• Video: Oklahoma singer-songwriter Jared Deck releases self-titled album

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Weatherford singer-songwriter Jared Deck released today his self-titled debut album, available at: iTunes: https://itun.es/us/UsUZab Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/hjpjkfa His online store: http://jareddeckmusic.com/store "Jared Deck" includes the raucous single "17 Miles," for which he recently released this official music video: The former Green Corn Revival frontman's new project was produced by Norman's Wes Sharon, who has worked with fellow Oklahomans John Fullbright, Parker Millsap and the Turnpike Troubadours. Along with "17 Miles," my excellent colleague Nathan Poppe also debuted on his Middle of Nowhere blog the soulful album track "Sweet Breath," which you can hear here.

  • Video: Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel reunite to sing 'For Good' from 'Wicked'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Broken Arrow native Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel, who originated the roles of Galinda and Elphaba in the Broadway smash "Wicked," reunited to perform the musical's soaring anthem "For Good" in a video released today. The video is the newest installment in "Wicked’s" "Out of Oz" series. Chenoweth wrote on Twitter that it was the first time she had sung with Menzel in 12 years and that the video was made to honor "Wicked" producer David Stone. "So many memories!" the Tony-winning Oklahoma native added.

  • Myriad Gardens celebrating 'The Jungle Book' in May starting today

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 10 hr ago

    Look for the bare necessities as the Myriad Botanical Gardens’ Children’s Garden transforms into a jungle haven for 17 days celebrating "The Jungle Book" at this year's annual Spring Festival. Experience Rudyard Kipling’s story of how the man cub, Mowgli, adapts to life in the jungle with the help of Baloo, Bagheera, Kaa, and those pesky monkeys. The festivities, beginning today and continuing through May 22, include crafts, activities and imaginative displays that capture India’s rich culture and will educate visitors on the adventures in this heartwarming story. Cost to attend is free for Myriad Gardens members. For nonmembers, fees are $6. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on May 6, 2016: Hear Shortt Dogg at UCO Jazz Lab

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 10 hr ago

    Today's featured event: EDMOND - Hear Oklahoma City funk band Shortt Dogg at 8 tonight at the University of Central Oklahoma Jazz Lab, 100 E Fifth. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, go to www.ucojazzlab.com. For more events, go to newsok.com/events.

  • 'American Gods,' 'American Ninja Warrior,' Bravo series scheduled to film in Oklahoma

    Brandy McDonnell | Yesterday

    The Oklahoma Film + Music Office has announced the pre-qualification of three nationally broadcast television productions. These independently produced projects -“American Gods” (Starz Network), “American Ninja Warrior” (NBC and Esquire Network) and “Oklahoma City” - working title (Bravo Media) - are slated to begin production at various times throughout the upcoming months and will utilize the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program, which is administered by the film and music office.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on May 5, 2016: Hear Krystal Keith at Norman's Sooner Theatre

    Brandy McDonnell | Yesterday

    Today's featured event: NORMAN - Hear country singer-songwriter Krystal Keith play a hometown show at 8 tonight at the Sooner Theatre, 101 E Main. It will be her first show since giving birth to her first child, a daughter named Hensley Jack Sandubrae, in October. “It’s going to be a little more intimate than my normal show. Being out on the road when you have 25,000 people, it’s a lot harder to connect individually to people than it is in a hometown show with just a few hundred seats where it’s mostly your family and friends,” Keith, the daughter of country superstar Toby Keith, told me in a recent interview.

  • UPDATED: Janet Jackson postpones tour, which includes Tulsa show, citing plans to start a family

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, May 4, 2016

    UPDATED at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday: A BOK Center spokeswoman tells me that venue has received no further details at this point other than the show is delayed. I'll let you know more as I learn more. - BAM UPDATED at 5 p.m. May 4: Entertainment Tonight is reporting that Jackson is pregnant with her first child. Click here to read the exclusive report. - BAM Janet Jackson announced today that she is again delaying her "Unbreakable World Tour," citing plans to start a family with her husband as soon as possible and doctor's orders to rest. Jackson, 49, made the announcement via this Twitter video.

  • Maddie & Tae to play RiverSport Rapids Grand Opening Spectacular Saturday

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Platinum-selling Oklahoma-Texas country duo Maddie & Tae will headline the RiverSport Rapids Grand Opening Spectacular at 8 p.m. Saturday. The show at Team USA’s "Road to Rio Tour," presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance, also will feature celebrity emcees and a fireworks extravaganza. “We both grew up watching the Olympic Games, and it is a really special moment to help welcome athletes from across the country to my home state,” says Ada native Tae Dye in a news release. “We’ve been so incredibly blessed and lucky in our career.

  • Garth Brooks plans more Canadian tour dates

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, May 4, 2016

    After last week breaking the Rolling Stones' 2006 ticket sales record for the whole Canadian province of Saskatchewan, Oklahoma country music superstar Garth Brooks has booked more Canadian tour dates. For the first time in 20 years, Brooks, who was born in Tulsa and raised in Yukon, is returning to Winnipeg, Manitoba. The latest announced concert on "The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood" is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, June 18 at MTS Centre. Tickets to will be on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, May 13. There will be an eight-ticket limit per purchase. Tickets can only be purchased at ticketmaster.ca/garthbrooks, by phone at (855) 985-5000 or via Ticketmaster Express at (855) 985-5500.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on May 4, 2016: Hear Eliza Rickman at Graphite Gallery

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Today's featured event: Popular singer-songwriter Eliza Rickman returns to Oklahoma City for a solo show after her successful “Welcome to Night Vale” tour. Presented by Istvan Art, the show is set for 7 tonight at Graphite Gallery, 1751 NW 16 in the Plaza Arts District. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door. Refreshments will be available. Rickman brings a distinctive voice and stage presence, whether she wears flowers in her hair or stuffed birds and whether she plays a toy piano or a grand piano. It has been three years between Rickman's first album, O, You Sinners," and her newest effort, "Footnotes for the Spring.

  • Mary Sarah advances to the top 9 on 'The Voice' - and Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani will perform on the show next week

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Tue, May 3, 2016

    Tulsa-born and Richmond, Texas-bred country singer Mary Sarah, a member of Oklahoma country music star Blake Shelton's team, advanced to the top 9 on tonight's "The Voice" results episode. The others who advanced to the top 9 of Season 10 include Adam Wakefield and Paxton Ingram, also of Team Blake; Alisan Porter and Bryan Bautista of Christina Aguilera's team; Shalyah Fearing and Laith Al-Saadi of Adam Levine's team; and Hannah Huston of Pharrell Williams' team. The two lowest vote recipients tonight were Team Christina’s Nick Hagelin and Team Pharrell's Daniel Passino, which meant they were the two contestants vying for Twitter votes via the Instant Save. More viewers tweeted to save Hagelin, which

  • Lyric Theatre's Paula Stover to receive Plaza District Association's Urban Pioneer Award

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Tue, May 3, 2016

    The 16th Street Plaza District Association will honor Paula Stover, managing director of Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, as the recipient of the 2016 Urban Pioneer Award at 11:30 a.m. June 1 at the Oklahoma City University School of Law, 800 N Harvey Ave. Presented by Fowler Volkswagen of Norman and Oklahoma Employees Credit Union, the Urban Pioneer Award is given annually to individuals in the Oklahoma City community who exemplify Oklahoma’s pioneering spirit with their leadership and commitment to urban revitalization. “Paula has a rich history in the arts community and is able to utilize and manage precious resources to mold and create exceptional dynamic points for growth and change.

  • Arts advocates to gather Wednesday for Oklahoma Arts Day at state Capitol

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Tue, May 3, 2016

    Representatives of more than 75 arts and cultural heritage organizations from across Oklahoma will kick off Oklahoma Arts Day 2016 Wednesday with a rally at 9 a.m. in the State Supreme Court Ceremonial Chambers at the state Capitol. Oklahoma arts advocates learned over the weekend that efforts are once again underway to consolidate the Oklahoma Arts Council under the Department of Tourism, according to a news release. “Consolidation of the Oklahoma Arts Council would mean no cost savings, risk of lost funding, increased politicization and reduced ability to advocate for a department within another agency,” said Julia Kirt, executive director for Oklahomans for the Arts, in the release.

  • Tickets on sale June 1 for Tahlequah's Medicine Stone festival

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Tue, May 3, 2016

    TAHLEQUAH - Since the event’s inauguration in 2013, the Medicine Stone music and camping festival has drawn thousands of avid fans from around the country, multiplying attendance numbers with each passing year. Showcasing talented performers from Oklahoma's red dirt music scene as well as Texas country artists, the Fourth Annual Medicine Stone is set for Sept. 22-24 at the scenic Diamondhead Resort in Tahlequah.  The 2016 lineup includes founders Jason Boland & The Stragglers and Turnpike Troubadours, along with Cody Canada & The Departed, Randy Rogers Band, Stoney LaRue, Reckless Kelly, Micky & The Motorcars, Billy Joe Shaver, The Damn Quails, Randy Crouch, The Great Divide, William Clark

  • Interview, photos and video: Shannon Miller talks 20th anniversary of the 'Magnificent Seven,' women's health and wellness

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Tue, May 3, 2016

    An abbreviated version of this story appears in Tuesday's Healthy Life section of The Oklahoman. Golden girl 20 years after Olympic victories, Shannon Miller advocates for healthy lifestyles A 20-year-old cartoon reminds Shannon Miller of both her home state and her international triumph.   The most decorated gymnast in U.S. history said she prizes a drawing by late The Oklahoman cartoonist Jim Lange that commemorates the two gold medals she earned at the 1996 Olympics. “I have that on our shelves in our living room. I don’t keep a lot of Olympic stuff … but that was a piece from Oklahoma that I just absolutely had to have,” said Miller, who now lives in

  • What to do in Oklahoma on May 3, 2016: Hear Joe Bonamassa at the Oklahoma City Civic Center

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Tue, May 3, 2016

    Today's featured event: Hear blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa at 8 tonight at the Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker. This one-night-only engagement is in support of Bonamassa’s two most recent projects: a live CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray set "Live At Radio City Music Hall," recorded and filmed at New York’s most iconic and hallowed stage, and his first all-original studio album, last year’s highly acclaimed "Different Shades Of Blue," which debuted at No. 8 on Billboard’s Top 200 and was the guitarist’s highest charting album, first top 10, and biggest sales week in his career.

  • 'Hamilton' sets record with 16 Tony Award nominations

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Tue, May 3, 2016

    Tony Award nominations were announced today for the 70th Annual Tony Awards, airing live Sunday, June 12 on the CBS Television Network. Nominations were announced live on "CBS This Morning" by actress Nikki M. James and actor Andrew Rannells. Not surprisingly, the Broadway smash “Hamilton” leads the nominations this year. But the show's nominations in 16 categories make it the new record holder for most nominated production in Tony Awards history, according to a news release. Tony Award winner James Corden, host of "The Late Late Show with James Corden," will host the 2016 Tony Awards for the first time as the show airs live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City.

  • Video: Tulsa-born country singer Mary Sarah croons 'Stand By Your Man' on 'The Voice' top 10

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Tue, May 3, 2016

    Never let it be said that Mary Sarah doesn't like a challenge. The country singer, who was born in Tulsa but considers Richmond, Texas, her hometown, raised the bar on Monday night's "The Voice" Season 10 top 10 performance episode, crooning the notoriously difficult Tammy Wynette standard "Stand By Your Man." With Sarah's fondness and talent for old-school country music, it was a bold and brilliant choice, one that really showed off the full range of her big voice. In rehearsals, she sounded so great that her coach, Oklahoma country music superstar Blake Shelton, asked if she would let him open for her someday. "That was amazing. That's a major song. That is a very difficult song in all ways.

  • Video: Dixie Chicks extend hit 'DCX MMXVI Tour,' adding Oklahoma show

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Tue, May 3, 2016

    TULSA - In the midst of their sold-out European tour, the multi-platinum-selling Dixie Chicks announced today additional North American dates to their highly anticipated and hot-selling "DCX MMXVI Tour." The tour now includes a Sept. 8 show at Tulsa's BOK Center, 200 S Denver. The Oklahoma stop will feature special guest Elle King. November’s announcement of the "DCX MMXVI Tour" created a fan frenzy for tickets, quickly becoming one of Live Nation’s highest-selling tours of the summer and prompting the band to add additional dates to the already massive 40-city run, according to a news release. The long-awaited "DCX MMXVI Tour," produced by Live Nation, now will visit more than 50 cities throughout the

  • Kacey Musgraves will perform at Muskogee's G Fest in honor of Merle Haggard

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Mon, May 2, 2016

    MUSKOGEE - Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves will perform at the inaugural G Fest to celebrate one of her heroes, organizers announced today.  As previously announced, G Fest organizers are continuing plans for the event in honor of the late "Okie from Muskogee," Merle Haggard, who was originally scheduled to headline the new music festival.  The festival, which will feature some of the biggest names in country, rock and Americana, along with the best up-and-coming and local talent, will take place as scheduled June 16-18 at Hatbox Field, an old airfield located two miles west of downtown Muskogee.




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