Wednesday 16 Apr

Dustin Prinz - Eleven

Few musicians take the time to master their instrument in the way that Oklahoma City singer-songwriter Dustin Prinz has; he’s a guitar virtuoso in every sense of the word, and Eleven gives him the chance to show just how far he can push that skill.
04/15/2014 | Comments 0

Horse Thief – Fear in Bliss

Listening to Horse Thief’s previous release — the haphazardly melodramatic Grow Deep, Grow Wild — felt like a chore. Whatever potential the Oklahoma City folk-pop act demonstrated on the EP was obscured behind a formulaic, contrived and ultimately hollow cloud. But it at least offered a glimmer of promise for a band consisting of, frankly, five pretty talented dudes. Critics saw it; the band’s management saw it; its current label, Bella Union, saw it; and its increasingly fervid fan base saw it.
04/08/2014 | Comments 0

Colourmusic — May You Marry Rich

There’s always a sense of danger when debuting songs in a live setting and playing them well. Without having heard the studio versions, expectations are set according to the live incarnations. But capturing the breadth of free-flowing atmosphere and sheer volume on a disc, vinyl or digital file isn’t the easiest thing to do, especially for a band as vociferous as Colourmusic.
04/01/2014 | Comments 0

Em and the MotherSuperiors — Churches into Theaters

As titles go, Churches into Theaters is an apt descriptor for the debut album from Oklahoma City rockers Em and the MotherSuperiors. It’s a reverential record, one that shares the gospel of classic rock, blues and soul but embraces the need to refashion it for modern times, channeling The Dead Weather, Grace Potter and Cage the Elephant along the way.
03/25/2014 | Comments 0

Rachel Brashear — Revolution

Rachel Brashear’s second EP, Revolution, starts with a kick to the shins.
03/18/2014 | 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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