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August 30, 2012

Guitar festival to test its strings

— Craig Morgan is hoping Muskogee’s connection to guitars will strum up an annual tradition.

The first Guitar Feast Fest starts tonight at Legends Saddle Club, 3031 Military Blvd.

At least five bands will perform over the three nights, with two Dallas-area bands as the highlights Saturday. All performances are free.

Performances will start around 9 p.m., said Morgan, the festival’s organizer. The club, however, will be open hours earlier, and Morgan recommends arriving early.

“We are such a guitar town, and I thought we might push that promotion,” he said. “It gave me an idea for another accumulative attraction we’d like to have for Muskogee.”

Morgan said he and his partner, Gary Bentley, hope the festival will become an  annual event. Because the guitar is the focus of the festival, Morgan said the musical genre covered will be “wide open.”

Falling Wages and Sons of Noise, from the Dallas area, headline the event. They are performing in Muskogee as part of their “Breakout of Texas” Tour.

Sons of Noise bassist Joe Zapata Jr. is a Muskogee native. He graduated from Muskogee High School in 1992 and has been in bands that have entertained U.S. troops around the world  through Armed Forces Entertainment and the USO. He joined  Sons of Noise in January.

Performing Friday are Whorehouse Jones & Chicken Bone and Ten Cent Pistol. On Sunday, an open jam session will take place before Cat Daddy & The Elevators take the stage to close the event.

Morgan said he hopes another music festival set for this weekend — the Dusk ’Til Dawn Blues Festival in Rentiesville — will complement each other.

“I know the blues festival has quite a bit of success,” he said. “I don’t want to take anything away from that at all, but I’d like to complement it. We’re a guitar town, and that covers so many genres.”

Reach Mike Carrels at (918) 684-2922 or mcarrels@muskogeephoenix.com.

If you go

WHAT: Guitar Fest Feast.

WHEN: Performances start at 9 p.m. tonight, Saturday and Sunday.

WHERE: Legends Saddle Club, 3031 Military Blvd.

COST: Free.

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