Rifftime on Route 66

The Linear Music Festival takes it on the road to Oklahoma.

Photo courtesy Cow Bop.

Photo courtesy Cow Bop.

Tuesday, July 29-Thursday, July 31

The Rifftime on Route 66 Linear Music Festival took to The Mother Road this past weekend beginning a 16-day festival that’s about to hit Oklahoma in a big way. From Santa Monica, Calif., to Chicago, some of the country’s most swinging, western- and jazz-inspired bands have been playing hot spots along Route 66 in a mass celebration of Americana musical invention.

In July, Oklahoma Magazine’s “The Insider” columnist John Wooley introduced us to festival organizer Bruce Forman of West Coast-based fiddle-boogie band Cow Bop (www.okmag.com/2014/06/25/festival-on-wheels/). Forman explained the concept that led to this event bringing music lovers from all over the globe together through live events and live streaming media. As the beat reaches Oklahoma this week, visit route66.rifftime.com to check out his blog posts about the festival along with those by participating musicians.

Rifftime on Route 66: Oklahoma

Tuesday, July 29

Band Cow Bop and trio Duchess at the Coleman Theatre, 103 N. Main St., in Miami, Okla. Begins at 6 p.m., and tickets are $10 at www.okjazz.org. Live streaming access for this event will be available at route66.rifftime.com/events.

Wednesday, July 30

Jack Cimo at Coleman Theatre, 103 N. Main St., in Miami, Okla. Begins at 10 a.m., and donations will be accepted.

Cow Bop at The Blue Door, 2805 N. McKinley Ave., in Oklahoma City. Begins at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.), and tickets are $20 at www.bluedoorokc.com.

Thursday, July 31

Band Cow Bop and trio Duchess at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 111 E. First St., in Tulsa. Begins at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), and tickets are $10 at www.okjazz.org. Live streaming access for this event will be available at route66.rifftime.com/events.