The Church Studio is thrilled to celebrate Leon's 80th birthday with you on April 2, 2022.

Below is a tentative list of activities you can expect during the weekend of the Shindig.  This will continue to evolve as we get closer to the date so please check back often. Many Leon Lifers will arrive earlier in the week and enjoy the vast number of "Things to Do" in Tulsa.

Friday: April 1, 2022

1:30 pm | Leon Russell Lakehouse Studio

Open House from 1:30-4 pm Courtesy of Dr. Rick Huskey

5:30 pm | Lennie's Club & Grill

An Evening of Music and Reflection featuring David Thayer, Steve Wilkerson, Bill Taylor, Bruce Dunla, Steve Pounds. Special Guest, Halen Nelah (Leon’s Grandaughter) and the Reverend Patrick Henderson

Saturday: April 2, 2022

9:00 am | The Church Studio

  • Meet The Church Studio Team

  • Historic Tours of The Church Studio

  • View The Church Studio Archive

  • Guest Speakers (Jeff Moore with OKPOP, John Wooley, and More)

  • Cocktail Reception

Sunday: April 3, 2022

2:30 pm | Leon Russell 80th Birthday Concert Will Rogers High School Auditorium

Featuring: Ann Bell, Claudia Lennear, Paul Benjaman, Don White, David Teegarden Sr., Rockin' Jimmy Byfield, Johnny Williams, Beau Charon, Brandon Holder, David Thayer, Billy Estes, Pete Marriot, Jennifer Marriot, Tom Nicholson, Alan Ransom, Wade Inman, Frank Padilla, and Jared Tyler


To commemorate the special event, pre-order your limited edition 2022 Leon Lifer Shindig T-Shirt. Shirts will be shipped prior to the event with some available the day of the event.

Pre-Order Your Shirt


The second-most populated city in the great state of Oklahoma, Tulsa is absolutely beautiful and filled with culture and many points of interest; especially for music lovers.

Learn about our hotel partners and see the variety of overnight accommodations that will fit your style and budget. All listed here are offering special Lifer pricing.


Dining is the best in Tulsa, Oklahoma. From fine dining to local casual flair, you'll find a restaurant to suit your palate. We have assembled some of our favorites!


If you desire to attend the April 2, 2022, Leon Lifer Shindig in Tulsa, Oklahoma; please fill out the below form with the number of attendees. This will automatically add you to the waitlist. Once the occupancy number is determined, we'll reach out to you on the next steps. Thank you for your interest in celebrating Leon's 80th birthday with us!

Leon Lifers

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To Make A Donation To The Church Studio Music Foundation for the Shindig, Simply Click The Image Below

You will be able to set the donation amount.