Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

June 2-5, 2016

Deep Deuce Area



For Immediate ReleaseContact: Anita Arnold

March 14, 2016(405) 524-3800

Charlie Christian International Music Festival Plans Unfold

In a press release issued by the Charlie Christian Festival Committee, Mark Temple, Chairman of the group revealed that plans are going well for the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the late Charlie Christian and his legacy. Temple said the Deep Deuce Business Association is collaborating with Black Liberated Arts Center, Inc., festival sponsor. to create a memorable experience for Oklahoma and that will attract music lovers from around the world.

The event, to be held June 2 – 5, 2016 near the Deep Deuce area will have a number of special surprises that include the only remaining guitar that Charlie Christian owned. It will be played during the festival by one of few “Charlie Christian” experts in the world who will also participate in a forum that is sure to attract serious musicians. The festival will have special moments such as a brief memorial at or near Calvary Baptist Church where Christian’s funeral was held. A New Orleans style festival parade is being worked on for the celebration. Temple indicated that there would be plenty of family type engagement activities right along with good food, good fun and great music!

Food and Non-food vendors who wish to participate should call (405)524-3800 or visit the website at As with past Charlie Christian festivals, there will be a diversity of food that is good for the soul.

Mark Temple stated that any visual artists interested in participating in the festival should contact BLAC, Inc. or visit the website. Selection of musicians will begin near the end of April. Specialty items and services will be available to festival attendees. “The 100th celebration only comes once in a life time, so our intent is to make this festival stand out as no other festival has,” Temple concluded. The event is funded in part by BancFirst, the Oklahoma Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Sponsorships are still available by calling (405)524-3800.

For Immediate ReleaseContact: Anita Arnold

January 28, 2016(405) 524-3800

2016 Charlie Christian International Music Festival Sets Date

Mark Temple, Chairman of the 2016 Charlie Christian International Music Festival announced that the 31st Annual festival will be held in Oklahoma City, June 2-5, 2016 near the Deep Deuce area. Temple said this festival marks the 100th anniversary of Charlie Christian. "We have some pretty special things included in the celebration. Christian was a pretty special guy, in a class all by himself," Mark said.

The Deep Deuce Business Association is a collaborating partner in this year's event. Plans are already underway to make the Deep Deuce area more attractive to tourists and others interested in exploring further a great history in Oklahoma City. For starters, a campaign is underway to raise funds for a lighted Deep Deuce sign over the railroad overpass on North East Second Street east of Broadway. Black Liberated Arts Center (BLAC), Inc.'s executive director, Anita Arnold, has been in meetings for almost six months with the Deep Deuce Business Association under the leadership of Stewart Bono about forming a collaboration to bring jazz music back to the area. BLAC, Inc. is participating with the Association to help make the sign a reality as well as getting music back in the area.

Arnold has been working with Dr. Dorcine Little to start the process for getting the U. S. Postal Service to issue a Charlie Christian stamp in honor of his l00th anniversary. She is hoping that the stamp will be issued this year as part of many other activities during the year long celebration of Charlie. Other community and U. S. leaders are part of the celebration. "It will be a memorable occasion for a long time. People have asked me if the festival would be in Lawton this year. I made it clear that we fulfilled our commitment to have the festival there for two years. Lawton wanted the 100th anniversary of Charlie Christian there but I agree with so many others who have said to me, 'Anita, this is home. This is where it needs to be'," she said. When asked why it went to Lawton, Arnold explained that it was a way to expose many others in Oklahoma to Charlie Christian to build a larger audience for the 100th anniversary. Other cities like Tulsa inquired about having the festival there but it will not happen this year.

This event is presented by BLAC, Inc. and is being sponsored in part by BancFirst and Oklahoma Arts Council. For more information, check the website at or call (405)524-3800. BLAC, Inc.'s email address is

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