As COVID-19 vaccines continue to be administered, concerts are starting to come back to Oklahoma after more than a year of relative silence due to the pandemic.
In Oklahoma City, Chesapeake Energy Arena announced last week its first new addition to its concert calendar in months: Country music star Kane Brown will be bringing his “Blessed and Free Tour” to The Peake on Oct. 14 with special guests Jordan Davis and Restless Road. Tickets are on sale as of today through Ticketmaster.
The Peake is hosting the PBR Express Ranches Invitational this weekend with the arena at 45% capacity and masks required, and the venue announced today that the sports comedy group Dude Perfect has made a date in OKC on Oct. 1, with tickets on sale at 10 a.m. April 21 at http://bit.ly/DudeOKC.
Also, The Criterion announced this week that Grammy-winning country duo Brothers Osborne are bringing their “We’re Not for Everyone” tour for a Sept. 18 show. Tickets go on sale April 23 at www.brothersosborne.com. It’s the first new show that isn’t a Flaming Lips Space Bubble Concert that The Criterion has announced in what seems like an age.
On Facebook, OKC’s venerable Zoo Amphitheatre is promising to unveil an upcoming rock show soon.
Some of the smaller local venues also are continuing to announce new shows in their limited capacity configurations: The Tower Theatre put tickets on sale today for concerts featuring Ian Moore (Sept. 10) and Tab Benoit (June 13), and the Diamond Ballroom is hosting OKC band Element’s 20th anniversary show tonight and Oklahoma-Texas Red Dirt music standouts Jason Boland & the Stragglers Saturday.
In Tulsa, the BOK Center revealed this week that Grammy-winning country star Chris Stapleton’s upcoming concert there, which last year was delayed to Aug. 20 due to the pandemic, has been rescheduled for Nov. 5. Although we hate to hear of more postponements, that means the show is on the books for this fall, so it’s not a long delay.
And that seems like promising news for live music venues, artists and fans, who haven’t had much to celebrate in the past 14 months.
Kelli O’Hara to play virtual fundraiser for OKC Philharmonic
The Oklahoma City Philharmonic has announced plans for a virtual fundraiser featuring Tony-winning Oklahoma native Kelli O’Hara, who is celebrating her 45th birthday today.
“An Evening with Kelli O’Hara” will feature Jan McDaniel on piano as well as the musicians of the OKC Philharmonic. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. May 20, with Glenna and Dick Tanenbaum as presenting sponsor.
Tickets for the virtual event begin at $150 and will go on sale at 9 a.m. April 21. The OKC Philharmonic is partnering with Kam’s Kookery for the catering of the event.
In addition to a special appearance by Jane Jayroe Gamble, Maestro Alexander Mickelthwate will be featured at this event designed to raise funds for the OKC Philharmonic’s orchestral programming and education and community engagement initiatives.
To become a sponsor or get more information, go to https://www.okcphil.org/support-the-phil/virtual-fundraising-gala.
Colourmusic makes a splash with new song ‘The Ocean’
Colourmusic makes a psychedelic splash with its new single “Ocean,” from the Stillwater-based indie rock band’s new album “Thank Goodness Hell is Easy to Get Into.”
The band describes “Thank Goodness Hell is Easy to Get Into” as a “phantasmagorical stoner rock self-help album.”
It is the follow-up to Colourmusic’s 2020 release, an ambient music album titled “Mathewson, OK” billed as an “homage to an area of Oklahoma that doesn’t exist anymore that used to be a town that doesn’t exist anymore.”
For more on Colourmusic and how to get the new album, go to www.facebook.com/colourmusic.
Hotel Nights tap into a sweet sound with ‘Perfume’
Oklahoma City singer, songwriter and musician Chase Kerby and his new band Hotel Nights keep bringing a uniquely sweet sound to the local music scene.
The group’s new single “Perfume” is another yearning rock ballad that will have you swaying through memories of a faded love affair.
“Hotel Nights was an idea that started forming in my head back in 2016. The name came to me after driving through Tulsa late one night on my way back home. I saw people walking into the cheap motel rooms located on the outskirts of town and wondered what their ‘hotel night’ was like,” Kerby explained in an email.
“I started the band because I wanted to separate myself from my musical past and start fresh. So in July of 2019, I scrapped all the songs I’d been working on and started writing all new material. I’ve had a lot of great experiences through music (national tours with big acts, being on ‘The Voice,’ etc.), but none of those experiences defined me as an artist or a person. All the songs I was writing were made to be played with a band.”
The lineup for Hotel Nights is Kerby on vocals, guitar, piano, synth and percussion; Garrison Brown on lead guitar and trumpet; Dustin Ragland on drums and percussion; John McCall on bass, organ and piano; and Adam Ray on saxophone and various woodwinds. Follow along with the band at twitter.com/hotelnightsband.
Blake Shelton celebrates 20th anniversary of breakout single
Tishomingo-based country music superstar Blake Shelton is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his breakout hit “Austin” with the release today of a limited-edition vinyl of his debut single.
As it did back in 2001, the special 7” record also features the B-side track “Problems At Home.” The special release is available here, but only through May 21.
Since the Ada native released “Austin” in April 2001, he has become a platinum-selling, award-winning entertainer who has notched 28 chart-topping singles. Shelton will appear Sunday night on the Academy of Country Music Awards, where he will perform a medley of “Austin” and his new hit “Minimum Wage.” The latter is from his upcoming 12th studio album, “Body Language,” due out May 21.
Jesse Aycock breaks hearts with ‘Sadder Than a Sunset’ video
Tulsa musician Jesse Aycock’s new self-titled album has arrived, and that’s worth celebrating, even if his new song and video “Sadder Than a Sunset” breaks your heart in a million sparkling pieces.
Out on Tulsa-based Horton Records, “Jesse Aycock” features 13 songs and spotlights the renowned multi-instrumentalist’s skills as a singer-songwriter.
“I’ve been working on many of these songs over the last few years, but I could never land on something until they finally took shape. A handful came together very recently. There were a few songs I was still finishing up as we were tracking them, which was a new experience for me. Luckily, I have faith in the creative process and great friends to work with in the studio. I find that when you let things happen organically, that’s when magic happens,” Aycock said in a statement. “Overall, I think this album is a little more personal and vulnerable than my previous albums. I think for the listener, it’s still abstract enough to find your own meaning.”
Aycock played guitar, steel guitar, keys and even Mellotron on his latest album. He was joined on the project by several friends and fellow Tulsa musicians, including drummer Paddy Ryan, bassist Aaron Boehler and keyboardist John Fullbright. Jason Crosby contributed keys and strings to several tracks, and Lauren Barth, Allison Moorer and Jason Weinheimer, the record’s co-producer and engineer, supplied background vocals. The album was recorded at Weinheimer’s Fellowship Hall Sound in Little Rock, Arkansas, with additional tracks recorded at Paradise Studio at Grand Lake (legendary Tulsa Sound pioneer Leon Russell’s former recording compound).
For more information, go to www.facebook.com/JesseAycockBand.
Kitt Wakeley delivers orchestral rock tribute to ‘Sinners and Saints’
Award-winning producer, composer and Oklahoman Kitt Wakeley has premiered the second single off his upcoming album “Symphony of Sinners and Saints.” The dramatic orchestral rock tribute to “Sinners and Saints” is available on all major digital service providers ahead of the album’s release next month.
With Oklahoma City-based Wakeley on keyboards, the new song also features the talents of celebrated UK ensemble the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), bassist Ryan Miller, drummer Brent Berry, guitarist Paige Harwell, and the London Voices choir (which has worked with Paul McCartney, Luciano Pavarotti, the “Hunger Games” series). The song was composed, arranged, and co-produced by Wakeley and co-produced, engineered, and mixed by three-time Grammy Award winner Tre Nagella (Lady Gaga, Blake Shelton, Snoop Dogg).
“It’s a majorly epic song with a wall of sound. A lot of pros came through the studio while we were mixing it. I saw jaws drop and almost all wanted to sit and listen to us work on it,” Wakeley said in a statement. “I’m so proud of the way it turned out and am really excited to see the public’s reaction.”
“Symphony of Sinners and Saints” is set to release on May 21 with a celebration at 7 p.m. that day at the Civic Center Music Hall. The red carpet event will include a full-stage production and a socially-distanced concert environment. Tickets are on sale here and range from $35 to $75.
The album’s first single, “Conflicted,” featuring guitar great Joe Satriani, debuted March 13 at No. 1 on Billboard magazine’s Hard Rock Digital Song Sales chart, No. 6 on the Billboard Rock Digital Song Sales chart, and No. 18 on Billboard’s Hot Hard Rock Songs chart. For more information on Kitt Wakeley, go to www.kittwakeley.com.
OKC/Norman band Alphabet Supine spells out new single
OKC/Norman lo-fi pop band Alphabet Supine has spelled out the first single from its debut album, and it’s easy to slip into the mellow flow of “I’ll Get to It.”
Here’s what the band has to say about the new song:
“Creativity ebbs and flows. This song is the paddle we used to escape a particularly sticky ebb. The content of the music was very much influenced by its method of creation. We have, for years, been quietly writing songs the ‘2020’ way. Which is to say, physical distance dictates that we compose without ever being in a room together. Our four-bedroom band spans 500+ miles from OKC to St. Louis. We are musical pen pals. This song is a letter between old friends. An urgent message to just keep rowing.”
Alphabet Supine is billed as “a four-bedroom band spanning 500+ miles from OKC to St. Louis.” The band consists of Dane Heins, Derek Moore, Josh Praizner and Tyler Haynes. Follow along with them at www.facebook.com/alphabetsupine.
Golden Ones rock in new video
Tulsa’s alt-glam rockers band Golden Ones take music fans inside the studio for the video for the raw rocker “Who’s Gonna Save Us Now.” (Fair warning: The song contains some strong language.)
The song is from the Golden Ones’ debut LP, “Nowhere Fast,” which dropped Nov. 27 on the Tulsa-based nonprofit label Horton Records. The LP’s 10 original songs were recorded over two days in July at Leon Russell’s Paradise Studio by Jason Weinheimer and Zachariah Reeves of Fellowship Hall Sound.
Fronted by powerhouse vocalist Sarah Frick, the band pays homage to David Bowie and takes its name from a line in “Oh! You Pretty Things”: “I think about a world to come where the books were found by the Golden Ones. Written in pain, written in awe, by a puzzled man who questioned what we were here for.”
Along with the lead singer, the quartet includes lead guitarist Sean Fisher, bassist Jesse Frick and drummer Jay Sullivan. The band was formed in 2016, shortly after Sarah and Jesse Frick returned to Tulsa after a three-year stint in San Diego, California.
The band will be performing a long-awaited live album release show June 18 at Maggie’s Music Box in Jenks. Get details at www.facebook.com/goldenonesok.
Carrie Underwood shines on Latin AMAs with David Bisbal
Watch country music superstar and Checotah native Carrie Underwood belt beautifully in two languages alongside Spanish sensation David Bisbal on Thursday night’s Latin American Music Awards.
The stars aligned for their first televised performance of their bilingual pop ballad “Tears of Gold,” singing in English and Spanish among golden lantern-like decorations and fountaining pyrotechnics.
The pair was nominated for a Latin AMA for the dazzlingly pretty music video for “Tears of Gold,” but the prize for Favorite Video went to Selena Gomez’s “De Una Vez.”
Underwood will next be on TV Sunday night, when she will be performing on the 56th Academy of Country Music Awards. The ACM Awards will air 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday on CBS and will be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+, too.