A version of this story appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman.
Oklahoma bands and songwriters get the spotlight Friday and Saturday at the fourth annual Live Music on the Canal, a music festival offering free performances by about 200 musicians within 70 showcases on five stages in Bricktown.
This year’s lineup of live music includes Jabee, Stephen Speaks, Dustin Prinz, Allie Lauren and The Secret Post, just to name a few. One common thread between the 70 acts is the Sooner State itself: All performers are Oklahoma artists that bring a wide variety of genres into their incredible talent.
“On behalf of the Oklahoma Chevy Team Dealers and Chevy Music Showcase, we’re happy to support Live Music on the Canal for the third consecutive year,” said Dot Rhyne, executive producer of Chevy Music Showcase, in a news release. “We love the spotlight on all Oklahoma songwriters and enjoy the variety of great original music shared throughout this two-day event.”
Live Music on the Canal is produced by Gwinner Studios. Owned by husband-and-wife duo Brian and Jessica Gwinner, Gwinner Studios is a mobile recording company that is actively involved in the music community. The Gwinners began Live Music on the Canal in 2010 as a way to bring local music to Bricktown visitors.
“Our mission is twofold really: to provide social and economical support for Oklahoma musicians and to boost our economy through Oklahoma businesses,” said Jessica Gwinner, co-owner and director of sales and marketing for Gwinner Studios, in the release. “The whole concept is all Okie, all original. It wouldn’t be possible without support from dedicated businesses and individuals who appreciate the music created by our fellow Okies. Oklahoma has heart and an amazing amount of talented performers.”
Local businesses also support live music in their venues.
“Earl’s Rib Palace enjoys sponsoring Live Music on the Canal as this event transposes the canal into a place that shares Oklahoma talent in a positive, family friendly atmosphere and the fan support is phenomenal,” said Jamie Brown, General Manager of Earl’s Rib Palace-Bricktown, in the release.
The music begins at 5 p.m. Friday and 11:45 a.m. Saturday.
“We would love for OKC to be the next Austin, Texas,” said Ben Bynum, property manager of the Lower Bricktown Association, in the release. “There’s a Stevie Ray in Oklahoma somewhere!”
The Gwinners are the only organizers of the event, and all proceeds go to operating expenses for the festival. All profits go directly to the performing artists.
The pair created a convenient way for listeners to leave digital tips for bands throughout the event.
“Have you ever seen a great musician play but had no cash to tip that person?” Jessica Gwinner said in the release. “We created TIPet as a way to encourage our community to financially contribute. On our website, music lovers can electronically tip a musician any dollar amount in increments of five dollars with only their credit card information. The best part is that when you make an online tip, all profits go to the musicians. It is a secure way to give to the music of your choice. And sometimes the musicians may throw in some CDs or other goodies as a thank you.”
The complete schedule for the festival is available online at www.livemusiconthecanal.com and on www.Facebook/livemusiconthecanal.
Event sponsors include Chevy Music Showcase, Jazmoz Bourbon Street, Earl’s Rib Palace, several Shelter Insurance agents, Focusrite / Novation, Oklahoma Film and Music Office, Tinker Federal Credit Union, and Direct TV.