• Video: Blake Shelton to host, play as musical guest on 'Saturday Night Live' TONIGHT

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    As previously reported, Oklahoma country music superstar Blake Shelton will be the host and musical guest tonight on “Saturday Night Live.” It’s the Tishomingo resident’s first time to host the show. “SNL” airs at 10:30 p.m Saturdays on NBC. In this video, “The Voice” coach says he’s not really nervous about hosting the sketch comedy […]

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Jan. 24, 2015: Hear Kyle Reid, Jesse Aycock and more at tonight's benefit show at The Chouse

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    Today’s featured event: NORMAN – Oklahoma musicians Kyle Reid, Jesse Aycock, Levi Parham, Desi & Cody, Robert Hoefling and Cody Brewer will play in the round at a benefit show at 7 tonight at The Chouse, 717 W Boyd. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Half of the proceeds from the show will go to the […]

  • Maddie & Tae to play new song 'Fly' TONIGHT on 'The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon'

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    As previously reported, Oklahoma-Texas country duo Maddie and Tae will play their new song “Fly” tonight as the musical guest on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.” “The Tonight Show” airs at 10:35 p.m. weeknights on NBC. With “Fly” poised to go for adds at country radio on Monday, Fallon and his team at “The […]

  • Video: Blake Shelton plays 'The Whisper Challenge' on 'The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon' before hosting 'Saturday Night Live' this week

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Oklahoma country music superstar Blake Shelton visited “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” Thursday night to promote his upcoming gig hosting “Saturday Night Live.” As previously reported, “The Voice” coach will host NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” for the first time this Saturday. The Tishomingo resident will be performing double duty as the musical guest and […]

  • Interview & video: Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra making Oklahoma debut TONIGHT

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    A version of this story appears in the Friday Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra brings happy sounds to Oklahoma The New Zealand-based Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra, which features 11 ukulele players and a bassist who also sing, is playing Oklahoma City Community College’s Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater on […]

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Jan. 23, 2015: See independent films at the Trail Dance Film Festival in Duncan

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Today’s featured event: DUNCAN – The annual Trail Dance Film Festival will showcase 90 independently produced films today and Saturday at Simmons Center, 800 Chisholm Trail Parkway, and Chisholm Trail Heritage Center, 1000 Chisholm Trail Parkway. Ticket prices range from $7 for a two-hour block pass to $40 for a full weekend pass. For tickets […]

  • Interview & videos: Comedian Christopher Titus bringing 'Angry Pursuit of Happiness' and new material to Oklahoma

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    A version of this story appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Watch for language in the videos. Comedian Christopher Titus brings ‘Angry Pursuit of Happiness’ to Oklahoma Comedian Christopher Titus, best known for his autobiographical TV show “Titus,” is performing stand-up from his most recent special along with new material on his […]

  • Photos & video: Stillwater artist Michael Volpicelli unveils his 'word art' on 'Steve Harvey' show

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Artist Michael Volpicelli of Stillwater will unveil a portrait he created of Steve Harvey on today’s episode of the comedian’s show. The “Steve Harvey” show airs at 3 p.m. weekdays on KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City. Volpicelli makes incredible portraits, all created using tiny words to make up the images. His “word art” is so remarkable, […]

  • Thursday Video Spotlight: Miranda Lambert's Ram Truck song 'Roots and Wings'

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    The Ram Truck brand launches a new marketing initiative this week featuring Grammy Award winner and Tishomingo resident Miranda Lambert and a custom “Roots and Wings” song Lambert wrote exclusively for the campaign. The campaign includes television, print, digital, social media and long-form video elements and is the next phase of the partnership between Lambert […]

  • Thursday Video Spotlight: Kristin Chenoweth makes media rounds with 2 movies and Broadway return

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Ever-busy Emmy- and Tony-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth, who hails from Broken Arrow, has been making the media rounds with a plethora of projects. Chenoweth has two movies opening on Friday: the thriller “The Boy Next Door,” starring Jennifer Lopez and Ryan Guzman, and the animated feature “Strange Magic,” also featuring the voices of Maya Rudolph […]

  • Blake Shelton to appear on 'Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon' TONIGHT

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Oklahoma country music superstar Blake Shelton will appear tonight on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.” “The Tonight Show” airs at 10:35 p.m. weeknights on NBC. As previously reported, “The Voice” coach will host NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” for the first time this Saturday.The Tishomingo resident will be pe rforming double duty as the musical […]

  • Carrie Underwood surpasses personal best with 'Something in the Water'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Superstar Carrie Underwood, who hails from Checotah, has now surpassed a personal best that she set with her debut single “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” as her Grammy-nominated smash “Something in the Water” achieves a seventh cumulative week at No. 1 on Billboard’s airplay/sales/streaming-based Hot Country Songs chart, according to a news release. The gold-certified “Something […]

  • John Moreland to release new album 'High on Tulsa Heat' April 21

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Oklahoma-based singer-songwriter John Moreland will release his new album “High On Tulsa Heat” April 21 via Thirty Tigers. The album will be the follow-up to Moreland’s acclaimed 2013 collection “In the Throes,” which made my list of the top Oklahoma albums of 2013. The 10 songs on “High On Tulsa Heat” explore themes of self-reflection, […]

  • Tickets on sale Friday for Sturgill Simpson's March show at Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    TULSA – Grammy-nominated country/roots music singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson will play a March 29 show at Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N Main. Tickets range from $17 to $32 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. For tickets and information, go to www.cainsballroom.com. Simpson’s sophomore album “Metamodern Sounds In Country Music” is nominated for a Grammy Award […]

  • 'Weird Al Yankovic' bringing 'Mandatory World Tour' to Oklahoma City, Tulsa in May

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Fresh off the biggest year of his storied career, “Weird Al” Yankovic announced this week his 2015 “Mandatory World Tour,” which includes May stops in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Slated to visit more than 100 cities throughout North America, Europe, and Australia, the tour follows the release of Weird Al’s No. 1 album, “Mandatory Fun” […]

  • Rush to launch 40th anniversary 'R40 Live Tour' May 8 at Tulsa's BOK Center

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Celebrating 40 years, Rush and Live Nation confirmed today that the “R40 Live Tour” will visit 34 cities throughout North America this summer, beginning May 8 in Tulsa and finishing Aug. 1 in Los Angeles, Calif. These concerts will highlight four decades of the band’s music. Tickets for the “Rush: R40 Live Tour” will go […]

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Jan. 22, 2015: Laugh with Todd Barry at ACM@UCO Performance Lab

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Today’s featured event: Laugh along with comedian Todd Barry at 8 tonight at the ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E Sheridan. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the bill also includes Wampus and BradChad Porter. Barry, a New York City-based comedian and actor, is widely recognized for his roles as the bongo-playing “Third Conchord” on HBO’s […]

  • Wednesday Video Spotlight: Blake Shelton and Cecily Strong taunt Adam Levine in 'Saturday Night Live' promo

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    As previously reported, Oklahoma country music superstar and “The Voice” coach Blake Shelton will host NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” for the first time this Saturday. The Tishomingo resident will be performing double duty as the musical guest of the evening, and he and “SNL” player Cecily Strong taunt Shelton’s fellow “The Voice” coach Adam Levine […]

  • Luke Bryan has Tulsa, Durant shows on his 2015 tour schedule

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The reigning Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year and co-host of the 50th ACM Awards, Luke Bryan announced his plans for 2015 during a press conference hosted this morning in Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.  The press conference was streamed live at www.lukebryanlive.com and can still […]

  • Tom Skinner, Tom Paxton, Jana Jae, Otto Gray and His Oklahoma Cowboys, Apache Tribe of Oklahoma, Sherman Halsey to be inducted into Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    BRISTOW – Tom Skinner, Tom Paxton, Jana Jae, the late Otto Gray and His Oklahoma Cowboys, the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma and the late Sherman Halsey will be honored in March as the 2015 inductee class of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. Although the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame is based in Muskogee, the […]




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