Live music is coming to Tulsa International Airport this summer.
The Red Dirt Rangers will launch the airport’s first in-terminal music program, Tunes at TUL, with a performance at 11:30 a.m. Friday. The act will be the first of eight, hour-long, lunchtime concerts from five local artists every Friday in July and August.
“With our cultural advisory group, this is something we’ve been discussing for the past couple of years,” said Stephanie Chester, community relations manager of Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust, which operates the airport. “We wanted to highlight local music talent because there may be people who may not be able to get out while they are here.”
Partnering with the airport trust is the Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts & Culture.
“What a wonderful opportunity for our Tulsa-based musicians to be able to play to a new audience,” said Abby Kurin, executive director of Tulsa FMAC. “On our side, we promote Tulsa as a top music city. A part of that ecosystem is the stage addition at the airport. Having an international airport with a top music city, it makes sense to be able to promote our live music.”
The concerts will take place in post-security in the food court area between Einstein Bros. Bagels and This Land Press. The performances won’t be accessible to the nonflying public.
Red Dirt Rangers, a country-rock-folk band, was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2017. Other artists scheduled to perform at the airport this summer are Paul Benjamin, Desi & Cody, Bandelier and Faye Moffett.
Depending on the feedback, Chester said Tunes at TUL could expand to include the facility’s busy seasons, including spring and fall breaks and holiday travel.
“All of the musicians have been so excited,” Kurin said. “We’re starting somewhere and then we’ll grow that pool of musicians. There is so much talent to showcase here in the city.”
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