January 2013 - Vol. 10 No. 1
Tracy Lawrence enlivens Osage Event Center
TULSA, Okla. – One of the kindest cowboys in modern country music, Tracy Lawrence, brings his inimitable voice to the Osage Event Center in Tulsa at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26.
Lawrence’s songwriting and arranging are like two feet planted firmly, one in the past of classic country balladry while the other is running forward with contemporary messages and melodies. But don’t take Tracy as some rookie: he’s been on the charts since he broke out with his first album, Sticks and Stones, over 20 years ago, back in 1991.
Lawrence is out supporting his brand spanking new album Headlights, Taillights and Radios and not only will be pulling and performing material from that album, but will no doubt deliver the gamut of top hits of his like “Find Out Who Your Friends Are” and “Paint Me A Birmingham.”
Tickets for the Tulsa show start out at only $25 and are available now, along with more information, at www.osagecasinos.com/event-center. If you miss Lawrence on this date you’ll have to catch him at his next closest appearance at Wichita’s Cotillion Ballroom on Feb. 14 (Valentine’s Day).
Get more news and notes at www.tracylawrence.com.
Saloon sound shootout
FORT SMITH, Ark. – A pair of amazing new concert venues and saloons that appeal more to the cowboys and cowgirls in Currentland are both taking aim at offering exceptional entertainment experience, partner; The Longhorn Saloon in Fort Smith and Red Dirt Dancehall & Saloon in Tulsa.
Longhorn Saloon, located at 6400 HWY 71 South in Fort Smith, is bringing local and national favorites every weekend. At press time, we found via their nifty Facebook page that the Woodshed Band is playing Jan. 4-5, Derryl Perry Band will hold down a three-night stand Feb. 7-9, and March looks to contain the madness with Cody Canada & the Departed on March 2 as well as Jason Boland & the Stragglers on March 23. Befriend them on Facebook or call (479) 434-2200.
Red Dirt Saloon’s lineup a la Facebook only listed one event – an evening with Joel Wilson & the Revival on Friday, Jan. 4. They offer live music several nights a week and all you gotta do from here is call (918) 491-1200 for more info, or follow them on Facebook.
The Canebrake continues music menus
WAGONER, Okla. – The Canebrake, located a handful of miles east of Wagoner on HWY 51 and a mile or so north of the intersection at Taylor’s Ferry, have rested up from the end of the year extravaganzas and have readied the intimate bar inside the restaurant for another round of Wednesday and Friday music servings.
Wednesday evening performances are free and open to the public. Carter Sampson will get the ball rolling for these Humpday hootenannies on Jan. 16 with her brutally honest and heartfelt, folky story-songs. Harley Hamm brings his local funky flavor to the ‘Brake on Jan. 23 doing his own thing or bringing the heat like SRV on guitar. Klondike5 String Band closes out the month brining old-timey sounds all the way from the cultural melting pot of Tulsa on Jan. 30. All Wednesday shows begin at 7 p.m. and the fortune teller recently had visions of Little Joe McLerran, Paul Benjaman, Jesse Aycock, Monica Taylor, Sky Smeed, Local Honey and more all coming to The Canebrake on Wednesday nights in the near future.
Friday nights at The Canebrake feature live jazz music from 6-9 p.m. For more information, logon to www.thecanebrake.com or call (918) 485-1810.
The B’ville Beat
BARTLESVILLE, Okla. – About 45 minutes straight north of Tulsa is Bartlesville, affectionately known as B’ville, where they keep the shows coming all year long from downtown to the city limits.
STOMP makes a stop at the Bartlesville Community Center at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10. This troupe of time and tempo masters make music with everyday objects like garbage cans, brooms, matchboxes, hubcaps and anything else you could find in Fred Sanford’s front yard. The result, however, is a breathtaking yield of industrial, polyrhythmic, percussive romps. Don’t miss this dynamite performance. For more info check out www.bartlesvillecommunitycenter.com.
The next two nights, switch gears with the rockin’ red dirt sounds of Chad Sullins & the Last Call Coalition will have fans flocking to the Osage Casino in Bartlesville at 9 p.m. on Jan. 11-12. Chad and his chums are out promoting their must-have album Incommunicado, which is full of aggressive rhythms and melodic hooks, which is kind of like taking the red dirt community for a ride in a shiny new car; it’s just fun and everybody wants to get up in it. Luckily there’s plenty of room and two nights to choose from for Bartlesvillians. Hear it for yourself at www.reverbnation.com/chadsullinsmusic.
Finally, you gotta catch local boys done good – 2 Steps Back – at Angelo’s Tavern on the first Thursdays of both January and February (Jan. 3 & Feb. 7). This family-oriented unit includes three flavors of Lowreys – Jake, Kyle and Wes – and their old friend David Koscelny on drums. They say it best on their website, www.2sbmusic.com, that they’re a family and they want you to be a part of it. See you at the reunion.
Mactown: A Dirty Creek runs through it
MCALESTER, Okla. – Eastern Oklahoma is full of talented folks, and though the Dirty Creek Bandits might sound like contributors to the “Deliverance” soundtrack, the only thing they’re delivering nowadays is psychedelic folk jams.
DCB’s next stop will be at the aesthetically pleasing 1896 Pub in downtown McAlester at 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18. The spacey venue will provide a perfect setting for the somewhat deep, dark tales told by frontmen Justin Reid and Wesley Tom. Multi-instrumentalist Steve Andrest, bassist Jason Howard and backup vocalist Brandi Reid fill out the Dirty Creek Band roster.
Fans of everything from Alice in Chains to The Lumineers will love this band of Okies. Check out some of their audio and visual offerings at www.reverbnation.com/thedirtycreekbandits and we’ll see you in downtown Mactown.
Jamborees for you and me
EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. – Are you looking to get away, yet stay close to home and catch a great show without having to drive to Branson? Keep reading.
The Ozark Mountain Hoedown, which is situated in Eureka Springs, is taking it a step further, yet closer to you as they send out the George Brothers on the road to the Cherokee Casino in Sallisaw on Jan. 11, Backroads Bar & Grill in Ketchum on Jan. 12, and the Cherokee Casino West Siloam Springs spot on Jan. 17. Faces you’d usually see at the Hoedown like P. Nutt and Ponytail often appear with the George Brothers, who take an outstanding show on the road always. And when they are home you can count on plenty of laugh out loud moments and memories. Get the scoop at www.ozarkmountainhoedown.com.
Herron’s Crown Opry Theater in downtown Collinsville is once again open for business and throws opry-style showcases offering a blend of country, gospel, bluegrass and even a little rock ‘n roll music on the second and fourth Saturdays of every month. Tickets are only $10 per performance and always feature the Main Street Opry Band along with special musical guests. Learn more now at www.herronscrownoprytheater.com.
The Crescent Valley Opry between Fort Gibson and Tahlequah on HWY 62 also features second and fourth Saturday shows beginning at 7 p.m. with the Crescent Valley Band. For $10 you can get an earful of classic country, bluegrass, gospel and more great American music than your head can process. Children age 10 and younger get in free with a paid adult. See a full schedule of special happenings at www.crescentvalleyopry.com.
Reasons to run to Buffalo Run
MIAMI, Okla. – Recent changes to the Buffalo Run Casino’s website include the adding of the words ‘your entertainment capital’ to the showplace’s tab for upcoming events. Here’s why.
Kevin Fowler will bring the good noise up to Miami at 8 p.m. on Jan. 25, while Jason Boland & the Stragglers make their triumphant return to Buffalo Run on Feb. 1.
Looking further into 2013, Stoney LaRue will rock steadily at the showplace on Feb. 15 while the uber-successful Casey Donahew Band takes the stage on Feb. 22. Looking way into the future it seems Reckless Kelly will be in the house on March 8 while signs of Trace Adkins are indicating he’ll be there on March 14.
For tickets, all of which range from $12-$60, visit www.buffalorun.com.
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Since it’s (hopefully) colder than an iceberg out there as you’re reading this, it’s time to move indoors and maybe stare at pictures in motion with lights, sound, plots, characters and chaos – or more simply put, catch a movie. Or perhaps dabble in some local independent film festivals or cinematic offerings.
Arkansas Shorts is a short film festival taking place Jan. 5 at the historic Central Theater in downtown Hot Springs. The event is presented by Low Key Arts and used to serve as a fundraiser for the Valley of the Vapors Music and Art Festival, but now holds its own and is a must-attend for fans of local cinema. Short attention span and love local art? This one’s for you buddy. See a complete list of scheduled titles at www.valleyofthevapors.com/news.
Duncan is located in southwest Oklahoma, and there’s not usually much going on there unless it’s football season. However, this time of the year means it’s time for the Trail Dance Film Festival to take over the big halls in town Jan. 25-26. The seventh annual event, which has been dubbed one of the few premiere film fests of the southwest, has wrangled in around 60 titles to show and share. Get tickets and a complete lineup at www.traildancefilmfestival.com.
The Circle Cinema in Tulsa will keep the indie lens in focus in January, including premieres of “Downton Abbey – Season 3” on Jan. 2; “Hyde Park on Hudson” on Jan. 4; “Barbara” on Jan. 12; then on Jan. 18-19 be sure to get out there for “Hendrix 70: Live at Woodtock.” The last weekend of the month with the opening of “Chasing Ice” on Jan. 25, a weekend-only showing of “Wake in Fright” on Jan. 25-26, and the zany cast of “Portlandia” do a live broadcast at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28. Check out www.circlecinema.com for more show details.
TULSA, Okla. – A pair of paired-up shows are coming to Tulsa town, and by golly who doesn’t like pairs? So many things are better in pairs. I’ll stop there.
And continue here. Former Austin Musician of the Year, Jon Dee Graham, will be joined by one of Tulsa’s finest musicians ever, Travis Fite, at the All Soul Acoustic Coffeehouse on Jan. 11. Graham has played with a venerable list of greats like Alejandro Escovedo, James McMurtry, John Hiatt, Patty Griffin and more. T-Fite has led several great bands from funk to jazz and all points in between. Get tickets at www.allsoulcoffeehouse.com.
Later in the month Daughtry and Three Doors Down will team up and fill up the Tulsa Convention Center on Saturday, Jan. 26. Daughtry had a rapid rise to the top and once again has put out another great record, Break the Spell, which has a hit single in “Start of Something Good.” 3 Doors Down you probably know best from their no. 1 hit “Kryptonite,” and it appears alongside more than a dozen others on their latest Greatest Hits package. Acquire tickets to tickle your fancy at www.daughtryofficial.com.
In the center of it all
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Big things are happening in central Arkansas and Oklahoma, and we’re not talking building size.
In Little Rock, our friends over a Nightflying will have their Anniversary Party on Jan. 4 at Stickyz with The Schwag, Amy Garland Band, John Calvin Brewer and even Peter Read will take the stage. The Young Rapscallions take charge of Juanita’s Jan. 5-6. It sure is a good thing Justin Bieber and Keller Williams play on back to back nights on Jan. 10 & 11 at Verizon Arena and the Rev Room, respectively, and it’s a great thing the Kopecky Family Band will return to Stickyz on Jan. 16, because after that it seems the only real skirt blower is Lightnin’ Malcolm, who performs at the Whitewater Tavern on Jan. 25.
Over in OKC, it seems you will have to draw straws whether to catch Billy Joe Shaver at Grady’s 66 Pub or George Strait at Chesapeake Arena on Jan. 19, but after that it’s clear where to spend your bucks: Junior Brown hits Grady’s on Jan. 25, Curtis Grimes goes downtown to the Wormy Dog Saloon on Jan. 26, Carrie Rodriguez brings down the Blue Door on Jan. 27 before MilkDrive get grassy at The Blue Door on Feb. 1.
For more great concert listings in and around your town, visit www.currentland.com.
Frank Vignola incites guitarmageddon
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Frank Vignola happens to be one of the most gifted guitarists of our time and he’s on a collision course with Currentland, which will include three stops because thrice is nice.
Those stops include the Oklahoma City Community College on Jan. 24, the Northeastern State Univ. PAC in Tahlequah on Jan. 25, and the Tulsa PAC on Jan. 26.
Vignola has performed with Madonna, Ringo Starr, Tommy Emmanuel, Les Paul, The Boston Pops, David Grisman and many more. His blending of gypsy jazz and classical techniques is a sight to see, leaving hordes of fret-heads completely blown apart. Oftentimes the “Flying V” is joined by Vinny Raniola, but this time around Frank will be manning the show on his own terms.
Catch him while you can, and do so by getting ticket links and show info at www.frankvignola.com.
OZARK, Ark. – Go ahead, say it with me. It’s not some special code or some new age duck-duck-goose, but it is referencing three great events that will lead us all back to Mulberry Mountain for music and merriment in 2013.
The first Waka is in reference to the Waka Winter Classic, where bands will battle it out across the country for a chance to play a set at the coveted Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival at Mulberry Mountain, slated for May 30 – June 2. WWC’s will take place Jan. 25 at George’s in Fayetteville, Jan. 26 at Stickyz in Little Rock, and Jan. 31 at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa. Go root for your favorite act you wanna see on the Mountain or enter your group for a shot at the golden ticket.
So what’s the Thunder all about? A week after Wakarusa, Brett Mosiman and his Pipeline Productions crew will throw a big Thunder on the Mountain County Music Festival June 6-8. This first ever flight for this festy looks hefty, with big names on the bill like Toby Keith, Luke Bryan, Big & Rich, Montgomery Gentry, Justin Moore, Gretchen Wilson, Colt Ford, Pat Green, Todd Snider, Cody Canada & The Departed, Sarah Hughes, Brandon Jenkins and many more. Get those tickets and more info at www.thunderonthemountain.com.