OKCFest

Headlines for Thursday, June 25, 2015:

  • Staff shortages force the Oklahoma City VA hospital to close its heart surgery program again. (NewsOK)

  • The political director of the state Republican Party resigns amidst controversy. (NewsOK)

  • Tulsa Sheriff Stanley Glanz is challenging the petition calling for a grand jury investigation of his office. (Tulsa World)

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About 60,000 people are expected in downtown Oklahoma City this weekend for the first OKC Fest.  It’s a festival designed to feature the revitalized Oklahoma City and highlight local and national musicians.  Peformers include national country artists Dierks Bentley and Lady Antebellum and also some local artists including John Moreland and the queen of Rockabilly, Wanda Jackson.

Here’s a story on Wanda from This Land Press: 

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The three-day music festival OKC Fest kicks off on Friday in downtown Oklahoma City.

Business and civic leader Fred Hall says the idea came from a conversation he had with Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett about the rash of benefit concerts that followed the May 2013 tornadoes.

"It started a thought of civic leaders helping support a music festival and having the net proceeds go back to the community in music scholarships," says Hall. "We're doing this to benefit the community. This is a not for profit event."