Nathan Poppe
Features Entertainment Writer and LOOKatOKC Editor
Entertainment Writer and LOOKatOKC Editor Nathan Poppe, is a documenter of all things entertaining. The Middle of Nowhere is his blog and a depository of everything that makes the Midwest unique. The coasts have a massive amount of influence on the country, but everything winds up funneling its way to the middle. So Poppe scoops it up and displays it all here. His other duties include editing the Weekend Life section and LOOKatOKC. He has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Oklahoma State University and has collaborated with hundreds of local and national musicians. Poppe joined the Features section at The Oklahoman in March 2014.

  • West Fest reveals festival headliner, music schedule

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Western Avenue is throwing its hat in the yearly street and music festival ring with the emergence of West Fest. The festival announced its headliners and music schedule Wednesday morning for the free event taking place Sept. 19 from noon to 10 p.m. Tulsa’s Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey is headlining West Fest alongside a slew […]

  • Tulsa's Jacob Tovar releases Western kiss off "Three Good Reasons" (Middle of Nowhere Debut)

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Jacob Tovar has three reasons for leavin’ Tulsa. July, August and you. Hopefully, those things won’t drive the Perry-native too far away because his debut album is country-fried gold. Here’s an exclusive listen to Jacob Tovar and the Saddle Tramps’ first single “Three Good Reasons.” It’s off of the group’s self-titled LP “Jacob Tovar and […]

  • Tulsa's Sports reveals chilltastic track "Panama" (Middle of Nowhere Debut)

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    “Naked All The Time” isn’t just an album name, it’s a mission statement. Sports singer Cale Chronister, 21, recorded the vocals for the Tulsa trio’s new album in the nude. You can’t argue with the dreamy results on “Panama,” the second single off of “Naked All The Time” which will get released digitally on July […]

  • 16 stray observations from OKCFest 2015

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    OKCFest ended Saturday night and so did the metro’s major festival trifecta (Norman Music Festival, deadCenter, OKCFest). I’ve never attended so many music and film festivals in Oklahoma in a single year. It’s insane. With that growth, comes bigger expectations from the public. Here’s a discussion I don’t hear enough about: It takes a ton […]

  • Movie review: 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl'

    Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" is a book adaptation that escapes the shadow of its source material and creates its own quirky world.

  • Grace Potter rocks with the Stones, rolls into OKC

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer npoppe@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Grace Potter, who will be part of OKCFest, talks about her time onstage with the Rolling Stones.

  • 9 survival tips for OKCFest 2015

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Take it from someone who has been barfed on, spilled on and met at the gates at every festival with the one thing you’re not supposed to bring. I’ve seen it all. In an attempt to make your life less awful, remember this OKCFest advice this weekend and your life will be so much better and less […]

  • Josh Sallee debuts "MaybeHeavenWasJustLonely" music video (Middle of Nowhere Debut)

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Last week, we chatted with Josh Sallee about how his grandmother inspired his latest music video. Well, here’s your very first chance to watch that video from the Oklahoma City-based rapper. Sallee reunited with director Logan Meis and shot the video throughout Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Fans were invited to star in the video and share photos […]

  • Dan Martin shares trailblazing track "Leave a Trail" (Middle of Nowhere Debut)

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    Dan Martin has a solo album ready, but he didn’t make it alone. That would have been impossible. “I have plentiful appreciation in my heart for all who had a hand in the completion of this project,” Martin said. Here’s your first chance to hear a finished tune from the Tulsa native’s debut album, “Hoka […]

  • Movie review: 'Inside Out'

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment writer npoppe@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    Meet "Inside Out," a perfect movie. It's Pixar's 15th film in 20 years and it should be marked as a pinnacle in animated storytelling. Director Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Up”) just knocks it out of the park.

  • Josh Sallee pays homage to grandma with music video screening

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    We all have our own way of saying goodbye. A wave. A hug. Maybe even a kiss if you’re feeling brave or European. Josh Sallee’s grandmother Elanor Bresee used to say it with her hands. Sort of like this. That’s how she bid her family farewell for 40 years. Sallee’s mom even adopted the trait, […]

  • Josh Sallee pays homage to grandma with music video screening

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    Josh Sallee. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman We all have our own way of saying goodbye. A wave. A hug. Maybe even a kiss if you're feeling brave or European. Josh Sallee's grandmother Elanor Bresee used to say it with her hands. Sort of like this. IMAGE OF HANDS That's how she bid her family farewell for 40 years. Sallee's mom even adopted the trait, too. When Elanor Bresee passed in December of 2014 it inspired Sallee, an Oklahoma City-based rapper, to turn a love song he had written on its head. He had the chorus ready. He just didn't expect it to be about his grandmother. “The symbol has a way of connecting with people,” Sallee said in an interview with The Oklahoman.

  • Norman Music Festival announces dates for April 2016

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment writer npoppe@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    The Norman Music Alliance announced Norman Music Festival 9 will take place April 21-23 in 2016. The Norman Music Alliance also announced its record-breaking 2015 festival attendance numbers. Roughly 80,000 people enjoyed the festival's three-day stretch in April.

  • Norman Music Festival reveals record attendance, announces 2016 dates

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    It’s never too early to mark your calendars. On Wednesday, the Norman Music Alliance announced Norman Music Festival 9 will take place April 21-23 in 2016. The free festival is scheduled a week earlier than normal. The event normally competes with the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts and the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. Record […]

  • Movie review: 'Jurassic World'

    Published: Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    Movie review: "Jurassic World," the fourth and most advertised of the CGI-heavy series that treats genetic science similar to how Vin Diesel's driving treats physics, is the biggest, dumbest and most blatantly entertaining one of the bunch.

  • How to attend deadCenter Film Festival 2015 for free

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment writernpoppe@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    The deadCenter Film Festival isn't just for filmmakers and indie movie fans with all-access passes. It is also for movie lovers and all families. The festival's screenings officially begin Thursday but here's a look at every free opportunity the festival is offering this weekend.

  • Movie review: 'Jurassic World'

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    Reptiles aren’t well-known for their intelligence. Neither are today’s blockbusters. So, dinosaurs and a big budget should get along famously, right? Meet “Jurassic World,” the fourth and most advertised of the CGI-heavy series that treats genetic science similar to how Vin Diesel’s driving treats physics. Totally off-the-wall. Much like each progressive entry of the “Fast […]

  • Oklahoma filmmaker Q&A: Tate James and Daniel Giles Helm on "The Real Enemy"

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    I’ve heard “The Real Enemy” described as a Satanist documentary. I don’t think that’s accurate. The short film premiering at the deadCenter Film Festival at 9:45 p.m. Thursday is more of a mediation on how religions can butt heads. Oklahoma City-based filmmakers Tate James and Daniel Giles Helm created an alarmingly entertaining documentary (on a shoestring […]

  • Concert review + photos: Tyler, The Creator and 12 stray observations from Diamond Ballroom (6/4/2015)

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Fri, Jun 5, 2015

    It was a sweaty, sweaty Thursday night at the Diamond Ballroom as Tyler, The Creator made his first appearance in Oklahoma City. Hundreds of fans greeted him with middle fingers, underwear and even a complimentary weave. The crowd was an nutty mix of young (mostly high school and middle school kids) and old fans of all […]

  • Oklahoma City's Western Avenue to host new music and street festival

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    West Fest will close a portion of Western Avenue in Oklahoma City to make way for food trucks and free concerts Sept. 19.




Nathan Poppe Thu, Jul. 02 2015 07:52:48 PM CST @sportsbandok Hell yeah!
Nathan Poppe Thu, Jul. 02 2015 07:51:28 PM CST @sportsbandok Oh dang, I missed hearing! What'd they say?
Nathan Poppe Thu, Jul. 02 2015 04:09:44 PM CST @TheAnnieOakley Looking forward to hearing these tunes.
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Nathan Poppe Thu, Jul. 02 2015 11:43:17 AM CST It was really hard to get that street sign photo. I just want you to know that. https://t.co/OkZe8B80OV
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Nathan Poppe Thu, Jul. 02 2015 08:05:35 AM CST ICYMI: I debuted a new @jacobtovarmusic track on @NewsOK last night. It's quite a toe tapper. LINK LINK
Nathan Poppe Thu, Jul. 02 2015 07:52:15 AM CST RT @jacobtovarmusic: Check out our new single - thx @NathanPoppe LINK
Nathan Poppe Wed, Jul. 01 2015 09:14:33 PM CST RT @HortonRecordsOK: Check out the new single from Jacob Tovar and the Saddle Tramps ya'll - #honkytonk #tulsamusic - new album due... http…
Nathan Poppe Wed, Jul. 01 2015 09:08:42 PM CST This is how the West was fun. Debut from Jacob Tovar & the Saddle Tramps via @HortonRecordsOK. LINK LINK
Nathan Poppe Wed, Jul. 01 2015 05:09:14 PM CST RT @tacobell: So, we'll see you tomorrow? #CapnCrunchDelights LINK
Nathan Poppe Wed, Jul. 01 2015 04:42:06 PM CST RT @BAMOK: Video Spotlight: @sjcrain Samantha Crain plays acoustic versions of new songs 'Outside the Pale,' 'If I Had a Dollar' LINK
Nathan Poppe Wed, Jul. 01 2015 10:28:20 AM CST RT @NewsOK: West Fest reveals festival headliner, music schedule LINK via @NathanPoppe LINK
Nathan Poppe Wed, Jul. 01 2015 08:38:31 AM CST @SCsupport I'm getting "This track can't be played right now. Please try again later." on everything on my page this morning. How come?
Nathan Poppe Tue, Jun. 30 2015 10:59:43 PM CST RT @PasteMagazine: Watch @sjcrain perform an acoustic version of "If I Had a Dollar" LINK LINK
Nathan Poppe Tue, Jun. 30 2015 08:11:16 PM CST This Boss cover is pretty, well, boss. https://t.co/DFwE8SuxHO LINK
Nathan Poppe Tue, Jun. 30 2015 11:51:28 AM CST LET THE COVETING BEGIN. LINK
Nathan Poppe Mon, Jun. 29 2015 09:46:50 PM CST I can't say enough good about this new @sportsbandok album. Get a taste right meow. LINK LINK

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