Dfest is ‘music geek’ heaven, revenue raiser

TULSA — In his day job, Clay Bird, the former city councilor, assists Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor with downtown economic development. This weekend, however, he and wife, Dacia, were selling drinks to thirsty Dfest-goers.

Saturday evening, the pair wore their orange "volunteer shirts” as they sold cups of beer and soda to a growing line of people.

"Dfest is important because it’s a huge community-building event. Everybody comes out,” Dacia Bird said.

It adds money to the city and state, too. Dfest organizers estimated the two-day festival and conference would attract 70,000 ticket-buyers and bring nearly $13 million dollars of revenue.

It’s Bird’s first time to experience the festival, which features Gogol Bordello, Cake, Black Crowes, Ozomatli and nearly 30 other headliners and more than 100 emerging acts.

"It’s the street carnival atmosphere,” said Bee Meddler of the Tulsa reggae group, Sam and the Stylees. "It’s the downtown vibe. You can walk down the street with a beer and see everything you ever wanted to see. For a music geek, it’s heaven.”