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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.
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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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Zoo Amphitheatre on upswing with diversified lineup


Charles Martin July 4th, 2007

The Zoo Amphitheatre is seeing its best days since the PM Group took over operations six years ago. "We really revamped the amphitheater so it looks good, feels good, sounds good, so peo...

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The Zoo Amphitheatre is seeing its best days since the PM Group took over operations six years ago.
 
"We really revamped the amphitheater so it looks good, feels good, sounds good, so people want to come to it," said Howard Pollack, a senior partner with the PM Group.

Howard said it's long been an underutilized location, but is quickly living up to its potential.

"In the past six years since we've come here, we've had more shows than the rest of the entire history of the zoo," Pollack said. "We refocused the facility. We put in a VIP section in front of the stage, separated from the rest of the audience, for people who want to sit and see the show. You also have access to a VIP deck which has plasma screens, air conditioning, gourmet food bars, private bar service."

YOUTH FOCUS
Traditionally, the venue has hosted a lot of classic-rock shows, but is testing the youth market and getting rewarded with sell-out crowds.

"Me being a classic-rock person, I always had success with those shows at the Zoo Amphitheatre," Pollack said. "But I've come to find that if I analyze my success in the past, the reason I had success with shows was because I was a kid while I was promoting the shows."

Now they are courting artists like:
" Snow Patrol,
" Korn,
" Godsmack and
" The Flaming Lips. "Charles Martin

 
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