Review: Easter Island 2017


Easter Island is a music and camping festival that brings bluegrass, local art, and workshops to Tulsa every spring. The grassroots festival is located just 20 minutes north of Tulsa on a privately owned orchard.

Ranging from Thursday to Saturday, participants are encouraged to camp overnight and fully immerse themselves in the festival. Easter Island 2017 had over 25 bands on the lineup with many local dancers, musicians, and bands performing. If you have never attended Easter Island before here is a summary of this year’s events and what you can expect for 2018!

Camping is included with every Easter Island ticket, however there are two camping zones: the (VIP) Orchard and General Admission.

While both campsites allow you to camp by with your car, you can save energy by avoiding the long walk across the field from General Admission camping. The Orchard is shaded and closer to festival grounds which allows quicker access to your campsite. If you decide to camp make sure you bring plenty of gear, shade, food and water.

The festival provides restrooms, but no showers, so keep that in mind when packing! The best part about camping at a festival is setting up your home base and making friends with your neighbors. Once you are all set up you can go explore the festival!
Souvenir Easter Island 2017 mugs were created by Hazy and the Beez – Pottery Creations. Hazy and the Beez sells local and homemade mugs and gifts. Photo by Landon J. Photography.

There are lots of activities to do at music festivals besides listen to music such as shopping, yoga or belly dancing. Local vendors line up to sell homemade works of art. TCC graduate Heather Hayes was a returning vendor at the festival this year with her shop Hazy and the Beez – Pottery Creations. Hayes designed limited edition “Easter Island 2017” mugs that were for sale among other clay creations. Other local vendors had handcrafted jewelry, clothing, soaps, lotions, and woodwork for sale.

Be love Yoga Studio had a yoga tent set up at Easter Island with free yoga lessons and a “late night party” each night. On Saturday, the tent hosted a belly dancing class with Tulsa local Smidge Isgrig, an Acro lesson with Stephen Hardie and Liz Thomas, and three yoga classes with Sara Williams.

Beginners and experts alike attended yoga and enjoyed stretching in the sunshine. If you attend the festival next year take time to pop in the yoga tent and try something new.
There are two stages at Easter Island that hosts all the amazing musicians; the “Tent Stage” and “The Clubhouse.” The clubhouse is a two-story open air stage that has a large balcony overlooking the festival.

Go up the stairs inside to get an aerial view of the stage and dance floor. The Clubhouse hosted bluegrass band Mountain Sprout from Arkansas among other talented and funky musicians. Also gracing the clubhouse stage were Tulsa natives Desi and Cody.
Desi and Cody combine folk, bluegrass and rock to create a one-of-a-kind sound of their own. Arkansauce is another notable name who closed down the clubhouse Saturday with a phenomenal folk show.

The Tent hosted lots of local acts such as Count Tutu, Henna Roso, Cucumber and the Suntans, Grazzhopper, Paul Benjaman Band, the Moai Broadcast and more. The crowds were just as enthusiastic as the performers and created a great dancing environment late into the night.

Festival attendees walk from general admission camping towards the festival entrance. It takes less than 10 minutes to reach the entrance from general admission. Photo by Landon J. Photography.

There is nothing quite like the spirit and environment of a music festival. Everyone is excited to dance and support the amazing artists who participate so it is easy to relax and enjoy yourself. Mike Gilliand, who plays the ukulele and vocals for Cucumber and the Suntans, said “the best part about going to Easter Island is just being there.”
Gilliand camped out at Easter Island Friday night and enjoyed the beautiful weather while playing music with different types of musicians.

“The community and location make it a great retreat from Tulsa for cheap! I love playing there and our show was fantastic as well as the other amazing bands.”

Gilliand’s band The Cucumbers and the Suntans performed at the Tent stage Saturday afternoon with a full crowd.

Easter Island is reasonably affordable with tickets ranging from $45-$100 + fees depending on when you purchase the tickets and how many days you attend the festival.
It is smart to plan ahead and purchase your tickets early to save money!

Easter Island has a few giveaways and raffles prior to the festival that you can enter to win free tickets.
If you enjoy live music, supporting local performers and artists, and want to get away for a weekend, you should attend Easter Island 2018.

Get a group of friends together and go camp among fellow Tulsans and enjoy the outdoors. There is a lot to explore on the festival grounds that has not been mentioned, but you can discover that next year on your own!