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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.

07/09/2014 | Comments 0

Sheriff Woody

Woody Guthrie Folk Festival featuring Jimmy LaFave, Arlo Guthrie and more

Wednesday through Sunday

Okemah

woodyguthrie.com

Free

07/09/2014 | Comments 0

California dreamin’

Modern Pantheist with The Wurly Birds and Larry Chin

9 p.m. Sunday

Blue Note Lounge 

2408 N. Robinson Ave.

thebluenotelounge.com

600-1166

$5

07/02/2014 | Comments 0

Major League tunes

Chipper Jones with The Hitt Boyz, Foxburrows and Milk Jr

8 p.m. Saturday

VZD’s Restaurant & Club

4200 N. Western Ave.

vzds.com

524-4200

07/02/2014 | Comments 0

Neon colors

Utah-based rockers Neon Trees spent a hot summer night setting fire to Tulsa’s legendary Cain’s Ballroom on June 19. Rounding out the aural palette were Smallpools, a lively L.A. powerhouse, and Nightmare and the Cat, a cadre of black-clad Brit/American alt-rockers. Neon Trees’ latest record, Pop Psychology, was the night’s flux capacitor, transporting all who were willing to a neon-soaked parallel universe.
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Harry Connick Jr. — In Concert on Broadway


Connick is on fire, and his band plays like maniacs.

Stephen Carradini March 2nd, 2011

Do you miss the era where Frank Sinatra was the biggest thing around? Do you pine over the days when the musical was king in pop culture? Are you already a fan of Harry Connick Jr., who apparently never left those days?

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If the answer to any of these questions is yes, “Harry Connick Jr. in Concert on Broadway” needs to be in your collection.

It’s exactly what it sounds like: Connick sings show tunes from the good ol’ days on Broadway (he extols “Guys and Dolls” as a perfect musical before belting out “My Time of Day / I’ve Never Been in Love Before”). The members of his big band and orchestra play their fingers off (especially in the triumphant “Take Her to the Mardi Gras,” which is part of a frenzied and fantastic third-act turn toward New Orleans jazz). People cheer exuberantly; Connick beams (you can almost hear it, for real).

Having had some experience with musicals in my day, this was a blast to listen to. Connick is in brilliant form, using his voice commandingly and fitting in to the large sound created by his band. The aforementioned final third is the best part of the disc, as the band  feeds Connick’s presence with their power. Connick is on fire when he really gets roaring, and it’s impressive.

So if you’re in the mood for some N’awlins jazz or musical standards by someone who really believes in them, pick this one up. It will not disappoint you. If you want to check it out before you buy it, the concert that this 15-song CD was culled from is playing on PBS’ “Great Performances” tonight. It’s worth your time. —Stephen Carradini

 
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