By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
TULSA, OK – The second annual PhillipsFest, hosted by Phillips Theological Seminary will be held Sunday, Feb. 18 through Thursday, Feb. 22 in Tulsa. PhillipsFest 2018 expands Phillips Seminary’s work for justice and hope with a week of public and private events for the community, which culminates with the PhillipsFest Concert on Thursday evening.
PhillipsFest was created to celebrate and share the seminary’s vision of how faith, culture and the community can come together.
The concert on Thursday will feature actor and 2018 Grammy-nominated blues artist Guy Davis. The show will take place at the Greenwood Cultural Center, 322 N Greenwood Avenue. Located in Tulsa’s historic Greenwood District, the venue is noted as the “The keeper of the flame” for the Black Wall Street era and the events known as the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot.
“This is a benefit concert for the educational work of the seminary,” said Geoff Brewster, senior director of stewardship at Phillips Theological Seminary. “In Tulsa and far beyond, Phillips Seminary advocates a way of being faithful that cultivates vital communities, vital conversations, and the public good.”
Davis’s latest album, Sonny & Brownie’s Last Train was nominated for a 2018 Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album. An actor, author and music teacher, he has spent his musical life carrying his message of the blues which has earned him the title “An Ambassador of the Blues.”
“I don’t like people to only see the hard work and the sweat that goes into what I do,” Davis said, “I want them to hear me and be uplifted. And I want some little eight-year-old kid in the front row to have big eyes and say, ‘Hey, I want to do that!'”
Mshariri is an accomplished poet, teacher, songwriter and an actor who performs spoken-art, monologues, and character roles in productions around the nation. His goal is to express truth poetically and bring the Spoken-art Poetry form to the “mainstream.”
Born in Frederick, Oklahoma, Mark Bruner has been a part of the Tulsa music scene for 30 years. Known for his soulful vocals and “chameleon like” diversity, his musical styles include R&B, Jazz, Pop and American roots. As one of the state’s most outstanding musicians, Bruner has earned nine Oklahoma State fingerstyle guitar titles.
On Monday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m., Guy Davis will present the master class program at the Woody Guthrie Center (102 E Mathew B. Brady Street) which is dedicated to spreading Woody’s message of diversity, equality, and social justice.
This program is open to all musicians of any skill level interested in learning more about the craft, particularly in the fields of guitar and the blues. Admission is free, but space is limited. For reservations, email [email protected] or call 918-574-2710.
On Tuesday, Feb. 20, a screening of Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing be held at the Circle Cinema, 10 S Lewis Avenue at 5:30 p.m. The film features Guy Davis’ parents, Ozzie Davis and Ruby Dee.
A reception followed by a panel discussion of the film’s themes will be hosted by Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Art, and Culture. Tickets are available online or call 918.585.3504. h
“We couldn’t expand our PhillipsFest activities without the cooperation of Guy Davis, the Woody Guthrie Center, the Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Art & Culture, Circle Cinema and the Greenwood Cultural Center,” said Brewster.
PhillipsFest concert general admission tickets are $35, students $20. VIP tickets are $100 and include entry to the VIP area, two drink tickets at the concert and heavy hors d’ oeuvres. Tickets are on sale now online.
Phillips Theological Seminary, affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ),offers a theological graduate education for cultivating vital communities and conversations for the public good.
For more information, call the Phillips Theological Seminary Stewardship Office at 918-270-6404 or visit phillipsfest.com.