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Blues festival pays tribute to late founder

By George Lang Published: August 29, 2008
e Minners created the Blues in the Schools program through the Oklahoma Arts Council, performing music in classrooms and talking to students about the blues. The Minners won both a W.C. Handy Award and the Blues Foundation's Keeping the Blues Alive Award for their efforts.

Despite failing health, D.C. Minner remained true to his destiny, often calling the shots for the festival from his bed during the last three years of his life. But when he had the strength to do it, he was on a stage — he and Selby even played several shows during that time, stopping in and seeing old friends from his California blues circuit days.

"We went on tour with him on dialysis,” she said. "We were gone six weeks, we played 14 dates all the way up to San Francisco, and he never missed a note, four hours a night on dialysis. This was a very determined man.”

To commemorate D.C. Minner's life and work, several musicians playing the Dusk Til Dawn Blues Festival will play some of the guitarist's favorite songs.

Selby Minner said she felt it was the only way to pay tribute to a man who loved to fill the world with beautiful blues.

"D.C. would never go for a moment of silence at a party,” she said.

"He loved this festival, and I feel him all the time. I think him pulling from the other side is going to really help us grow, to tell you the honest truth.”

Dusk Til Dawn Blues Festival
When: 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. today through Sunday.

Where: Down Home Blues Club, 701 D.C. Minner, Rentiesville.

Tickets: $15 per day, children younger than 12 admitted free.

Information: (918) 473-2411.

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