Oldaker, who grew up in
"People just need to be aware that
Despite the support of Oldaker and other accomplished artists for the
The museum proposal has had a rough go of it in
The museum, nicknamed OKPOP, wasn't the only high-concept development to fall victim to the budget ax this year. Plans to appropriate
Backers of OKPOP have vowed to lobby
Last year, Russell donated more than 4,500 items to the planned museum, including thousands of photos, more than 1,300 audio recordings, 100 video recordings and old concert programs, posters and tickets, among other artifacts in the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's vast collection. Oldaker has donated a drum kit he used while playing for Clapton in the 1980s.
"I've got an asset that has worldwide marketability," said
If OKPOP gets the money, Blackburn says the museum will be self-supporting, thanks to revenue from admission fees, special events it would host and a 600-car garage that would be built next to the museum.
Some lawmakers see the potential tourism draw for the state.
"I think it will be a much better mood, especially if our revenues increase," said state Sen.
Oldaker — like some of the other artists who trace their roots and careers to
The risk of the state going without a place like OKPOP?
"There's (items) sitting around that are going to end up on someone's garage sale table, and it's going to be tossed out," Oldaker said.
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