Kings of Leon, who have Oklahoma City and Talihina ties, will be the musical guests tonight on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” which airs at 11:35 p.m. weekdays on NBC.
The band will play its new single “Supersoaker” from its upcoming album “Mechanical Bull,” due out Sept. 24 on RCA Records.
KOL and The Flaming Lips, two Grammy-winning bands with Oklahoma ties, will play at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Rock for Oklahoma tornado benefit concert at Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jackson Browne, indie rock band Built to Spill, rocker Grace Potter, indie musician Ben Kweller (who recently filmed his movie debut “Rudderless” here in Oklahoma City) and Victoria Secret Angels Lily Aldridge and Erin Heatherton also are on the bill for the star-studded event, according to the venue’s website. Comedian Ben Hoffman will serve as emcee.
Several bands with ties to the Academy of Country Music at the University of Central Oklahoma will perform at the arena beginning at 5 p.m. when the doors open and prior to the headlining acts that will perform on the main stage starting at 6:30 p.m. Additionally, ACM@UCO bands will play between acts in the arena once the concert starts, according to a news release. Among the ACM@UCO groups performing are Fos, Chateau, Them Apples, and Ripple Green.
The evening also will include a silent auction for a meet-n-greet with Victoria Secret Angel’s Lily Aldridge and Erin Heatherton, according to www.chesapeakearena.com.
Proceeds will benefit the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund.
Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000. Prices are set at $35 and $50. Prices are subject to applicable fees.
“We couldn’t be more proud to lend a hand to our home state. We were all devastated by what happened there,” said Jared Followill, bassist for Kings of Leon, a Grammy-winning rock band that has Oklahoma City and Talihina ties, in a news release. “We have family and friends that were affected by the tornados … this is the least we could do.”
Losses from these storms are estimated to reach upwards of $2 billion. Many of the short-term needs of the people affected by the tornadoes have already been met; the goal of Rock for Oklahoma is to help them with long-term issues and problems, such as regaining livelihoods, according to the release.
“Shakespeare said ‘It is not enough to help the needy up, but to support them after’ and in our small way we are trying to not just be here at the moment of immediate need, but to stay and help with the rebuilding. After all, this is our home and they are us and we are them,” said Wayne Coyne, the Oklahoma City-based frontman of The Flaming Lips, in the release.
In addition, ACM@UCO will host an outdoor concert from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday as a part of Rock For Oklahoma. The outdoor concert will feature ACM@UCO student and alumni bands as well as local bands including Stardeath and White Dwarfs, The Kamals, Bowlsey, Oklahoma Cloud Factory, and DJ sets by Bennix. The bands will perform in “Thunder Alley” on Reno Avenue between Robinson and E.K. Gaylord.
The ACM@UCO outdoor concert is free and open to the public. However, concert attendees will have the opportunity to make donations to the United Way via text message to benefit those impacted by tornadoes throughout central Oklahoma, according to a news release.
Food truck vendors will also offer concessions throughout the outdoor concert, including Off The Hook, Huey’s Shaved Ice, La Gumbo Ya Ya, Cupcake Queen and Heo’s Kitchen, among others.
“The students and faculty from ACM@UCO immediately wanted to help the victims of the May storms. This is a great way for them to help the community and also see firsthand how a major event is put together,” said Scott Booker, CEO of ACM@UCO, in the release.
“Everyone in the ACM@UCO community, from students to staff, are excited to be able to aid in the relief efforts. Our involvement opens the door for members of the community who aren’t going to the concert to be involved in the activities outside of the venue and to show support by donating to the United Way.”
For more information on Rock for Oklahoma, go to www.chesapeakearena.com.