Month: March 2019

ACM@UCO Salutes Music Icon Wanda Jackson, Who, After 60 Years, Recently Announced Her Retirement From Performing

The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) salutes Wanda Jackson — First Lady of Rock, Queen of Rockabilly and lifelong Oklahoma champion — and her powerful and influential career!

After 60 years (!) of touring, she recently announced her retirement from performing, saying, “This is not the end, just the beginning of a new chapter.” She said health and safety issues contributed to her decision.

She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009, and released her autobiography, Every Night is Saturday Night: A Country Girl’s Journey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 2017.

She is often credited as the first woman to record a rock ‘n’ roll record.

Musicians as varied as Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead), Cyndi Lauper, Bruce Springsteen, Rosie Flores, Jack White and Elvis Costello, among others, credit the Maud, Oklahoma-born artist as a major influence and/or inspiration.

In 2011, she opened for Adele on many of the English singer-songwriter’s sold-out tour dates.

Ms. Jackson even has a street named after her — Wanda Jackson Way — dedicated in 2009 by Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett (on Wanda Jackson Day, no less). It’s located near the ACM@UCO campus (and Flaming Lips Alley) in Bricktown.

Bob Dylan has called her “an atomic fireball of a lady.”

Read more about her decision to retire in this Rolling Stone article.

PLUS! Here’s a 2009 interview Wanda Jackson did with music journalist Jennifer Chancellor for the Tulsa World after Jackson was nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (Chancellor is now PR and marketing coordinator for ACM@UCO.)

In that interview, Jackson says, “The stage was my kingdom. I felt like a queen. … I was in the eye of a hurricane.”

Here are a few of our favorite videos of Ms. Jackson performing.

You can also follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Singer-Songwriter Sam Weber Returns to OKC for April 8 Show at ACM Performance Lab

Sam Weber, an indie singer-songwriter and musician from Victoria, British Columbia, returns to OKC for a concert 7 p.m. April 8 at ACM@UCO Performance Lab. Tickets are $10 at acm-uco.eventbrite.com.

Weber is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist in the vein of Jackson Browne, The Band, The Wood Brothers and Gillian Welch. He has been touring independently and internationally with his band since 2013. Years spent refining songs at home in North Saanich, BC and working in studios in Los Angeles have honed Weber’s craft to a fine point.

His live show pairs heartfelt songwriting with world-class musicianship and three-part harmony. He has released two LPs to date, “Shadows in the Road” (2014) and “Valentina Nevada” (2016). Through the characters and anecdotes in his songs, Weber sings about the truths of love, life and family.

He and his band released a new EP, “New Agile Freedom,” in 2018 and are now on tour.

ACM@UCO’s Metro Music Series is sponsored by Oklahoma Gazette, Exchange Music, KOSU Radio, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, and the Oklahoma Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Oklahoma and the National Endowment for the Arts’ Art Works initiative.

 

Dawson Hollow Returns to OKC for Free Concert March 28 at ACM Performance Lab

Dawson Hollow, an indie-folk rock quintet based in the Ozark Mountains, returns to Oklahoma City for a FREE SHOW 7 p.m. March 28 at ACM@UCO Performance Lab!

A concert poster featuring the five members of the folk-rock act Dawson Hollow, dressed casually and looking at the camera as they pose on a bridge.

Dawson Hollow released its full-length debut, “Boy of My Youth,” in 2018. It was crowdfunded by a highly successful Kickstarter campaign that raised $96,000, which, in part, allowed the act to work with Grammy Award-winning producer and mixer Ryan Hewitt (The Avett Brothers, The Lumineers, Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Nashville-based producer Ryan Poole (Roger Jaeger, Benji Kuriakose).

Multitalented multi-instrumentalists Ben, Aaron, Rachel, Kyle and John Link form Dawson Hollow. Together, they mix vocals, keyboards, banjo, guitar, drums, mandolin, cello and more to create their one-of-a-kind sound. If you enjoy Dawes, Old Crow Medicine Show or Nickel Creek, you’ll love this band. Learn more at dawsonhollow.com.

ACM@UCO’s Metro Music Series is sponsored by Oklahoma Gazette, Exchange Music, KOSU Radio, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, and the Oklahoma Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Oklahoma and the National Endowment for the Arts’ Art Works initiative. Find more info about Metro Music Series events at acm-uco.eventbrite.com.

For more information about ACM@UCO, visit acm.uco.edu.

See colourmusic Live and Learn More About ACM@UCO, Tonight in Stillwater!

Head out to Stillwater to watch quirky independent psychedelic rock act colourmusic perform a free, live concert in their home town! The show is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Friday, March 15, at District Bicycles, 120 W. Seventh Ave. in Stillwater.

The performance is also part of Stillwater’s annual Land Run 100 event, happening Friday and Saturday across Stillwater.

While there, you can learn more about the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma. A booth is set up all day Friday near the District Bicycles stage.

Colourmusic bandmates Ryan Hendrix and Nicholas Ley are ACM@UCO faculty, too!

• Learn more about colourmusic at colourmusic.net.
• Check out the full Land Run 100 event lineup at landrun100.com.
• Stream colourmusic’s new album, Swimsuit, on Spotify!

Here’s Your Spring Break 2019 Playlist!

This ACM@UCO-curated playlist includes a little bit of everything and nearly 2 hours of music, so hit shuffle, set it to repeat and enjoy!

The ACM@UCO-curated playlist includes current music from:

• FIDLAR
• Wallows
• The Chemical Brothers
• Noname feat. Phoelix
• Cage the Elephant
• Vampire Weekend feat. Steve Lacy
• Cherry Glazerr feat. Dangerous Steve
• Sleaford Mods
• Karen O + Danger Mouse
• The Twilight Sad
• Quelle Chris feat. Cavalier, Bilal Salaam, Eldar Djangirov and James Acaster
• Matmos
• Epic Beard Men
• Weezer
• Stephen Malkmus
• The Mountain Goats
… and more!

As well as tunes by Oklahoma artists and ACM@UCO students, faculty and alumni:

• Parker Millsap
• ZHU with Sofi Tukker
• Combsy feat. Steph Simon and Keeng Cut
• colourmusic
• Jabee feat. Thelonious Martin
• LGC and the X
• Adam + Kizzie
• Druce Wayne feat. Original Flow, Xtra and Fresh
• Love Seats
• Ciara Brooke
• Johnny Manchild and the Poor Bästards
• Harlee Lane
… and even a Brothers Griiin remix of the Spaceface tune “Spread Your Head!”