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Civil War–Era Concert and Presentation

August 17, 2019, 1 p.m.3 p.m.

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Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center is excited to announce a Civil War–era concert and presentation by the Loco Focos band on Saturday, August 17, from 1 to 3 p.m. Loco Focos attempts to represent songs of the Civil War period as closely as possible to their original form, using period instruments. This program will be held at the Visitor Center and is free to the public, but donations are welcome.

Musicians performing in this concert will be Chris Rucker on guitar and vocals, Curtis Payne on banjo and vocals, Sandy Payne on vocals, and guest performer Adam Lynn on drums. Rucker, Payne, and Payne are from Tulsa, and Lynn is the director of Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center.

The United States was still a young country in the 1820s and had not yet developed its own style of music. However, by the 1830s American-style music began to take shape. The goal of the Loco Focos band is to present the birth of this authentically American sound. The band’s name, Loco Focos, historically defined as “a strike-anywhere match,” became associated with a political movement of the 1830s–1840s defined as Locofocism in the writings of Secretary of State William Seward, who served in President Abraham Lincoln’s cabinet.

After the program, visitors will have the opportunity to tour the battlefield and learn about key aspects of the engagement and those who fought at Honey Springs. Visitors also can tour the Visitor Center, purchase items from the gift shop, and learn about the new exhibits that will open in the near future.

For more information regarding the presentation and the Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center, please email or, or call 918-473-5572. Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center is located east of US Highway 69 between Oktaha and Rentiesville. The Visitor Center is located on the northeast corner of the intersection of E 1030 Road and 11th Street, diagonal from the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame.


August 17, 2019
1 p.m.–3 p.m.
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Honey Springs Battlefield
423159 E 1030 Road Checotah, OK 74426