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  • Keeping it quirky: Paseo Arts Festival in Oklahoma City celebrates 40th anniversary, maintains bohemian spirit

    Keeping it quirky: Paseo Arts Festival in... By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Fri, May 20, 2016

    A Memorial Day weekend tradition, the 40th annual Paseo Arts Festival in Oklahoma City will feature 86 visiting artists from across the state, region and country, plus 85 neighborhood artists, along with three stages featuring live local music, more than a dozen food vendors, a beer garden, two...

  • Older and Bolder Dancers of Oklahoma City kick up their heels to inspire others

    Older and Bolder Dancers of Oklahoma City kick... By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Mon, May 23, 2016

    Needs & Deeds: The Older and Bolder Dancers of Oklahoma City may tear up a dance floor with the vigor of youngsters, but the nonprofit dance troupe is made up of women and men 62 and older. The group performs primarily in nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, assisted-living centers and...

  • Photos & interviews: Paseo Arts Festival maintains bohemian spirit, celebrates 40th anniversary

    Photos & interviews: Paseo Arts Festival... Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sun, May 22, 2016

    A version of this story appears in the Sunday Life section of The Oklahoman. Keeping it quirky Paseo Arts Festival celebrates 40th anniversary, maintains bohemian spirit Although it was about 25 years ago, Collin Rosebrook has clear memories of a girl selling crocheted bikinis off a chopper...

  • What to do in Oklahoma on May 22, 2016: See Perpetual Motion Dance's 'Wanderlust'

    What to do in Oklahoma on May 22, 2016: See... Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sun, May 22, 2016

    Today's featured event: Perpetual Motion Dance is poised to explore the human desire to break the grid of our daily routines, pursuing new paths and experiences with its 2016 spring concert "Wanderlust" at 2 p.m. today at the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, 3000 General Pershing Blvd. at...

  • What to do in Oklahoma on May 21, 2016: Hear Randy Rogers Band at The Criterion

    What to do in Oklahoma on May 21, 2016: Hear... Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sat, May 21, 2016

    Today's featured event: Standout Texas country music act Randy Rogers Band will play at 8 tonight at The Criterion, 500 E Sheridan Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m. Randy Rogers Band in January released its new album “Nothing Shines Like Neon,” featuring guest vocalists Alison Krauss, Jerry...

  • Garth Brooks adds second Yankees Stadium show

    Garth Brooks adds second Yankees Stadium show Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, May 20, 2016

    Oklahoma country music superstar Garth Brooks has added a second show to his highly anticipated tour stop at Yankees Stadium. Tickets went on sale this morning for the planned stadium show Saturday, July 9, but a second concert was added within an hour due to demand. So, Brooks also will...

  • Video: Thompson Square debuts new single 'You Make It Look So Good' with home video featuring infant son

    Video: Thompson Square debuts new single \'You... Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, May 20, 2016

    Multiplatinum-selling country duo Thompson Square, which consists of Miami, OK, native Keifer Thompson and his wife Shawna, released today their highly anticipated new single “You Make It Look So Good” across all digital retailers and streaming partners. Download the song...

  • Video: Blake Shelton makes media rounds for new album 'If I'm Honest,' out today

    Video: Blake Shelton makes media rounds for new... Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, May 20, 2016

    Oklahoma country music superstar Blake Shelton has released his new album "If I’m Honest," available now on iTunes. “I have never recorded a more personal or reflective album in my career,” Shelton writes in a note in the album. “If I’m Honest touches both the highs and lows of the past year...

  • Interviews & video: 2016 Oklahoma Hall of Fame inductees revealed

    Interviews & video: 2016 Oklahoma Hall of Fame... Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, May 20, 2016

    A version of this story appears in Friday's The Oklahoman. To read biographical information on the seven honorees, click here. 2016 Oklahoma Hall of Fame inductees announced Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook is joining the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, a year after helping usher...

  • Extended interview: Oklahoma singer-songwriter Jared Deck earning national attention with self-titled solo debut

    Extended interview: Oklahoma singer-songwriter... Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, May 20, 2016

    An abbreviated version of this story appears in Friday's Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. All Decked out Oklahoma singer-songwriter Jared Deck gets national attention with his debut solo album Jared Deck is experiencing the greatest success so far in his music career by telling...



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Brandy McDonnell


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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 million page views a year for the past two years. Raised on a crop and cattle farm near Lindsay, McDonnell started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school’s 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News and worked for the local weekly through high school. An Oklahoma State University graduate, she will celebrate her 10th anniversary at The Oklahoman in May 2012.


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