Lawton, Oklahoma

May 28-31, 2015

Elmer Thomas Park

Celebrating 45 Years of Diversity Through Artistic Excellence


For Immediate ReleaseContact: Anita G. Arnold

January 12, 2015(405) 524-3800

Charlie Christian International Music Festival Announces Venue

Anita Arnold, Executive Director of BLAC, Inc., producer of the Charlie Christian International Music Festival, announced today that the 2015 festival will be held in Lawton's Elmer Thomas Park and other venues to be determined during the week of May 28-31st.

She said that last year's event at Fairmont Creamery was a good experience for launching the event and provided a wonderful opportunity to get to know people and places in the city. "It is time to expand and move closer to the 100th anniversary of Charlie Christian in 2016. We have a goal of 100,000 people for the celebration. Elmer Thomas Park will allow us to spread our wings as we plan and implement over the next year. The park setting is reminiscent of the experience of the festival at the height of its popularity when it drew approximately 40,000 people over two days in the heart of the Deep Deuce area of Oklahoma City."

Arnold is satisfied that Lawton festival attendees had a good time from the introduction of the event and want more. The 30th annual event started to take shape last fall when the Lawton-Ft. Sill City Council approved the return of the event following the Memorial Day weekend. Lead sponsors, BancFirst, the Lawton Constitution and the Oklahoma Arts Council, remewed commitment for sponsorships and others are expected to join them. Another festival highlight is included in the Oklahoma Tourism's January/February issue of Oklahoma Today magazine.

A call for vendors is expected within the next few days. The public will be notified. For more information, call (405) 524-3800.

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