Wednesday 23 Jul

TJ Mayes - "When Love Comes Down"

’50s era rock ’n’ roll had been long overdue for a rebirth. Thankfully, the stockpile of capable luminaries has not been in short supply over the past few years. 

07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Boare - "playdatshit"

The world is in the midst of an electronic music renaissance, and you find most of this boon of producers laying claim to the club-friendly, bass-dropping variety, holing up in the the free-flowing world of hip-hop beatmaking or pitching their tent on the out-there, boundary-pushing EDM camp.
07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Broncho - "Class Historian"

Broncho has never been hurting in the hook department. The success of the trio’s 2011 debut, Can’t Get Past the Lips, was predicated mostly on its ability to marry melodies with kinetic guitar riffs and anarchic energy. Yet we’ve heard nothing to the degree of pure pop catchiness on display in “Class Historian,” the new single from Broncho’s upcoming sophomore album, Just Enough Hip to Be Woman.
07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Manmade Objects - Monuments

No one wants to be forgotten; everyone wants some sort of legacy, a mark they leave behind as they exit this life for whatever lies beyond.

And for as long as there has been death, there have been monuments — whether austere or understated, abstract or concrete, prominent or tucked away in private — erected by the ones they loved to assure that remembrance, at least for a time.
07/15/2014 | Comments 0

Admirals - Amidst the Blue

Sometimes it helps to not be very good.

Some of the best albums and artists were born out of happy accidents owed to varying degrees of early suckage — the perfect note or chord for a song found by missing the one you are aiming for, failed mimicry of an idol bearing something entirely new and great instead.

07/09/2014 | Comments 0
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Jackpot jukebox

Luck be a lady ... or a lad, providing live entertainment for the high rollers of our state casinos.

Charles Martin January 4th, 2012

Although Oklahoma is not quite Las Vegas — or even Reno, Nev. — where performers enjoy lucrative careers with million-dollar contracts, plenty of state casinos help musicians carve out a living.

“It amazes me just how many people are still into Elvis,” said Mike Black, an Elvis Presley impersonator.

Black has donned the ’70s-era Elvis wardrobe for years, crooning for poker players as a side gig to his band, Mike Black and the Stingrays.

“It’s not just the old people, but also the younger people,” he said. “I’ve had teenagers come up and want to get their picture taken with Elvis and I’ve had people who are winning say, ‘Elvis, you’re bringing me luck! Keep singing.’” With Oklahoma’s thriving and competitive gaming industry, entertainment is one way for a casino to stand out in the pack. Brad Peltier, director of marketing and public relations for FireLake Grand Casino in Shawnee, has brought in performers like Black during special occasions, just to liven up the gaming tables and recreate Vegas’ glittery glamour.

Another casino veteran, magician and juggler Mike King, who has performed at Riverwind and FireLake, often can be found chatting up small groups while casually blowing minds with sleight-of-hand card tricks.

He said he takes his craft as seriously as any other career. “I’ve been performing for more than 20 years, and yet, I still consider myself to be a work in progress,” King said.

“As one may anticipate, the market for the kinds of shows I perform is slightly lower in Oklahoma City than other, larger cities like Chicago, Los Angeles or Manhattan. Based on conversations with entertainers in other cities, Oklahoma City is closer to the price range of Dallas, St. Louis and other markets closer to Oklahoma City.”
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