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

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 5 hr ago

    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: 23 hr ago

    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.

  • Garth Brooks plans more Canadian tour dates

    Brandy McDonnell | Yesterday

    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 | Yesterday

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • What to do in Oklahoma on May 2, 2016: Hear Davey Suicide at 89th Street Collective

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Today's featured event: Hear "Gutter Goth Rock" band Davey Suicide at 6:30 tonight at 89th Street Collective, 8911 N Western Ave. Deadstar Assembly and Funeral Portrait will open the show. Doors open at 6 p.m. For tickets and information, go to www.ticketstorm.com. For more events, go to newsok.com/events.

  • Oklahoma-born songwriter gets surprise induction into Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame

    Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    Songwriter and musician B.J. Thomas was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame shortly after his set Thursday at Riverwind Casino in Norman.

  • Garth Brooks breaks Saskatchewan ticket sales record, plans July 4 shows in Las Vegas

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    Garth Brooks today not only broke his previous ticket sales record in Saskatoon, but he also smashed the record for the whole Canadian province of Saskatchewan.  The Oklahoma country music superstar broke his Saskatoon record in 16 minutes when tickets for his comeback concert went on sale this morning, according to a news release. His previous record was set Aug. 14-15, 1996, at Saskatchewan Place, which is the same building as the SaskTel Centre. He sold 28,144 tickets. Brooks, who was born in Tulsa and grew up in Yukon, also has broken the ticket sales record for the province of Saskatchewan. The previous record of 80,127 tickets sold was held by the Rolling Stones when they

  • Interview: New mom Krystal Keith gets back to country music career with hometown show

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    A version of this story appears in Friday's Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. New mom Krystal Keith gets back to country music career with hometown show Krystal Keith has written a lot of cradle songs over the past year. “I told my bandleader, ‘We might be touring on a lullaby album this year,’” she said with a laugh. “You know, it’s not as easy as it used to be to work on music. I’ve gone to Nashville a couple of times with her, and we’re going to go back this week for rehearsals. I write when I can … but it’s a little more difficult having a permanent sidekick.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on April 29, 2016: Hear Brett Eldredge and Thompson Square at Shawnee's Firelake Arena

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    Today's featured event: SHAWNEE - Hear rising country star Brett Eldredge and award-winning country duo Thompson Square - which consists of Miami, OK, native Keifer Thompson and his wife Shawna - at 8 tonight at Firelake Arena,  18145 Old Rangeline Rd. For more information, go to www.firelakearena.com. For more events, go to newsok.com/events.

  • New mom Krystal Keith gets back to country music career with hometown show in Oklahoma

    By Brandy McDonnell BAM bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    Six months after the birth of her first child, Oklahoma singer-songwriter Krystal Keith is easing off the lullabies and back into her country music career, starting with a hometown show Thursday at the Sooner Theatre. It will be the first she’s played her hometown since the 2012 Norman Music Festival.

  • Oklahoma event ticket ticker

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    Oklahoma event ticket ticker for April 29 includes information on shows featuring Cyndi Lauper and 98 Degrees and the "I Love the ’90s" tour.

  • Write back to the start: Nashville songwriter about No. 1 hits, Jim Thorpe and the inaugural Oklahoma Songwriter’s Festival

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer npoppe@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    Marcus Hummon, based in Nashville, Tenn., has written commercially successful hits for Rascal Flatts, the Dixie Chicks, Garth Brooks and a lot more country artists. This weekend, he'll be workshopping and writing alongside several Okies and other Nashville musicians during the Oklahoma Songwriter's Festival. Also, he'll be performing Saturday evening at the ACM@UCO Performance Lab alongside the same combination of Oklahoma and Nashville talent.

  • Science of showtime: Variety of venues makes OKC a destination for new acts

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer npoppe@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    With an uptick in concert announcements and new music festivals emerging in Oklahoma, the conversation is growing about Oklahoma City’s role as a concert destination.

  • Straight No Chaser to sing at Civic Center Music Hall

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    The popular a cappella group Straight No Chaser will bring its “I’ll Have Another…World Tour" to Oklahoma City Oct. 27 at Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker. The vocal group has emerged as a phenomenon with a massive fan base, numerous national TV appearances and proven success with CD releases. The “I’ll Have Another…World Tour" comes to town in celebration of the group’s 20th Anniversary together.  The Atlantic Records recording group formed in 1996 and performed its first show at Indiana University. The North American leg of its world toru begins Oct.14t at the Grand Theatre in Reno, Nev., and continues into 2017 with a Jan. 3 finale at the Maui Arts &

  • Blink-182 and All-American Rejects to play Chesapeake Energy Arena

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    Pop-punk band Blink-182 has announced a North American tour including an Oklahoma City show and featuring Stillwater's own The All-American Rejects. Blink-182's highly anticipated seventh studio album, "California," is set for release July 1 on BMG. The band premiered its new single, "Bored To Death," today on the famous KROQ radio station in Los Angeles, where the group also revealed details behind its big summer tour.  The tour, promoted by Live Nation, will kick off July 22 in San Diego, Calif., at the Viejas Arena and take the band to nearly 50 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada, including stops in Los Angeles, Toronto, Vancouver, Las Vegas, Houston, Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, San Francisco and

  • What to do in Oklahoma on April 28, 2016: Hear Tony Bennett at Civic Center Music Hall

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    Today's featured event: Tony Bennett, the 18-time Grammy Award-winning crooner whose music career spans six decades, will perform in concert at 7:30 tonight at the Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker. With worldwide record sales in the millions, and dozens of platinum and gold albums to his credit, Bennett, who turns 90 on Aug. 3, is a musician who touches the hearts and souls of audiences with his legendary vocals and charming stage presence. His long list of achievements, spanning over 60 years, includes 18 Grammy Awards, including the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

  • 98 Degrees cranks up nostalgia with My 2K Tour, coming to Tulsa

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    TULSA - Grown-up boy band 98 Degrees will crank up the nostalgia this summer as headliner of the My 2K Tour. Nick Lachey, Jeff Timmons, Drew Lachey and Justin Jeffre will be joined on the road by fellow late 1990s boy band O-Town and girl group Dream and as well as early 2000s breakout singer-songwriter Ryan Cabrera on the tour, launching July 8 in Park City, Kan. The tour's second stop is set for July 9 at Tulsa's Brady Theater, 105 W Brady. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at the Brady Box Office in Tulsa, Buy For Less locations in OKC, by phone at (866) 977-6849 and online at www.protix.com. Reserved tickets are $69.50, $59.50, $49.50 and $39.50. For more information, go to www.bradytheater.com.

  • I Love The ‘90s Tour featuring Vanilla Ice, Salt-N-Pepa, Coolio and more playing Oklahoma City and Tulsa

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    Following early sold-out shows and mounting demand from fans, the I Love The ‘90s Tour is taking the show on the road, crisscrossing the country and bringing a bill of favorite ‘90s acts to perform at two Oklahoma venues.  The inaugural edition of I Love The ‘90s Tour invites attendees to reminisce about the trend-setting decade with some of the most indelible names in rap, hip hop and R&B. All-4-One, Coolio, Salt-N-Pepa, Tone Loc, Vanilla Ice and more compose this year’s revolving lineup of ‘90s artists, according to a news release. The tour includes a Tulsa show Sept. 9 at the BOK Center, 200 S Denver. Tickets go on sale Friday and will be available online at www.bokcenter.




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