The Woodward News

July 2, 2013

Main Street hosting concert Saturday

Rowynn Ricks
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — Woodward will be hosting it's own tornado benefit concert this weekend.

The Woodward Main Street Organization is sponsoring the concert, which will feature both rock and country music.

Country artist Nathan Osmond and local rock group Sodder will headline the event, which will begin at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Other local groups including The Carrico Brothers, Down Roots, and Northwest Passage will also perform.

The concert stage will be located near the Main Street Organization office at 11th St. and Main St.

Janet Fitz, director of the Woodward Main Street Organization, said she is excited to host Osmond, who she described as "a rising country star."

"He comes from a long line of music performers in his family.  He is the son of one of the Osmond brothers.  A lot of people know Donnie and Marie Osmond, and he's their nephew," Fitz said.

She said she is also excited for the local bands to be able to perform together, especially since notable music producer Roney Hooks "will be here looking at the bands. It'll be a special thing for them."

The following is the schedule for the Rock vs. Country concert:

4 p.m. - The Carrico Brothers

5 p.m. - Down Roots

6 p.m. - Northwest Passage

7 p.m. - Sodder

8 p.m. - Nathan Osmond

Fitz encouraged music fans to "bring their lawn chairs, come down and just enjoy the show."

However, she said concert goers and the public should be aware that a portion of Main St. between 13th St. and 10th St. will be blocked off for the concert.  While the concert won't begin until 4 p.m., the streets will be closed starting around noon to allow for stage set up, she said.

Those attending the concert will have to park along side streets.  Entry gates for the concert will be located at 10th and Main; 11th and Texas; and 11th and Kansas.

Tickets for the event are available at The Gazebo, Just Beyond the Door, Compass Athletics, Sam's CDs, and at the Main Street office at 11th and Main.

Fitz said that "50 percent of our proceeds from the concert will go to benefit tornado victims."  Specifically, she said this money will go to support disaster relief efforts in Little Axe, which was damaged by a tornado on May 19.



OTHER BENEFIT EVENTS

However, the concert is just the last of 3 events that will be held this Saturday to benefit recent tornado victims.

"In conjunction with the bands, we're also holding an arts and crafts show starting at 9 a.m.  It will be held at Centennial Park and will go until about 5 p.m.," Fitz said.

In order to participate in the craft show, vendors must make a $25 donation that will be put with concert proceeds to benefit those recovering in Little Axe, she said.

So far, Fitz said she has about a dozen vendors from Woodward and the surrounding area signed up to participate in the craft show.  These vendors will be selling everything from candles to holiday dish towels to hair bows to refreshments including "one lady who makes homemade cinnamon rolls," she said.

Additional vendors may sign up through Wednesday by contacting the Woodward Main Street office at (580) 254-8521.  Vendors are responsible for bringing their own equipment, including tables and chairs.

In addition to the Main Street sponsored art show and concert, there will also be a benefit poker run held Saturday morning, which is being organized by Tim Gray.

Gray said registration for the poker run will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at the "old Clock parking lot" at 9th Street and Texas Avenue.

Then to make sure that everyone gets back in plenty of time to enjoy the night's musical entertainment, he said that "we're going to try to get the first bikes rolling out around 9:30 a.m."

Bikers will travel around Ellis and Woodward Counties collecting cards to try for the best poker hand, Gray said.  Stops include Shattuck, Arnett, Pack Saddle, and Vici before returning to Woodward for the final card, he said.

Once all the bikers have returned, the winners will be announced with cash prizes being awarded to the bikers with the 2 best hands, he said.

In addition to announcing the winners of the poker run, Gray said they will also hold a raffle and announce the winners of several prizes including "motorcycle helmets, hand tools, some books that were donated by a local author out of Alva and lots of other items."

The bikers will also be able to enjoy a catered meal from Big Dan's Steakhouse, he said.

Gray said that proceeds from entry fees for the poker run and from the raffle will be donated to the Foundation for South Oklahoma City, to help those impacted by the May 20 tornado.  They will also be selling patches and bandanas to help raise additional funds, he said.

"The main reason why we're doing it is to help out with the recent tornadoes and be able to give back directly to the people in need down there," he said, adding "we'll also be taking cash donations if anyone wants to make one, they can just write a check to the Foundation and we'll include it with the money we make from the event."

For more information about the benefit poker run, or to pre-register, contact Gray by sending a text to (682) 300-4440 or e-mail him at tgray178@yahoo.com.  Or you can contact his girlfriend, Kerry Day, at (316) 833-6608.