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(Tulsa, Okla.) March 6, 2015 –   Since opening in 2008, BOK Center has hosted the world’s greatest entertainers.  Now the iconic venue is taking the show on the road to Austin, Texas.  SMG is partnering with VisitTulsa and the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation to create “Tulsa Boom Factory,” a new event that will officially be part of the South By Southwest Festival and Conference (SXSW), an annual event in Austin that showcases cutting edge music, film, and interactive talent to a global audience. This new official SXSW music day party will take place on Wednesday, March 18 at the Palm Door on Sixth from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will promote Tulsa’s thriving music scene and startup community while featuring 11 Tulsa-based bands on two stages.
“At SMG, we believe Tulsa is one of the greatest live music destinations in the world. We possess a rich musical history and are fortunate to have stellar venues of all sizes to nurture and grow talent from The Vanguard and Cain’s Ballroom all the way up to our BOK Center,” said Jeff Nickler, General Manager of BOK Center. “We got involved with Tulsa Boom Factory first and foremost because we feel it is important to promote our city as a hub for music and entertainment. SXSW is the perfect venue to showcase Tulsa’s vibrant music scene, innovation and spirit of entrepreneurship to hundreds of thousands of people.”
Performing on BOK Center/SMG main stage will be Alaska & Madi (of The Voice), Capitol Cars, The Fabulous Minx, Bandelier, Native Lights and headlining the main stage will be Nuns, who were selected as an official SXSW 2015 band. Performing on the Woody Guthrie Center’s singer/songwriter outdoor stage will be Paul Benjaman, Mark Gibson, Phil Marshall, Eric Himan and Desi & Cody.
VisitTulsa spearheaded the creation of this new Tulsa Boom Factory concept and will be on site in Austin promoting the city as a destination and place to live and thrive. “VisitTulsa is excited to promote these Tulsa-based bands and creatives in Austin as part of its newly-incorporated Tulsa Film, Music, Arts & Culture office,” said Ray Hoyt, President of VisitTulsa. “Tulsa Boom Factory aims to highlight our incredibly talented musicians, as well as our startup community and is a great way to show SXSW attendees that you can make your own way in Tulsa.”
The Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation got involved with the event as an opportunity to showcase Tulsa’s burgeoning start-up community. Last year the grant making non-profit organization launched Cultivate918, a group with the goal of empowering Tulsa entrepreneurs who are building a strong, cohesive community and to support and implement innovative ideas that work. LTFF saw a chance to put the spotlight on Cultivate918 at SXSW.
“We are ecstatic to be part of the inaugural Tulsa Boom Factory,” said Elizabeth Frame Ellison, Executive Director of LTFF. “We believe it will highlight the variety of entrepreneurial activities happening in Tulsa in the manufacturing, arts, health, and technology sectors. With several local startups headed to Austin to showcase their products, we hope that SXSW attendees will see why Tulsa is consistently rated as a top place to live, work, create and play.”
Highlighted Tulsa-based startups at the event will include Ramblen, SkaterTrainer, and MachineParty.
In addition to SMG, VisitTulsa and the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation/Cultivate918, Tulsa Boom Factory at SXSW 2015 is made possible because of the generosity of sponsors including The Woody Guthrie Center, Signal Factory and Cubic. Community partners include Center of the Universe Festival and XPO.
Along with the Tulsa Boom Factory event, VisitTulsa has also been instrumental in planning the Meet Oklahoma tradeshow booth with the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. The Oklahoma presence at the SXSW tradeshow will take place March 15-18 at the Austin Convention Center, and will promote Oklahoma to more than 65,000 tradeshow attendees. In addition to the tradeshow booth, an Okie Meet Up reception is also planned for March 16 to network with those with Oklahoma connections.

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