The Oklahoma Film & Music Office announced its plans for the 2011 South by Southwest Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas.
Spring has sprung (we hope) as I noted in a mixtape recently, so get out there and do something music-related. There’s plenty to do this weekend.
OKS fave Ryan Lawson will be kickin’ it at Blue Note tonight with Bloody Ol' Mule and Aaron Barker. The acoustic scene has started to grow with the advent of Acoustic Oklahoma, and these three guys have gotten some well-deserved press because of that burgeoning movement/idea/showcase/thing. Check it out – it’s only five bucks.
If you like blue things and acoustic music, but don’t really like the bar setting of the previous entry, Greg Trooper releases “Upside-Down Town” Saturday at The Blue Door. Trooper’s true to his name, as he’s a troubadour and a touring man, originally from New Jersey. Kickstarter helped him make this record, which is a cool side note, as I’ve been addicted to that website recently.
Jumping way across genres, “Red Bull Thre3Style” features DJs from Oklahoma competing against each other in a format that gives each one 15 minutes. The DJs have to make a set that combines different musical genres (with no mixing programs allowed). The judges will select winners based on “track selection, creativity, mixing skills, stage presence and overall crowd reaction,”according to the press release. OKC’s John Bourke, Mark Marino, DJ Diverse, DJ Switch, and DJ Boom will go up against Tulsa’s DJ Moody and DJ Kylie and Bartlesville’s Darku J. Show begins at 10 p.m. Saturday at Kamp’s Deli. Five bucks to get in.
And for the young’uns, or old’uns sporting young’uns on their hip, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art is having a family day Saturday featuring OKS faves Sugar Free Allstars and Spaghetti Eddie. Both acts are quality musicians that won’t disappoint any age bracket. The show starts at 2 p.m., but the family day goes from noon to 4. It’s $12 for adults, $10 for students/seniors, $5 for military and free to members and children ages 5 and under.
Get out there and rock.
Ryan Lawson's folk/country amalgam is unique for several reasons: he doesn't have much twang (like folk), he strums a lot (like country, and his vocals knob is perpetually set to "holler." He falls in the space between the genres, and his singular vision is always exciting and interesting. His set at Sooner Theatre Stage was no different. He entertained the audience with his excellent tunes and charming stage presence, despite putting up with some unnecessary shuffling of other people's equipment during the front end of his set. It was a joy to just kick back and enjoy some foot-stompin' good tunes.
It was also a joy to see Laura Wiederhoeft and Kyle Reid at Sonder Music. I'll listen to anything Kyle Reid does — so this set was guaranteed on that front — but it was also Wiederhoeft's (Off Boyd Jazz) last Oklahoma set before a move to Wisconsin. This can't-miss set lived up to its promise, as Wiederhoeft (vocals) and Reid (acoustic guitar) trotted out originals by both, jazz standards and even a Reid instrumental on cigar box guitar (his latest venture). The originals were the most riveting, with Reid's instrumental being a jaw-dropping highlight. Wiederhoeft's voice was sultry and inviting as usual, shining brightest on a Reid-penned tune about (what else?) the craziness of being in love. It was a thoroughly calming and enjoyable set. Wiederhoeft will be missed.
Because I knew I was going to miss Penny Hill Party on the main stage, I stopped back in at Opolis to watch Penny Hilary ("I am Penny Hilary, my band is Penny Hill," Pitchlynn said) acoustic. Her loose, meandering songs quite impressed me, exciting me for a 7" record that she said was coming out on Nice People this summer. Although her modus operandi included a flowing, easy pace, her best songs tightened up the formula a bit, allowing for immediately memorable melodies.
I’m no fan of cloning, but only because it doesn’t actually do what I want it to do. When I say, “I wish I could clone myself,” I really mean that I wish I could replicate/duplicate myself. Bill Watterson, genius creator of Calvin and Hobbes, understood this and created some of the best strips of the best comic series ever about it (scroll down to the sixth strip).
The reason I need a replicator tonight is that there are five local concerts I want to attend tonight. I need duplicates.
The one I’m going to be hitting for sure is the one I’ve been looking forward to for weeks/months: Brine Webb and The Nghiems’ double-CD release show in Norman. I’ve been stuck on Webb’s gripping tunes for weeks now, and I’m thoroughly excited to see them played live. Also, he and The Nghiems are planning to accommodate Thunder fans by having The Nghiems play during halftime, and Webb play after the fourth quarter. As a pretty rabid Thunder fan, I’m stoked about this.
The one I’m most depressed about missing is Feathered Rabbit, Junebug Spade and The Gentle Art of Floating at Belle Isle Brewery. Both Feathered Rabbit and The Gentle Art of Floating are on my to-see list — the former because it’s a new Kyle Mayfield (O Fidelis, Junebug Spade, Larry Chin, everyone else in Oklahoma City) project, and the latter because they throw parties, not shows. Alas, I will have to wait yet again.
If the Webb show gets done early, I’ll traipse my way over to Opolis, where Kite Flying Robot, Chrome Pony and Guardant will be throwing an end-of-school dance party. I have been known to dance wildly at Opolis.
Before all this started getting crazy, I had planned on going seeing Ryan Lawson, Ali Harter and O Fidelis at Bad Granny’s Bazaar, as all three are OKS faves. If you like acoustic country/folk, this is your show; these are three of the best in the metro at it, and rare is the show where they all play together.
And I just heard that Anty Shanty, 318 Main Street in Norman, will be hosting Skating Polly, Luna Moth and Shitty/Awesome as part of Second Friday Art Walk. I still haven’t been to a show here yet, despite my desire. Must everyone play on the same night?!
As for non-local artists, Jamey Johnson will be stopping at Diamond Ballroom for those who are into straight-up country. It doesn’t get earthier than Johnson these days, so if that’s your bag, this is your gig. Red-dirt Austinite Brandon Jenkins will play Joy’s Palace, 300 E. Main Street in Norman, also as part of Art Walk. Finally, Avenged Sevenfold ,Three Days Grace and Bullet for My Valentine will be rocking faces off at Zoo Amphitheatre.
Saturday is less stacked, but still a difficult choice, as The City Lives’ final show is at The Conservatory; The Boom Bang, Copperheads and Purple Church make ears bleed at Opolis; and new band Bona Fide Villains (ex-Sweetwater) play Sauced.
Don’t ever let ‘em ever tell you this town had nothin’ for ya.