• What to do in Oklahoma on July 4, 2015: Hear Nicnos play for free at Bricktown 4th Fest

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Today's featured event: Celebrate Independence Day at Bricktown 4th Fest 2015 in Lower Bricktown Ahis year’s free fest features live music by Nicnos at 8 p.m. at Lower Bricktown “Live at the Green” presented by Chevy and Dr. Pepper. Nicnos is an Oklahoma City-based act known for its original sound, high energy, strong vocals and talented instrumentation. The “Lower Bricktown Live on the Green” concert series, which is typically on Friday nights but has been moved to Saturday this week for the Fourth of July, takes place on the Chevy Stage on the Lower Bricktown Plaza, 115 E Reno, in the Bricktown district of downtown Oklahoma City. For more information on the series, click here.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on July 3, 2015: Hear the Charlie Daniels Band at Frontier City

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Today's featured event: Hear the Charlie Daniels Band at 8 tonight at Frontier City, 11501 N Interstate 35 Service Road. Gates open at 6 p.m., and the Sarah Dunn Band takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Along with the music, a fireworks display also is planned. Although the singer, songwriter, guitarist and fiddler has a long career from which to build his set lists – Daniels started writing and performing music in the 1950s – he told me in a 2014 interview that he adheres to the classic show business axiom of giving the people what they want. “If I did a show and didn’t do the familiar music I’d feel like I cheated people — and I would have cheated people.

  • Extended interview & video: The Damn Quails flying back to Okemah's Woody Guthrie Folk Festival with new music

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    An abbreviated version of this story appears in Friday's Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. OKEMAH -- Bryon White’s memories of the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival range from eating a piece of folk legend Arlo Guthrie’s birthday cake to watching the movie “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” with acclaimed singer-songwriters Ellis Paul and Don Conoscenti. “Those are the highlights -- and that was all before I even had any kind of professional record out,” White said. “It’s a really important festival, I think, for anybody who’s trying to write songs and play music.

  • Maroon 5 musician to play Oklahoma City master class

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    All Access Arts, Arts Council Oklahoma City’s arts education initiative, and Bring Back the Music will present a master class featuring Grammy-winning musician PJ Morton Thursday and July 10 at Millwood High School auditorium, 6724 Martin Luther King Ave. Morton, best known as the keyboardist for band Maroon 5, will be accompanied by his five-piece band featuring the Good Times Brass Horns, who appeared in the Tyler Perry movie “I Can Do Bad All By Myself.” The nationally renowned musicians will instruct students individually and in ensembles and discuss the music industry’s changing landscape during the master class sessions at 1 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. July 10. Morton and his band will

  • The Great Divide to kick off Eskimo Joe’s 40th anniversary bash July 20

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    STILLWATER - Red dirt rockers The Great Divide will kick off the 40th anniversary celebration for Eskimo Joe’s, 501 W Elm, with an outdoor show July 20 that will benefit the Folds of Honor Foundation. Other musical attractions on tap for the weeklong festivities at Stillwater’s Jumpin’ Little Juke Joint include an acoustic jam session with Kaitlin Butts, Chad Sullins, Byron White, Gabe Marshall and Thomas Trapp on July 22; DJ Fishr Pryce on July 23; New Tulsa Sound showcase with Dustin Pittsley, Wink Burcham, Jesse Aycock and Paul Benjaman on July 24; and My So Called Band on July 25. For more information, go to www.eskimojoes.com.

  • Janeane Garofalo resets Oklahoma City show for October

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Actress and comedian Janeane Garofalo’s summer Oklahoma City show has been postponed to fall due to a scheduling conflict. The two-time Emmy nominee will perform Oct. 25 at the ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E Sheridan. All tickets purchased for the original July date will be honored on the new date, plus general admission seats are still available for $25 at www.ticketstorm.com. Ticketholders who are unable to attend the new date, should (866) 966-1777 or email events@ticketstorm.com by Oct. 11 for a refund.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on July 2, 2015: Hear Turnpike Troubadours, Jason Boland & The Stragglers and American Aquarium at Zoo Amphitheatre

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Today's featured event: Hear Oklahoma red dirt rockers Turnpike Troubadours, Oklahoma-Texas country outfit Jason Boland & The Stragglers and North Carolina alt-country band American Aquarium at 7 tonight at the Zoo Amphitheatre, 2101 NE 50. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets from the originally scheduled June 27 date will be honored. For tickets and information, go to www.thezooamphitheatre.com. For more events, go to newsok.com/events.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on July 1, 2015: Hear Jabee Williams at the library

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Today's featured event: Hear Oklahoma City rapper Jabee Williams today at 10:30 a.m. at the Del City Library, 4509 SE 15, and 2 p.m. at the Choctaw Library, 2525 Muzzy Street. The free performances are part of the Metropolitan Library System's Neighborhood Arts summer program. Jabee also will perform Thursday in Edmond and Jones as part of the Neighborhood Arts series. For more information, go to www.metrolibrary.org.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on June 30, 2015: See OKC Improv at the library

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Today's featured event: See OKC Improv perform free family-friendly shows today at 10 a.m. at the Bethany Library, 3510 N Mueller Ave., and at 7 tonight at the Belle Isle Library, 5501 N Villa Ave. The shows are part of the Metropolitan Library System's Neighborhood Arts summer program. OKC Improv also will perform Wednesday and Thursday as well as next week at various Metro Library locations. For more information, go to www.metrolibrary.org. For more events, go to newsok.com/events.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on June 29, 2015: Hear Brian Pounds at Back Alley Gallery

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Today's featured event: Hear Enid-born, Austin, Texas-based musician Brian Pounds at 8 tonight at the Back Alley Gallery, 5026 A N May Ave. As previously reported, Pounds was a contestant on Oklahoma country music superstar Blake Shelton's team on Season 5 of "The Voice." He is playing a series of dates leading up to opening for Shelton July 10 at the Calgary Stampede rodeo and festival in Alberta, Canada. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/BackAlleyGallery or www.facebook.com/brianpoundsmusic. For more events, go to newsok.com/events.

  • Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park goes beyond The Bard with George Bernard Shaw's 'You Never Can Tell'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    A version of this story appears in the Sunday Life section of The Oklahoman. Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park goes beyond The Bard with 'You Never Can Tell' A comedy of errors rife with mistaken identity and whimsical romance, George Bernard Shaw’s “You Never Can Tell” bears no small resemblance to the kind of comedy Shakespeare himself might have penned. There’s even a wise waiter named Walter who earns the nickname William because of his resemblance to The Bard.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on June 28, 2015: Hear Kalo play a Sunday Twilight Concert at the Myriad Gardens

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Today's featured event: This summer, Arts Council Oklahoma City’s Sunday Twilight Concert Series, presented by Devon, invites music lovers of all ages to free, family-friendly concerts at the Myriad Gardens. Kalo will perform an evening of blue and rock at 7:30 tonight. Known for their distinct sound, Kalo is a genre-bending band consisting of Israeli-born singer, songwriter and guitarist, Bat-Or Kalo, and bassist Mack McKinney. Formed in 2012, Kalo is a blues- and R&B-tinged band that is no stranger to the state of Oklahoma. Kalo has made numerous television appearances and has won the prestigious Wichita Blues Challenge.

  • Aerosmith to cut ribbon today at grand opening of the new Grand Theater at Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    DURANT - Aerosmith, the best-selling American rock band of all time, will join Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton, Assistant Chief Jack Austin Jr. and the Tribal Council at 6 p.m. today at the ribbon cutting to commemorate the grand opening of the new Grand Theater at Choctaw Casino Resort, 4216 S Highway 69/75. Aerosmith will cut the ribbon before the band's sold-out performance in the new Grand Theater, a multi-purpose, three-level convention and event venue seating over 3,000 guests with more than 100,000 square feet of convention and event space, including balcony suites and state-of-the-art video and sound equipment, according to a news release.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on June 27, 2015: See Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents 'Legends' at Chesapeake Arena

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Today's featured event: See the spectacle of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents "Legends" at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. today and 3 p.m. Sunday at Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno. "It's throwing everything out there. We've gone mythological, we've gone prehistoric, we've put together and assembled the most exceptional talents on the face of the Earth, from Alexander Lacey all the way from Great Britain, with his talented lions and tigers, there's our 4-foot dynamo Paulo dos Santos all the way from Brazil; he is an extraordinary athlete, acrobat, martial artist, and he kind of does everything wonderfully. We have for the first time the China National Acrobatic Troupe. Of course, we have our world famous

  • Oklahoma Memorial Day Weekend Events

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Here's a look at some of the Memorial Day weekend events planned across the state.




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