Dancing Rabbit Pageant followers courageous chilly temperatures | Native Information


ADRIAN O’HANLON III | Employees photograph

John Fullbright performs harmonica and keyboards on the outside stage through the Dancing Rabbit Music Pageant held Saturday evening in downtown McAlester.

It took greater than chilly temperatures to maintain many followers away from the Dancing Rabbit Music Pageant’s fall version.

Followers bundled up and a few gathered round outside fireplace pits and heaters Saturday afternoon into Saturday evening, with music from artists together with headliners John Fullbright and his band on the outside stage off Choctaw Avenue together with solo artist Charlie Parr on the indoor stage inside Spaceship Earth Espresso.


ADRIAN O’HANLON III | Employees photoOutdoor stage headliner John Fullbright performs the harmonica on the Dancing Rabbit Music Pageant in downtown McAlester on Saturday evening.

Music began properly earlier than sundown, with Carter Sampson opening the competition, adopted by Ragland. Fullbright and his band took to the stage round twilight. 


ADRIAN O’HANLON III | Employees photoA slide guitarist hits some licks whereas enjoying in John Fullbright’s band in McAlester Saturday evening on the Dancing Rabbit Music Pageant.


ADRIAN O’HANLON III | Employees photoThe lead guitarist in John Fullbright’s band hits some scorching licks on the outside stage Saturday evening through the Dancing Rabbit Music competition in downtown McAlester.

As soon as music on the outside stage ended, many within the viewers headed towards Spaceship Earth, to listen to a present by the acoustic duo, Two Runner, previous to Parr’s efficiency. Although it was just about standing-room-only inside, an overhead garage-like door was opened so these exterior may hear the music together with these contained in the venue.

Among the many early arrivals for the outside stage present had been David and Stacy Scroggins, who introduced alongside their pet Labrador Retriever, Charlie. He sat at Stacy’s toes, clearly soaking in competition’s vibe whereas his house owners relaxed in a few garden chairs.


JAMES BEATY | Employees photoStacy Scroggins, along with her dog Charlie, attended the Dancing Rabbit Music Pageant’s fall version in downtown McAlester, alongside along with her husband, David, and different festival-goers who bundled as much as attend the Saturday evening occasion.

Stacy Scroggins stated they’re massive followers of the Dancing Rabbit Music Pageant.

“I believe that is actual good,” she stated. David Scroggins additionally likes the competition.

“I like dwell music,” he stated, noting the selection of artists slot in properly with the competition sequence.


ADRIAN O’HANLON III | Employees photoA member of John Fullbright’s band performs slide guitar on the surface stage Saturday evening on the Dancing Rabbit Music Pageant in McAlester.

Members of the Dancing Rabbit Music Affiliation, together with volunteers and sponsors, joined collectively to current the music freed from cost to the general public.

Dancing Rabbit Music Pageant President Blake Lynch considers the Saturday evening efficiency the final of the Dancing Rabbit Music Pageant’s outside exhibits for 2022 successful, in addition to the present inside Spaceship Earth present that includes Parr and Two Runner.

“I believe for the parents that braved the climate, it was certainly one of our most transferring exhibits, from high to backside,” Lynch stated.

As Ragland, consisting of the husband and spouse group of Autumn Ragland and Sam Cox carried out onstage late Saturday afternoon, some viewers members huddled round outside heaters whereas others made some s’mores over the hearth pits, with the scent of firewood drifting across the competition stage, west of The Icehouse off Choctaw Avenue.


ADRIAN O’HANLON III | Employees photoCharlie Parr sings and performs 12 string guitar Saturday evening inside Spaceship Earth Espresso in McAlester. 

Later, inside Spaceship Earth, David Powell watched as Parr carried out onstage. Powell traveled to McAlester from Ardmore to attend Dancing Rabbit’s fall version and Parr’s after hours present at Spaceship.

“These bands are drawing individuals to McAlester,” Powell stated, including that it is “fairly cool” that the exhibits are offered free to the general public.

“I’ve an appreciation for what is going on right here,” stated Powell, who famous how the competition sequence has continued to develop because it began in 2021.


ADRIAN O’HANLON III | Employees photoCharlie Parr fingerpicks on his acoustic 12 string guitar inside Spaceship Earth in McAlester Saturday evening throughout an after hours present that is a part of the Dancing Rabbit Music Pageant’s fall version.

“McAlester has a chance to be a hub for this type of music, Americana music,” he stated.

Dancing Rabbit Music Pageant President Blake Lynch agrees.

“I believe we’re establishing McAlester as an important place to return and listen to music,” he stated.

The Saturday evening exhibits would be the final outside DRMF performances for the 12 months, however Lynch stated Dancing Rabbit’s Highlight Sequence will proceed with indoor ticketed exhibits at Spaceship Earth Espresso and Downtown 312.


ADRIAN O’HANLON III | Employees photoCharlie Parr’s guitar case has stickers connected he is picked up from diversified areas.

“Dalton Domino is arising Nov. 23 at Spaceship Earth,” he stated.

“Jacob Stelly will probably be at Downtown 312 on Dec. 10 and Slade Coulter will probably be at Spaceship Earth on Jan. 10,” Lynch stated.

Whereas these exhibits are ticketed, they’re within the $10-to-$15 vary, Lynch stated,.

Lots of these attending the exhibits inform Lynch how a lot they favored the Dancing Rabbit Music Pageant.

“Individuals inform us how a lot they loved it,” he stated. They are not the one ones. Most of the performers have commented in regards to the competition as properly.

Lynch stated many have instructed him how a lot they just like the competition, how good the persons are and the way they wish to come again to carry out in McAlester once more.

Contact James Beaty at jbeaty@mcalesternews.com.


ADRIAN O’HANLON III | Employees photoTraveling bluesman Charlie Parr hits some licks on his metal Mule Resonator guitar inside Spaceship Earth in McAlester on Saturday evening.


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