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Published 09/03/2019 | Reading Time 2 min sec 34 

TULSA, Okla. — Guthrie Green is proud to host the third annual Tulsa Soul Fest, Saturday, September 28th, 7-10 pm. This free, family-friendly music festival honors the late Wayman Tisdale, professional basketball player, jazz musician, and native Tulsan. 

Tulsa’s Soul Fest is a vibrant music festival featuring live soul and R&B funk, art, entertainment and soul-centric southern cuisine. This year, Soul Fest will have a special tribute to celebrate the Wayman Tisdale Foundation’s tenth anniversary. The foundation identifies eligible individuals with unmet prosthetic needs and pays for cutting-edge prosthetic care. Operating out of the Wayman L. Tisdale Specialty Clinic in Wayman Tisdale’s hometown, Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Tisdale Foundation changes lives throughout the United States.


“Wayman was larger than life,” recalls Regina Tisdale, Wayman’s wife. “Even though he’s been gone for ten years, his legacy and generous spirit live on. He loved connecting with people and making them feel important and valued. I think that’s the same heart that lives on through his foundation—providing help to those overlooked in our community. He also loved to laugh and he loved music. That’s the part of Wayman’s spirit that’s celebrated at Soul Fest.” 

This year’s talent will feature headliner and R&B Hall of Fame inductees, The Whispers. Opening for The Whispers is Grammy-award winning singer, songwriter, and producer Jody Watley. Oklahoma R&B artists Faye Moffett will be highlighted as Soul Fest’s local talent.

“Soul Fest is one of Guthrie Green’s biggest events of the year. It’s a time when the community comes together in unity, celebration, and our love for soul music,” said Heather Wimberly, Vice President of Operations at Guthrie Green. “We’re pleased to continue to offer top-tier talent to Tulsa. Families can enjoy a great evening of music from national headliners and support local businesses, all while celebrating the legacy of Wayman Tisdale.”


Southern-style food vendors will offer tasty treats for attendees, including Cajun Bowl, Give Back Shack, Jubilee, Reba Dales and Sweet Lisa, among others.

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About Wayman Tisdale 

Wayman was an American professional basketball player in the NBA and a smooth jazz bass guitarist. A three-time All American at the University of Oklahoma, he was elected to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.

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About Guthrie Green 

Guthrie Green opened in September 2012. Located in the heart of the Tulsa’s Arts District in Tulsa, OK, Guthrie Green is a community town square to celebrate the performing arts. It is a source of health and wellness, ecological awareness, and joyous appreciation of the arts. 

About The Whispers

Originating from Los Angeles, The Whispers began with brothers Wallace and Walter Scott. The award-winning group is known for such R&B hits such as “And the Beat Goes On,” “Out the Box” and the Top 10 song, “Rock Steady.” They have been inducted into the Soul Music Hall of Fame, and the R&B Hall of Fame.

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About Jody Watley 

Chicago native’s eclectic repertoire spans decades, Watley was awarded Billboard Magazine’s Top Female Artists and Top Dance Artists of All Time in 2018 and Winner of the Best New Artist Grammy in 1987. Watley’s classic hits Include “Looking For A New Love,” “Don’t You Want Me,”

“Friends,” “Real Love,” “A Night to Remember,” and “Take That To The Bank.”

About Faye Moffett 

(Brandi “Faye” Moffett) also known as “FM” is an American singer and songwriter. Her original songwriting melds neo-soul, R&B & hip-hop that’s rooted in blues gospel. FM has shared the stage and set the tone for many Grammy-winning recording artists like Musiq Soul Child, Andra Day, Selena Johnson to name a few and is currently working on her own tour and next album. 

Her new single “Circles” kicks off her newest project and is now available on all music streaming platforms.

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