DFest, also known as Diversafest, was an independent music festival in Tulsa’s Blue Dome District, from 2002 to 2009.
Founded in 2002, DFest was founded by Tom Green and Angie Devore-Green. The inaugural event was a 12-band showcase geared to get their band, Ultrafix, a win in a national contest.
In 2004, the festival added an accompanying one-day conference, featuring music industry panels. The next year, the conference were expanded to two days, complete with demo listening sessions and guitar and bass clinics.
In 2006 (and especially in 2007), DFest became larger and more well attended. Bringing in bigger headliner names, the festival was well received by music fans.
On May 21, 2010, the Greens announced the festival would go on hiatus. The founders cited a tough economy, rising production costs and a decline in lower level corporate sponsorships and support as reasons for the postponement.
|2007||Flaming Lips, Leon Russell, Shiny Toy Guns, MC Chris, The Format, Amos Lee, Limbeck|
|2008||Paramore, All-American Rejects, The Roots, Phantom Planet, Ghostland Observatory, Zappa Plays Zappa, Helmet|
|2009||Cake, The Black Crowes, Mates of State, Gogol Bordello, Ra Ra Riot, Rooney, The Cool Kids, Bassnectar|
Past Speakers and Clinicians
|2006||Scott Booker (keynote), Billy Sheehan (bass clinic), Ravi (guitar clinic)|
|2007||Ken Abdo of the Grammy Foundation (keynote), Wayne Coyne (“couch interview”), Will Calhoun of Living Colour (drum clinic)|
|2008||Martin Atkins (keynote)|
|2009||Andrew WK (keynote), Traa Daniels (P.O.D.), Martin Atkins, Bob Forest (Thelonious Monster, Bicycle Thief, VH1 “Celebrity Rehab”), Jeff Scheel (Gravity Kills, Box Talent), Ken Abdo (Grammy Foundation), MTV music supervisor Laura Webb and Ben Spear (SmartPunk)|
|2009 – 70,000
2008 – 60,000
2007 – 40,000
2006 – 16,000
|2005 – ???
2004 – 6,500
2003 – ???
2002 – 150