• James Taylor, Paul Simon perform at benefit for jazz great

    Updated: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — James Taylor and Paul Simon paid tribute to late jazz great Michael Brecker with performances and kind words at a cancer benefit for their friend who died in 2007. Taylor, who Brecker's widow said had the flu, performed "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" — the first song he played with the jazz saxophonist — in New York City on Tuesday night. Taylor was on guitar as Brecker's brother, Randy Brecker, played the trumpet. "I miss him all the time," Taylor said after the performance. "Michael saved my life and probably a lot of other people. He led me to freedom, really from addiction, and showed a number of us the way.

  • Linkin Park cancels tour after lead singer injures his leg

    Updated: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Linkin Park is canceling the rest of its U.S. tour after its lead singer injured his leg. Chester Bennington says he needs immediate medical attention and it's impossible for him to perform. Bennington hasn't said how he injured his leg. Linkin Park's "The Hunting Party" tour kicked off last week. The rock band performed only three concerts. Bennington appeared onstage with crutches at the band's Sunday concert in Indianapolis. He said Tuesday he's "disappointed" he can't perform and called the first few shows "magical." Fans can seek refunds for the remaining 16 shows. The Grammy Award-winning band's hits include "In the End," ''Numb" and "New Divide." ___ Online: h

  • TLC using Kickstarter campaign to fund final album

    Published: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    Grammy-winning R&B group TLC is depending on fans to fund the release of their final album through a Kickstarter campaign, The New York Daily News reports. The group, which currently consists of T-Boz and Chilli, launched the campaign on Monday. It's been nearly 13 years since their last album, "3D," which was released seven months after the death of Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes in 2002. "We've always been known to do things differently," said T-Boz, who was born Tionne Watkins. "We've always been trailblazers and trendsetters. We've always been outspoken, and this seems like the perfect opportunity."

  • Rocklahoma Lineup Announced

    Published: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    The lineup for this year’s edition of Rocklahoma has been announced. The ninth edition of the festival will be held Memorial Day weekend May 22-24 in Pryor, Okla. and features a collection of hard rock, metal and classic bands, Loudwire.com reports. Linkin Park and Slayer are two of the main bands this year. Joe Litvag, co-producer of the festival says, “We literally spend months and months piecing together the exact right mix of artists for Rocklahoma each year.  Linkin Park and Slayer happen to be two of the most requested artists by the fans of Rocklahoma to play, so to get them both at the same time is a major coup."

  • Annie Lennox: 'Strange Fruit' criticism 'painful,' unfair

    Updated: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Annie Lennox says online criticism leveled at her remarks about the anti-lynching song "Strange Fruit" was hurtful and unfair. "It was so painful. I can't even begin to tell you. I'm the last person who would disrespect that history," Lennox said. In a TV interview last fall about her new CD, "Nostalgia," and the "Strange Fruit" track it includes, Lennox didn't mention that the 1930s song made famous by Billie Holiday was a direct attack on African-American hangings of the era. Blogs and posts on Twitter accused her of "whitewashing" the song's origins by referring generally to human violence and bigotry while speaking to PBS host Tavis Smiley last October.

  • Trombonist Irvin Wagner will present faculty recital at OU in Norman

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    Trombonist Irvin Wagner will give a faculty recital at 8 p.m. Tuesday on the University of Oklahoma campus.

  • TLC looks to fund final album through Kickstarter campaign

    Updated: Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) — Grammy-winning R&B group TLC is depending on fans to fund the release of their final album through a Kickstarter campaign. The group, which currently consists of T-Boz and Chilli, launched the campaign on Monday. It's been nearly 13 years since their last album, "3D," which was released seven months after the death of Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes in 2002. TLC released back-to-back hits, including "Creep," ''Waterfalls" and "No Scrubs." Their Grammy-winning sophomore album, "CrazySexyCool," sold more than 10 million units. The group once filed for bankruptcy in 1996, despite having two multiplatinum albums.

  • Oklahoma musical artist marches to the drumbeat of history

    By Carla Hinton, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    Jahruba Lambeth, an Oklahoma musical artist known for his African drum performances, participated in the Oklahoma City sit-in movement and the historic March on Washington where Martin Luther King Jr. shared his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech.

  • 250 saxophonists to perform at OU

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Jan 18, 2015

    The University of Oklahoma will host the 2015 North American Saxophone Alliance Region IV Conference, featuring three days of saxophone performances Feb. 20-22. All events are free to the public.

  • Spring programs return to art museum at the University of Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    Complimentary noon programs and a bi-monthly family series return this month to the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.

  • Oklahoma fine arts news in brief

    Updated: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    Oklahoma fine arts news in brief

  • Oklahoma City Philharmonic will honor Tony Award-winning duo Kander and Ebb

    BY RICK ROGERS, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Jan 18, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Philharmonic will present “All That Jazz,” described as “A Symphonic Celebration of Kander and Ebb.”

  • Oklahoma City metro choirs give free gospel concert to celebrate life of Martin Luther King Jr.

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Jan 17, 2015

    The gospel choirs from the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City University and the University of Central Oklahoma will join their voices to perform from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday at the Myriad Botanical Gardens.

  • Oklahoma City-area community briefs

    Published: Sat, Jan 17, 2015

    Oklahoma City-area community briefs

  • Winter Wind to feature Meg Hutchinson performance in Norman

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Jan 17, 2015

    Singer/songwriter Meg Hutchinson will present a Winter Wind concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at The Depot in Norman.

  • Teacup Chains Square Dance Club of Edmond lessons start Thursday

    By Henry Dolive, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Jan 17, 2015

    Potential square dancers are invited to a preview on Saturday in Edmond.

  • Jury sides with 1980s pop star Rick Springfield in lawsuit

    Updated: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A jury has ruled that 1980s pop star Rick Springfield didn't injure a woman at a New York State Fair concert a decade ago. The state Supreme Court jury reached its verdict Friday morning after deliberating for an hour. The singer known for his 1981 hit "Jessie's Girl" was sued by 45-year-old Vicki Calcagno of Liverpool, New York. She says she suffered serious injuries when Springfield fell into her during a 2004 concert in suburban Syracuse. She said Springfield's buttocks hit her head, causing lasting injuries. Springfield testified he didn't fall on Calcagno. He says he is relieved by the verdict. His lawyer said in closing arguments there were no witnesses, photos or video to support Cal

  • Grateful Dead to reunite for final concerts in July

    Updated: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Grateful Dead is coming back to life for final concerts in July. The band announced Friday that surviving members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir will perform three shows from July 3-5 at Soldier Field in Chicago. The band is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and the shows will mark its final performances, the band said. They last performed at the Chicago venue in 1995 with band member Jerry Garcia, who died a month after the show. Tickets for "Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead" will be available through a mail order system on Jan. 20. They go on sale online Feb. 14. The Grateful Dead will be joined by Phish's Trey Anastasio, keyboardist Jeff Chimenti

  • Idina Menzel, John Legend to sing before Super Bowl

    Updated: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — "Frozen" star Idina Menzel will sing the national anthem before the Super Bowl kicks off next month. The NFL announced Friday that John Legend will perform "America the Beautiful" before the Super Bowl on Feb. 1 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. It will air on NBC. Menzel has had a top-notch year, thanks to the success of "Frozen" and her worldwide hit, "Let It Go." Her Broadway show "If/Then" closes on March 22. Legend, too, has had a career-highlighting year. His song "All of Me" was one of 2014's biggest hits, and he recently won a Golden Globe for his song with rapper Common, "Glory," from the film "Selma." Pop star Katy Perry will perform during the halftime show.

  • Oklahoma concert ticket ticker

    Published: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    Oklahoma concert ticket ticker




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