In their more than 20-year history as a band, the Red Dirt Rangers have played all over Oklahoma, from festivals and ballrooms to listening rooms and theaters.
But the venerable Payne County trio — singer/guitarist Brad Piccolo, singer/mandolin player John Cooper and singer/lead guitarist Ben Han — is continuing to explore new frontiers even in its home state. At 2 p.m. Saturday, the Rangers will play their debut show at the Science Museum Oklahoma, 2100 NE 52.
“I personally love it because I'm a science nerd,” Piccolo said with a laugh. “I'm somewhat of a mad scientist, so I love being there and seeing all those contraptions.”
The concert is geared for one of the band's favorite audiences: children.
“Performing for kids, it's the best, and one of the reasons it's the best is that they're the most appreciative audience. But they're also without trying to be the most critical audience because when they're into it, they'll scream and shout and get into it. But if they're bored, they'll just get up and wander off,” he said.
“You have to keep it fun, you have to keep it moving, and you don't talk down to the kids, you talk up to a kid. You treat them as an equal or really even better than you are because in so many ways they are.”
The Rangers, who are celebrating their 23rd year as a band, have released five albums and been featured on five compilations. They are working on their sixth album, titled “Lone Chimney” after the rural northeast Payne County community they call home, with renowned Pawnee-based producer Steve Ripley.