Brayfest: A Night of Red Dirt Politics

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Payne County Democrats present Brayfest: An Evening of Red Dirt Politics on October 3, 2014 at the Payne County Expo Center in Stillwater featuring a mix of poetry, red dirt music and interviews with all the Democratic candidates on the ballot this November.

Poet Lauren Zuniga, one brightest lights on the Oklahoma’s cultural scene, will open the evening with an informed view of her experiences as a queer-identified, single mother of two living in the conservative state of Oklahoma.

Known for his protest songs, songwriter Chuck Dunlap will perform his rousing anthem “The People’s Plea” which highlights Wall Street greed and social injustice with the chorus, “Stand up, speak out, this is still our country.”

Journalist Arnold Hamilton, editor of the Oklahoma Observer and a member of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame, will interview Democratic candidates, including candidate for governor Joe Dorman, lieutenant governor candidate Cathy Cummings, candidates for U.S. Senate Connie Johnson and Matt Silverstein. These candidates also expected to be in attendance: candidate for state Superintendent of public instruction John Cox, candidate for labor commissioner Mike Workman and candidate for Payne County assessor Ted Smith.

Tickets are $10 and includes a BBQ dinner from Payne County’s newest restaurant — Capp’s BBQ in Cushing. There will also be a silent auction and other contribution opportunities at the event. Tickets can be purchased online or in person at Payne County Democratic headquarters at 302 N. Main in Stillwater. For more information, call (405) 533-5310.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Food is served at 6 p.m. Poetry begins at 7 p.m.