Singer Joe Pug added to Dancing Rabbit lineup on May 7 | Local News

The Dancing Rabbit Music Festival has announced the name of a second musical artist who will perform at the festival’s opening show in 2022.

Singer-songwriter Joe Pug has been added to the lineup for the May 7 show in downtown McAlester.

“Joe Pug is one of the original people we reached out to in 2021,” said Blake Lynch, president of the Dancing Rabbit Music Festival. Although festival organizers were unable to secure Pug for the 2021 event, Lynch said they want to try again to book him for this year’s festival.

“We were able to contact him,” Lynch said, making Pug a part of this year’s roster now. Lynch is excited to have Pug for the opening show of this year’s Dancing Rabbit Musical Festival.

“He has a special mark,” Lynch said.

Pug now joins Oklahoma singer-songwriter Travis Linville for the May 7 show, with the headlining artist to be announced next week. The focus of the May 7 show is on Oklahoma performers. Although Pug is not originally from Oklahoma, he has performed in the state numerous times, Lynch said.

Pug’s albums include 2021’s ‘The Diving Sun’, 2019’s ‘The Flood in Color’, 2015’s ‘Windfall’ and 2012’s ‘The Great Despiser’.

Once again, the Dancing Rabbit Music Festival presents free concerts for those who attend the event. It will be held along Choctaw Avenue between Third Street and Fifth Street in downtown McAlester, the site of last year’s Dancing Rabbit events. A few changes are planned for this year, including the extension of the duration of the festival.

“For the rest, we want to have an all-day setup,” Lynch said. There are also plans to make it a family event, he said.

Again, food trucks will be installed on the site, with an accessible beer garden. Although the festivals are presented for free, special VIP packages are available for purchase for those who wish.

After the May 7 show, two additional shows are scheduled this summer, June 11 and July 16.

Josh Hass and Kyle Spruce are among the other officers of the Dancing Rabbit Musical Festival, as well as other volunteers and sponsors helping to make the free concerts possible. Lynch said there is a high level of enthusiasm for the 2022 festival’s lineup of musical artists who will bring their music to downtown McAlester.

Lynch said the Dancing Rabbit Musical Festival is currently working on adding additional activities to the June and July shows, which it hopes to finalize soon.

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