Eight musical acts will take the stage in Kendall Whittier on Oct. 15 as part of the day-long Kendall Whittier Arts Festival.

The Arts Festival features 75 local artists, food trucks, a free Philbrook Kids Zone, interactive art and more from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. along Admiral Boulevard between Lewis and Yorktown avenues.

“We are really excited about this event, and stoked to announce the musical lineup for the day,” said Sydney Alison, community engagement coordinator for Kendall Whittier Main Street and Arts Festival committee chairwoman. “We think we’ve put together a group of performers who’ll delight guests and add to the overall atmosphere of the event.”

Kicking off the festival, Tulsa Opera will perform a 30-minute exhibition beginning at 10:15 a.m. At 11 a.m. Daniel Jordan – along with a guitar and refreshing vocals – will perform originals and some covers.

With a blend of acoustic folk and Celtic music, Finnegans Awake takes the stage at noon for a full-hour set, followed by Nature & Madness, an indie Americana artist, at 1:20 p.m.

A Kendall Whittier regular Desi & Cody, with their signature sound of a “carefree summer day,” begins at 2:20 p.m. for a full hour set that should include a sneak peak at their new song on the fully Cherokee language album Anvdvnelisgi, released in September.

Nia Moné’s jazz and R&B vocal styles are back for a second year in a row. She’ll take the stage at 3:40 p.m. followed by another 2021 Arts Festival returnee Dane and the Soup, an independent collaborative soul project, at 4:40 p.m.

The festival ends with the a cappella sounds of the University of Tulsa Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity. Their short set begins at 5:40 p.m.

The Kendall Whittier Arts Festival is free and open to the public. Street parking is available at no charge. Second Wind Bicycles will be hosting free, secured bike parking as well.

Food trucks and breweries will be at the event as well. The Philbrook Kids Zone will have art activities, face painting, story time and yard games.

The Kendall Whittier Arts Festival is made possible through its sponsors, including Co-Presenting Sponsors Fowler Automotive and OsiyoTV, Kids Zone Sponsor Philbrook Museum, Media Sponsor TulsaPeople, and Supporting Sponsors Williams, Public Service Company of Oklahoma and Renewal by Anderson.

Art vendor applications are closed, and wait list has been started. Those interested in being added to the wait list can apply online here. Wait list vendors will be notified if openings become available.

Proceeds of the Arts Festival support Kendall Whittier Main Street’s mission to create vibrancy in Kendall Whittier’s commercial areas. Kendall Whittier Main Street is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, a 2020 Great American Main Street Award winner and an Oklahoma Certified Cultural District.

For more information about the Kendall Whittier Main Street or the Arts Festival, please call or text 918-633-1934 or email info@visitkendallwhittier.com.


About the Musicians

Tulsa Opera
The first performing arts organization established in Oklahoma, the Tulsa Opera excels at producing bold, brave and brilliant, fresh productions of opera classics.

Daniel Jordan
An active professional musician and entertainer with his home base in Tulsa, Jordan has several different musical projects started. He has become heavily involved in playing music at different bars, restaurants, weddings, special events, and other venues all over the Oklahoma and Arkansas area.

Finnegans Awake
A popular Tulsa-based band performing a fine blend of acoustic folk and Celtic music, served with generous doses of love, hope and harmony!

Nature & Madness
An indie Americana artist based in Tulsa, musician Ryan Pickop relies on the dynamics of his electric guitar and vocals to create an interesting and unique sound throughout his performances. Pickop mostly plays originals with some of his favorite folk and Texas country tunes peppered in.

Desi and Cody
United through music and matrimony, Tulsa-based indie folk-rock duo Desi and Cody make “music that begs to be played in a car with the windows rolled down, or at a backyard patio party in the late afternoon. Their sound feels like a carefree summer day, with Desi’s ethereal vocals, Cody’s stellar guitar playing, and the couple’s sun-drenched harmonies.”

Nia Moné
A singer/songwriter born in North Dakota, based in Oklahoma City, Moné’s vocal styles include that of LoFi, jazz, and R&B. Having been raised all over — from Japan, Guam and then to the United Kingdom — she has many different influences that helped her create her sound today.

Dane & The Soup
Dane & The Soup is an independent collaborative soul project based in Tulsa and was formed in 2018. The band featured songwriter/vocalist Dane Arnold, guitarist Johnny Mullenax, bassist Jordan Hehl, keys player Andrew Bair, trombonist Greg Fallis and trumpeter Bishop Marsh.

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity
Chartered in 1927, Phi Mu Alpha holds the distinction of being the oldest on-campus fraternity at the University of Tulsa. Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is a social fraternity for men with an interest in music, with the goals of fostering deeper brotherhood and advancing music in America.

Also at the Arts Festival

Interactive Art

  • Live graffiti art by Chris Sker, David Hek and Robby Entaker; beginning at noon
  • On the Spot Poetry by Zach Reeves; 1-6 p.m.
  • Live screen-printing by Flash Flood Print Studios; 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Caricatures; 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

For Kiddos

  • Kids Art Show featuring art by Kendall-Whittier and Sequoyah Elementary School students; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Philbrook Kids Zone with art, yard games, chalk and other activities; 10 a.m.-6p.m.
  • Free face painting; 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Reading Partners will host a story time in the Philbrook Kids Zone at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Photo by Jonathan Martinez


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