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Weekend Warmup for Sept. 25-27, 2009

by Brandy McDonnell Published: September 24, 2009

Taylor Swift (Associated Press photo)

Here is a list of events happening around Oklahoma this weekend (Sept. 25-27). For more events, go to

- TULSA — Hear country starlet Taylor Swift, with Kellie Pickler and Gloriana, at 7 p.m. Sunday at the BOK Center, 200 S Denver. Information: (866) 726-5287 or

- Take in small artworks by 150 Oklahoma artists, live music and food at the 12×12 Art Show & Sale at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Fred Jones Industries Building, 900 W Main. The event is the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s sole fundraiser. Information: 879-2400 or

- DEL CITY — Share an evening with servicemen and women at Vets Fest 2009, featuring Ronnie Kaye and Mike Black and the Stingrays, from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday at American Legion Post 73, 5000 SE 24. The event raises funds for the Oklahoma Women Veterans program. Information: 833-4140.

Gary Allan

- Catch PRCA bullriding followed by .38 Special in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday during the Oklahoma State Fair’s “Rockin’ Bulls” at Jim Norick State Fair Arena. At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, “Bulls & Brawn” will feature more bullriding action plus music by Gary Allan. Information: 948-6700 or

- Also at the Oklahoma State Fair, hear Boyz II Men at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Black Stone Cherry at 8 p.m. Saturday on the Toyota Stage at State Fair Park. These performances are free with outside gate admission. Information:

- THACKERVILLE – Or, catch Gary Allan at 9 p.m. Friday at WinStar World Casino, 777 Casino Ave. The casino will feature singer-songwriter Jonny Lang in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday. Information:

Cross Canadian Ragweed

- Hear Cross Canadian Ragweed, Tesla, Toadies, Brandon Jenkins, Mike McClure, Stoney LaRue, Randy Rogers Band, Seth James and Stephanie Briggs Saturday at the Sixth Annual Cross Canadian Ragweed Family Jam at the Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheatre, 2101 NE 50. Gates open at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, and the music starts at 3 p.m. The concert is a fundraiser for Mandi’s Ministries. Information: 364-3700 or (Look for my story on the event Friday.)

- CHICKASHA — Listen to country singer Gene Watson at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Chickasha High School Performing Arts Theatre, 101 John P. Cowan. Information: (405) 243-7252.

- CHOCTAW – Raise awareness about cancer at a fundraising event hosted by Choctaw restaurant Bandana Red’s, 14030 SE 29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. All proceeds will benefit Ally’s House and the St. Anthony Hospital Cancer Institute. Activities will begin at 9 a.m. with a two-milewalk for cancer awareness starting at Old Germany Restaurant, 15920 SE 29, and ending at Bandana Red’s. Free hamburgers, hot dogs, hot links, chips and drinks will be served. The event also will feature face painting and inflatables for kids, a motorcycle and antique car show and an auction. Live music will be provided by Shawna Russell, Mitch Cason and the Big Idea, Brother Outlaw, Jack Rowdy, Darlin Darla and New Hope Cowboy Gospel, and Ty England will make a special appearance. Information: 869-0303.

Samantha Crain & the Midnight Shivers

- TULSA – Hear The Avett Brothers with Samantha Crain & the Midnight Shivers at 7 p.m. Saturday at Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N Main. Information:

- MIAMI – Listen to the Randy Rogers Band at 8 p.m. Friday at Buffalo Run Casino, 1000 Buffalo Run Blvd. Information:

- Take in live music by local bands, a children’s arts activity area hosted by Wilson Elementary PTA, and delicious food, wine and beer from restaurants around Oklahoma City during the 14th Annual Mesta Festa from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday in Mesta Park, at NW 18 and Shartel in the historic Mesta Park Neighborhood. Information:

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey

- TULSA – Hear Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey at 9 p.m. Friday at The Marquee, 222 N Main. Information:

- DEL CITY - Take in dog/owner pet contests, door prizes, a silent auction, an Elvis impersonator, children’s game and live music from the Rainy Day Six Band and The Boxer Rebellion at the second annual Hawgs for Hounds, a fundraising event for the nonprofit Red Dirt Boxer Rescue. Hawgs for Hounds will take place rain or shine from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Ray Trent Park, adjacent to the Del City Dog Park. Friendly, well-behaved pets are welcome at the event. A motorcycle run will begin at 9:30 a.m., with registration starting at 8 a.m. Information:

- See fine Western saddles, bits, spurs, braided rawhide and exquisite silver work by 20 talented gear makers from the United States, Canada and Argentina at the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association Annual Exhibition and Sale at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63. The exhibit is scheduled to open Saturday and will run through Dec. 6. Information: (Look for my story on the event Friday.)

John McEuen

- NORMAN – Hear John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Lions Park, 201 W Daws. The free show is the final in the 2009 Summer Breeze Concert Series sponsored by the Performing Arts Studio. Information: (See my review of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s new album “Speed of Life” on Friday.)

- Listen to Antsy McClain and Edgar Cruz at 9 p.m. Friday at The Blue Door, 2805 N McKinley. Information:

- Hear Gentle Ghost, Depth and Current and Feel Spectres at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at The Opolis, 113 N Crawford. Information:

- Laugh along as Red Dirt Improv performs at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday at the new IAO Gallery, 706 W Sheridan. Matt Donnelly, formerly of New York City’s Neutrino Video Project, will be sitting in with the local troupe. Information:


by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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