Shards of Glass
- Various pie’s donated By Marco Tello
- Hand stitched Quilt by Phyllis Ferguson
- CDs: Kyle Dillingham, Marco Tello, Edgar Cruz, Richelle Sigrist, Chuck Dunlap, Eliza Gilkyson, Jared Tyler and Red Dirt Rangers
- Hand built Bird House donated By Jeff Southwick
- 2 Season Passes Cimarron Breeze Concert Series with 2 T-Shirts
So, bring your check book, your favorite piece of spendable plastic or something green because we’ve got more stuff for this fundraiser than we can possibly find homes for.