Update: This show has been cancelled due to an illness in the band. Ticket refunds are available at the point of purchase.
Sorry, other shows. Any time Willie Nelson comes to town, it’s just gonna be our pick. That’s the way it goes. Not to mention, the country icon is bringing Alison Krauss and Jason Isbell with him, so we really were left with no other options. See the acclaimed and beloved singer-songwriters perform in an outdoor setting (because, you know, it’s Willie) 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 9 at The Zoo Amphitheatre, 2101 NE 50th St. Tickets are $39.50-$99.50. Call 602-0683 or visit thezooamphitheatre.com.
Wednesday, July 9
It’s never too early to celebrate the Fourth of July. At least it isn’t at LibertyFest, an event spanning two weekends and featuring live patriotic music, a car show, A Taste of Edmond and more. The fest kicks off with the Concert in the Park 7:30 p.m. Thursday outside UCO’s Mitchell Hall Theatre, 100 N. University Drive, in Edmond. Admission is free. Call 340-2527 or visit libertyfest.org.
If you build it, Field of Dreams will come. Well, they built it, and Field of Dreams — arguably the best baseball movie starring Kevin Costner (of which there are many) — is coming to Sonic Summer Movie Nights. The popular film series starts back up 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 2 on the Great Lawn at Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W. Reno Ave. Admission is free. Call 445-7080 or visit myriadgardens.org.
Wednesday, July 2
We have seen our fair share of festivals here in OKC, but as far as headliner-worthy names go, we haven’t seen anything like OKC Fest. Dierks Bentley? Lady Antebellum? Merle freaking Haggard? Yeah, OKC Fest has them. The music, food and family-friendly fest starts Friday and runs through Saturday near Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W. Reno Ave. Tickets to the main stage events are $35. Call 866-977-6849 or visit okcfest.com.
Oklahoma City has quietly put together a damn fine collection of stand-up comics, and many of its finest purveyors of laughter will be at Comedy Night with Cameron Buchholtz, featuring none other than the North Star of the local comedy scene himself, (you guessed it) Cameron Buchholtz. Special guests include BradChad Porter, Nathan Joyner, Madison Allen, Justin Keithley and host Jeramy Westbrook. Sets begin at 9 p.m. Thursday at VZD’s Restaurant & Club, 4200 N. Western Ave. Admission is $5. Call 524-4203 or visit vzds.com.
Stuff happens. Some might use a different noun, but that’s basically the theme of the new production Mistakes Were Made, a satirical comedy about a high-strung theatrical producer set to receive its Oklahoma City premiere. Laughing commences 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday at Carpenter Square Theatre, 800 W. Main St. Tickets are $5-$20. Call 232-6500 or visit carpentersquare.com.
Few things are as American as racing, whether by foot, by automobile or by horse. Boat racing is pretty darn American too, so go cheer on competitors at the Riversport Challenge, a dual 500-meter kayak race and 5k running race as part of the SandRidge Energy Stars & Stripes River Festival. The whistle blows at 8 a.m., and events run through 10 p.m. in the Boathouse District, 725 S. Lincoln Blvd. Admission is free, while challenge registration is $35 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. Call 552-4040 or visit boathousedistrict.org.
As far as local music goes, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better lineup than the one at this weekend’s miniature festival Midtown Music, which features Power Pyramid, Gentle Ghost, Brothels, Sonic Violence and Bored Wax. The fact that the dudes from The SpyFM’s “You’re Welcome” will broadcast live is just icing on the indie-rock cake. The broadcast begins at 5 p.m. and the music at 5:30 p.m. on the rooftop at Packard’s New American Kitchen, 201 NW 10th St. Admission is free. Call 605-3771 or visit packardsokc.com.