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  • Miley's VMAs Date Has Record, Warrant Out for Arrest

    Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    The once-homeless man who was Miley Cyrus' date at the MTV VMAs on Sunday has a police record and an open warrant out for his arrest, reports ABC News. Jesse Helt, 22, gave a speech and accepted the award for Best Video on behalf of Cyrus on Sunday night at the MTV VMAs. Helt spoke about...

  • Bluegrass fans brave hot day in Blanchard

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    The fourth annual Blanchard Bluegrass Festival offered gospel music on Friday night and traditional bluegrass on Saturday.

  • Miley Cyrus sent a homeless man to accept her VMA award

    Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    Leave it to Miley to rock the VMA boat one way or another, says USA Today. This time it wasn't with a wrecking ball, but with a homeless man. When she won the award for best video of the year, she sent a young man who was all dressed up and could have been an up-and-coming rocker, to the...

  • Suge Knight Shot Multiple Times After VMA Party Turns Violent

    Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    Shots rang out at 1OAK nightclub in West Hollywood at around 1:30 AM Sunday, and Suge Knight  was shot twice and taken to the hospital by ambulance where he was rushed into surgery, eyewitnesses and Suge's family tell TMZ. A source close to Suge tells TMZ he was shot in the stomach and...

  • Revamped 'Phantom of the Opera' comes to Oklahoma City

    BY RICK ROGERS, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    A revamped “The Phantom of the Opera” production arrives in Oklahoma City for a two-week run at the Civic Center Music Hall.

  • Oklahoma fine arts notes

    Published: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    Oklahoma fine arts notes

  • Oklahoma graduates fill many teaching positions

    By Lori Johnson, For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    The state’s regional universities have a long history of providing teachers for Oklahoma classrooms

  • Rock band mistaken for terrorist group

    Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    The name of the militant Islamic group ISIS is probably one of the most reviled names in the country at the moment, and that is triggering threats and hate email for a defunct post-metal rock band with the same name. “It blows my mind that people can't see the difference,” a representative of...

  • WATCH: Deaf campers show how to feel 'Happy' in viral video

    Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    If there’s one thing the kids from Deaf Film Camp want you to come away with after watching the video they made of the Pharrell Williams' "Happy," it’s that they have no problem dancing and feeling music — even if they can’t hear a single note, according to A video of the campers,...

  • Willie Nelson's braids to hit the auction block

    Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    Some of the most distinctive hair in American music is up for sale with Willie Nelson's trademark braids heading to the auction block, where they are expected to fetch between $50,000 to $60,000, according to Reuters. The braids were cut in the 1980s when Nelson's hair was still red and will...

  • Oklahoma singer and songwriter Jessey General Thompson keeps singing despite setbacks

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    Honey-voiced Oklahoma singer-songwriter Jessey General Thompson is taking a casual approach to music these days. He will play his warm, emotive roots-rock songs Thursday as he closes out the TEEMCO Acoustic Thursdays series at Oklahoma City’s Myriad Botanical Gardens.

  • Oklahoma Band Q&A: Low Litas

    By Becky Carman, For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    Mandii Larsen and Penny Pitchlynn of Tulsa-based band Low Litas talk about almost losing a record in a black hole, hitting the road with BRONCHO and not overthinking it when playing music with your significant other.

  • Album Review: Gum, 'Gum' (Self-Released)

    By Kellen McGugan, For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    Oklahoma City’s Gum is on the forefront of the rock vanguard and has taken its time with this self-titled debut. No stone has been left unturned, and no detail has been breezed over. From the jump, there’s a sense of a band that has a purpose in giving an eponymous release something more than...

  • Album review: Sarah Jaffe, 'Don't Disconnect' (Kirtland Records)

    By Jessica Allison, For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    Album review: Sarah Jaffe, ‘Don’t Disconnect’ (Kirtland Records)

  • Album Review: Aaron Newman & The OK Caravan, 'Aaron Newman & The OK Caravan' (Self-released by Oklahoma City-based singer-songwriter)

    By Beau Blackstock, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Oklahoma City-based singer-songwriter Aaron Newman knows that hard work pays off. He didn’t have a record label, but pulled up his bootstraps, formed the OK Caravan and released an album filled with country leaning songs.

  • Garth Brooks Makes Concert History, Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Garth Brooks is at it again. The country superstar, who will be returning to the road in September, has added one last show to his Chicago run, bringing the total to 11 concerts there. Tickets for the 10:30 p.m. show on Friday, September 5th, at Allstate Arena go on sale Saturday, August 23rd,...

  • Norman Ballet Company seeks dancers for 'Oklahoma Nutcracker'

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Children and adults can schedule auditions for Sunday for “The Oklahoma Nutcracker,” a holiday tradition in Norman.

  • Putnam City band parents get marching orders in Oklahoma City metro-area

    By Terry Groover, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Jeff Downey, who is beginning his second year at the helm of the Putnam City High School marching band, decided this year’s preview night would be a perfect opportunity to let parents of the Oklahoma City metro-area school’s students not only see what their children were learning, but give them a...

  • Midsummer Nights' Fair to open Friday in Norman

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    The annual two-day Midsummer Nights’ Fair will be from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Lions Park in Norman.

  • Country Music Association Says Goodbye to Taylor Swift

    Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Taylor Swift and The Country Music Association break up. It was nice knowing you? When Taylor Swift made it very clear in her Yahoo Live stream Monday that despite her country roots, her fifth album 1989 is her "first documented, official pop album," The Country Music Association responded...



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