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  • Interview and video: Love and Theft headlining inaugural Buckin Wild Music Fest this weekend in Erick

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    A version of this column appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Love and Theft headlining inaugural Buckin Wild Music Fest in Erick The homegrown festival, featuring live country music, camping, barn dances and a bull riding competition, will kick off its inaugural...

  • Willie Nelson plans Oklahoma return with Oct. 11 Newkirk show

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    NEWKIRK — Although the Country Music Hall of Famer’s Oklahoma City show earlier this month was canceled due to an illness in his band, Willie Nelson already is planning a return trip to the Sooner State. Willie Nelson & Family will play Oct. 11 at First Council Casino & Hotel, 12875 N...

  • Avett Brothers book Weatherford show; tickets on sale today

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    WEATHERFORD — Folk-rockers The Avett Brothers will perform in concert Sept. 25 at Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s new Pioneer Cellular Event Center, 900 N Seventh. The show is part of the university’s Panorama series. Tickets went on sale today, and prices range from $37 to $75....

  • Brantley Gilbert to play Sept. 20 at Tulsa's BOK Center; tickets on sale today

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    TULSA — Rising country star Brantley Gilbert has added a Sept. 20 date at the BOK Center, 200 S Denver, to his “Let It Ride” tour. The show’s special guests will include Aaron Lewis and Chase Bryant. Tickets went on sale at 10 a.m. today and are available at www.bokcenter.com, Arby’s...

  • Video: St. Vincent performs on "Late Show with David Letterman" and "Live on Letterman"

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    Tulsa native St. Vincent performed Wednesday on CBS Interactive’s award-winning webcast concert series, “Live on Letterman,” and she also was featured performing “Bring Me Your Loves” Thursday night on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” delighting the host with her...

  • What to do in Oklahoma on July 17, 2014: Hear Ripple Green at The Blue Note or Horseshoe Road at UCO Jazz Lab

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    Today’s featured events: Fans of homegrown music can hear two sonically divergent Oklahoma City bands who just returned from performing overseas play local shows tonight – Indie rockers Ripple Green, who just got back from making music in the United Kingdom, play at 10 tonight at The Blue...

  • Edmond band At Long Last playing farewell show TONIGHT at The Conservatory

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    Edmond teenage alternative rockers At Long Last are playing their farewell show at 7 tonight at The Conservatory, 8911 N Western Ave. The foursome — singer/primary songwriter/guitarist Jordan Lindley, lead guitarist Caden Castelli, drummer Carson Hawkins, and bassist Cole Verble — started...

  • What to do in Oklahoma on July 16, 2014: Hear Caleb McGee & The Townies at The Deli

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    Today’s featured event: NORMAN – Partake of a Live Music Sampler Pack at 10 tonight at The Deli, 309 White Street. Jeremy Johnson will kick off the show, followed by King Of Broke and finally Caleb McGee & the Townies. Plus, if you hustle, you can catch a free (and smoke-free) show...

  • Tonight's Sonic Summer Movie "Despicable Me 2" postponed due to rain

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    There are probably some melancholy minions in Oklahoma City tonight, since the Myriad Botanical Gardens have postponed their Sonic Summer Movie Night presentation of “Despicable Me 2.” The popular animated sequel was postponed due to the rainy weather in OKC, the Gardens folks announced this...

  • Photo: Krystal Keith celebrates with her dad Toby Keith after her Grand Ole Opry debut

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    A week ago, Oklahoma country music singer-songwriter Krystal Keith took another stride forward with her debut performance July 9 at the venerable Grand Ole Opry. “I have never been nervous on a stage in my life…until that night at The Grand Ole Opry,” Keith said in a news release. “There...

  • Wednesday Video Spotlight: Carrie Underwood returns to "Sunday Night Football," promo hits movie theaters July 25

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    Checotah native Carrie Underwood is returning as the voice of the “Sunday Night Football” theme song. NBC Sports Group announced this week the Friday, July 25 debut of a new cinema spot starring the six-time Grammy winner performing “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night,” the opening theme...

  • What to do in Oklahoma on July 15, 2014: Hear Chasing James at Belle Isle Library

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    Today’s featured event: Hear kindie folk duo Chasing James at 7 tonight at Belle Isle Library, 5501 N Villa. The free performance is part of the Metropolitan Library System’s summer Neighborhood Arts program. For more information, go to www.metrolibrary.org. For more events, go to...

  • Garth Brooks to kick off comeback tour Sept. 4 in Chicago

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    Oklahoma country music superstar Garth Brooks confirmed today that he is set to kick off his world tour and the first stop is Chicago. As previously reported, Brooks kept his promise to a fan Monday by calling Andy Roberts of Atlanta and letting him be the first to know the first city on the...

  • What to do in Oklahoma on July 14, 2014: Hear Cimarron Opera at the Midwest City Library

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    Today’s featured event: MIDWEST CITY – See Cimarron Opera perform at 7 tonight at the Midwest City Library, 8143 E Reno. The free performance is part of the Metropolitan Library System’s summer Neighborhood Arts program. For more information, go to www.metrolibrary.org. For more events, go...

  • Last-ditch efforts to save Garth Brooks' Ireland shows fail

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    Last-ditch efforts to save Oklahoma county music superstar Garth Brooks’ five-concert series set for later this month in Dublin, Ireland, have failed, reports USA Today. After learning that Dublin’s city council could not change its ruling denying permits for two of the five shows, which were...

  • Miranda Lambert to be featured on CMA Music Festival TV special airing Aug. 5

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    Summer’s hottest concert special just got hotter with the addition of Tishomingo resident and reigning Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert – including a fiery duet with Checotah native Carrie Underwood – to the star-studded lineup on “CMA Music Festival:...

  • Monday Catchy Quote No. 323

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    A catchy quote from a movie, TV show or other source to brighten the beginning of your week: Kate: [singing] I hate Paris in the springtime/I hate Paris in the fall/I hate Paris in the summer when it sizzles/I hate Paris in the winter when it drizzles/I hate Paris, oh why oh why do I […]

  • Garth Brooks to open comeback tour in Chicago

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    Andy from Atlanta has spoken, and it seems that Oklahoma country music superstar Garth Brooks will open his comeback tour in Chicago. As previously reported, Brooks announced Thursday his plans to record a new album, make his first foray into digital music and launch a comeback tour. He said he...

  • Carrie Underwood hits movie theaters July 25 with "Sunday Night Football" promo

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    Checotah native Carrie Underwood is returning as the voice of the “Sunday Night Football” theme song. NBC Sports Group today announced the Friday, July 25 debut of a new cinema spot starring the six-time Grammy Award-winner and multi-platinum recording artist performing “Waiting All Day for...

  • What to do in Oklahoma on July 13, 2014: Hear Motley Crue at Tulsa's BOK Center

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sun, Jul 13, 2014

    Today’s featured event: TULSA – After more than three decades together, rockers Motley Crue are bringing their “Final Tour” to Tulsa for a show at 7 tonight at the BOK Center, 200 S Denver. Doors open at 6 p.m., and Alice Cooper will be opening up the show. Back in January, Motley Crue...



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