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Oklahoma Music and Movie Presented for

Lawton Ft. Sill 109th Birthday Celebration


Oklahoma Sales Tax Holiday

Friday, Aug 6, Lawton, OK will celebrate its 109th Birthday Celebration in Elmer Thomas Park at 3rd & NW Ferris Avenue with music and film by Oklahomans. Comanche Flutist, Tim Tate Nevaquaya will be performing followed by Ali Harter, international touring and award-winning singer/songwriter/musician.

The final event for the evening is a film presentation and SW OK Premiere of “Barking Water”, an official 2009 Sundance film festival selection and award-winning film by Oklahoma filmmaker, Sterlin Harjo.  An opening ceremony kicks-off this event. The schedule is as follows:

7:30 pm: Opening Ceremony

8:00 pm: Tim Tate Nevaquaya, Comanche Flute

8:30 pm: Ali Harter, Award-Winning Singer/Songwriter/Musician

9:30 (or dusk) pm:  “Barking Water”, Award-Winning Film & SW OK Premiere

This event is free and the public is encouraged to bring picnic baskets, blankets, and lawn chairs!  Concessions will be available for purchase by the Holiday in the Park organization. Oklahoma Sales Tax Holiday Aug 6-8 kicks off that Friday, making Lawton a great get-away destination or mini “Staycation” ! Shop Lawton, sit and enjoy the evening’s events, stay over night and shop some more! Lawton's Hotel/Motel Tax supports art & humanities events through Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce Event Funding - Hotel/Motel Tax fund.

Please, no alcohol or pets (working animals only).  For inclement weather, the event will move indoors to the Museum of the Great Plains Auditorium, 601 NW Ferris Ave.  Please note that the schedule may be subject to change due to events beyond our control.

Sponsors are the City of Lawton, Lawton Arts & Humanities Council, Lawton-Ft. Sill Chamber of Commerce, Oklahoma Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Additional support provided by the Trail Dance Film Festival, Comanche National Museum & Cultural Center, and the Cadillac Ranch LLC.

For more information or to interview participants, contact Sharon Cheatwood, Arts Coordinator, Arts & Humanities Division at 1-580-581-3470 or 581-3471. Official Website: Web Site

About Tim Tate Nevaquaya

Tim Tate Nevaquaya is a well-respected Comanche flutist, flute maker and visual artist. His musical training started with his father, the great Oklahoman Artist and Flutist, Doc Tate Nevaquaya. Tim’s CD “Whispering Winds of the Southern Plains” was released several years ago and he is working on a new project that is soon to be available. In addition, his artwork is exhibited extensively throughout the Southwest. Photo courtesy of the Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center.

About Ali Harter

Ali Harter, a former Duncan resident and singer/songwriter/musician from Choctaw, Oklahoma has been playing in bands or as a solo musician for well over twelve years. Harter has become a veteran of the national and international music scene.

Harter is with the Oklahoma City label, Little Mafia Records, which released her second full-length album this past spring titled, “No Bees, No Honey”.  The album features over a dozen musicians, including Mike Kennerty of the very popular band, “The All-American Rejects”.

Since Harter’s initial album, “Worry the Bone” (2007), she has become an international success, touring consistently in places such as France, Belgium, Italy, & Switzerland.   Harter recently traveled to Switzerland to play the prestigious Montreaux Jazz Festival with known acts such as BB King, Dave Matthews, Herbie Hancock, Alice Cooper, Earth, Wind and Fire, Prince, The Black Eyed Peas and many others.

Harter has been fortunate enough to share the stage with such acts as: Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, and has shared festival billing with the Flaming Lips, Leon Russell, Ben Harper, Tori Amos, The Black Crowes, and many others. She has also performed at the SXSW Film & Music Festival and the Trail Dance Film Festival.

Her music can be found in several award-winning independent films such as “Barking Water” and television shows. In March, along with the release of her new album, Harter had two songs featured on the ABC prime-time hit television show “Grey’s Anatomy”.  Following the success of her music placement on the television show, Harter toured again in France and after a show at The Olympia, she was presented a gold record.  The gold record came from the international song “This Train”, a song she co-wrote and sang with famed French artist Wax Tailor, which also featured New Orleans’ ‘Voice’. 

The new Ali Harter website was recently launched,, where fans can keep up to-date with her media coverage, tour schedules and other news. Other websites are,, and

Photo of Ali Harter courtesy of Cory Allen PR

About “Barking Water”,

Before Oklahoma was a red state, it was known as the Land of the Red People, described by the Choctaw phrase Okla Humma. In his sophomore film, Sterlin Harjo takes viewers on a road trip through his own personal Oklahoma, which includes an eclectic mix of humanity. Irene and Frankie have a difficult past, but Frankie needs Irene to help him with one task. He needs to get out of the hospital and go home to his daughter and new grandbaby to make amends. Irene had been his one, true, on-again, off-again love until they parted ways for good. But to make up for the past, Irene agrees to help him in this trying time.

With steady and graceful performances by Richard Ray Whitman as Frankie and Casey Camp-Horinek as Irene, this story takes viewers for a ride in the backseat of Frankie and Irene’s Indian car, listening to their past and the rhythmic soundtrack that sets the beat for a redemptive road journey. Harjo wraps us in the charm and love of Oklahoma through the people and places Irene and Frankie visit along the way.

In this sparingly sentimental and achingly poignant film, Harjo claims his place as one of the most truthful and honest voices working in American cinema today. Barking Water is an expression of gratitude for the ability to have lived and loved. This summary by Bird Runningwater, Sundance Film Festival 2009 Catalog, Photo and quote use by permission of Ray Privett, Cinema Purgatorio.

For more information call, Tel: 580-581-3470 or 580-581-3471

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Arts & Humanities Division

P.O. Box 1054

Lawton, OK  73502