Saturday, March 31, 2007

Apple rolls out new iTunes album credit feature

Apple rolls out new iTunes album credit feature

By MAYS WONG Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Apple Inc., the company that popularized selling songs online for 99 cents apiece, now hopes to buoy interest in albums, giving customers credit for purchases of full albums from which they have bought individual tracks.

Apple introduced the "Complete My Album" feature Thursday on its iTunes Store.

It now gives a full credit of 99 cents for every track the user previously purchased and applies it toward the purchase of the complete album.

For instance, most albums on iTunes cost $9.99 so a customer who already bought three tracks can download the rest of the album for $7.02.

Previously, users who bought singles and later opted to buy the album had to pay the full price of the album and ended up with duplicates of those songs.

The album price reduction is good for only 180 days after the initial purchase of individual tracks.

Eddy Cue, Apple's vice president of iTunes, said the new feature should help eliminate the resistance that customers, including himself, may have felt in buying an album after they had already bought a single from it.

"Once we bought a song, we wondered why we had to buy it again if we wanted the album," Cue said.

"We hope it helps us sell more songs ultimately, and from the customer point of the view, we think it's the right thing to do."

About 45 percent of the nearly 2.5 billion songs sold on iTunes were purchased as albums, Cue said.

For a limited period of 90 days, Apple said it will make the "Complete My Album" offer retroactive to users who purchased tracks dating back to the launch of the iTunes Store four years ago.

Apple dominates the online music market and is a leading music retailer worldwide behind only Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Best Buy Co. and Target Corp.

By MAYS WONG Associated Press

Ronald Radford

Flamenco guitarist returns for concert

By JAMES D. WATTS JR. World Scene Writer

Flamenco guitar master Ronald Radford returns to his hometown Saturday, to perform as part of what he calls his "Oklahoma Centennial Tour."

Radford, a former Tulsan who now lives in St. Louis, will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Williams Theatre of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Second Street and Cincinnati Avenue.

Tickets for the concert are $25 each.

Saturday afternoon, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Radford will conduct a guitar workshop, demonstrating the demanding techniques needed to play flamenco music. Cost is $10 adults, $5 students, and attendees are encouraged to bring their own guitars for some hands-on instruction.

Radford's interest in flamenco music began when his mother brought home a recording by Carlos Montoya. The same year Radford graduated from Will Rogers High School, he happened to meet Montoya and became his student.

Two years later, Radford was performing at Carnegie Hall, beginning a concert career that has taken him to four continents and earned him the title "the American master of flamenco guitar."

Radford was the first person to be awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study flamenco among the Spanish gypsies who created this music.

A recent review of one of Radford's performances in Spain prompted one Madrid critic to write, "It has taken years for Radford to master the complex rhythms of Flamenco, but more important than the timing, he has duende, the Spanish equivalent of 'soul.' "

Even so, Radford says, "Wherever I travel, I continue to identify myself as an 'Okie' -- I still wear the gold 'Okie' pin Gov. David Boren once gave me to prove it.

"The success and happiness I've achieved in my life is the direct result of the core values of hard work, respect and responsibility I learned as a child growing up in Oklahoma," he said.

By JAMES D. WATTS JR. World Scene Writer

Billboard Charts

Billboard Charts

By Associated Press

Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine.

Billboard Hot 100: Top 10
1. "Don't Matter," Akon. Konvict/Upfront/SRC/Universal Motown.
2. "Glamorous," Fergie (feat. Ludacris).
3. "Beautiful Liar," Beyonce and Shakira. Columbia.
4. "This Is Why I'm Hot," Mims. Capitol.
5. "Cupid's Chokehold," Gym Class Heroes. Decaydance.
6. "The Sweet Escape," Gwen Stefani (feat. Akon). Interscope.
7. "Girlfriend," Avril Lavigne. RCA.
8. "Throw Some D's," Rich Boy (feat. Polow Da Don). Zone 4.
9. "What Goes Around Comes Around," Justin Timberlake. Jive.
10."It's Not Over," Daughtry. RCA.

The Billboard 200 Top Albums: Top 10
1. "We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank," Modest Mouse. Epic.
2. "Introducing Joss Stone," Joss Stone. Virgin.
3. "Elliott Yamin," Elliott Yamin. Hickory.
4. "Daughtry," Daughtry. RCA.
5. "Veteran," Marques Houston. T.U.G.
6. "Konvicted," Akon. Konvict.
7. "Street Love," Lloyd. The Inc.
8. "Luvanmusiq," Musiq Soulchild. Atlantic.
9. "Rich Boy," Rich Boy. Zone 4.

Mainstream Rock Tracks
1. "Breath," Breaking Benjamin. Hollywood.
2. "Sillyworld," Stone Sour. Roadrunner.
3. "Forever," Papa Roach. El Tonal.
4. "Pain," Three Days Grace. Jive.
5. "It's Not Over," Daughtry. RCA.
6. "Ladies and Gentlemen," Saliva. Island.
7. "The Enemy," Godsmack. Universal Republic.
8. "Well Enough Alone," Chevelle. Epic.
9. "Ten Thousand Fists," Disturbed. Reprise.
10. "Everything," Buckcherry. Eleven Seven.

Alternative/Modern Rock Tracks
1. "From Yesterday," 30 Seconds to Mars. Immortal/Virgin.
2. "Survivalism," Nine Inch Nails. Nothing.
3. "Pain," Three Days Grace. Jive/Zomba.
4. "Breath," Breaking Benjamin. Hollywood.
5. "Dashboard," Modest Mouse. Epic.
6. "Dig," Incubus. Immortal.
7. "Starlight," Muse. Warner Bros.
8. "Famous Last Words," My Chemical Romance. Reprise.
9. "Read My Mind," The Killers. Island.
10. "Forever," Papa Roach. El Tonal.

Hot Country Songs
1. "Beer in Mexico," Kenny Chesney. BNA.
2. "Last Dollar (Fly Away)," Tim McGraw. Curb.
3. "Wasted," Carrie Underwood. Arista.
4. "Stand," Rascal Flatts. Lyric Street.
5. "Anyway," Martina McBride. RCA.
6. "Settlin'," Sugarland. Mercury.
7. "I'll Wait for You," Joe Nichols. Universal South.
8. "Ladies Love Country Boys," Trace Adkins. Capitol Nashville.
9. "High Maintenance Woman," Toby Keith. Show Dog Nashville.
10. "Stupid Boy," Keith Urban. Capitol Nashville.

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
1. "Lost Without U," Robin Thicke. Star Trak/Interscope.
2. "Buddy," Musiq Soulchild. Atlantic.
3. "I'm a Flirt," R. Kelly or Bow Wow. Columbia.
4. "This Is Why I'm Hot," Mims. Capitol.
5. "You," Lloyd. The Inc./Universal Motown.
6. "Ice Box," Omarion. T.U.G.
7. "Last Night," Diddy. Bad Boy.
8. "Poppin'," Chris Brown. Jive/Zomba.
9. "Go Getta," Young Jeezy. Corporate Thugz.
10. "Don't Matter," Akon. Konvict.

Hot Rap Tracks
1. "This Is Why I'm Hot," Mims. Capitol.
2. "I'm a Flirt," Bow Wow or R. Kelly. Jive.
3. "Go Getta," Young Jeezy. Corporate Thugz.
4. "Throw Some D's," Rich Boy. Zone 4.
5. "Walk It Out," Unk. Big Oomp.
6. "Make It Rain,' Fat Joe. Terror Squad.
7. "2 Step," Unk. Bip Oomp.
8. "Rock Yo Hips," Crime Mob. Crunk.
9. "Runaway Love," Ludacris. DTP.
10. "Outta My System," Bow Wow (feat. T-Pain and Johnta Austin). Columbia.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Henson Cargill

Henson Cargill; Sang Country Hit 'Skip a Rope'

Associated Press
Friday, March 30, 2007; B09

Singer Henson Cargill, whose 1968 hit "Skip a Rope" topped the country charts with its understated take on social problems, has died. He was 66.

Mr. Cargill died March 24 following complications from surgery, Matthews Funeral Home in Edmond, Okla., said.

"Skip a Rope" made it to No. 1 on the Billboard country chart and was a top-25 crossover success on the pop music chart.

A New York Times review in 1968 called the song "a little morality lesson within the context of a child's skip-rope rhyme" and said Mr. Cargill "has one of those deliciously smooth country baritones like Johnny Cash's or Dave Dudley's."

The verses refer to marital discord, tax cheating and racial prejudice, with the refrain "Skip a rope, skip a rope. Oh, listen to the children while they play. Ain't it kind of funny what the children say, skip a rope."

Written by Jack Moran and Glen Douglas Tubb, "Skip a Rope" was nominated for 1968 song of the year by the Country Music Association, according to the CMA Web site.

Among Mr. Cargill's other country hits were "None of My Business" and "The Most Uncomplicated Goodbye I've Ever Heard." A collection of his songs was released on CD in 2005 as "A Very Well Travelled Man."

In the 1980s, Mr. Cargill owned and operated an Oklahoma City country music showplace called Henson's. It featured such performers as Ray Charles, Merle Haggard, Roy Orbison, Glen Campbell, Waylon Jennings and Cargill's friend and mentor, Cash.

Mr. Cargill came from a prominent Oklahoma City family; his grandfather, O.A. Cargill, was mayor. He attended Colorado State University, where he began performing at local events.

He returned to Oklahoma City, where he worked for the court clerk's and sheriff's offices before joining a musical group called the Kimberleys and eventually forming a group.

Survivors include two sons, a daughter, four sisters and a brother.

Vince Gill

Vince Gill shares the mic with Pio


AMERICAN country star Vince Gill is special guest on the Pio McCann Show on Highland Radio this Saturday morning.

Dubbed the 'un-official ambassador of country music,' Gill has straddled the top rung of his profession for three decades, selling in excess of 22 million records and lifting 18 Grammy awards and the same number of CMAs in the process.

The interview is just the latest in a long line of exclusives that Pio has managed to snap up in recent times. Other stars to share the studio microphone with him have included the likes of Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, Keith Urban, Trisha Yearwood, Kris Kristofferson, Reba McEntire and Dwight Yoakam.

Vince Gill outlines to Pio how he got initially interested in country music right through getting his first break to his collaborations with some of the greatest stars around.

"I was just a kid and boy it seems like I could just about walk and I was tryin' to drag a guitar around and play it," he told Pio. "My dad played and his mother played the piano and my mom played the harmonica. My big brother played a little bit, so there was always somebody punking around on an instrument."

By the time he was in high school, Vince Gill had become proficient on the banjo and guitar and joined his first bluegrass band. In 1983 he signed to RCA Records and scored his first solo country hits, among them Oklahoma Borderline and Cinderella. Nashville provided a musical backdrop to his career.

"I have always been pretty mesmerised by this town and the music of this town. It has always been a big songwriters' town. You just feel the sense of community and it's still a place today where people can still just gather round and play music together."

Gill also speaks of his long association with Mark Knopfler and his regret at not being able to take up an offer to join Dire Straits.

"In the late 80s or early 90s Mark came to see me. He asked if I would join Dire Straits and go on a world tour for a year and a half. I just said, man if you'd asked me a year ago, I'd have been there in a heartbeat but I'd just signed a new record deal and I didn't want to give that up. Later on, I got to work on all Mark's records anyway - but I got to save on all that travel."

Gill's current project is a four-CD set of 43 new and original songs that MCA Records released under the title These Days. The collection is an artistic tour de force that displays Gill's mastery of lyrics and musical styles, ranging from traditional country and bluegrass to jazz and rock.

These Days features such musical guests as Sheryl Crow, Diana Krall, Bonnie Raitt, Gretchen Wilson, Del McCoury, Amy Grant, Phil Every, Lee Ann Womack, Trisha Yearwood, Emmylou Harris and John Anderson, among others.

"The only reason to do it was because of the diversity," Gill says, referring to the project. "I wouldn't want to have listened to me sing 43 country songs you know I'd have shot myself. But the fact that there's so much diversity, so many great collaborations on this record and it's not just about me - it's old friends, new friends, it was really an honour to put all this together."

Summing up, he reflects on his performances in Ireland down through the years and spoke highly of the reception he continually enjoyed from local fans.

"I've played music in front of people for over 30 years and this is not just blowing smoke but the couple of times that I've been lucky enough to come to Ireland, I've never felt from a crowd what I felt there about music.

"I think that our culture in the US and our country we like music, but it's not like such a part of our soul and our hearts and I must say that it was the most spiritual experience I've ever had playing music.

"The way the people of Ireland responded was the way you wish every night you step on a stage could make you feel."

* The Vince Gill interview will be broadcast on the

Pio McCann Show on Highland Radio this Saturday, March 31 from 12-2pm.

Redbud Jazz Festival hosted by Northern Oklahoma College

Redbud Jazz Festival set for Thursday

Saxophone virtuoso Brian Gorrell and acclaimed trumpet player Lee Rucker will star in the 12th annual Redbud Jazz Festival hosted by Northern Oklahoma College on the Tonkawa campus at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $7.

The duo, currently members of the music faculty at the University of Central Oklahoma, will headline the festival, which features the big band sounds of the Redbud Festival Orchestra.

Gorrell, a former pianist for the Lawrence Welk Orchestra, is equally proficient on both saxophone and keyboards. Gorrell now serves as head of the Jazz Studies Division for the UCO School of Music and also manages operation of the Jazz Lab Recording Studio in addition to teaching several classes.

During his years as a performer, Rucker has worked with the Woody Herman Orchestra and the Louis Bellson Orchestra as a featured soloist. Since 1981 Rucker has taught at UCO, serving as the director of the UCO Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Ensembles I and II, Music Theatre Pit Orchestra and many smaller jazz groups.

LOOK: The month ahead

LOOK: The month ahead

APRIL 6 Patrice Pike first gained notice for her soulful vocals and stage presence in Sister 7, but since going solo several years ago, her greatest notice came last year when she was a finalist on CBS' "Rockstar: Supernova,” in which the Austin singer-songwriter auditioned for a band featuring Tommy Lee, Gilby Clarke and Jason Newsted. Pike performs at 11:30 p.m. April 6 at VZD's, 4200 N Western. For more information, call 524-4200.

13 The roots of AFI were in the early '90s Berkeley, Calif., punk scene, where the band jockeyed for attention alongside Green Day, but by 1999's "Black Sails in the Sunset,” the group led by singer Davey Havok had adopted a "dark wave” sound that it has tweaked and streamlined on its latest hit disc, "Decemberunderground.” AFI will play with guests Papa Roach, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Saosin at 5 p.m. April 13 at the Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens. Tickets are $19 to $38.50. For more information, call 235-8288.

14 One of alternative country's greatest singer-songwriters, Neko Case, got her start in punk bands but has quickly established herself as an eclectic, unpredictable artist, both with the Canadian power-pop super group, The New Pornographers, and in her solo career. See Case perform at 8 p.m. April 14 at the Bricktown Ballroom, 103 E California. Tickets are $20. For more information, go online to

18 Pink Floyd might never undertake a full-scale reunion tour, so The Pink Floyd Experience could be the best option for people who missed the full Floydian spectacle. The band plays note-for-note recreations of Pink Floyd hits and its stage presentation mirrors the classic Floyd props, including a 12-foot pig blimp. The Pink Floyd Experience takes place at 8 p.m. April 18 at Rose State College Performing Arts Theater, 6000 Trosper Road, Midwest City. Tickets are $40. For more information, call 297-2264.

26 For people who prefer their stand-up comedy with big helpings of irony and performance art, Neil Hamburger and Pleaseeasaur are the perfect package tour. Hamburger's shtick is packed with bad pacing and hackneyed subjects, and Pleaseeasaur (featured on Cartoon Network's "Sealab 2021”) is a wrong-headed musical revue with rapid-fire costume changes. See Hamburger and Pleaseeasaur at 9 p.m. April 26 at Opolis, 113 Crawford, Norman. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. For more information, call 820-0951.

Best bets; Hot five and Tuesday's releases

Best bets; Hot five and Tuesday's releases

Best bets
1.Check out the comedy of Larry the Cable Guy at 8 tonight at the Ford Center, 100 W Reno. For more information, call 235-8288.

2.Frontier City kicks off its 2007 season Saturday. Students from kindergarten through eighth grade can receive free admission with any paid admission before noon Saturday and Sunday by bringing a recent school paper with a 100 percent grade to any ticket window. For more information, go online to

3.Bite into a turkey leg at the 31st annual Medieval Fair from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday in Reaves Park, 2501 S Jenkins Ave., Norman. For more information, go online to

4.Comedian Bill Cosby will perform at 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday at Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker. For more information, call 297-2264.

5.Listen to the psychobilly groove of Reverend Horton Heat along with Murder by Death and the Tossers. Doors open at 7 p.m. Saturday at Diamond Ballroom, 8001 S Eastern. For ticket information, call (866) 443-8849.

Hot five
1. "Glamorous,” Fergie (featuring Ludacris).

2. "This Is Why I'm Hot,” Mims.

3. "Don't Matter,” Akon.

4. "Cupid's Chokehold,” Gym Class Heroes (featuring Patrick Stump).

5. "The Sweet Escape,” Gwen Stefani (featuring Akon).

Tuesday's releases
Alison Krauss, "A Hundred Miles or More: A Collection.”

Kings of Leon, "Because of the Times.”

Martina McBride, "Waking Up Laughing.”

Fountains of Wayne, "Traffic and Weather.”

Timbaland, "Timbaland Presents Shock Value.”

Five Finger Death Punch, "The Way of the Fist.”

From Staff and Wire Reports

Indian flute class set

Indian flute class set

NORMAN — Kiowa musician and Southern Straight dancer Terry Tsotigh will offer a class in American Indian flute from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays from April 4-May 2 at the Jacobson House Native Art Center, 609 Chautauqua Ave. There will be no April 25 class. Cost for four sessions is $75 which includes a Butch Hall flute. Participants of all ages and abilities are welcome. For more information, call 366-1667.

Bands plan ‘green' day

Bands plan ‘green' day at OU

By Gene Triplett
Entertainment Editor

Don't try to tell Adam Gardner it's not easy being green, even if your name is Kermit.

The singer-guitarist is on one of the greenest tours on the rock 'n' roll landscape with his bandmates in Guster, spreading the good word about eco-friendliness among college students far and wide. On Tuesday, it's the University of Oklahoma's turn to learn a new thing or two about saving the environment when the Campus Consciousness tour arrives in Norman for a day of activities, culminating in a concert at 7 p.m. in the Lloyd Noble Center, starring Guster and guest The Format.

"The goal of the tour is to spread environmental awareness to college students,” Gardner said, "to educate and invigorate them toward environmental issues.”

The tour is a project of Reverb, a nonprofit organization founded by Gardner and his wife, environmentalist Lauren Hutton, in 2004. The first campus tour was mounted in 2006, using buses running on clean-burning bio-diesel fuel. In addition, every Guster concert was made "carbon neutral” through the purchase of renewable energy credits from the American Indian-owned NativeEnergy. Through the band's offset program, more than 2,100 tons of carbon dioxide were neutralized on the tour — the equivalent of not driving 4.2 million miles.

"Through our program on tour, 230,000 kilowatt-hours of clean, renewable energy were put back into the grid, which is equivalent to powering 21 homes for an entire year,” Gardner said. "And that was just the first year. This year, we're going to do even more. It's going to be even bigger and greener.”

Tuesday's activities will kick off at 2:30 p.m. at the Oklahoma Memorial Union with a "Town Hall Forum” organized by Campus Climate Challenge and the Sustainable Endowments Institute, where students, faculty, campus organizations and Guster will discuss sustainable choices colleges and universities can make in resource management. Attendees will be entered into a raffle to win a meet-and-greet with Gardner and bandmates Ryan Miller, Brian Rosenworcel and Joe Pisapia after the concert.

Other attractions include a "Consciousness Pavilion” displaying environmental products and innovations, and a "Pimp My Clean Ride” tour of Guster's bio-diesel bus, with all of its eco-friendly provisions.

"We're using rechargeable batteries now, onstage,” Gardner said. "We're using post-consumer, recyclable paper for the buses, like toilet paper, paper towels. We're offering eco-friendly merchandise. We'll have organic cotton T-shirts, we're using aluminum water bottles that are refillable, for band and crew, instead of individual plastic bottles that create a lot of waste.”

Visitors may also donate food to local food banks at the event.

"Last year, the students donated 20,000 meals to local food banks through our program on the tour,” Gardner said.

When the Boston-based, melody-minded alternative pop band isn't crusading under its own banner, Guster, working through Reverb, is helping other artists turn their tours green, including The Dave Matthews Band, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alanis Morissette, Jack Johnson, Avril Lavigne, Barenaked Ladies and Bonnie Raitt.

"We're actually out there in the trenches, talking to people at shows,” Gardner said. "And the first year it was like, ‘Aw, I don't believe in global warming; that's a bunch of hooey.' And now I think that people are starting to realize that the consensus is it's real and the debate is over. Now, what do we do about it?”

Sweet Adelines

Adelines win competition

From Staff Reports

The OK City Chorus of Sweet Adelines won the Region 25 Chorus Competition on Saturday in Richardson, Texas.

Three of the top four choruses were from Oklahoma. The second place chorus was Oklahoma Jubilee from Tulsa. Third place went to Prairie Winds from Lubbock, Texas, and Sooner Sensations of Moore finished fourth.

The OK City Chorus, an Allied Arts member agency, will represent Region 25 at the Sweet Adelines International Chorus Contest in November in Honolulu. Last year in Las Vegas, the OK City Chorus received the Harmony Achievement Award, which honors the best small chorus.

Kismet won the Region 25 Quartet Competition and will compete in the International Quartet Competition in Calgary, Alberta, in October.

Dwight Twilley

Dwight Twilley ready to trade studio for concert stage

By Gene Triplett
The Oklahoman

Instead of a "Home Sweet Home” sentiment, Dwight and Jan Twilley should have an embroidered sampler hanging on their wall that reads: "'Round here, we stay up very, very late.”

Of course, that's a line copped from a Counting Crows song, and Dwight Twilley is perfectly capable of coming up with his own lyrical phrases, but it fits, considering the hours the Twilleys keep.

"You know, we've been so in the studio the last few years,” Twilley said, just out of bed on a recent afternoon following another long work-night at Big Oak, his home sound lab in Tulsa. "We really kind of have the attitude that it's time to start getting out and playing.”

And Twilley will do just that, at 8 p.m. Saturday, headlining a show at Norman's Sooner Theatre with special guests The Starkweather Boys.

"It's a dream come true to be able to work in the studio for a long period of time ... but at the same time you lose contact with the world.”

Since "I'm on Fire,” his first big hit, was released in 1975, the Tulsa-bred power-pop craftsman has written scores of melody-rich, radio-ready tunes influenced as much by the slap-back echo style of Sam Phillips' Sun Records stable as the sunnier sounds of The Beatles.

Unfortunately, only one other Twilley-penned ditty called "Girls” made a dent in the charts in the early '80s, due mainly to a lot of bad luck with bumbling record labels and a payola scandal that was none of Twilley's doing but was his undoing as a signed recording artist for many years following "Wild Dogs,” his last major-label release in 1986.

Since the late '90s, Twilley has been making a slow, steady, critically-lauded comeback, working wee hour upon hour at Big Oak, named for the gigantic tree that shades the yard of his suburban home. With his wife, Jan, engineering and Dwight self-producing, he's put out four albums since 1999 — "Tulsa,” 2005's "47 Moons” and his multistyled holiday opus, "Have a Twilley Christmas,” which snagged airplay over the holidays on the "Christmas Storm” and "Dr. Demento” radio shows.

In October 2006, Twilley released his first live album, "All Access,” an 18-song disc recorded over a two-night stand in August 2005 at The Venue in Tulsa. Footage from the show will soon be available for digital download from Digital Music Group, and a DVD of the shows is also in the works. And, at long last, Twilley is ready to emerge from those endless, dimly lighted, all-night recording sessions and step back into the concert spotlights, albeit briefly. A full-blown tour will follow completion of his next studio album, tentatively titled "Green Blimp.”

"We've just got too much work to do,” he said. "We're eight songs into the new album. We really kind of know our magic box now, so it's really kind of hard for anybody to pry us out of it.”

Twilley first met Jan Allison when both were working at the same Los Angeles studio about 20 years ago. He was still recording for major labels, and she was a veteran of projects with artists including Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan.

"So, she knew her way around the studio,” Twilley said.

While most couples kiss goodbye and get a break from each other each weekday morning, the Twilleys have lived and worked together around the clock since moving back to Tulsa in the late '90s and building a studio into the back of their house. Such constant togetherness might spark occasional spats in some marriages, but not so with the Twilleys.

"We love what we do,” Twilley said. "Just being able to have your own studio, no one can tell us when to stop or when to start.”

Their teamwork was the subject of an article last April in Mix, a magazine for the audio recording industry, focusing mainly on Jan Twilley.

"We disagree about some things, but when we're in the studio, we're professional,” Twilley said. "She has her role as an engineer, and I have my role as a producer. And sometimes the engineer's right and the producer's wrong. But at the end of the day, I make the final decision, and 99 percent of the time we agree on it. It's just so damn much fun, you know?

"Yeah, and it's amazing that, some nights, when I'm not really quite sounding that good on the mike, a slight wardrobe change from the engineer can change the whole attitude. That's absolutely true.”

On Again

Local band Q&A: On Again

•Why: On Again, featuring Lauren Owsley on lead vocals, bassist David Klein, guitarist Matt Owsley and drummer John Hernandez, creates energetic power-pop/punk-influenced tunes. They've spent months crafting new songs and reworking and perfecting old ones, and now they're primed to hit the stage again.

•When: 8 p.m. Saturday.

•Where: The Conservatory, 8911 N. Western.

Q:So tell me, how and when did On Again come to be?

A:David Klein, bass: On Again started officially in late summer '05. Matt and I had played together for a few years doing instrumental prog-rock material with more musicians than we can remember, and were tired of trying out people who couldn't hang or were in it for the wrong reasons. Therefore, we scrapped everything we had composed up until that point and started anew.

We decided to play the kind of music that inspired us to play. We adopted a more minimalist — well, relatively minimalist — approach to songwriting and focused on melody and chord structure rather than chops. We asked Matt's sister, Lauren, to sing and Bart Davis joined on drums, and we played for nearly a year before taking a break. Bart moved on to another band and we were lucky to find John Hernandez on a charitable day; he agreed to play drums with us in the fall of last year. John and I played in a Colorado band, Wretch Like Me, and a couple other bands when we were younger, so he was a natural choice to play with us.

Q:What are some of your primary influences?

A:Klein: Between the four of us, I'm pretty sure every style is an influence on some part of our playing. I stick to punk, jazz and prog, but our players probably have influences from ALL to Led Zeppelin and back to John Coltrane. Every song has its influence from some source, and we could probably map out every note and justify it with an influence.

Q:What is the usual creative process when you write as a band?

A:Klein: Matt and I usually come to practice with the skeleton of a song, we work together to make it work and jam it out until it becomes a natural extension of our creativity. Lauren and I write vocal melodies together and we work on lyrics and rhythms after the music is pretty solid. We record a lot of practices and Lauren uses the tapes to work on vocals at home. Her melodies are often better when she has space to write and she's not in a blasting practice space.

Q:What can someone who has never before seen your live show expect when they see

you perform?

A:Klein: They can expect, and we will deliver, a blasting amalgamation of precision and creativity sugar-coated for the masses, or as Lauren puts it, "It's gonna be awesome!”

Michael Senior

Mama Sweet

Mama Sweet

Local band Q&A: Mama Sweet

•Why: Soulful lyrics set off by amazing guitar equal the unique music of Mama Sweet, named because the musicians used to practice at singer-guitarist Aron Holt's house and his mother would serve them sweet tea. The other members are guitarist Alan Orebaugh, bassist Boyd Littell and drummer Giovanni "Nooch” Carnuccio.

•When: 10 p.m. Thursday.

•Where: The Roadhouse, 3015 S Highway 69, Durant.

Q:At what age did you decide you wanted to be in a band?

A:Holt: Everything else was really boring, so I decided to become self-employed. Set your own hours, it's like a dream come true.

Sixteen is the answer to your question.

Q:Have you been doing a lot of out-of-state touring?

A:Holt: We are just now starting to dip down into Texas more than we have in the past. We're born and raised Oklahoman and very proud to be from this state and we'd like to see the scene flourish here, but there's a lot more ears, a lot more heads turn on to it down there.

Q:What musician would you most want to party with?

A:Carnuccio: Maybe Ozzy while he can still talk, sort of.

A:Holt: Yeah, that wouldn't be bad. I don't feel like snorting any ants. And I'm much more a Diet Coke drinker rather than Diet Pepsi drinker, so I don't know.

A:Carnuccio: Iggy.

A:Holt: I just got back from South by Southwest and got to see the Stooges for the first time and was completely blown away by this 60-year-old man diving into a group of completely insane, blood thirsty animals and coming out alive. So I wouldn't mind partying with Iggy, but it would probably be for about 15 minutes full on, hard core, and then we would both fall asleep immediately.

Q:When do you know that a song is done?

A:Holt: That's the thing: you can take that elevator as far down as you want, man. I don't think a song is ever done…We have slow songs on the record that are fast songs on the live show and vice versa.

Chris Colbergm,

‘Mamma Mia’

‘Mamma Mia’ tickets available at Tulsa World Web site

By JAMES D . WATTS JR. World Scene Writer

Tickets for the return engagement of “Mamma Mia!” officially go on sale Monday, but visitors to the Tulsa World Web site can lay claim to seats right now.

Go to, click on “Mamma Mia!” logo, enter the password WORLD, have your “Money, Money, Money” (well, your credit card) ready, and order your seats for this award-winning show featuring a few dozen of the hit songs by ABBA.

“Mamma Mia!” will be at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center May 8-13, and is presented by Celebrity Attractions.

By JAMES D . WATTS JR. World Scene Writer


Selfless giving
Bill Gaither

By MATT ELLIOTT World Scene Writer

Gospel giant Bill Gaither puts his money where his heart is... selfless giving

Here's something that maybe you don't know about gospel singer Bill Gaither: He's the tree growing-type.

That's right. When he's not out doing about 50 dates a year with his gospel tour, the Bill Gaither Homecoming, he's taking care of his family and the myriad of tree species he has planted on the 30 acres surrounding his Indiana home.

"Spring time is finally coming to Indiana," said Gaither, and it's showing in his sycamores, white oaks, white pines, hard maples, soft maples and Austrian pines. "It's just been a joy."

And when he's not doing that, he's chasing after his five grandkids. He'd better not get too tuckered out. He's got a sixth on the way, he said.

The five-time Grammy winner has a new video filmed at a South African concert ("South African Homecoming") and "Love Can Turn the World."

The South Africa show was part of a 10-day trip the group made to the country in 2005, Gaither's Web site states.

"(We) met an audience, quite a cross-cultural, cross-ethnic mix, of people who have followed our music for many years and so it's kind of like being
with friends and family," Gaither said. "The spirit of the place is pretty fantastic."

Gaither's popularity has continued since the 1960s, when Elvis Presley recorded one of his songs, "He Touched Me." In August, Billboard magazine reported that Gaither and his wife Gloria Gaither had the fourth and fifth most popular music video sales at one point last year, the Associated Press reported.

Gaither said he has been coming to Tulsa for about 35 years. He used to be a regular at the Brady Theater but his show outgrew it.

He come to the Mabee Center ever since.

"This year, the theme is 'Give It Away,' which is a song that we're singing, really encouraging people to give, not to us, because we don't have a program (for that)," Gaither said. Instead, they encourage people to support Franklin Graham's charitable works or a local community program.

He gives $200 each to five people at each of his shows this year, with the condition that they give it away or put it to a use that helps others.

"That's a small amount, I know," Gaither said. "It's our way of saying, 'Hey, take this money and go do something with it. Do something good with it. Don't spend it on yourself. If you can add $200 to it, fine."

Matt Elliott 581-8366


Doors open at 5 p.m. show, with show starting at 6 p.m. Saturday

Mabee Center, 81st Street and Lewis Avenue

$19.50-$36.50, plus a service fee, available through, (800) 678-1353 and the box office, 495-6000

By MATT ELLIOTT World Scene Writer

Malan Darras

Listening post
Malan Darras

By MATT ELLIOTT World Scene Writer

Singer-songwriter Malan Darras will have his CD release party online

With the upcoming release of his second solo album, Malan Darras officially marks the the beginning of a new era.

Darras will air his new solo album, "Who Is Malan D.?" Saturday in a free online listening party through his Web site, Rather than have a traditional CD release party, this will put his music out there for more folks, without the added expense of booking a venue.

"I've never heard of anybody doing anything like this before. We just kind of thought it up," said Darrras, in an interview at Shades of Brown Coffee in Brookside.

In one form or another, Darras has been a fixture on the local music scene since 2000, most notably as the singer of the band Rewake, which last year won the Best None of the Above category at the Spot Music Awards for the fifth time, cinching the band's induction in the Spot Music Hall of Fame.

Darras recorded this solo album at his home studio in January and February. The disc will be for sale online on April Fools Day through

Darras posted the
finished product on Myspace and some friends in the music business formed a label, Pasadena Records, to release the CD.

"Who Is Malan D.?" is propelled by drum machines, cold melodies from keyboards and pianos, the singer's harmonized vocals and Darras' quirky sense of humor. It's a departure for him, because Darras has the last few years of his music life working in jam bands and groups dedicated to reggae.

His work has always been about "Struggling to figure out the universe," he said. "On this one, it's all just like, 'I am powerful. You cannot (expletive) with me.' "

The album features some cameo performances from Congress of a Crow's singer, Danelle Phillips, and Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey bassist Reed Mathis.

In addition to a label, he's got a public relations firm working to get his songs radio play, spots on movie soundtracks and media coverage, he said.

Also, Darras recently returned from the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, where he showcased his new material and met Flaming Lips singer Wayne Coyne as well as Jane's Addiction vocalist Perry Ferrell.

"I'm pumped. I've never felt so good -- ever. Like, this is the biggest deal I've ever done and it just happened by accident."

The album came to him as part of a new lease on life. The singer has more or less been convalescing since he was struck by a hit-and-run driver in July 2006, breaking his left leg and ankle.

Months later, Darras has given up drinking, gotten rid of his crutches and has solidified his relationship with Phillips.

"She's inspired me to become a better person. I'm totally sober now, and not even dealing with drinking or partying," Darras said. "I'm sober now, it's fantastic. I'm proud of that."

Matt Elliott 581-8366


6 p.m. Saturday



By MATT ELLIOTT World Scene Writer

Multi-act concert will raise funds for TU

Ghost dancing

By MATT ELLIOTT World Scene Writer

Multi-act concert will raise funds for TU charitable groups

Mondo bizarro Tulsa rock act Ghosts generates a sound that makes you feel the way you feel after too many Saturday morning cartoons and four bowls of Lucky Charms. Make that five. Make that while floating in space.

The trio will play the Lend a Hand benefit for Tulsa University's Habitat for Humanity project and the university's RESULTS chapter. Joining Friday's show at the Hive will be the socially conscious reggae group Citizen Mundi as well as Stevedore, Arlis Moon & the Stars and singer/guitarist Jacob Ide.

Just how weirdly entertaining is Ghosts? The group has been known to play gigs dressed in white coveralls and wearing masks. Garrett Weindorf and Matt Miner pound away at keyboards while Josh Grogan drums, churning out a maelstrom of noise, shrieks, blips and swooshes with song titles such as "Han Solo Bass Solo" and "Sea Organ."

Ask Weindorf about his influences, and you get an odd list (although he might be putting you on a bit).

"Abraham Lincoln, Jonas Salk, Rick Wells (a KOTV reporter), Yngwie Malmsteen, Rick Wells -- physically, spiritually, sensually. My parents. My dog. Jesus. Musically,
yeah, we like ancient mysteries, time, space. We like Pink Floyd. We really like the Flaming Lips."

The band started in 2002, when Weindorf and Miner started making music simply to amuse themselves. The duo began recording about an album a week and started leaving random copies with odd liner notes in unsuspecting mailboxes as well as with their friends. They even dropped off some of their recordings at Steve Ripley's now-defunct Church Studio.

"That Steve Ripley guy at the Church Studio -- I saw him once and he knew about (our band) because wed been dropping (copies of our recordings) off," said Weindorf, who always seems a half second away from a giggle.

"Well, you were wildly drunk weren't you?" Miner asked.

"I was-- just out of it-- wandering around at the Spot Awards," Weindorf said. "I weaseled my way into the back stage and Steve Ripley was back there tuning up, trying to get ready for his -- it was a couple of years ago. He had some, like, special tribute thing you know, this real touching thing. Yeah, it was nice. And I was back there, (expletive) faced and, you know, bothering him about it."

The Ghosts sometimes wear their disguises when they first walk into a gig. (You might see them dressing up in an alley behind a local bar.) They play a show replete with several fog machines and lights. They'll leave, return in their normal clothes for a few drinks and no one will recognize them, said Weindorf, who works at KOTV, channel 6.

Habitat for Humanity recruits volunteers to help build homes for poor families. RESULTS is a nonprofit grassroots advocacy organization, committed to ending hunger and the worst aspects of poverty.The local RESULTS group is raising funds to start a local "microlending" bank that will grant small loans to low-income people, according to a press release about the event.


a benefit concert featuring Stevedore, Citizen Mundi, Ghosts, Arlis Moon & the Stars and Jacob Ide

7 p.m. Friday

The Hive, 216 N. Elgin Ave.

$4 for University of Tulsa students, $7 everyone else.

By MATT ELLIOTT World Scene Writer

Rev. Horton Heat

Turning up the Heat
Jim Heath

By MATT ELLIOTT World Scene Writer


Rev. Horton Heat's frontman rejects that 'snobabilly' attitutde

Jim Heath, the Reverend Horton Heat's fire-breathing guitar slinger/front man, might just hang it up after more than 20 years if people don't stop throwing stuff at him during his gigs.

I mean, come on. You're up there on stage. You're flailing the psychobilly out of your guitar and some drunk idiot hits you with a glass bottle. It's not cool. Whatever happened to the days when people simply drank their beers?

"People throw stuff in general," said the gritty-voiced Texan, who has been nailed with everything from shot glasses to beer bottles. "Sometimes it hits me. Sometimes it hits our fans. People throwing beer and stuff, it's just stupid and infantile and ridiculous. But I don't know. I've put up with it for 20 years. I guess I could put with it for another 20 years."

Heath's band plays the Cain's Ballroom Friday on the heels of a few years of touring, a Christmas album and taking care of his family. He's got a 23-year-old daughter just out of college and a second child on the way, he said.

When his older daughter came along, Heath didn't do what most musicians would've done. He started his trio in
1985 after getting inspired by the Dallas punk rock scene. He decided to merge his country leanings with punk's break-neck pace.

Most musicians would've quit once they had kids.

At the time, "I was working full time and doing the band and then the Reverend Horton Heat thing started," said Heath.

The band made more money than his fulltime job, typing up checks for a place called Manpower Temporary Services, so he quit and took to music 100 percent.

The band has released at least nine albums on five different labels (from Sub Pop to Interscope) since 1991. Those discs are filled with songs about cars, fights, women and booze performed with a martini-fueled, guitar-driven style rockabilly. The band's last album was a Christmas CD called "We Three Kings," released in 2005

He's been asked just about every possible question about his music. Ask him about his 1932 Ford Coupe, though, and Heath lights up.

He's been restoring the coupe, painted a gray-purple, for 10 years and will get it upholstered soon. It's got a small-block Chevrolet engine in it, instead of the Flathead Ford V8, which most purists would demand.

But Heath does what he can afford, saying "I'm not a snob. I'm not snobabilly.

"My thing lately is to just you know . . . be the cool contrarian. Like you know, think of something that's not cool to collect, like stamps. Stamps don't take up any room at all. You can have a million dollar-stamp collection and fit it in a desk drawer."

His '32 Ford will be his final car, an expense that otherwise would be hard for him to justify with another child coming into his life.

He doesn't sound like he'll hang up the music any time soon.

"I just love to do it, you know. I love to play music and it's still cool to be able to get out there and play some cool licks."

Matt Elliott 581-8366


7 p.m. Friday, with openers Murder by Death and the Tossers

Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main St.

$17 in advance, $19 day of show, available at Starship Records & Tapes, Reasor's,, Cain's box office, 584-2306

By MATT ELLIOTT World Scene Writer

Night Spots

Night Spots
DwightTwilley, the Tulsa pop singer-songwriter best known for his hit singles, “I’m on Fire” and “Girls,” will play one of his rare live shows at 9 p.m. Friday at CJ Moloney’s, 1849 S. Aspen Ave., Broken Arrow. Twilley also plays at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Sooner Theatre, 101 E. Main St., Norman.

By Staff Reports


  • Arnie's Bar, 318 E. Second St. -- Meerkats, Friday.

  • Boston's, 1738 S. Boston Ave. -- Mike Hosty Duo, Friday; Dan Crossland, Thursday.

  • Crow Creek Tavern, 3534 S. Peoria Ave. -- RPM, Friday; Reverse Reaction, Saturday.

  • Elephant Run, Best Western Trade Winds, 3141 E. Skelly Drive -- Voodoo Crush, Friday; Big Shoes, Saturday; Sitting Ducks Variety Show featuring Dave Dover, Sunday.

  • Full Moon Cafe, 1525 E. 15th St. -- Dueling Piano Show featuring Tom Basler and Brian Lee, Friday, Saturday and Thursday; Ben Kilgore, Sunday and Wednesday; Charlie Redd and Full Flava Kings, Tuesday.

  • Gray Snail Saloon, 1334 E. 15th St. -- Wink & Jeff, Monday; DJ Ziplock, Sunday and Tuesday; Brandon Clark, Wednesday; DJ Sea, Thursday.

  • The Hive, 216 N. Elgin Ave. -- Lend a Hand: Rock for Results concert with Stevedore, Citizen Mundi, Ghosts, Arlis Moon and the Stars, Jacob Ide and DJ Kike, Friday.

  • Janice's Hideaway, 6530 W. Charles Page
    Blvd. -- The Zigs, Friday.

  • Liquidz, 112 E. 18th St. -- Dynamo Hum, Saturday.

  • McNellie's, 409 E. First St. -- Dustin & Jesse's Higher Education, Thursday.

  • Mooch & Burn, 222 N. Main St. -- Howling Hex and Gospel Are Us, Friday.

  • Mr. Lucky's Pub and Grill, 8240 E. 41st St. -- Carroll Lockhart, Friday, Saturday and Tuesday; Liquidtraxx and Techno DJ, Sunday.

  • Osage Event Center, 951 W. 36th St. North -- Pat Benator and Neil Giraldo, Friday; Martin Luther King Celebration with Morris Rentie, Jr. and Nu World Soul featuring C Nicci J, Saturday.

  • Pink Eye, 1539 E. 11th St. -- Yeah Siam Records Showcase, Friday with Vito Ninefingers, Central Tragedy, Impact 28, Shutdown Sequence Go! and Jacob, Friday.

  • Plan 9 Bar, 6125 S. Sheridan Road -- Jimmy Markham, Friday.

  • River's Edge, 1924 Riverside Drive -- Acoustic Freight Train, Saturday; Strictly Rhythm, Sunday.

  • Side Line Sports Bar & Grill, 5936 S. Lewis Ave. -- Imzadi, Friday and Saturday.

  • Torchy's Two Bucks Saloon, 3128 S. Mingo Road -- Mothra Stewart, Friday; Woebegone, Saturday.

  • Uncle Bently's, 4902 S. Sheridan Road -- Techno DJ, Mondays; Open mike acoustic with Sheri Booth and Wiley, Thursday.

  • Willie's, 3161-M S. 129th East Avenue -- Dime and Pin open mike, Saturday.


  • American Legion Mohawk Post No. 308, 11328 E. Admiral Place -- Wiskey Bent, Friday.

  • Golden Saddle Bar-B-Q and Steak House, 6618 E. Admiral Place -- C.J. Houghton, Friday, Saturday, Monday and Thursday.

  • Lil Brown's, 11114 E. Admiral Blvd. -- Bill and Brenda Chase, Saturday.

  • Red Neck Kountry, 19011 E. Admiral Place -- Rich McCready, Friday and Saturday; Phil Vaught, Thursday.

  • Turf 300 Club, 7452 E. Admiral Place -- Fish, Friday; Inga, Saturday.

  • Vegas Club, 9124 E. Admiral Place -- Lost Highway, Friday and Saturday; Jam session with Lorri Williams and the Armadillos, Sunday.

  • Westbound, 6161 S. 33rd West Ave. -- Johnny Duke, Friday and Saturday.

  • Western Country Diner, 1905 S. Sheridan Road -- Silver Spurs, Friday; Backburner Band, Saturday and Tuesday; Plan B, Wednesday; Variety Pack, Thursday.


  • Bishline Banjos, 11th Street and Elgin Avenue -- Skiatook Bluegrass Festival jam and show, Saturday.

  • Blues Bar, Million Dollar Elm Casino, 951 W. 36th St. North -- Wall Street Band, Friday and Saturday.

  • Blues City Bar & Grill, 3156 S. Mingo Road -- Wanda Watson, Friday; Steve Pryor, Saturday.

  • Bourbon Street Cafe, 1542 E. 15th St. -- Steve Pryor, Friday; Jimmy Markham, Saturday.

  • Cimarron Bar, 2619 S. Memorial Drive -- David Skinner, Saturday.

  • D'Laney's TM Bar & Grill, 6327 E. 11th St. -- Roadhouse, Friday; Fur Trappers, Saturday; Open jam with Uncalled For, Sunday; Fish, Thursday.

  • Ed's Hurricane Lounge, 3216 E. 11th St. -- Fur Trappers, Friday; Rickey Preston, Saturday.

  • Four Aces Tavern, 11035 E. 41st St. -- Tulsa Boyz, Friday; Hurricane Mason, Saturday.

  • Jazmo'z Bourbon Street Cafe, 9205 E. 71st St. -- Boogalu, Friday; Travis Fite, Saturday.

  • Lori's Par-T Lounge, 2606 S. Sheridan Road -- Big Shoes, Friday; Dennis Crouch, Saturday.

  • Sadie's Coffee Shop, 567 E. 36th St. North -- Pure Silk, Saturday.


  • A Bar & Kitchen, 3509 S. Peoria Ave. -- Steve Liddell, Friday; Jean Michelle, Saturday; Jim Sweeney, Chris Campbell & Jon Glazer, Wednesday; Travis Fite, Thursday.

  • Alioli, 3629 S. Peoria Ave. -- Joy Sperlazzo, Saturday and Wednesday.

  • Bedlam, 13837 S. Casper, Glenpool -- Open mike with Inga, Friday and Thursday.

  • Black Gold Lounge, 7905 New Sapulpa Road -- Dave Crow, Friday; Perry and Friends, Saturday.

  • Bobbisox, Days Inn, 8181 E. Skelly Drive -- Johnny Johnson and Keith McKinney, Friday; Keith McKinney, Saturday and Wednesday.

  • Cabin Creek, Cherokee Casino & Resort, U.S. 44 and 193rd East Avenue -- City Moon, Friday and Saturday.

  • CJ Moloney's, 1849 S. Aspen Ave., Broken Arrow -- Dwight Twilley, Friday.

  • Club 209, 209 N. Boulder Ave. -- Valerie Star, Saturday.

  • C:Note, Cherokee Casino & Resort, U.S. 44 and 193rd East Avenue -- Ashley Snapp, Friday; Jon Glazer Trio, Saturday.

  • Depot, 408 S. Main St., Broken Arrow -- Open mike with Tom and JW, Wednesday.

  • Donald W. Reynolds Center, University of Tulsa, 3208 E. Eighth St. -- Campus Consciousness Tour with Guster and the Format, Wednesday.

  • Gringos, 6380 E. 31st St. -- Butch Powell and Frank Swain, Friday; Fish, Saturday.

  • Gypsy Coffee House & Cyber Cafe, 303 N. Cincinnati Ave. -- Jordan Spurgen and John Calvin, Friday.

  • Lanna Thai Restaurant, 3535 E. 51st St., Suite M -- Thai Music, Friday and Saturday.

  • Lennie's Club, Trade Winds East, 3373 E. Skelly Drive -- Sweney, Campbell and Duke, Friday and Saturday; Doug Smith, Wednesday; Open mike with Jim Sweney, Thursday.

  • Lola's at the Bowery, 5 E. Brady St. -- Wink and Jeff, Friday; Sharla, Saturday.

  • Magoo's, 5002 S. Memorial Drive -- Michelle Brown & MMD, Friday and Saturday; Ruby's Begonia, Wednesday.

  • Old Town Mexican Cafe, 4447 E. 86th St. North, Sperry -- Dennis Beyer, Thursday.

  • Pickles Pub, 3323 E. 51st St. -- DJ, Friday, Saturday, Wednesday and Thursday; Ray Hamilton and Dave Armstrong, Tuesday.

  • Pumpers Bar, Million Dollar Elm Casino, 301 Blackjack Drive, Sand Springs -- Jessica V & the Rhythmatics, Friday and Saturday.

  • Tiki Lounge, 4325 E. Apache St. -- Jam session, Sunday.

  • Twisters, Cherokee Casino & Resort, U.S. 44 and 193rd East Avenue -- Admiral Twin, Friday and Saturday.Time Machine, Monday.

Jazz & Standards

  • Camerelli's, 1536 E. 15th St. -- Mark Bruner and Shelby Eicher, Sunday; Ruby's Begonia, Thursday.

  • Chalkboard, 1324 S. Main St. -- Tim Swanson, Sunday.

  • Da Boat Seafood/Oyster Bar & Grill, 8102 S. Lewis Ave. -- Jambalaya Jass Band, Friday, Saturday and Thursday.

  • Green Onion Restaurant, 4532 E. 51st St. -- Bob Clear and Jon Cummins, Tuesday through Saturday.

  • Lanna Thai Restaurant, 7227 S. Memorial Drive -- Jazz Trio featuring Leo Jones, Tommy Crook and Scott Musick, Friday.

  • Lobby Lounge, Double Tree Hotel at Warren Place, 6110 S. Yale Ave. -- Jim Burns, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

  • Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 322 N. Greenwood Ave. -- Pam Van Dyke Crosby with Ted Moses, Bill Crosby, Tony Yohe, Ron McCrory and Mike Bennett, Sunday.

  • Phil's Smokehouse & Grill, Tulsa Southern Hills Marriott, 1902 E. 71st St. -- Jim Burns, Friday.

  • St. Michael's Alley, 3324 E. 31st St. -- Tim Swanson, Friday; Tommy Crook, Saturday; Luigi Balleto, Tuesday; The Fleshcats, Thursday.

  • Ti Amo Ristorante Italiano, 6024 S. Sheridan Road -- Tim Swanson, Saturday; Tommy Crook and Mark Bruner, Wednesday; Luigi, Thursday.


  • Central Center at Centennial Park, 1028 E. Sixth St. -- Round Up Boys, Thursday.

  • Club Fusion, 1565 S. Sheridan Road -- Hot DJ Dance Mix, Wednesday through Saturday.

  • Jazz's Lounge, 424 S. Memorial Drive -- DJ Mello, Friday through Thursday.

  • Temple, 412 E. Second St. -- DJ Turk, Friday and Saturday.

  • Tulsa Elks Lodge, 5335 S. Harvard Ave. -- Ballroom Dance with the Kings of Music, Thursday.

By Staff Reports


In-House News
Official Conference Hotel
2007 Headliners
Dfest 2007 Artist Submissions
iROK/Dfest Showcase (Austin, TX)
iROK Radio
Dfest Myspace Page
Dfest 2007 Sponsors

Dfest In-House News :
Tickets are on sale NOW! You can purchase your tickets online or at the participating ticket outlets. Tickets are $20.00 (plus service charge) for a two day pass. There is not a one day pass.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW! Purchase tickets online: Buy NOW!

Official Ticket Outlets:

Party Galaxy
56 E 15th St
Edmond, OK 73013

Party Galaxy NW
7101 NW Expressway
Oklahoma City, OK 73132

Party Galaxy South
1360 W I-240
Oklahoma City, OK 73139

Party Galaxy West
300 N. MacArthur Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73127

Size Records
8915 N. Western
Oklahoma City, OK 73114
(405) 607-4805

VZD's Restaurant & Club
4200 N. Western
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
(405) 524-4203

Party Galaxy Norman
1000 E. Alameda
Norman, OK 73026

Guestroom Records
125 East Main Street
Norman, OK 73069
(405) 701-5974

Happy Narwhal Records
117 W 7th Ave
Stillwater, OK 74074
(405) 533-1938

Starship Records & Tapes
1241 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK 74104
(918) 583-0638

Dirty's Tavern
325 E. 2nd St
Tulsa, OK 74120
405 727 0227

Arnie's Bar
318 E 2nd St.
Tulsa, OK 74120
(918) 583-0797

402 E. 2nd St.
Tulsa, OK 74120
(918) 599-7019

McNellie's Pub
409 E 1st St
Tulsa, OK 74120
(918) 382-7468

Continental Club
421 E. 1st
Tulsa, OK 74105

Under the Mooch
1423 S. Harvard
Tulsa, OK 74112
(918) 742-6465

Dwelling Spaces - Downtown
309 S Detroit Ave
Tulsa, OK 74120
(918) 582-1033

Blue Dome Diner
313 E 2nd St
Tulsa, OK 74120
(918) 382-7866


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Dfest 2007 Headling Artists:

The Flaming Lips

Leon Russell

Leon Russell

Jacob Fred Jazz Oddessy

Jaco Fred Jazz Oddessy

Kevin Welch

Kevin Welch


Dfest 2007 Artist Submissions:
Artist submission deadline is April 3, 2007. You package must be postmaked by April 3rd. NO EXTENTION!

Showcasing artists must be able to perform a 40-minute set of original material. Artists who submit but are not selected to showcase will be able to purchase a substantially discounted registration to attend Dfest. There are serious music industry contacts that can be made simply by attending Dfest, even if you are not chosen to showcase.

Diversafest stands for diversity, meaning we accept all genres of music, from rock to reggae, hip-hop to country, indie to DJ, and on and on.

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Dfest Showcase in Austin, TX:
Thanks to Red Gorilla Fest, Shiner Bock, The Chugg'n Monkey, iROK radio's DaviT Souders, EV Sound, and the great Oklahoma bands; The Effects, afterEIGHT, Colourmusic, and Stardeath and White Dwarfs for helping make a GREAT packed showcase in Austin, TX during SXSW.

DaviT Souders from iROK Radio introducing "Colourmusic". For more click the link.


iROK Radio:
Oklahoma's Largest Independent Radio "iROK Radio" is up and running! iROK is a podcast and webradio station focused on Oklahoma Unsigned and Emerging artists from all styles of music. Playing only Oklahoma Artists, all the time. iROK’s philosophy is to showcase the wide range of talent Oklahoma has to offer. Oklahoma is often seen as just producing great "country" talent. On iROK you will hear what we believe to be a great cross-section of Independent artists, some that need an avenue to get their music heard for the first time, some that are on the cusp of major success and others that are enjoying national, even International exposure. "Rockin the Plains". Goto


iROK Radio eNews:

1. iROK covering the Ballroom Blitz @ the Cain's Ballroom April 28, 2007

2. iROK covering Tulsa's Mayfest in May 17-20, 2007.

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2007 Tulsa International Mayfest:

The 35th annual Tulsa International Mayfest is scheduled for May 17-20 in the beautiful heart of downtown Tulsa. Mayfest is an outdoor tribute to the arts and music that is a family-oriented event created to promote a broader knowledge of and appreciation for arts and humanities among serious, as well as casual art lovers. Mayfest is nationally renowned for presenting the very best in arts and entertainment.

Tulsa International Mayfest has something to offer everyone. The outdoor area of Mayfest includes fine arts, crafts, 3 stages of performing artists, KidZone - a children’s hands-on art activity area, and of course, festival food. In addition to the outdoor space, there are also two indoor art galleries, the Invitational Gallery for Tulsa area artists, and the Youth Art Gallery, which features the artwork of Tulsa area students.
For more information, please visit or call 918.582.6435. We hope to see you at Tulsa’s International Mayfest 2007!


Dfest Myspace Page :
Okay, everyone nowadays has a myspace page, and we have been pimp'n ours for a while now. So, if you have not added us as your friend, go to and add yourself today. We will be updating info for Dfest 2007 in December and putting up more fun stuff to see. We showcase every month a Dfest "Artist of the Month". So, come on and add us as your friend. It's FREE! Well, at least for now it is...


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For 2007 Sponsorship Opportunities, contact Jen Clark @ RexPR.

Dfest Artist of the Month: Stardeath and White Dwarfs

Stardeath and White Dwarfs was born in late 2004 in Oklahoma City, and released its debut EP in the spring of 2005. Members Dennis Coyne, Casey Joseph, Matt Duckworth, and Philip Rice create their own brand of genre bending sound that might occur if King Crimson and Coldplay got stoned and had sex with each other. They are currently in the studio working on their first full length record with Trent Bell of Chainsaw Kittens fame. Expect to hear the new stuff in the near future, But in the mean time you can checkout there sense assaulting laser orgy live show throughout the Midwest and beyond.

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Bose L1 Cylindrical Radiator® loudspeaker and PS1 power stand

One R1 remote control
Professional padded gig bags (black with white Bose logo) for: L1-top, L1-bottom, and PS1 power stand

All of the necessary amplification is built into the PS1 power stand: no external amplifiers are required.

The Basic package is for voices and instruments that do not operate in the bass baritone range: acoustic guitar, various horns, alto and higher voices.

Consider the Single Bass package for voice and musical instruments that operate in the bass/baritone range. Keyboards, guitars, various horns, and lower-range vocals are all amplified accurately and naturally. Consider the Double Bass Package for bass guitar, kick drum or organ. Up to two B1 bass modules can be powered by an amplifier already built into the PS1 power stand.

The system assembles from easy to carry and transport pieces, and sets up in minutes.

The L1 speaker is made of extruded aluminum. The PS1 power stand is contained in a plastic-clad steel reinforced shell.

All components are designed for the environment of live music and come with professional gig bags for cosmetic protection during storage and transportation.

The loudspeakers have a full 5-year warranty and the PS1 power stand has a one year warranty.


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Not only does TYPros give young professionals a voice - it gives them an outlet for affecting change in the Tulsa community. TYPros seeks to work hand-in-hand with current community and business leaders to learn from their experiences and to create a young professional-friendly atmosphere.



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