• Bridgewater celebrates New Orleans on Katrina anniversary

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Dee Dee Bridgewater, "Dee Dee's Feathers" (OKeh/Sony Music/DDB Records) Grammy- and Tony-winner Dee Dee Bridgewater is the most complete jazz singer on the scene today — combining superb vocal chops and the acting talent that makes her a masterful interpreter of lyrics. Her skills are fully displayed on "Dee Dee's Feathers," a joyful collaboration with trumpeter Irvin Mayfield's New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. The release celebrates the Crescent City's rich musical tradition, past and present, on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Among the traditional songs, Bridgewater shows her fine and mellow side on "What A Wonderful World" and "Do You Know What It Means," balads popularized by Louis Armstrong, with Mayfield contri

  • Mac Miller rapping into Tulsa, Oklahoma City; tickets on sale today

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Pittsburgh-based rapper Mac Miller has announced the "The GO:OD AM" tour, in honor of his upcoming album of the same name, due out Sept. 18 on Warner Bros. The autumn outing includes Oklahoma shows Oct. 27 at Tulsa’s Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N Main, and Oct. 28 at Oklahoma City’s Diamond Ballroom, 8001 S Eastern Ave. Tulsa tickets range from $32.50 to $47.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at www.cainsballroom.com. OKC tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at Buy For Less locations in Oklahoma City, Reasor’s and Starship Records in Tulsa, by phone at (866) 977-6849 and online at www.protix.com. General admission tickets are $29 in advance. For more information, go to

  • REO Speedwagon flying into Oklahoma for 2 November shows

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Classic rockers REO Speedwagon are planning two November tour dates in Oklahoma. Fronted by Kevin Cronin since 1972, the band will play Nov. 6 at 7 Clans First Council Casino Hotel, 12875 N U.S. 77 in Newkirk. Tickets go on sale Friday and will be available at www.ticketstorm.com. One year after performing to a capacity crowd, the “Keep on Loving You,” “Can’t Fight This Feeling” and “Time for Me to Fly” hitmakers also will play a return engagement Nov. 12 at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, 70 W Cherokee Street in Catoosa. Tickets go on sale Thursday and will be available at www.hardrockcasinotulsa.com. For more information, go to

  • Extended interview & video: Maddie & Tae ready to 'Start Here' with debut album, out today

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    An abbreviated version of this story appears in Friday's Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Girls in a country song Maddie & Tae are ready to 'Start Here' with highly anticipated debut album, out today When Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye warble about dumping an annoying fishing buddy out of the boat on their new album, the hilariously catchy lyrics can’t help but snare a little truth. That’s because their feisty ditty “Shut up and Fish” is loosely based on a real-life incident that took place in Dye’s home state of Oklahoma.

  • Sumlin's style a hit with players at Texas A&M

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — A visit to Texas A&M football practice is musically akin to a trip to a swanky hip-hop club in downtown Houston or a hotspot on Miami's South Beach. The Aggies opened fall practice with Drake's Meek Mill diss track "Back to Back" as a prelude to several other tunes on the cutting edge of rap. In the middle of the bobbing heads of more than a 100 young men in their late teens to early 20s was Kevin Sumlin, who at 51 just might be the coolest coach in college football. Just so we're all clear, Sumlin did not party with Rick Ross and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel during the weekend of the 2013 National Championship game.

  • Suspected car thief ends high-speed car chase with a quick dance party [VIDEO]

    Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    You've stolen a car, the police are on your back and suddenly, your tires blow out. What's your plan? If you're the suspected car thief in Wednesday night's downtown Los Angeles car chase, you turn up whatever's playing on the stereo, step out of the car and rock it out. More specifically, you play Future's "Where Ya At" featuring Drake.

  • Country music star Trisha Yearwood to hold cookbook signing

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) — Country music superstar Trisha Yearwood is returning to her hometown to sign copies of her latest cookbook. Yearwood said in a news release that the signing of her cookbook, "Trisha's Table: My Feel-Good Favorites for a Balanced Life" will be held Saturday afternoon. The book signing will take place during the opening weekend of the Williams-Sonoma Ponce City Market in Atlanta. Yearwood has hosted the Emmy-winning Food Network series "Trisha's Southern Kitchen" since 2012. The singer earned Grammy Awards with her songs "I Fall to Pieces" in 1995 along with "How Do I Live" and "In Another's Eyes" in 1998.

  • Louisville Music Awards to honor wide range of artists

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Louisville Music Awards will celebrate its third year as it honors local musicians at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. The Nov. 5 event will give awards to a wide range of musicians. Award categories include folk, Americana, hip hop, jazz and even Live DJ of the Year. The awards will also name Song of the Year and Singer/Songwriter of the Year. Nominations are being accepted through Do502 via http://do502.com/p/louisville-music-awards through midnight Sept. 13. The event held at the Bomhard Theater will be free to the public.

  • Entertainment highlights in and around Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Entertainment highlights in and around Oklahoma City

  • Oklahoma event ticket ticker

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    News about ticket sales for major upcoming entertainment events.

  • Flight night: Damn Quails album release concert set to rock Wormy Dog Saloon in Oklahoma City

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer npoppe@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    The Damn Quails’ long-awaited sophomore album, “Out of the Birdcage,” hits shelves Sept. 4 via the band's own Swomp Fyst Records, but you can hear it live at 9:30 p.m. Saturday when the Oklahoma/Texas-based band lands at the Wormy Dog Saloon.

  • Maddie & Tae ‘Start Here’ with highly anticipated debut LP

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    When Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye warble about dumping an annoying fishing buddy out of the boat on their new album, the hilariously catchy lyrics can't help but snare a little truth. That's because their feisty ditty “Shut up and Fish” is loosely based on a real-life incident that took place in Dye's home state of Oklahoma. “We took two of Tae's guy friends — friends, by the way — fishing with us, and they just had no idea what they were doing and were talking the whole time and being annoying and trying to bust moves. So, it really did come from a real place and a true story, unfortunately,” Marlow said.  “We did not catch anything because they were awful, but we did get a cool little song out of it.

  • Thursday Video Spotlight: John Newman's 'Tiring Game,' featuring Charlie Wilson

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Oklahoma native and R&B legend Charlie Wilson lends his incredible voice to "Tiring Game," the new single from English soul singer John Newman, and also appears in the newly released video: "Tiring Game" is from Newman's second album "Revolve," out Oct. 16. Wilson, who recently added Washington Post and New York Times best-selling author to his resume with the release of his memoir "I Am Charlie Wilson," has become a go-to guest vocalist and mentor among young hit-makers like Newman, Bruno Mars, Pharrell Williams, Shaggy and more.

  • Cool new tracks for all those hot August nights

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Can you feel it? I can feel it. New tracks, baby! Lil B & Chance The Rapper — “Amen” Chicagoan Chance the Rapper was part of a collaboration earlier this year that released an excellent record “Surf” under the name Donnie Trump and the Social Experiment. Last week he followed up on that by putting out a freebie mixtape in collaboration with the prolific Bay Area rapper Lil B, titled “Free (Based Freestyles Mixtape)” that proves the two to be a really provocative combination. Chance's rapid-fire onomatopoeia and heavily rhythmic style serve as foil to Lil B's slurry, slow rapping, which so often seems to pursue a certain mood or broader thematic idea greater than the literal meaning of the words he's saying.

  • Celine Dion returns to Las Vegas stage after year hiatus

    Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Celine Dion makes her Las Vegas return after having spent more than a year caring for her ailing husband Rene Angelil. The Canadian singer has said it was Angelil who urged her to return to her residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Thursday. She has said she plans to dedicate the show to him and had wanted him there for her return. Angelil has been recovering after having a cancerous tumor removed. The Grammy winner for songs including "Titanic" theme "My heart will go on" has been caring for him and spending time with their three children since performing her last show on July 29, 2014. Dion is scheduled to perform 40 shows through Jan. 17.

  • Nervous Fetty Wap greeted with cheers at hometown concert

    Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Popular rap artist Fetty Wap was greeted with wild cheers Thursday as he put on a concert for a crowd of high school students in his New Jersey hometown of Paterson. Wap, who was born Willie Maxwell, has had a lot of success without releasing an album, selling 2.2 million tracks of his hit "Trap Queen," which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. On Thursday, he returned to Paterson to put on a free show for the city's high school students — and he was nervous. "I got a confession to make," he said at Bauerle Field near Paterson's Eastside High School, according to The Record newspaper (http://bit.ly/1EnBd0x). "I performed for 60,000 people. I performed in almost every state, and this is th

  • Texans RB Grimes escapes by playing piano, writing songs

    Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) — Jonathan Grimes got an NFL pink slip four times before finally hanging on with the Houston Texans and spending all of last season with the team. With his football future in doubt so many times, the running back leaned heavily on his other love: music. "I wouldn't want to live without it at all," he said. "If you took away music it would be like: 'Man what are we going to do now?' It's everything to me." Grimes earned a degree in music at William & Mary while becoming the school's career rushing leader with 4,541 yards. He's been playing the piano since he was 7 years old, when his father told him he had to learn it if he wanted to keep playing football.

  • Country music provocateurs Maddie & Tae come out swinging

    Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The country duo Maddie & Tae took on gender stereotypes in their first platinum single, "Girl in a Country Song," and now they are targeting another overused effect in today's country music: electronic drum machines. "Fake drums," said Maddie Marlow, clenching her fists in mock anger. "I hate the fake drums. Those need to go away!" Country music's young provocateurs came out swinging last summer with their on-point criticism of lyrics that portrayed women as simply objects of desire in cutoff jean shorts and bikini tops. Now that they've got everyone's attention, Marlow, 20, and Taylor "Tae" Dye, 19, have got much more to say on their debut album, "Start Here," out on Friday.

  • Air guitarists duke it out at Finland world championships

    Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    OULU, Finland (AP) — Who can play wildest on an instrument no one can see? A record 30 air guitarists from a dozen countries are jamming on a stage in northern Finland to answer just that question. The 20th Air Guitar World Championships kicked off Thursday with 30 "dark horses" hoping to be among eight advancing to Friday's final, joining seven national champions who automatically qualify. The competition started as a joke by a local musician, adding to the small Nordic nation's reputation as an inventor of offbeat summer events such as the "mosquito slapping" and "wife carrying" competitions. It has gradually spread worldwide with national events held annually in several countries.

  • Kyle Reid shares his cigar box ballads (Stair-A-Okie Performance)

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    You can't smoke cigars in The Oklahoman building like I imagine my journalistic ancestors would've, but there's no rule against cigar box guitars. That's Oklahoma-based singer/songwriter Kyle Reid up above. He visited the newsroom for our second staircase concert installment and played material from his latest album "It's Alright...". Interesting note: he makes those instruments by hand and released that album's worth of acoustic jams in May. Not too shabby for a guitar with three strings, right? This performance isn't as rowdy as when Kyle plays with his Low Swingin' Chariots backing band, but I think that's a good thing. Lean your chair back and enjoy it. Like Reid said