The Oklahoma Film and Music Office (OF+MO) is proud to sponsor Mercury Rising Streaming Music Festival presented by Mercury Lounge in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which will take place both virtually and in-person with limited capacity March 11-14, 2021.
In celebration of their 16th birthday, Mercury Lounge, in partnership with Grand Casino, Kessler Presents and OF+MO, will present three days of music from nationally recognized headlining artists and regional favorites, including The Red Dirt Rangers, John Fullbright, Carter Sampson, Mike McClure, Casii Stephan, the Paul Benjaman Band and many more.
As the COVID-19 Pandemic shuttered venues and put touring routes around the nation at a standstill, Mercury Lounge went to work, using their dedicated social media platform to deliver live shows to a national audience, streamed safely from a closed bar. As the situation continued, they used innovation and a true DIY mentality to produce a run of high-definition pay-per-view shows, featuring nationally recognized artists, and sold through a digital ticketed platform. Those performances, coupled with newly captured footage, social media takeovers and music related showcases, including a showcase and Q&A from Tulsa filmmaker Sterlin Harjo, will be shown during Mercury Rising for free via a social media delivery as a thank you from the artists and venue for the support of music fans all over. In addition, the streaming event will run tandem with limited capacity, socially distanced ticketed live shows at Mercury Lounge. The run of shows will also act as a fundraiser to help Mercury Lounge continue to offer free daily live shows from celebrated and emerging Oklahoma-based artists.
“Tulsa’s music industry is a valuable asset to Oklahoma and one that has proven to be incredibly resilient,” said OF+MO Director Tava Maloy Sofsky. “In light of the challenges 2020 has presented, we are especially pleased to celebrate a grass roots venue’s success and the cultural contributions Mercury Lounge has provided both the public and artists from around the state and nation for 16 years.”
The digital shows will be streamed across multiple social media platforms and pages, with several of the sponsored partners acting as satellite “stages”. The digital shows will go live directly from partner Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts with a full schedule lineup and times to be released soon. The in-person live shows will take place at Mercury Lounge, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
For more information, the complete lineup and tickets for the limited capacity in-person shows, visit mercuryloungetulsa.com.
About Oklahoma Film + Music Office
Created in 1979, the Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) strives to share all that Oklahoma has to offer by welcoming filmmakers and music professionals to the state and by creating a network of support to develop Oklahoma’s film and music industries. For more information about the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program or the Oklahoma Film + Music Office, visit okfilmmusic.org.