• Here's a story of a lovely lady and Gomer at the Indy 500

    Here\'s a story of a lovely lady and Gomer at...

    Updated: 33 min ago

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — They are the names that stamped the Indianapolis 500 as a four-wheeled slice of Americana from the heartland. Rick Mears. A.J. Foyt. The Andrettis. Helio Castroneves. Oh, and don't forget Mrs. Brady and Gomer Pyle. From Brady to brickyard, from Mayberry to motorsports, Florence Henderson and Jim Nabors provided the soundtrack for the Indianapolis 500 for decades. The rich baritone voice of Nabors, whose bumbling Gomer Pyle character on "The Andy Griffith Show" has endeared him to comedy fans for decades, anchored his rendition of "Back Home Again in Indiana" that would become a familiar staple of the pre-race pageantry.

  • DMC: Commissioner should apologize for words about rap

    DMC: Commissioner should apologize for words...

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and hip-hop icon Darryl "DMC" McDaniels says the New York police commissioner's recent comments — where he labeled rappers as thugs following a shooting at a hip-hop concert — is disrespectful and that the commissioner should apologize to rappers like Chuck D, Will Smith and Kendrick Lamar — performers whose songs do not promote violence and negative images. Police commissioner William Bratton's comments came Thursday after four people were shot at a Manhattan concert hall where rapper T.I. was scheduled to perform on Wednesday night. Bratton blamed the shootings on "the crazy world of the so-called rap artists who are basically thugs that basically celebrate the violence that the

  • Children's Center patients perform at national dance competition in Oklahoma

    Children\'s Center patients perform at national...

    By Danielle Dunn For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, May 28, 2016

    Previous and current patients at The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital in Bethany performed alongside company dancers from Victory Dance during the StageOne National Dance Competition, held in Midwest City.

  • Summer Breeze concert series in Norman opens with Latin flair

    Summer Breeze concert series in Norman opens...

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, May 28, 2016

    NORMAN — Latino-inspired Orquesta D'Calle will open the Summer Breeze concert series at 7:30 p.m. June 5 at Lions Park, 450 S Flood Ave. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and refreshments to the free outdoor concert. Orquesta D'Calle is an eight-piece band that embraces styles from traditional Cuban music to the newest styles of commercial Latin music. Led by Cuban pianist, bassist and composer Raul Reyes, the group is rich with multicultural diversity. Band members from Puerto Rico, Aruba, Mexico, Cuba and the United States create a distinguished sound influenced by the mixture of colorful cultures. Reyes adds original arrangements and compositions to the repertoire.

  • The Latest: Bratton says comments not about all in hip hop

    The Latest: Bratton says comments not about all...

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on New York Police Commissioner William Bratton's recent comments, where he labeled rappers as thugs following a multiple shooting at a hip-hop concert (all times local): 9:30 p.m. Police Commissioner William Bratton says he meant his comments about "thugs who call themselves rap artists" and "shoot up crowded clubs." But Bratton said Friday night that rap music has become "an important vehicle for storytelling" in urban America and that gangster rap has often overshadowed its most important messages. The commissioner says he's concerned about those who glamorize violence and use it as a means of attaining "street cred" — but this isn't everyone involved in rap and hip hop.

  • Video: Jimmy Fallon & Adam Sandler spoof Garth Brooks' 'Friends in Low Places' for Fleet Week

    Video: Jimmy Fallon & Adam Sandler spoof Garth...

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 18 hr ago

    In honor of Fleet Week, Jimmy Fallon and Adam Sandler joined forces to perform "Friends on All Bases" on "The Tonight Show." The song, which delighted the servicemen and women in the audience, is a parody of Oklahoma country music star Garth Brooks' "Friends in Low Places." Brooks took to social media to praise the spoof of his seminal hit: "This is HILARIOUS!!!!! @jimmyfallon @AdamSandler what about the third verse???? love, g," Brooks wrote on Twitter. Fleet Week is a Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps tradition in which active military ships recently deployed in overseas operations dock  in a variety of major cities for a week. Once the ships dock, the crews can enter the cities and visit

  • Video: Skating Polly, 'For the View'

    Video: Skating Polly, \'For the View\'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 18 hr ago

    Big mustaches, washed-out color and tuneful screaming are featured in the new music video from punk-rock sister act Skating Polly, which hails from Oklahoma. The clip is for the Kelli Mayo and Peyton Bighorse's song "For the View," from the duo's new album "The Big Fit," released in March via Chap Stereo.

  • Video: Jabee, 'Exhausted'

    Video: Jabee, \'Exhausted\'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 18 hr ago

    Oklahoma City rapper Jabee has released the video for his new single "Exhausted," from his upcoming album "Black Future." The clip was filmed in various Oklahoma City area locations, including outside Leadership Square in downtown and inside the recently revamped Castle Row Studios in Del City. As previously reported, Jabee will celebrate the release of “Black Future” with a concert on Saturday, June 18 at the Tower Theatre, 425 NW 23. This will be the first concert in the newly renovated Tower Theatre, according to a news release. Doors will at 7 p.m., and the show will start at 8 p.m. Hosted by Malcolm Tubbs with KOKH FOX 25 News, it will feature performances by L.T.Z.

  • Carlos Vives feels like a kid riding a bike with Shakira

    Carlos Vives feels like a kid riding a bike...

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Carlos Vives hopes the video for "La bicicleta (The bicycle)" that he and Shakira shot recently in Colombia will reflect how much fun the pair had filming it. The superstars made a splash last week in their native country while filming the clip of their first collaboration, which was released Friday. They went from Vives' Santa Marta to Barranquilla, where Shakira is from, catching the attention of the locals. "The work was intense but also delightful. Both for Shaki and for me, being back in our territory, plus the emotional load that this had for us, it was wonderful. We were really happy riding our bikes, singing on our bikes," the 54-year-old Vives told The Associated Press by phone from Cartagena, Colom

  • Video: Blake Shelton sings new hymn, Blake Griffin goes for 3 with Paul Rudd on 'Red Nose Day Special'

    Video: Blake Shelton sings new hymn, Blake...

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 18 hr ago

    Celebrated Thursday, the second annual Red Nose Day in the United States raised more than $31.5 million to help children in need in the U.S. and in some of the poorest communities around the world.  People from all walks of life got behind the cause, buying Red Noses, donating and fundraising, and showing their support on social media. The day’s events culminated in NBC’s live, star-studded charity event ‘The Red Nose Day Special,’ which brought together more than 70 Hollywood stars to raise funds for the cause, according to a news release.

  • Blake Shelton exhibit opens at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

    Blake Shelton exhibit opens at Country Music...

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 19 hr ago

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. –The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is featuring award-winning Oklahoma country music megastar Blake Shelton in an exhibit that opened today. "Blake Shelton: Based on a True Story," supported by SunTrust, features Shelton’s red-cushioned chair from NBC’s "The Voice," among other artifacts. The career-spanning exhibition chronicles the Ada native’s rise to fame using special memorabilia from his life and career. It follows his childhood and his move to Nashville as a teen, to his multi-platinum recording breakthrough, to becoming a national celebrity on NBC’s "The Voice.

  • Exotic cat dead after fire at hip hop figure's home in Vegas

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities in Las Vegas are investigating the cause of a fire that damaged the home of a hip hop figure and left an exotic pet wildcat dead. Rapper and reality TV star Rashid "Mally Mall" Jamal wasn't injured in the Thursday afternoon fire at his two-story home in southeast Las Vegas. A Clark County fire official says firefighters discovered the cat, a caracal, unresponsive after dousing flames. The species is native to Africa, the Middle East and India, and can grow to about 40 pounds. County officials told the Las Vegas Review-Journal (http://bit.ly/1VlDNKF ) the rapper had a permit for the cat. In 2014, FBI agents served warrants at the home and Jamal's company, Las Vegas Concierge VS1, as p

  • Concert on beach heralds start of summer at Jersey shore

    Concert on beach heralds start of summer at...

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — As he belted out the words to "Nothin' But A Good Time," Poison singer Bret Michaels gave voice to the plans of residents and revelers alike as the unofficial start of summer arrived at the Jersey shore. The hair band icon performed Friday on the Seaside Heights boardwalk before about 1,000 fans to kick off Memorial Day weekend. "Forgive us for the party we're about to have on the beach this weekend!" he urged the crowd, many of whom had similar plans. "We are going to have a good time every single day this summer," said Sal Negrini, of Pompton Lakes, who rented a house near the beach. New Jersey tourism officials predict a strong summer season, the fourth after Superstorm Sandy.

  • Georgia's McGarity apologizes to board for Ludacris contract

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity has apologized to the athletic association's board of directors following the disclosure that rapper Ludacris was paid $65,000 to perform at the school's spring football game and also was provided liquor and a box of condoms. McGarity's apology at the board's quarterly meeting on Thursday was first reported by the Athens Banner-Herald. Ludacris, a three-time Grammy winner, performed for less than 15 minutes before 93,000 fans on April 16. McGarity said more attention should have been given the artist's lengthy hospitality rider. McGarity says, "Few things in my professional life have bothered me more than this situation.

  • Police test bullets from shooting at T.I. concert in NYC

    Police test bullets from shooting at T.I....

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Police conducted ballistic tests Friday to determine whether more than one gun was used in a shooting inside a hip-hop concert featuring artist T.I. that killed one person and injured three others. Among those tests was an analysis of a bullet removed from the leg of rapper Troy Ave, who remained hospitalized following his arrest on attempted murder and weapons charges in the Wednesday night shooting, a police spokesman said. No weapons have been recovered, though tests have found that five 9-mm shell casings discovered at the scene belong to the same gun, according to Stephen Davis, the department's top spokesman. Troy Ave, whose real name is Roland Collins, suffered a gunshot wound to the leg.

  • Detroit Symphony Orchestra gets $2.9M for music education

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Symphony Orchestra says it has received a roughly $3 million donation for its music education programs. The ensemble on Friday announced the $2.9 million gift from the estate of Dr. Clyde and Helen Wu. Orchestra officials say the bequest is the second largest in its 129-year history. The DSO says the money will help sustain programs through its Wu Family Academy for Learning & Engagement. The orchestra plans to honor the couple's legacy with a portrait-hanging and dedication Saturday evening before a concert at Orchestra Hall. Clyde Wu had been a physician and board member of the orchestra's Education Committee, and Helen was a concert pianist. Their giving to the orchestra has exceede

  • The Latest: Police testing bullets in T.I. concert shooting

    The Latest: Police testing bullets in T.I....

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a fatal shooting inside a New York City concert venue where hip-hop artist T.I. was getting ready to perform (all times local): 3:20 p.m. Police are conducting ballistic tests to determine how many guns were involved in a fatal shooting inside a rap concert. Police say Friday those include an examination of a bullet removed from rapper Roland Collins' leg. The 30-year-old Brooklyn performer goes by the stage name Troy Ave. He was arrested on attempted murder and weapons charges. He's still in a hospital. Police say five 9-mm shell casings recovered at the scene belong to the same gun. They say no weapons have been recovered. A spokeswoman for prosecutors says she doesn't

  • Josh Duhamel celebrates Memorial Day by helping veterans

    Josh Duhamel celebrates Memorial Day by helping...

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Before starting work on the next "Transformers" film, Josh Duhamel is lending his star power to help disabled veterans. Duhamel is supporting a campaign that provides smart homes for injured American veterans, and he's encouraging others to do the same. The 43-year-old actor appears in a video that shows how the #EnlistMe effort restores independence to injured veterans by building wheelchair-accessible homes with high-tech digital features. "My aunt was deployed to the Balkans, into Iraq, my grandfather was a World War II vet," Duhamel said.

  • Justin Bieber, Skrillex sued for copyright infringement

    Justin Bieber, Skrillex sued for copyright...

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Justin Bieber and Skrillex have been sued for copyright infringement by singer-songwriter Casey Dienel for the multi-platinum song "Sorry." Dienel, who performs as White Hinterland, filed suit against the two performers and their publishing companies, Universal Music and co-writers in federal court in Nashville, Tennessee, on Wednesday. The suit claims "Sorry" uses a vocal riff from her song "Ring the Bell." Representatives for Bieber and Skrillex didn't immediately return requests for comment Friday. Dienel's song was released on her album "Baby" in 2014 on the independent record label Dead Oceans. Dienel's lawsuit said her attorney sent a letter to Bieber's lawyer and manager explaining the i

  • Folk singer wrote 26 songs promoting Columbia River and dams


    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Before Macklemore or Nirvana, this land was Woody Guthrie's land. It was 75 years ago that the celebrated folk singer traveled across Washington and Oregon, composing 26 songs that extolled the virtues of Grand Coulee Dam and the electricity it produced. It was one of the most productive months of Guthrie's career, and will be celebrated on Saturday with a gathering at the giant dam on the Columbia River that remains the nation's greatest producer of hydropower. The 26 songs composed in the spring of 1941 included favorites like "Roll on Columbia," ''Pastures of Plenty," and "The Biggest Thing that Man has Ever Done." Collectively they are known as "The Columbia River Songs.