• WATCH: Deaf campers show how to feel 'Happy' in viral video

    Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    If there’s one thing the kids from Deaf Film Camp want you to come away with after watching the video they made of the Pharrell Williams' "Happy," it’s that they have no problem dancing and feeling music — even if they can’t hear a single note, according to TODAY.com. A video of the campers, their counselors and teachers performing the megahit song in American Sign Language is catching fire, mainly because of the joy it radiates. The video is the culminating project of the two-week camp for teenagers held last month in upstate New York.

  • Willie Nelson's braids to hit the auction block

    Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    Some of the most distinctive hair in American music is up for sale with Willie Nelson's trademark braids heading to the auction block, where they are expected to fetch between $50,000 to $60,000, according to Reuters. The braids were cut in the 1980s when Nelson's hair was still red and will be sold on Oct. 5 in an auction of items owned by the late Waylon Jennings, Nelson's cohort in the "outlaw country" music movement of the 1970s, said Arlan Ettinger, president of the Guernsey’s auction house, which will conduct the sale. Jennings was given Nelson's braids at a 1983 party thrown by Johnny Cash and June Carter in his honor after Nelson cut his hair to celebrate of Jennings' recent sobriety, Reuters reports.

  • Oklahoma singer and songwriter Jessey General Thompson keeps singing despite setbacks

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    Honey-voiced Oklahoma singer-songwriter Jessey General Thompson is taking a casual approach to music these days. He will play his warm, emotive roots-rock songs Thursday as he closes out the TEEMCO Acoustic Thursdays series at Oklahoma City’s Myriad Botanical Gardens.

  • Oklahoma Band Q&A: Low Litas

    By Becky Carman, For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    Mandii Larsen and Penny Pitchlynn of Tulsa-based band Low Litas talk about almost losing a record in a black hole, hitting the road with BRONCHO and not overthinking it when playing music with your significant other.

  • Album review: Sarah Jaffe, 'Don't Disconnect' (Kirtland Records)

    By Jessica Allison, For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    Album review: Sarah Jaffe, ‘Don’t Disconnect’ (Kirtland Records)

  • Album Review: Gum, 'Gum' (Self-Released)

    By Kellen McGugan, For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    Oklahoma City’s Gum is on the forefront of the rock vanguard and has taken its time with this self-titled debut. No stone has been left unturned, and no detail has been breezed over. From the jump, there’s a sense of a band that has a purpose in giving an eponymous release something more than just 11 songs. In every click and clack, every bang of the drum and every crunch of a guitar and dawdle of keys, there is a band creating an identity and musicians crafting something that leaves a mark. “Care About Nothing” is an excellent example. Rambling drums take a dip in a wash of keys while Joe Bello’s confident tone carries the song that shows, deep down, the need for a symbiotic relationship with someone or something.

  • Album Review: Aaron Newman & The OK Caravan, 'Aaron Newman & The OK Caravan' (Self-released by Oklahoma City-based singer-songwriter)

    By Beau Blackstock, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Oklahoma City-based singer-songwriter Aaron Newman knows that hard work pays off. He didn’t have a record label, but pulled up his bootstraps, formed the OK Caravan and released an album filled with country leaning songs.

  • Garth Brooks Makes Concert History, Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Garth Brooks is at it again. The country superstar, who will be returning to the road in September, has added one last show to his Chicago run, bringing the total to 11 concerts there. Tickets for the 10:30 p.m. show on Friday, September 5th, at Allstate Arena go on sale Saturday, August 23rd, 10:00 a.m. CST via Ticketmaster, according to Rolling Stone. With the first stop on his world tour, which kicks off September 4th in Chicago, Brooks has already shattered his previous record for ticket sales in a single city in North America. Previously, the record was 162,822 tickets sold for the Target Center in Minneapolis from October 6th through the 14th, 1998. "After seeing how happy everyone was in Atlanta about ticket access, I feel whatever the problem was has now been fixed," said the singer in a statement. "I would like to put on one more show in Chicago so people that wanted tickets and could not get in the system, now have a chance to see the show and get their tickets at face value and not have to go through the scalper/broker systems if they don't want to."

  • Norman Ballet Company seeks dancers for 'Oklahoma Nutcracker'

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Children and adults can schedule auditions for Sunday for “The Oklahoma Nutcracker,” a holiday tradition in Norman.

  • Putnam City band parents get marching orders in Oklahoma City metro-area

    By Terry Groover, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Jeff Downey, who is beginning his second year at the helm of the Putnam City High School marching band, decided this year’s preview night would be a perfect opportunity to let parents of the Oklahoma City metro-area school’s students not only see what their children were learning, but give them a chance to be on the field.

  • Midsummer Nights' Fair to open Friday in Norman

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    The annual two-day Midsummer Nights’ Fair will be from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Lions Park in Norman.

  • Country Music Association Says Goodbye to Taylor Swift

    Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Taylor Swift and The Country Music Association break up. It was nice knowing you? When Taylor Swift made it very clear in her Yahoo Live stream Monday that despite her country roots, her fifth album 1989 is her "first documented, official pop album," The Country Music Association responded shortly after with a tweet of their own, according to Entertainment Tonight. "Good luck on your new venture @taylorswift13! We've LOVED watching you grow! #TaylorSwiftYahoo," the tweet read.

  • Norman Children's Chorus auditions continue through Monday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Children in grades 3 through 8 with unchanged voices are eligible to try out for the Norman Children’s Chorus.

  • Community briefs

    Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Community briefs

  • Nichols Hills Band to perform

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    The Nichols Hills Band will perform its final concert of the season at 7 p.m. Thursday at Kite Park.

  • Racism: Is the new Taylor Swift music video racist?

    Richard Hall | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    Rapper Earl Sweatshirt thinks so. First, here’s Taylor Swift’s latest music video for her single, “Shake It Off.” And here’s what Earl Sweatshirt had to say about the music video, which features Swift singing and dancing alongside hip hop dancers and women twerking (as well as her dressed like a cheerleader and ballerina): haven’t watched […]

  • Oklahoma News Briefs

    Published: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    Oklahoma News Briefs for Aug. 19, 2014.

  • Oklahoma City Philharmonic 2014-15 season

    Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Philharmonic season includes classics, pops and its discovery series.

  • Philharmonic has shown 25 years of growth

    BY RICK ROGERS, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    One-third of the ensemble’s current 84 members have performed with the orchestra since its inaugural season.

  • Album Review: FKA twigs, 'LP1' (Young Turks Records)

    By Beau Blackstock, For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    Album Review: FKA twigs, ‘LP1’ (Young Turks Records)