Saturday, April 28, 2007

Fallen South

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Heavy Metal Heavy metal
Detailed entry: Dallas based metal band formed in early 2007. heavy metal, hardcore, speed metal.


Genre(s): Heavy Metal, Speed Metal, Grind core

Hometown: Mesquite, TX




Biography: Fallen South was formed in early 2007. A pact was made to make our impact on the DFW local scene and supply local fans with a quenchable taste of local metal. Fallen South members come from a good background of awesome local bands. Brady, Dave and Gary...aka...Gfunk, formally from the band 3/4 Ton and Brandon and Chris, formally from the band Coincide.

Fallen South Demo, 2007, Dallas Sound
Lab, Track Tension Records

Accomplishments: Pleasing the local fans with a
display of Heavy Metal.

Q: How did you get together?
A: Basically the members of Fallen South knew and played shows together when they were in other bands.

Q: What lineup changes have you gone through?
A: None

Q: What have some of the biggest challenges been for you?
A: As of right now, just getting the name out and
informing the public who we are and what were about.

Q: What is each member’s musical background?
A: Brady, Dave and Gary..aka..Gfunk, formally from the band 3/4 Ton. Brandon and Chris, formally from the band Coincide.

Q: Boxers or briefs?
A: Boxers, I don't know about the other guys but thats a little too much info for

Q: What are your future plans and long-term goals as a band?
A: Fallen South has very high expectations of what kind of impact that we will make t-words the local community. Of course every band wants to make it
to the top and be signed with a big record label. In our eyes even if we don't ever get signed and we please just one person with their needs for metal our goal is accomplished by far.

Q: How did you come up with your band name and/or what does it mean?
A: Pretty much we were just putting words together and just stumbled upon Fallen South. It has
nothing to do with southern states or about the Civil War. Just kinda came together as a person fallen into the depths of their own hell.

Q: How would you describe your music?
A: Heavy, fast, chunky and grooving.

Q: Where do you get your inspiration?
A: We get our inspiration from numerous things. Anything from a feeling or dream one of us had, or a circumstance that really made a impact on our life. Also of coarse other bands inspire and motivate us.

Q: What makes you/your music stand out?
A: Its tough to be original these days because so much has been done with rock and metal. In my eyes I really think the thickness, vocals and groove patterns is what stands out the most in our music.

Q: How does being in a band affect the other areas of your lives (work/school/social/etc.)?
A: As for me and I'm sure the guys would agree with me, music affects us everyday, if you had a bad day and that one feeling from a song or lyric can get you through that bad day. Music to us a euphoric feeling that takes you to that place in your mind that soothes the soul.

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The American Indian Cultural Center in Oklahoma City

Gena Timberman Howard, deputy director of the American Indian Cultural Center & Museum, and Jim Pepper Henry, Smithsonian National Museum of American Indians, announce a loan agreement between the two museums over a model of the Oklahoma City museum on Friday. By David McDaniel, THE OKLAHOMAN

Indian museums to share exhibits Smithsonian items coming to Oklahoma.

By Julie Bisbee
Staff Writer

The American Indian Cultural Center in Oklahoma City will have access to more than 1 million American Indian exhibits under an agreement with the National Museum of the American Indian.

Officials from both museums signed an agreement Friday that would allow for exhibit, information and staff exchanges between the proposed Oklahoma City cultural center and the museum on the National Mall in Washington.

"This is a project that is long overdue,” said Gena Timberman Howard, deputy director of the Native American Cultural and Education Authority. "This step is paving the way for a unique dialogue.”

The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian would allow Oklahoma's American Indian Cultural Center to use some of its artifacts in exhibits as well as education materials to show the experience of the 67 tribes with Oklahoma ties.

"A vast majority of our Native American constituents — and the majority of Americans — will never make it to Washington, D.C., to experience the museum,” said James Pepper Henry , associate director of community and constituent services and an enrolled member of the Kaw Nation in Oklahoma.

"For us, Indian country is outside of Washington, D.C. It's exciting for us to participate in this. We're glad to bring our exhibits out here.”

Dirt work on the site of Oklahoma's museum has begun along the Oklahoma River, where Interstates 35 and 40 meet in Oklahoma City. Officials are hoping the museum construction will be completed by 2010, but the final completion date also depends on fundraising success.

Layers of history
Once Oklahoma's cultural center opens, it promises to be the center of American Indian culture and education.

"I think of it as layers of an onion,” said Pepper Henry , who once ran the Kaw tribe museum in his hometown of Kaw City. "We at NMAI (National Museum of the American Indian) are just the first or second layer of the onion. To go deeper, people need to come to Oklahoma to learn more.”

Pepper Henry said Oklahoma's cultural center has the potential to bring visitors to the state and to other tribal museums.

"This is a perfect place to start that exploration,” he said.

Officials have been working on creating an American Indian cultural center in Oklahoma since 1994, when the Oklahoma Legislature created the Native American Cultural and Educational Authority.

Funding needed
"We've come a long way, and it's really going to happen now,” said Tommy Thompson, executive director of the Native American Cultural and Educational Authority. "We've got the momentum.”

A private fundraising campaign for the American Indian Cultural Center is expected to begin in May.

The Native American Cultural and Educational Authority wants to get at least $35 million from private donors and is hoping to get about $12 million from tribal sources, Thompson said.

The museum also is looking for about $56 million from state and federal sources.

2007 Festival of the Arts

Photo by Jaconna Aguirre

Kelsey McIntire, 6, of Chicago eats a funnel cake at the 2007 Festival of the Arts in Oklahoma City.

Even steady rainfall couldn't wash away the tantalizing aromas of cooking fry bread, cinnamon-roasted pecans and sizzling sausages Friday afternoon at the downtown Festival of the Arts.

Downtown Tulsa's two-day summer festival

Dfest adds more bands to lineup

By MATT ELLIOTT World Scene Writer

Downtown Tulsa's two-day summer festival, Dfest, has added more bands; and tickets sales have been swift, said Tom Green, the festival's chief executive officer.

Organizers have added the groups Shiny Toy Guns, the Format, Young Love, MC Chris from the cable television show Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Dios, AM and Bang Bang Bang.

"Ticket sales are doing great. Our badge sales are doing great. The exciting part is the momentum and excitement building," Green said.

Also, Dfest is holding a design contest for this year's posters, programs and compilation CDs featuring the performing artists, Green said. Submissions, which should have the theme "The Music Center of the Universe: Dfest 2007" will be accepted until May 15.

The festival is scheduled for July 27-28 in the city's Blue Dome District near First Street and Elgin Avenue. Tickets are $20, plus a service charge, available by calling (866) 465-5483 or online at

Oklahoma City's the Flaming Lips are headlining the festival. The band plays July 27. Former Tulsan Leon Russell will perform July 28.

Also performing the first day are Kevin Welch, Shiny Toy Guns, AM and Dios. The second day's additional performers are the Format, Young Love, Tulsa's Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, MC Chris, Limbeck, Bang Bang Bang, Sam the Sham and Adam Hood.

Organizers expect Dfest's 11 stages of about 130 bands to bring about 30,000 fans to downtown.

More headliners will be announced May 15, Green said.

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By MATT ELLIOTT World Scene Writer

Friday, April 27, 2007

Mike McClure

McClure glad to cross Great Divide into rock country

Ten years ago Mike McClure was lead singer of the popular Oklahoma band The Great Divide, a group that cracked the Billboard country music charts.

These days, he fronts the Mike McClure Band, and he's traded in his Wrangler jeans and major record label support for traveling from gig to gig in a van and playing music that sounds closer to rock than The Great Divide's songs.

The transition wasn't always easy, but now McClure has three studio albums of his own to draw from for his live shows.

McClure performs Friday at Cowboys, 1850 S. Clack St.

When he set out on his own, he tried to avoid playing The Great Divide songs, such as ''Pour Me a Vacation,'' to establish his solo career. McClure's sound has moved toward rock music during his solo career - which sometimes blindsides fans who remember his country music past.

''A lot of people were expecting me to play The Great Divide songs all night and I didn't want to. I still don't play a whole lot from the TGD days,'' McClure said in a recent telephone interview. ''We have been a band almost five years. I occasionally pull one out, but our repertoire ... isn't filled with The Great Divide songs.''

Besides, McClure has other things to think about - such as producing albums. His name can be found inside the album covers of bands such as Cross Canadian Ragweed, Stoney LaRue, Johnny Cooper and Darren Kozelsky.

''It is just part of the creative processes that I enjoy,'' McClure said. ''I enjoy sitting with bands and helping them arrange songs and come up with parts.''

Age, experience - and sobriety - have sharpened his producing skills.

''There were times where the party would overtake and make the record. But you know, that is all rock 'n' roll,'' he said. ''I am always in the studio learning stuff ... techniques, dealing with bands and everything.''

And he balances his production work with songwriting, recording his own music and touring.

''There are times that I will be in the studio for a week and I am ready to hit the road and get out of there, or get off by myself and write some songs,'' he said. ''If I am on the road for too long, I would just as soon hibernate in the studio for a week. It is kind of back and forth.''

Hosty Duo

Local Band Q&A: Hosty Duo

Why: Catch Mike Hosty tearing through his guitar, singing and stomping bass lines with foot pedals all at the same time. Just to keep it interesting, he blows in some baritone from a kazoo taped to his microphone while Michael "Tic Tac” Byers plays his three-piece drums.

In various incarnations, the Norman-based band has opened for Fiona Apple, Chainsaw Kittens, Hank Williams III, Leon Russell and others.

Humor is always part of the show, and their Oklahoma roots emerge from many of the songs. Lyrics from their favorite song: "The wind is hangin' Pontiacs in trees … Hear me knockin' on your door. You're gonna find out what a fraidy hole is for.”

On their MySpace site, here's how they describe the way the band sounds: "an old freight train the engineer keeps pouring the coals to with the boiler about to blow.”

When: 10 tonight

•Where: Mike's College Bar, 319 S Washington, Stillwater

Q:How did your band get started?

A:Hosty: I had several bands, Heater for one in the '90s, and when "Tic Tac” moved back from Austin, we started playing gigs. The band evolved from trying to find bass players and finally discovering the bass pedals in 2000.

Q:How important is the band name? How did you come up with it?

A:Hosty: I had had so many band names that came and went. "Tic Tac” suggested we name the band after my last name so no matter what happened, I could still use the name and build it.

Q:What is the most time-consuming part of music? Travel, writing lyrics, writing the music?

A:Hosty: Travel. Riding in the van takes the most time. Songwriting is spur of the moment and out of nowhere. Riding in the van, though, is like training to go on a mission to Mars.

Q:How do you arrange your set?

A:Hosty: I usually listen to what the folks in the crowd are yelling out and wanting to hear. You are there for them.

Q:As a working musician, how do you get paid?

A:Hosty: Every place is so different. Some you fill out W-2s, and others you get ribs and beer. You hope to make your travel expenses and try to sell some merchandise.

Q:What's the story behind your band's favorite song?

A:Hosty: "Fraidy Hole” came about after the second wave of twisters from the Moore tornadoes a couple years back. As Gary (England) was telling everyone to duck for cover, an older guy turned to me and said, "Best get in your fraidy hole.” I immediately wrote it down thinking it would make a great song, and lo and behold, it did.

Q:How do you hope to inspire future musicians?

A:Hosty: I teach guitar lessons, and today I saw a student play with his own band at the Groovefest. That is where it is at. Teaching several guys around town who are playing some indie rock and to see them out playing is rewarding indeed.

Q:What is your dream music venue? Where would you like to play?


Hosty: We played Lloyd Noble with Fiona Apple, so that one is off the list. But I would like to play old theaters, the vaudevillians, the 100-year-old places with history. I also like to play in smoky holes-in-the-wall and mini-malls. … In mini-malls is where I really shine.

Q:What band would you most like to tour with?

A:Hosty: Any of the legends, those who have been at it a long time, with staying power. B.B. King, Tom Waits, even Widespread Panic.

— Chris Colberg;

State's notable role in steel guitar history

Painter: State's notable role in steel guitar history

By Bryan Painter

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — I've seen a lot in the Show Me State from one location — the Millennium Hotel in St. Louis, where I've stayed three times.

From the lobby — I've marveled at the Arch and the Mississippi River.

From my hotel rooms — the old and now new Busch Stadiums, home of the St. Louis Cardinals.

I knew anywhere from a little to a lot about each.

But just outside the conference room of our Mid-America Press Institute journalism workshop is a wall that interested me the previous two times I'd been there and really drew me in on my trip this month as I started thinking about its ties to Oklahoma history.

Along that wall is the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame.

In the family I was raised in, steel guitars far outweighed electric guitars in the music Dad listened to on his eight-track tapes. That was the first hook for me.

The second was the number of times I saw Oklahoma listed as birth state for the inductees.

There are five people born in Oklahoma who have been inducted into The Steel Guitar Hall Of Fame: Noel Boggs, born in Oklahoma City and inducted in 1981; Ralph Mooney, born in Duncan and inducted in 1983; Bob Dunn, born in the Fort Gibson-Braggs area and inducted in 1992; "Pee Wee” Whitewing, born in Reichert near a community called Conser and inducted in 2002; and Tom Bradshaw, born in Skiatook and inducted in 2006.

Steel guitar players are like football's offensive lineman — what they contribute to is appreciated but their identities often go unnoticed. But music has played a big role in our state's history, and so I thought during this centennial year, it was a good time to look at how some of these talented Oklahomans influenced so many different facets of life.

I contacted DeWitt "Scotty” Scott of St. Louis, president of the International Steel Guitar Convention and on the board of the hall of fame. I asked him about Oklahomans' influence.

"We owe a debt of gratitude to many steel guitar players that were native to Oklahoma,” he said. "Names like Noel Boggs, Ralph Mooney, Bob Dunn and Pee Wee Whitewing were innovators in the pioneering of the western swing style of music.

"And they were also active in the pop and country and western music, as well. Many of the local bands in the 1940s had steel players from other states, but they also made an impact in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa.”

Scott listed players such as Herb Remington, Leon McAuliffe and Speedy West as three examples. He said it wasn't unusual to attend a dance to hear Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys or Johnny Lee Wills or Merle Lindsey and the Oklahoma Night Riders and hear one of the above players.

"All in all, Oklahoma musicians have been a great inspiration to many of us steel players, and the state of Oklahoma can be proud,” he said.

Noel Boggs
Boggs learned to play the steel guitar while a junior high student in Oklahoma. He worked at a few Oklahoma City radio stations, left, and then returned to the area to work at WKY radio as a performer. Starting in 1941, he started a band, and they played in the Oklahoma City area for the next three years.

In the mid-1940s, he joined Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, where he recorded the instrumental "Texas Playboy Rag” and others, according to The Comprehensive Country Music Encyclopedia. His Hall of Fame plaque states: "Pop and Western swing band recording artist who stylized the ‘Mellow tone' using multiple, non-pedal tunings for his patented ‘neck-hopping' technique.”

Ralph Mooney
As I mentioned before, eight-tracks with traditional and then-current country music were easily found in our house, in dad's pickup, in the car and so on. Mooney, along with Chuck Seals, helped write one of the songs I remember well, Ray Price's classic "Crazy Arms.”

But that's writing and Mooney is known more for his playing. For instance, he can be heard playing on the recordings of many including Merle Haggard's "Swinging Doors” "The Bottle Let Me Down” and "(All My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers.” And yet others know Mooney for his days, many years actually, playing with Waylon Jennings. His plaque includes the statement "So uniquely original that he remains unduplicated.”

Bob Dunn
Before Bo Diddley or Stevie Ray Vaughn or any of the electric guitar's well-known names, there was Bob Dunn.

Dunn took a standard guitar and built up the bridge and magnetized the strings, according to a 1982 story in The Oklahoman. That story also noted that his song, "Taking Off,” was the first amplified guitar solo on record. It was recorded in January 1935. But, he was known as a premier western swing musician.

Dunn played and recorded more than 90 songs with Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies before Brown died in the mid-1930s. Plus, Dunn's plaque credits him as being "The first steel guitarist to introduce jazz licks into country and western music.”

‘Pee Wee' Whitewing
Whitewing toured with those such as Ray Price and Lefty Frizzell. In the 1950s, Whitewing's work was a huge part of Hank Thompson's Brazos Valley Boys. And this came from a young man who arrived in California in the early 1940s and by 12 was beginning his career as a professional. By age 17, he was a premier player touring with various artists.

Whitewing retired from music in 1971 to join his sons in the oil business. But he came back to the steel guitar in the 1990s, appearing with another steel guitar great Bobby White at steel guitar conventions. Whitewing's plaque in St. Louis ends by praising him as "A true western pioneer who distinguished the instrument.”

Tom Bradshaw
Bradshaw became a member of the hall last year.

Bradshaw is more famous for his Steel Guitar Products and 40-plus years of promoting and contributing to the general public's recognition and appreciation of the instrument.

Scott said of Bradshaw: "He helped many people, including yours truly.” And while others were spreading the steel guitar through their music, Bradshaw was spreading word of their music as a concert promoter, writer, record producer and steel historian. According to his Hall of Fame plaque, Bradshaw "was steel's foremost journalist of his time.”

He was the editor/publisher of Steel Guitar Magazine and served as a steel columnist and writer for Guitar Player for many years.

Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton "Pure BS” (Warner Bros.)

Though just on his fourth studio album, Blake Shelton knows the true source of great country music: self-loathing. Perhaps that's why the native Oklahoman named this effort "Pure BS.” That could be dangerous. Think of all the witty parallels music scribes could draw to his music. But Shelton shows that "pure BS” is pure country music, i.e. songs about drinking, lost love and wasted lives.

Previously, Shelton used Bobby Braddock as his sole producer. This time, he retained Braddock and brought in some new ears and opinions. The result is a solid 11-song effort that pays homage to traditional country themes and highlights Shelton's booming voice. The pride of Ada delivers on the ballads, beginning with the first single "Don't Make Me.” He also shines when lamenting regret. What's worse than missing a former lover? According to "She Don't Love Me,” it's seeing a former lover that's become indifferent to your existence. On "It Ain't Easy Being Me,” Shelton croons "I've had to work to become the jerk I've come to be.” Sounds like something Hank Williams would say.

Several tracks sound like charming homages to 1980s-era country with the kitschy guitar licks and lyrical phrasing. And when it comes to voice, Shelton has some of the most powerful pipes in Nashville. He's now an established country star that doesn't take himself too seriously (see album title) and can still squeeze out a great country album without trying to reinvent the wheel. Shelton's "Pure BS” is definitely a lot BS. And in a good way.

— Ben Scott


Brakes "The Beatific Visions” (Rough Trade/World's Fair)

Few side projects and supergroups are worth time or attention — even successful multitaskers such as Ryan Adams occasionally stretch too thin. Brakes is that rare and beautiful exception: a side dish far more appetizing than the main course. Composed of key members of Electric Soft Parade and British Sea Power, two bands capable of both disarming beauty and unrelenting torpor, Brakes is all about fast fun.

The band's second batch of bash-and-twang punk, "The Beatific Visions,” makes a great case for quitting day jobs. Brakes breaks out the bluster with the jagged blues-rock of "Hold Me in the River” and the nervous, jangle-rocking "Margarita” before strapping boots on for the country-tinged "If I Should Die Tonight” and "Mobile Communication.” Then Brakes gets docile with the title track, a sweet, summery love song that sounds nothing like the raucous rocking around it.

In those rare moments of tranquillity, Brakes sounds like a different band — practically no commonality exists between the crazed buffoonery of "Porcupine or Pineapple” and the atmospheric disc closer, "No Return.” But even if "The Beatific Visions” lacks continuity, Brakes earns bonus points for delivering 11 great songs in less than 30 minutes, and never sounding like its having a laugh at listeners' expense.

— George Lang

Toby Keith

Toby Keith brings attention, funds to Ally's House, which aids Oklahomans dealing with pediatric cancer

By Brandy McDonnell
Staff Writer

For Toby Keith, Ally's House is "my charity.”

His fervor for the Norman-based organization is fueled by the memory of an ailing little girl who just wanted to go home.

In 2004, Keith helped establish Ally's House, a nonprofit group that helps Oklahoma children with cancer and their families. The charity is named for Allison Webb, the 2-year-old daughter of Scott Webb, one of the country star's original bandmates. Allison died Aug. 6, 2003, a month before her third birthday, of Wilms' tumors, a type of kidney cancer.

"The Make-A-Wish (Foundation) people asked her if there was anything she wanted to go do; she said she just wanted to go to her house, just go to Ally's house. So we named it Ally's House, and it benefits the families and patients here in Oklahoma,” Keith said in a recent phone interview.

Keith, who grew up in Moore and lives in Norman, will again show his support for the cause this weekend, when he hosts the fourth annual Toby Keith and Friends Golf Classic. Last year's event raised about $300,000 for the charity, said Linda Webb, Allison's mom and Ally's House executive director.

Golfers quickly filled the roster for this year's tournament. The event includes a private concert and silent and live auctions tonight for the golfers and guests. Saturday's tournament at Norman's Belmar Golf Club will include local celebrities Bob Stoops, Barry Switzer, Billy Sims and Joe Washington.

"This is a direct shot in the arm for Oklahoma City. None of these proceeds go national; these go directly to Oklahomans,” Keith said.

Webb, who is a cancer survivor, said Ally's House assists with medical and prescription drug costs, travel expenses and other financial needs associated with a family's battle with pediatric cancer. The charity provided toys, furniture and a plasma TV for the playroom in the new hematology oncology wing at Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center.

"Any Oklahoma child who is diagnosed with cancer and their family is eligible for help,” she said.

Allison initially received care at Children's Hospital, then at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Keith said the family found "a whole different level of care” at St. Jude.

"The family was overwhelmed with how well St. Jude was prepared and how, really, you need to be prepared ... when the crisis starts of you having a little child (with cancer),” Keith said.

"One of you's got to quit, so that cuts your income in half. You know, the husband or wife — one has to quit work and go with the kid. The medicines and things are very expensive. There's one pill that you have to buy that is $100 a pill or better, and it's probably gone up since I looked last. But it is a pill that will ease the pains of chemo and radiation treatments. So, a parent would spend his last dollar to see that their kids were as pain-free as possible.”

Among the long-term goals for Ally's House is a center where families could stay while their children are treated at Children's Hospital, Keith said.

In the meantime, the entertainer is impressed at what the nonprofit has achieved in just four years.

"It's amazing how many families are already affected by it, how many people come up ... that have just on chance been in the restaurant (Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill) or have come to a show or something and said, ‘You know, you guys were lifesavers,'” he said.

After playing in Saturday's tournament, Keith will gear up for the June 12 release of his new album, "Big Dog Daddy.” He recently wrote a treatment for a movie titled "Beer for My Horses.” He also is preparing to go on tour and working with other musicians on his independent label, Show Dog Nashville.

"I'm busy,” he said. "There's a method to the madness, though. It doesn't wear on me. It's a plateful, but it's what I want.”

Opera Festival readies debut

NORMAN — American tenor Paul Sperry will be a keynote speaker and performer this week at the University of Oklahoma's first Opera Festival.

The OU Opera Theater, OU Symphony and University Choir also are scheduled to participate in the festival Thursday through Sunday. The festival will conclude 3 p.m. Sunday with the annual President's Concert.

All events will be open to the public; most will be free of charge.

Sperry has premiered works from more than 30 American composers. Shames said a number of leading composers have written music especially for Sperry. He is scheduled to deliver the festival's keynote speech on Thursday, be featured in a recital Saturday, and on Sunday present a master class and narrate during the President's Concert.

The schedule for the Opera Festival, themed "Words and Music,” is:

Thursday, 8 p.m.: Keynote address by Sperry followed by William Ferrara's "Cosi in Context,” a lecture-recital performed by students in Ferrara's Acting for Opera II class, Pitman Recital Hall in the Catlett Music Center. Free and open to the public.

Friday, 8 p.m.: "Scenes from German Opera,” directed by OU vocal coach Lorne Richstone, Donald W. Reynolds Performing Arts Center. Scenes will come from several German operas, including "The Merry Wives of Windsor,” "Impresario,” and "Tristan and Isolde.” Free and open to the public.

Saturday, 8 p.m. — Recital of American song featuring Sperry and Shames, Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall in Catlett Music Center. Free and open to the public.

Sunday, 1 p.m. — Opera master class taught by Sperry, Room 128 of Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall. Free and open to the public.

Sunday, 3 p.m. — Annual President's Concert includes performances by OU concerto competition winners and OU Symphony performance of Symphonie Fantastique, Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students, faculty, staff and seniors and available at Catlett Music Center box office or by calling 325-4101.

Billy Joe Shaver will launch Summer Breeze music season

Billy Joe Shaver will launch Summer Breeze music season

NORMAN — The seventh season of Summer Breeze concerts will kick off May 6, with a performance by singer, songwriter, actor and author Billy Joe Shaver and his band, Performing Arts Director Nancy McClellan said.

The free concert will be at 7:30 p.m. in Lions Park, 400 S Flood Ave.

Other Summer Breeze performers for this year have been announced. They include guitarist Leo Kottke, blues singer Watermelon Slim and the Bluegrass band, "Mountain Smoke,” among others. Some of the concerts will be in Lions Park, while others are scheduled for Andrews Park, 201 W Daws St.

"All the concerts are free. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and your favorite refreshments and enjoy,” McClellan said.

Born in Corsicana, Texas, in 1939, Shaver said he saw a mesmerizing Hank Williams concert as a boy. Although he would take a few detours along the way, he sensed early on that his salvation would be in country music.

After leaving the Navy, which he joined at 17, Shaver took a series of odd jobs to make ends meet. Working at a lumber mill, his right hand caught in the machinery, amputating the better part of two fingers. He developed a serious infection from the accident. After eventually recovering, Shaver taught himself to play the guitar.

Shaver has written many lyrics including a majority of the songs on Waylon Jennings' 1973 landmark album, "Honky Tonk Heroes.”

He also has written songs such as "Old Five and Dimers,” recorded by Bob Dylan, "(Just Because) You Ask Me To,” recorded by Elvis Presley, "Sweet Mama,” recorded by the Allman Brothers and "Old Chunk of Coal,” recorded by John Anderson, among others.

Another of Shaver's songs, "Georgia on a Fast Train,” has been recorded by Johnny Cash, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Commander Cody, Cody Morrow and Willie Nelson.

Shaver has appeared in a number of films, including "Second Hand Lions” and "The Apostle,” with his good friend, Robert Duvall.

Duvall's wife, Lucciana Pedraza, produced a documentary on Shaver in 2003 entitled, "Portrait of Billy Joe.”

Bugs on Broadway

You ain't just whistling 'Dixie'
The orchestra’s biggest challenge: keeping its music in time with the on-screen tinkerings of Bugs and the other Looney Tunes characters.

By JAMES D. WATTS JR. World Scene Writer

Bugs Bunny cartoons offer transcendent moments of music

Bugs Bunny is supposed to be 15 feet tall. And he belongs at the front of a crowd.

"That's the way these cartoons were designed to be seen," said George Daugherty, the creator of the multi-media concert called "Bugs on Broadway.

"They were created to fill up a cinema screen," he said. "And they were made to be seen by a lot of people sitting together in a theater. The creators even put in pauses, timing the action to allow for the audience's laughter."

And some of those cartoons -- classics like "What's Opera, Doc?" "A Corny Concerto" and "Long-Haired Hare" -- made use of great music by the likes of Wagner, Rossini, Smetana, Donizetti and Johann Strauss.

That is what gave Daugherty, a conductor who has worked with many of the world's great orchestras and ballet companies, the idea to create a concert in which a live orchestra would accompany these apexes of the animators' art.

"Bugs Bunny on Broadway" made its debut in 1990, and in the nearly two decades since then has sold out theaters around the world.

The show, with Daugherty conducting, will be presented this weekend by the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra. This is a special addition to the orchestra's five-concert season.

"This takes up about two-thirds of my time these days," Daugherty said, speaking by phone from Spokane, Wash., where he had just finished conducting two sold-performances of the show before a combined audience of nearly 6,000 people.

"It's getting to be pretty rare when I get to do what I call a 'normal concert,' " he said, laughing. "Fortunately, I love doing these shows, because I'm working with material that's absolutely brilliant."

The concert features about a dozen Warner Brothers cartoons from the golden age of animation. This was the 1940s and '50s, when the studio's "Looney Tunes" and "Merrie Melodies" were the much-anticipated interludes between showings of feature films at the local movie palace.

And, on occasion, the creative people in the workplace they called the "Termite Terrace" would come up with something transcendent.

Something like the Wagnerian Ring-a-ding-ding that is "What's Opera, Doc?, " a six-minute spoof of operatic excess that gave world the unforgettable sound of Elmer Fudd bellowing "Kill da wabbit!" to the tune of "Ride of the Valkyries."

Even Chuck Jones, the legendary cartoon director responsible for many of Warner Bros.' classic cartoons, thought "What's Opera, Doc?" was something special.

However, as Daugherty found out when he began putting the "Bugs on Broadway" show together, not everyone shared that high opinion of cartoons.

"People always assume that the hard part about this show was getting the permission to use the cartoons," Daugherty said. "In fact, it was just the opposite. Warner Brothers was fantastic from the first meeting. They immediately saw the pluses of this sort of concert, and have been great partners and mentors throughout this process."

The tricky bit came later, when Daugherty and his colleagues started looking for the music to these cartoons.

"We went back to Warner Brothers and said, 'OK, we've got permission, where's the stuff?' " Daugherty said. "We were wanting the (musical) charts, the orchestrations, all that. And the answer was, 'There isn't any.'

"That was, for me, the unbelievable moment," he said. "The scores for all these classic cartoons -- things that are considered icons -- hadn't been saved. They'd been throw away or stolen or something."

Daugherty said the reasons are simple -- these films were meant to be seen in a theater, and then go back into the archives.

"This was before TV, before home video," Daugherty said. "No one had any thought about reusing these cartoons, much less keeping tabs on all the pieces that went into them, like the music."

Only two of the cartoons Daugherty wanted to use had complete scores. The others had to be reconstructed -- a process that made Daugherty even more in awe of the talents of composers Carl Stalling and Milt Franklyn.

"Everyone talks about the classical bits, but there's also a lot of Carl Stalling's own music in this show," he said. "In fact, his own music is some of the most complicated and challenging in the whole show. He was a musical madman in the best sense of the word, a fellow just exploding with ideas."

Daugherty said all the music in the show, while it sounds light and comic to the audience, can be fiendishly difficult for the musicians to play. There are passages, he said, that rival Stravinsky and Bartok in their complexity and technical demands.

What makes this concert different from any other, however, is the fact the orchestra has to keep up with the films being shown above their heads.

There are a number of film-with-orchestra concert programs, such as "Alexander Nevsky," with its score by Prokofiev. But even in those programs, Daugherty said, an orchestra has a bit of leeway that "Bugs Bunny on Broadway" doesn't.

"That's because these scores are full of musical sound effects that have to be absolutely in unison with the images," he said. "And Elmer and Bugs are singing, and unlike flesh-and-blood opera singers, they aren't going to wait for the conductor and the orchestra to start playing.

"So we have to be exact to within something like 1/30th of a second," Daugherty said. "In this music, even the rests are rests. The silences are as much a part of the score as the notes."

"Bugs Bunny on Broadway"

a multi-media concert by the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra

7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday

Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Third Street and Cincinnati Avenue

$20-$65, available at the PAC Ticket office, 596-7111; and

Balcony seats for children 12 and under will be $10 at the Sunday performance only.

The 'toons from "Bugs on Broadway"

This multi-media concert, with a live orchestra accompanying large-screen showings of Warner Bros. cartoons, includes the following classics.

"Baton Bunny" (1959) – Bugs takes to the podium to conduct Franz von Suppe's "Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna," despite the distractions of a fly and a loose cufflink.

"High Note" (1960) – The notes that make up Strauss' "The Blue Danube" assemble themselves on a page of sheet music – except for one note who spent a little too much time inside the score for "Little Brown Jug," and initiates an inebriated chase around the staffs.

"One Froggy Evening" (1955) – A fellow finds a singing, dancing, top hatwearing, cane-twirling frog. His dreams of show-biz fame croak when the frog will perform for only him.

"Zoom and Bored" (1957) – Wile E. Coyote uses his idea of the "Three Bs" (bees, bricks and boulders) in another of his doomed attempts to lay paws upon the Road Runner.

"The Rabbit of Seville" (1950) – Elmer chases Bugs into a theater that is about to raise the curtain on "The Barber of Seville." Bugs inflicts all manner of hare-raising … I mean, hair-raising, indignities on Elmer, from planting flowers on his scalp to marriage.

"A Corny Concerto" (1943) – An affectionate send-up of "Fantasia," with Elmer Fudd and an unruly shirt-front introducing short cartoons set to "Tales of the Vienna Woods" and "The Blue Danube."

"Long-Haired Hare" (1949) – An opera singer takes exception to Bugs' banjo playing. It climaxes with Bugs conducting the singer in a wild concert.

"What's Opera, Doc?" (1957) – The classic "Be vewy quiet – I am hunting wabbits" scenario gets a Wagnerian twist, with Elmer Fudd in a horned helmet, Bugs impersonating Brunhilde, and the only cartoon in which "Kill the wabbit" doesn't end up as an idle threat. "Well, what did you expect in an opera? A happy ending?"

By JAMES D. WATTS JR. World Scene Writer

Billboard Charts

Billboard Charts
John Mayer

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. "Girlfriend," Avril Lavigne. RCA.
2. "Give It to Me," Timbaland (feat. Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake). Mosley.
3. "Don't Matter," Akon. Konvict/Upfront/SRC/Universal Motown.
4. "Glamorous," Fergie (feat. Ludacris).
5. "Buy U Drank (Shawty Snappin')," T-Pain (feat. Yung Joc). Konvict.
6. "The Sweet Escape," Gwen Stefani (feat. Akon). Interscope.
7. "I Tried," Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. Full Surface.
8. "This Is Why I'm Hot," Mims. Capitol.
9. "U + Ur Hand," Pink. LaFace.
10. "Cupid's Chokehold," Gym Class Heroes (feat. Patrick Stump). Decaydance.

The Billboard 200 Top Albums: Top 10
1. "The Best Damn Thing," Avril Lavigne. RCA.
2. "Year Zero," Nine Inch Nails. Nothing.
3. "Now 24," Various Artists. EMI.
4. "Bucky Covington," Bucky Covington. Lyric Street.
5. "Waking Up Laughing," Martina McBride. RCA.
6. "Konvicted," Akon. Konvict.
7. "Daughtry," Daughtry. RCA.
8. "Let It Go," Tim McGraw. Curb.
9. "Some Hearts," Carrie Underwood. Arista/Arista Nashville/RMG.
10. "Timbaland Presents Shock Value," Timbaland. Mosley.

Mainstream Rock Tracks
1. "Breath," Breaking Benjamin. Hollywood.
2. "What I've Done," Linkin Park. Machine Shop.
3. "Forever," Papa Roach. El Tonal.
4. "Well Enough Alone," Chevelle. Epic.
5. "I Don't Wanna Stop," Ozzy Osbourne. Epic.
6. "Everything," Buckcherry. Eleven Seven.
7. "Pain," Three Days Grace. Jive.
8. "Jambi," Tool. Tool Dissectional.
9. "Sillyworld," Stone Sour. Roadrunner.1
10. "You Wouldn't Know," HellYeah. Epic.

By Associated Press

Randy Genet

Musicians band together to raise money to pay medical bills
Randy Genet, back in his MSW office.

By MATT ELLIOTT World Scene Writer

Last December, Music Sound World owner Randy Genet went to a doctor about a pain he had in his side.

Doctors discovered he had a tumor the size of a grapefruit on one of his kidneys. They gave him two days to live, Genet said.

Then his wife flipped out and three doctors operated on him, removing the kidney and the tumor, which the music store owner described as looking like an "alien space ship."

Now, he's alive thanks to the doctors at St. Francis Hospital, but he's got a 50/50 chance the cancer will show up in his lungs. Right now he's cancer free.

But, then there's the matter of the approximately $85,000 in medical expenses. Genet, 58, didn't have health insurance because he never thought he'd need it.

"That's the reason I want people to get some kind of insurance if they can," said Genet, between helping customers.

The store's keyboards manager Terry Dikeman has organized a benefit Sunday for Genet, who otherwise would have to take out loans to pay the medical bills.

A host of local bands will perform. Also, Dikeman and others have mustered a host of donated musical instruments and other hardware for a silent auction. The auction items include several high-end electric guitars, amplifiers and some recording hardware.

Genet is a lifelong Tulsa resident and has been a music lover since he started playing saxophone at 14. He started Music Sound World in 1974 with a small business loan and has been at the same location, 2715 S. Memorial Drive, since 1976.

He and his three employees pride themselves on their service. The only time Genet, who has four children, missed a significant amount of work was the six weeks he spent recovering from the surgery.

You'd think someone who had a close brush with death and faces extreme financial hardship might be dreading the future.

"I'm not worried about it," he said.

Donations can be sent to the Randy Genet Fundraising Account at Security Bank, P.O. Box 47316, Tulsa, 74147.

Matt Elliott 581-8366

Randy Genet Fundraiser

2-10 p.m. Sunday, with David Dover featuring Rocky Frisco, Tulsa Boyz, Wanda Watson Band, Steve Pryor, the Zigs, Glenn R. Townsend featuring Bill Snow, Infinity, Jumpshots, the Plumbers.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 577, 1109 E. Sixth St.

$10 minimum donation

By MATT ELLIOTT World Scene Writer

Bucky Covington

'Idol' vet Covington tops country charts


If you wanted yet another indication of the power of "American Idol," try this one on for size: The top country artist in the country this week is Bucky Covington.

Stop laughing!

Covington, who finished eighth on last season's "American Idol," sold 61,000 copies of his self-titled Lyric Street debut album.

On the main Billboard album chart, that put Covington behind Avril Lavigne's "The Best Damn Thing" (286,000 copies moved), Nine Inch Nails' "Year Zero" (187,000 sold) and the "NOW 24" compilation (68,000 sold).

On the Country Top 75, though, nobody can top Bucky, according to Nielsen Soundscan figures.

Want some impressive statistics about Bucky's debut? Only two other country acts -- Tim McGraw and Martina McBride -- have debuted in the top four on the overall Billboard charts this year and Bucky is the only new country act to debut in the top five so far.

Not impressed yet? The 61,000 albums sold represents 2007's biggest unit debut from any new country artist, but also the best first week sales and highest Top 200 chart position for any new male country artist since Miley Cyrus's dad Billy Ray moved 90,000 copies of "Some Gave All" in its premiere week in 1992.

Covington still has a ways to go to keep up with last season's "Idol" album champ Chris Daughtry. The rocker's partially self-titled debut has gone double-platinum and is still the seventh best-selling album in the land after 22 weeks on the charts.


1 G.O.P.

Spirit-filled sound
The group was founded in 2001 at Higher Dimensions Family Church.

By MATT ELLIOTT World Scene Writer
4/27/2007 10:07 AM

1 G.O.P. delivers powerhouse gospel that converts listeners into believers

If you happened to be at the Brady Theater in 2002 for the Spot Music Awards, you might remember a certain young gospel group that brought the entire theater to its feet.

The group's name stands for Generation of Praise, and this band of 17 singers and musicians takes praise music to a whole new height. The members of 1 G.O.P. were as young as 13 years old at the time of that performance. Now these high school- and college-age musicians have the band's first true album, "The Prototype." It encapsulates the vocal act's soaring spirituality, lifted by incredible singers backed by an R&B band with a modern edge.

"God really blessed us to be able to do this," said the group's musical director, Michael Todd. The band will perform Friday at the Blue Dome Diner for its CD release party.

Higher Dimensions Family Church youth minister Terrell Taylor founded the group in 2001, intending to create a youth performance troupe. Taylor has moved on, Todd said, and the group is continuing without him.

About three years ago, internationally acclaimed jazz bassist Wayman Tisdale took Todd, a drummer, under his wing and showed him some recording tricks.

After recording part of the album live in Tulsa, Todd used his connections with Tisdale, who appears on the album's "Paid the Price," to hook up the band with a slick LA mixer, who put the final shine on the album.

The group's members are music majors, dance majors, psychology majors, barbers, beauticians and law school students, Todd said.

The group's singers are Brionna Custard, Melody Vinnett, Geneice Wilson, Bryanna Davis, Leslie Thaxton, Domenica Williams, Fredrick Custard, Aaron Davis, Lawrence Rosenborough, TJ Williams and Brittany Jackson. Gabriel Bonner plays bass and Kayla Lee is the lead guitarist. The keyboard and organ players are Stephen Vey, Brian Jones and Aaron Tyler. Todd is the drummer.

The group performed last weekend at Grambling State University in Louisiana for the college's music department anniversary.

It also has peformed in Florida, Texas, California, playing for church congregations, outdoor events, in clubs and stadiums, Todd said.

"That's one thing, that we're not bound to any building. Our message doesn't change. We're talking about God and everything that he is to us, no matter where it is. If it's at the casino, our message is the same."

The album will be available at

1 G.O.P. CD Release Party

7 p.m., Friday

Blue Dome Diner, 313 E. Second St.


By MATT ELLIOTT World Scene Writer

Night Spots

Night Spots
The Derailers (shown) and Deke Dickerson (next photo) dominate dis weekend at da Mercury Lounge, 1747 S. Boston Ave.

By Staff Reports


Arnie's Bar, 318 E. Second St. -- Dustin Pittsley with Jesse Aycock, Friday.

Boston's, 1738 S. Boston Ave. -- Drew Emmitt, Friday.

Crow Creek Tavern, 3534 S. Peoria Ave. -- RPM, Friday; Effin Lizzy, Saturday; Laron Simpson, Sunday; Nick Gibson, Monday; Open mike with Darrell Lee, Tuesday; Tom Skinner Project, Wednesday; Luke West, Thursday.

Elephant Run, Best Western Trade Winds, 3141 E. Skelly Drive -- Voodoo Crush, Friday; Banana Seat, Saturday; Sitting Ducks Variety Show featuring Dave Dover, Sunday; Jules, Monday.

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

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

Janice's Hideaway, 6530 W. Charles Page Blvd. -- Dinosaurs, Friday.

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

Mercury Lounge, 1747 S. Boston Ave. -- Derailers with the Dewayn Brothers, Friday; Deke Dickerson with the Starkweather Boys, Saturday; Back Porch Mary, Sunday.

Mooch and Burn, 222 N. Main St. -- NewVo 2007 presents Final Hoorah, Elliott the Letter Ostrich, Secret Post and Megatron, Friday.

River's Edge, 1924 Riverside Drive -- Prarie Dawgs, Friday; George and Linda Barton, Saturday; William Joseph, Sunday; Acoustic night with Strictly Rhythm, Wednesday.

71st Street Depot, 7110 S. Mingo Road -- London Squares, Friday.

Sound Pony, 409 N. Main St. -- Radio Moscow, Saturday; El Paso Hot Button with the Pharmacy, Monday.

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

Torchy's Two Bucks Saloon, 3128 S. Mingo Road -- Plague of Prophets, Friday; Tattude Temple, 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 Ave. -- 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.

Jack of Clubs, 11907 N. Garnett Road -- BlackWater Band, Friday and Saturday.

Keel's, 5516 E. Pine St. -- Sherrie, Friday and Saturday.

Red Neck Kountry, 19011 E. Admiral Place -- Rich McCready, Friday and Saturday.

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

Vegas Club, 9124 E. Admiral Place -- Lorri Williams and Ricky Paul Band, Friday and Saturday; Jerry Don Cartwright Benefit with Lorri Williams and Ricky Paul Band, Gunther Gibs, Jack Cummings, Rocky Frisco, Tiny Davis and more, Sunday; David Dover, Thursday.

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.


Blues Bar, Million Dollar Elm Casino, 951 W. 36th St. North -- Jessica V & the Rhythmatics, Friday and Saturday.

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

Bourbon Street Cafe, 1542 E. 15th St. -- Steve Pryor, Friday; Frank Brown & Crazy Horse, Saturday..

Cimarron Bar, 2619 S. Memorial Drive -- Sweatin Bullets, Friday and Saturday; Tiny Davis, Thursday.

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

Ed's Hurricane Lounge, 3216 E. 11th St. -- Miss Amy, Friday; Fur Trappers, Saturday.

Four Aces Tavern, 11035 E. 41st St. -- Tulsa Boyz, Friday; The Bluehemians, Saturday.

Jazmo'z Bourbon Street Cafe, 9205 E. 71st St. -- Boogalu, Friday; Annie Ellicott with Brian Haas, 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.

Agora Coffee House, 4959 S. 79th East Ave. -- Callie Jo, Friday.

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.

BruHouse Bar & Grill, 3425 S. Peoria Ave. -- Laron Simpson, Friday; DJ Matt, Saturday; Joy, Monday; Lunchbox, Thursday.

Cabin Creek, Cherokee Casino & Resort, U.S. 44 and 193rd East Avenue -- Darrel Cole, Friday and Saturday.

Cecil and Chip's Main Street Pub, 1117 S. Main St., Broken Arrow -- Kelli Lynn and the Skillet Lickers, Saturday.

CJ Moloney's, 1849 S. Aspen Ave., Broken Arrow -- Mike Barham, Friday; Insufficient Funds, Saturday.

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

C:Note, Cherokee Casino & Resort, U.S. 44 and 193rd East Avenue -- Annie Ellicott, Friday; Mark Bruner & Shelby Eicher, Saturday.

Continental, 421 E. First St. -- Fifth Annual Sexfest with Ondrea, First Lady Assassin, Jirrhaff and Mercury Retrograde, Friday; Salsa Rhythm Project, Saturday; Open Jazz jam session, Tuesday.

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

Doe's Eat Place, 1350 E. 15th St. -- Susan Herndon, Friday.

Greybeard's, 906 W. Main, Collinsville -- Late Night Drive, Saturday; Tomato Friday, Sunday.

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

Gypsy Coffee House & Cyber Cafe, 303 N. Cincinnati Ave. -- Wade Burrow, Friday; Living Machine, Saturday.

JJ's Bar & Grill, 9049 N. Peoria Ave., Sperry -- Ron Ryan, Friday and Saturday.

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; Jon Bueno and Sonrisa, Saturday; Annie Ellicott Trio, Wednesday; Rebecca Ungerman and the Frank Brown Trio, Thursday.

Los Cabos, 151 E. Bass Pro Drive, Broken Arrow -- 3 Hour Tour, Friday.

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

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

Plan 9 Bar, 6125 S. Sheridan Road -- Chunky Monkey, Friday.

Route 66 Event Center, 3637 S. Memorial Drive -- EJ Sharp as Elvis, Friday.

Scarlets Rode House, 6905 E. 15th St. -- Sybil's Machine, Saturday.

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

Twisters, Cherokee Casino & Resort, U.S. 44 and 193rd East Avenue -- Usual Suspects, Friday and Saturday; Famous Unknowns, Sunday; Time Machine, Monday.

Vault Sports Bar & Grill, 106 S. Atlanta Ave., Owasso -- 4 Players, Friday; Infinity, Saturday; Jessica 'V' & The Rhythmatics, Thursday.

Jazz & Standards

Camerelli's, 1536 E. 15th St. -- Mark Bruner & Shelby Eicher, Sunday.

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

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. -- Carson Wagner and Barron Ryan, Sunday.

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

St. Michael's Alley, 3324 E. 31st St. -- Tommy Crook, Saturday; Luigi, Tuesday.

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


Bixby Community Center, 211 N. Cabaniss, Bixby -- Round Up Boys, Saturday.

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.

Elks Lodge, 5335 S. Harvard Ave. -- Ballroom dance featuring the Kings of Music, Thursday.

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

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

E-mail listings to or call Katrina at 581-8320. You can also fax listings to 581-8353 or mail them to: Tulsa World Nightspots, P.O. Box 1770, Tulsa, OK 74102. Deadline is noon Thursday for the following week’s Spot.

By Staff Reports

Council Oak Men's Chorale concert

Council Oak Men's Chorale concert travels a circuitous path
The chorale, led by Elizabeth Curtis, will perform 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the DoengesTheatre of theTulsa Performing Arts Center.

By JAMES D. WATTS JR. World Scene Writer

Maybe the idea for the Council Oak Men's Chorale upcoming concert isn't exactly head-spinning, but it does offer an intriguing spin on how to program a show.

The chorale, led by Elizabeth Curtis, will present "360 Degrees of Music" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Doenges Theatre of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Second Street and Cincinnati Avenue.

Tickets for the show are $15 each, and available by calling the PAC Ticket office at 596-7111, and online at

"So much of our lives involves circles," Curtis said. "Why shouldn't music link together in a similar fashion?"

The way the concert will do that is to take 22 seemingly unrelated songs -- pop songs, Broadway tunes, folk melodies from Russia, spirituals and hymns, even a bit of musical mischief by P.D.Q. Bach -- and find ways to link them together so that the last song harkens back to the first.

"As each song ends, it will connect to the next, until we have traveled 360 degrees, back to the first song," Curtis said.

That first song will be "Festival Hosanna" by Kansas City-based composer Mary Lynn Lightfoot. The final song of the show will be "Toccata of Praise" by Joseph M. Martin, a well-regarded and prolific composer of sacred music.

In between will be everything from Bobby Darin's novelty "Splish Splash" and the doo-wop classic "The Great Pretender," to the Russian folk song "Dark Eyes" and the hymn "How Can I Keep From Singing?"

The concert also will feature flutist Tammy Kirk, and a few songs will be choreographed by Phyllis Brown.

By JAMES D. WATTS JR. World Scene Writer

I Said Stop

I Said Stop puts its own individual spin on indie pop
I Said Stop is Brian Keller (left), Kyle Herley, Ian Gollahon and Sam Crowin.

By MATT ELLIOTT World Scene Writer

Tulsa's fertile underground music scene has produced yet another addition to its broad and surreal landscape, this time in the form of I Said Stop!

The band is a little hard to pin down, but with its three-song EP released last weekend, the listener is three songs closer to defining the band's catchy, Super Mario Bros.' indie space-pop. The band celebrated the EP's release in a show with Callupsie at the Mooch and Burn.

"We love the Tulsa scene and what goes on here, and I feel like my band is really closely connected, too," said vocalist Ian Gollahon.

The band has performed with everyone from El Paso Hot Button to Elliott the Letter Ostrich and Shiny Toy Guns.

Gollahon started playing in bands around when he was in the eighth grade along with bandmate Brian Keller.

Keller and Gollahon's musical styles varied wildly, changing with whatever new fancy struck them. Their band got a new name each time their music morphed -- from Goodnight, Space Cowboy! and When I Doodle I Draw Toasters to Awkward Silence.

Those changes could be attributed to the musicians' tendency to get bored easily.

"I don't know if it's a mark of immaturity. I've heard it called that by some musicians," Gollahon said.

The band's name came out of a stream-of-consciousness joke. That same stream yielded the danceable weirdness of "Song About Stopping!," the EP's second track (it follows an eight -minute intro).

Gollahon, 19, juggles the band with college. He draws his inspiration for his random lyrics largely from relationships and the afterlife.

I Said Stop! is yet another addition to the same indie pop landscape that spawned Letter Ostrich and Aqueduct, but Gollahon's sound rocks a bit more than others.

The band's first show was a double bill with Callupsie at the late Skypad, an apartment near 11th Street and Delaware Avenue, Gollahon said.

You can find the band's EP at the music store Under the Mooch, at 1423 S. Harvard Ave.

By MATT ELLIOTT World Scene Writer
Community spirit
Jan Dean is the subject of a benefit show Thursday at Cain’s Ballroom. The former radio DJ is suffering from an inoperable tumor on her brainstem and can’t afford an experimental treatment that she needs to recover.

By MATT ELLIOTT World Staff Writer
4/26/2007 9:35 AM

Bands help raise money for former DJ's medical bills

A host of Tulsa area radio stations and a couple local bands are banding together Thursday to raise money for a Tulsa DJ's experimental cancer treatment.

Jan Dean was diagnosed July 6 with a brain stem glioblastoma. Dean, the nontraditional revenue manager for Clear Channel Radio, arrived at work that morning dizzy and seeing double, said her friend and co-worker, Laurie Stout.

By 3 p.m. that day she was in intensive care at St. John Medical Center with an inoperable brain tumor, Stout said.

"It just changed her life instantly," said Stout of Dean, who is in her late 40s.

The tumor has not responded to chemotherapy and Dean's only hope is an experimental treatment in Houston for which solely the initial fee to see the doctor who performs the treatment is $30,000. Her insurance won't cover the costs of the alternative therapy, Stout said.

"We're kind of to the point where this is what we have left to do. I mean, there's not a lot left that traditional medicine can do for us."

Dean, who is now bed-ridden, worked as a weekend and overnight DJ in 1979 on KWEN, before moving to K107,where she was program director and had a popular program called "Bed Check." She also worked at KSTM, KMYZ and KTSO.

Stout said Dean mentored many young DJs in the area. While she doesn't have any children, she does has a network of friends to help. Dean's best friend, Debbie Dean, has been at her side every day since she was diagnosed.

With a $5 raffle ticket at the benefit, attendees can win items that range from an autographed Chris Daughtry guitar to Nascar tickets and trips. All of the proceeds go to Dean.

Organizers have raised about $11,000 so far, with KHITS raising about $2,700 in a morning auction show last week.

Radio Radio and Band Camp will perform at the benefit. Radio Radio has written a song about Dean, called "Beaming Love," and put it on a CD from which the sales will go to Dean's treatment, Stout said. Also, the bands are donating their performances Thursday and the Rodgers family has donated the Cain's Ballroom for the night.

"The event has turned out so much bigger than anything that we even ever dared to hope for when we first dreamed it up," Stout said.

Donations can be made to the Jan Dean Cancer Fund c/o Merrill Lynch, 6100 S. Yale Ave., Suite 1500, Tulsa, 74136.

For more information contact Stout at 388-5136.

Matt Elliott 581-8366

Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

Jazz Hall of Fame names next inductees: 8 high notes of music
Harmonious Monk plays at Tulsa International Mayfest 2003. The group will be inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame.

By MATT ELLIOTT World Scene Writer

Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame organizers announced Wednesday that eight people will be inducted into the hall of fame at the organization's annual gala in June.

Chief Executive Officer Chuck Cissel announced the inductees at a press conference outside the hall's future home, downtown's former Union Depot, an art deco-style train station constructed in 1931 and now being renovated.

The inductees are Frank Wess, a flutist and saxophonist; Billy Taylor, a veteran musician and composer; Conrad Herwig, a trombonist; Leona Mitchell, an opera singer; James "Ace" Moreland, a blues guitarist; the Tulsa jazz band Harmonious Monk; James Goodwin, the co-publisher of The Oklahoma Eagle; and Michael Johnson, the senior vice president of Williams Cos.

"We are so blessed to honor both Dr. Billy Taylor and Frank Wess," Cissel said. "These legendary artists will receive our highest honors."

The group will be honored in a banquet and ceremony June 20 at the Doubletree Hotel Downtown, 616 W. Seventh St.

Billy Taylor

Considered the "ambassador of the jazz community," Billy Taylor has spent a lifetime playing, composing, writing about or lecturing about jazz. He will receive the Jay McShann Lifetime Achievement Award.

Taylor, 85, has been a piano recording artist, a composer of more than 350 songs ("I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free"), a broadcaster and educator. He first performed at a keyboard when he was 13.

Taylor got his start after college performing with Ben Webster's Quartet. He went on to perform with such jazz luminaries as Charlie Parker of Oklahoma, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis.

He received his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is a Duke Ellington Fellow at Yale University.

Taylor is the recipient of two Peabody Awards, a Grammy, an Emmy, the National Medal of Arts and the Tiffany Award.

Although retired from performing and recording, Taylor continues to be an educator.

Frank Wess

Frank Wess, a renowned saxophonist and flutist who grew up in Sapulpa, will receive the Living Legend award.

Wess, who started his professional music career with big bands at 19, is probably best known for his 1954-'63 stint playing in Count Basie's orchestra.

He worked on a variety of TV shows and telethons, was a member of Clark Terry's band from 1967 into the '70s and played with the New York Quartet with Roland Hanna.

He performed with such stars as Rufus Reid, Billy Taylor, Mel Torme, Ernestine Anderson, Louie Bellson, Howard Alden, Dick Hyman and Byron Stripling.

Wess was named an NEA Jazz Master this year by the National Endowment for the Arts and was honored at Juilliard Jazz' Tribute to Jazz Legends.

Conrad Herwig

Conrad Herwig, this year's jazz inductee, began his career with the Clark Terry Big Band in 1980. The trombonist from Altus joined the Buddy Rich Orchestra for tours of the U.S. and Europe.

He performed with Slide Hampton's World of Trombones and Mario Bauza's Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, as well as with the bands of Miles Davis, Quincy Jones and Frank Sinatra.

Herwig received a Grammy nomination in 2005 for his work on the album "Another Kind of Blue -- The Latin Side of Miles Davis."

James "Ace" Moreland Jr.

The late James "Ace" Moreland is this year's inductee representing the blues. A native of Miami, Okla., Moreland began playing guitar at age 5 and by 12 was good enough to be in a band.

He worked with artists such as the Cate Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd before forming Ace Moreland's West Side Story. He released his last album in 2003 -- the same year he died at age 50. He was noted for his deep, soulful vocals and sharp, clean guitar work.

Leona Mitchell

Leona Mitchell won international fame as an operatic soprano, performing for 18 consecutive seasons with the Metropolitan Opera in New York, making historic recordings, such as the first complete stereo recording of Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess." She's even shared the stage with each of the "Three Tenors."

However, she is also being honored for her work in gospel music, which was the foundation of her artistry. She began singing as a child in Enid at Antioch Baptist Church, whose pastor was her father. She was the host last year of the first Leona Mitchell Music Camp for underprivileged youths in her hometown.

Harmonious Monk

This local jazz quartet, which is to receive the Legacy Tribute Award, mixes in everything from funk to Latin and hip-hop, drawing influences from artists including Charles Mingus and Weather Report.

The group consists of Andy McCormick on saxophone, Andrew Bones on drums, Nigel Frye on bass and Sean Al-Jibouri on guitar.

The remaining honorees -- James Goodwin , a lawyer and the publisher of Tulsa's oldest black newspaper, and Michael Johnson , the senior vice president and chief administrative officer for Williams -- will receive the Maxine Cissel Horner Spirit of Community Excellence Award.

Matt Elliott 581-8366

By MATT ELLIOTT World Scene Writer

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