Roots music weekend

The weekend

If roots music is your sound, Tulsa is the place for you this weekend. The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, Cain’s Ballroom and the Guthrie Green, all located in downtown Tulsa, will feature a slate of musicians guaranteed to get your foot tapping. First up, Junior Markham and Little Joe McLerran plays the blues to put a smile on your face. The acclaimed Tulsa musicians play at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at the OJHF, 111 E. First St. Tickets are $10-$20 at www.okjazz.org.

On Sunday, Oct. 20, the Woody Guthrie Center holds a special fall concert across the street at the Guthrie Green, 111 E. Brady St. At 2 p.m., the father-son duo Kevin & Dustin Welch open the concert followed at 3 p.m. by the Ellis Paul Family Show featuring the Paulettes (AKA the Red Dirt Rangers) as backup band. The Red Dirt Rangers close the show with their own work beginning at 4 p.m. The concert is free, but donations of canned and prepackaged food, toiletries and other items will be accepted for the Women in Recovery program, which helps women recover and find a permanent way out of the criminal justice system. Read more at www.woodyguthriecenter.org.

Finally, St. Louis bandleader Pokey LaFarge, best known for his style and undying love for a good old-timey tune, takes the stage at Cain’s Ballroom 423 N. Main St., on Sunday, Oct. 20. Shawnee’s Samantha Crain opens for LaFarge at 7 p.m. Tickets are $14-$29, available at www.cainsballroom.com.

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