Wednesday 23 Jul
 
 

Chevy cruisin’

Chevy Woods with Kevin Gates & more
9 p.m. Sunday 
Vibe Night Club 
227 SW 25th St. 
$20-$40 

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Rock steady

Tesla
7 p.m. Saturday
Frontier City
11501 N. Interstate 35 Service Road 
frontiercity.com
478-2140
Free with park admission 

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Narrative verse

L.T.Z. with Jabee, Frank Black & more
8 p.m. Saturday
The Conservatory 
8911 N. Western Ave. 
conservatoryokc.com 
607-4805
$7 

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Dancing in the Twilight

Sunday Twilight Concert Series with The Wurly Birds
7:30 p.m. Sunday
Myriad Botanical Gardens 
301 W. Reno Ave. 
myriadgardens.org 
445-7080
Free 

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Next big thing

As far as songs go, few prove as challenging to sing as our national anthem.

It’s a technically demanding tune from first note to last, to be sure, beginning with a low bellow that quickly soars toward star-punching high notes, eventually swelling to a show-stopping crescendo that even the most seasoned performer can have trouble mastering.

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Jon Hardy and the Public — A Hard Year


Four solid country/rock tunes

Stephen Carradini January 17th, 2011

I discovered Jon Hardy and the Public via their 2007 tune “Cassius Clay,” which would have been my 2010 song of the year, had it come out then. Hardy’s sturdy yet emotive vocals against the vaguely twangy guitar-pop structures created an immersive mood. The sleigh bells help, of course.

I acquired their recent EP, “A Hard Year,” on the strength of this first impression, and it does not disappoint. The four tunes sound like Wilco, The Jayhawks and Bruce Springsteen got thrown in a blender, then went and jammed with the Old 97’s. It’s loud, twang-less country or it’s pensive, evocative rock, depending on how you want to frame the question.

From the energetic opening moments of “Restless Again” to the last hollered “hang on, baby!” of the title track, this EP oozes sincerity. The theme running through the songs and culminated in “A Hard Year” is passion trying to break through world-weariness, and Hardy has pinned that emotion down (with sleigh bells again! Yes!).

The songs each have their own charms, but it’s not really essential to break them up. The whole 15 minutes sounds like one glorious number, due to the cohesive quality of Hardy’s sound. That’s a sign of great production, as well as great songwriting.

If you like passionate young men hollering their heads off about love, loss and staying alive through all of it, you will fall in love with Jon Hardy. He’s got an infectious swagger that’s only tempered by his world-weariness, and every girl knows that’s impossible not to crush on. —Stephen Carradini

 
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