Category: ACM Alumni

Testimonial: ACM@UCO graduate Jennifer Tindal

Jennifer Tindal is a graduate of Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma. She recently visited our downtown Oklahoma City campus, and shared how ACM@UCO helped her develop her career in the music business.

Visit acm.uco.edu for more information and to enroll today!

 

New Music: The Sweet Talkers, “Mixed Signals”

Hear and read about local band The Sweet Talkers’ newest single “Mixed Signals,” available for streaming and download. Make Oklahoma Weirder says of the tune:

Groove is in the heartache. At least, that would seem to be the case on the darker side of The Sweet Talkers’ disco ball moon. The OKC band is no stranger to nocturnal beats and misty synths, sounds inspired by past tides of alternative rock in the 2000s and new wave/post-punk in the ’80s. … The Sweet Talkers are back with “Mixed Signals,” a new single that further explores the band’s taste for glam and gloom. It officially drops everywhere tomorrow, but you can stream it now at the player below in this Make Oklahoma Weirder early premiere.

Check out the full blog and hear the new song at MakeOklahomaWeirder.com.

The band also features ACM alumni Tyler Branstetter & Dakota Green.

ACM@UCO Presents High School Night on March 5

The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma presents HIGH SCHOOL NIGHT, 6 p.m. March 5 at the ACM Live Room, 25 S. Oklahoma Ave., in Bricktown. Admission is free!

text poster with outline of crowd in shadow and lightning bolts around the yellow words High School Night. It includes the bands playing, date and time info.LINEUP:

• Downer

• The Major Fifths

• Dr. Deuss

• Chloe Batson

Doors open at 6 p.m. and music begins at 7 p.m.

ACM@UCO presents Metro Music Series performances, masterclasses, clinics and workshops by ACM-affiliated music acts, as well as regional, national and international industry luminaries.

Metro Music Series is sponsored by Downtown OKC Partnership, Bricktown, Painted Door Gift Boutique, Oklahoma Film + Music Office, Hal Smith Restaurants, The Wedge Pizzeria and Exchange Music.

THIS WEEK! ‘Holiday Wrap-Up’ Showcases Local Music, Benefits OKC Nonprofit

The Dec. 5 lineup features colourmusic, Sophia Massad and more; donations benefit Positive Tomorrows

Hear that? It’s the sound of a season-celebrating local music lineup for the ACM student-organized Holiday Wrap-Up, happening Dec. 5 at ACM Live Room at The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO). Admission is free, but donations to benefit Oklahoma City nonprofit Positive Tomorrows are welcome at the door.

Colorful holiday-themed poster features red and green rainbow designed like wrapping paper as a background and cut-out images of musicians in holiday sweaters in front of it. It's an event poster for the Holiday Wrap-Up event.The festive lineup features ACM faculty Ryan Hendrix and Nicholas Ley of colourmusic, DJ and musician Travis Tester (aka Trav is Dead), Nicholas Poss, singer-songwriter Sophia Massad, multi-instrumentalist and singer Than Medlam (of Equilibrium), alternative pop singer-songwriter Sephra Scheuber, longtime guitarist Danny Hargis and ACM@UCO Executive Director Scott Booker, as well as ACM@UCO students, alumni and staff (full list below).

“Although it’s not the end of the school year, the holiday season feels makes me reflect on all the amazing achievements our students, faculty, and staff accomplished,” Booker said. “A celebration with our faculty and staff performing together is the perfect representation of who we are!”

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; music begins at 7 p.m. at ACM Live, 25 S. Oklahoma Ave. (First floor; formerly Michael Murphy’s Piano Bar.) Admission is free and open to the public, but a donation is encouraged to benefit Oklahoma City nonprofit Positive Tomorrows, Oklahoma’s only elementary school specifically for homeless children. Requested donations include new blankets, reusable shopping/tote bags, laundry soap, new beanies, new gloves, and copy paper. Cash is also appreciated.

“I always enjoy performing with students because we get to actually make music together instead of just talking about making music,” said Than Medlam, a longtime musician and ACM@UCO faculty member. “Being part of the performance allows me to share art with my students on an even deeper level than just coaching the preliminary work.”

Student Involvement in The Holiday Wrap Up is not limited to the nights’ performances. The event was conceived, organized and promoted by ACM’s Introduction to Concert and Tour Management class as their final project for the semester.

“An ACM holiday event is such a fun way for students and faculty from all three ACM programs to come together as a family and showcase what we’re learning while supporting a great cause,” said Music Business major NataliaVeloz leos. “It’s exciting to have helped create what might become an annual event at ACM. It’s kind of part of our classes legacy.”

The Holiday Wrap-Up is a new addition to ACM@UCO’s ongoing Metro Music Series, offering dozens of ticketed and free, all-ages events throughout the year with the mission of exposing audiences to new music, cultural diversity, educational opportunities, our campus, and Oklahoma City’s thriving Bricktown entertainment district. ACM@UCO’s Metro Music Series is also an important piece in growing arts-related partnerships throughout the metro area, the state of Oklahoma, the music and entertainment industry and beyond, and is sponsored by The Oklahoma Film + Music Office, Downtown OKC Partnership, Bricktown, Hal Smith Restaurants, Exchange Music, The Wedge and Painted Door Gift Boutique.

Learn more about ACM@UCO on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and at acm.uco.edu.

More about the lineup:

• Nick Ley and Ryan Hendrix: colourmusic, ACM Music Business faculty
• Travis Tester: EDM and DJ act Trav Is Dead, ACM Music Business and Production faculty
• Nicholas Poss: ACM Music Business and Production faculty
• Sophia Massad: ACM Performance graduate
• Than Medlam: ACM Performance faculty
• Sephra Scheuber: Sephra Music, ACM Production and Music Business faculty
• Danny Hargis: ACM Performance faculty
• Scott Booker: CEO and Executive Director of ACM@UCO

The Space Program Hip-Hop Collective Inspires ‘Fortitude, Resilience and Innovation’

The Space Program, a hip-hop collective of more than two dozen Black, collegiate artists and entrepreneurs from across Oklahoma, recently released the album “Curriculum of the Mind,” which was celebrated April 25 with a showcase at ACM@UCO Performance Lab.

Christopher G. Acoff, aka Original Flow poses with his hands folded across his chest in this black-and-white portrait

Christopher G. Acoff, aka Original Flow

Among others, the TSP collective features UCO-tied alumni and students, including audio engineer Myles Adams; Christopher G. Acoff, aka Original Flow, who earned a Music Business degree at ACM@UCO; ACM Contemporary Music Production graduate James Curd, aka Deezy; and UCO student Makeen Khalifa, aka Makeen.

Portions of TSP’s debut video for the album’s title track were recorded on the UCO campus in Edmond.

“The true essence of this dissertation album was the ability to see the progression of students, particularly ACM students (e.g. artists, poets, rappers, producers, audio engineers, etc.), come together and masterfully create something that will forever be timeless, both in the hip-hop and educational communities,” said TSP’s CEO, DJ and producer Dr. View, aka Stevie Johnson, who is also the former Assistant Director of Diversity Retention in the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Stevie Johnson, aka DJ and producer Dr. View, stands with his headphones pulled above his ears as he looks at the camera in this color portrait.

Stevie Johnson, aka DJ and producer Dr. View

He also recently received his Ph.D in Higher Education Administration from the University of Oklahoma.

“Many studies do not allow students to authentically express themselves in ways that speak to their epistemological and ontological perspectives. The fortitude, resilience and innovation of these students developed a new avenue of hip-hop scholarship that academia not only has to respect, but that will be used as a blueprint for educators for years to come,” Johnson said.

“In short, these students is helping the world recognize that hip-hop and education can and will work together for the betterment of creating social change,” he added.

Check Out More Than 3 Dozen UCO and ACM-Tied Acts This Weekend at Norman Music Festival

During this weekend’s Norman Music Festival in Norman, more than three dozen music acts will feature students, alumni, faculty and staff from the University of Central Oklahoma and the Academy of Contemporary Music at UCO.

NMF runs April 25-27 along Main Street in downtown Norman. Admission is free and open to the public. Event headliners include Beach Fossils, Soccer Mommy, Black Milk with band Nat Turner, The Garden, Omar Apollo, Night Beats, Skating Polly, Mega Ran and more over three days on multiple indoor and outdoor stages.

Learn more and see the full festival lineup at normanmusicfestival.com.

Fall 2018 Rewind: Indie musician Mac DeMarco performed Nov. 1, 2018, to a sold-out audience at ACM@UCO Performance Lab in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. ACM@UCO-tied singer-songwriter Leotie, aka Caleb Starr (pictured), opened the Metro Music Series event.

ACM@UCO alum and singer-songwriter Leotie, aka Caleb Starr (pictured), will perform 7 p.m. Thursday at Norman Music Festival.

The Lunar Laugh

The Lunar Laugh performs 10 p.m. Thursday at Norman Music Festival.

Young Weather performs 10 p.m. Thursday at NMF.

THURSDAY

• 6 p.m. at Bison Witches (front): The Sweet Talkers
• 6:45 p.m. at Brewhouse: Druce Wayne
• 7 p.m. at Resonator: Leotie
• 8:30 p.m. at Red Brick Bar: Useless Randy
• 10 p.m. at Brewhouse: Young Weather
• 10 p.m. at Bison Witches (front): The Lunar Laugh
• 10:30 p.m. at Opolis (indoor): Mt. Terror
• 11 p.m. at Bluebonnet Bar: Cutter Elliott
• Midnight at Opolis (indoor): Applied Music Program
• Midnight at Brewhouse: Chase Kerby & The Villains
• 1 a.m. at Main Street Event Center: Don’t Tell Dena
• 1 a.m. at Bluebonnet Bar: Justin Logan

Colourmusic members Ryan Hendrix and Nicholas Ley sit in a swimming pool, wearing sunglasses

Colourmusic performs 9:30 p.m. Friday at Norman Music Festival.

Jabee Williams adjusts a knit cap on his head, wearing a white T-shirt, and showing off the tattoos on his bicep and forearms, including one of the logo design for his 2016 "Black Future" album

Jabee performs 11:15 p.m. Friday at Norman Music Festival.

Bowlsey performs 8 p.m. Friday at Norman Music Festival.

FRIDAY

• 6 p.m. at Main Street Event Center: Layers of Pink
• 7 p.m. at Gray Street Stage: Sophia Massad
• 7 p.m. at Bison Witches (front): Stone Tide
• 7 p.m. at Opolis (indoor): Swim Fan
• 8 p.m. at Sooner Theatre: Stephen Salewon
• 8 p.m. at Resonator: Tom Boil
• 8 p.m. at The Winston West Stage: Bowlsey
• 9 p.m. at The Winston West Stage: Original Flow & The Fervent Route
• 9:20 p.m. at Brewhouse: Jacobi Ryan
• 9:30 p.m. at Opolis Outdoor Stage (The Garden): Colourmusic
• 11:15 p.m. at The Winston West Stage: Jabee
• 1 a.m. at Bison Witches (front): S. Reidy

Musician and singer-songwriter Rozlyn Zora is outstanding in her field, literally. Here, she dons round-framed sunglasses as she poses in a cornfield.

Rozlyn Zora performs 2 p.m. Saturday at Norman Music Festival.

Saint Loretto performs 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Norman Music Festival.

Chloe-Beth performs 11 p.m. Saturday at NMF.

SATURDAY

• 2 p.m. at Bluebonnet Bar: Rozlyn Zora
• 2:30 p.m. at The Winston West Stage: Naturalist
• 3:30 p.m. at The Winston West Stage: Saint Loretto
• 4 p.m. at Opolis Outdoor Stage (The Garden): Spinster
• 4 p.m. at Bluebonnet bar: Keathley
• 4 p.m. at Fowler Automotive Main Stage: LCG & The X
• 4 p.m. at Brewhouse: Santiago Romones
• 4:30 p.m. at The Winston West Stage: Johnny Manchild & The Poor Bästards
• 4:30 p.m. at Gray Street Stage: Jason Scott
• 7:00 p.m. at Bison Witches (front): Rousey
• 8 p.m. at Bison Witches (front): Part-Time Savants
• 9 p.m. at Main Street Event Center: Lauryn Hardiman
• 11 p.m. at Bluebonnet Bar: Chloe-Beth
• Midnight at Opolis (indoor): Beau Jennings & The Tigers

Check Out the Steamroller Festival Saturday in Deep Deuce

The Steamroller Festival showcases the printing of large-scale woodblocks carved by local professional artists, collegiate artists and 108 high school students in Artspace’s Mentorship program.

Admission to the event is free and open to the public and includes music, food, drinks and printing demonstrations. It runs 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27 in the Deep Deuce district, near 1 E. Third St. in downtown Oklahoma City.

A poster promoting the Steamroller Festival shows photos from prior events, and artists and children and art booths. It lists that the festival includes music, food, art demos, and more. Steamroller Festival is Artspace at Untitled’s largest community event of the year, drawing hundreds of people from all over the state and region.

This one-day festival is rooted in the printing of large-scale woodblocks carved by local Oklahoma artists! A 5-ton steamroller helps print pre-carved blocks throughout the day on Tyvek paper. Printing also happens inside in a in-house printmaking studio, and demos are done throughout the day.

You won’t want to miss the live music, artist vendors and food trucks at this family-friendly event. All ages are welcome, and the festival also features a kids’ tent filled with activities for younger attendees. It is sure to be a fun, art-filled day as our community supports working and exhibiting Oklahoma artists.

Schedule of events

•  10-11 a.m.: Candlemaking in the Daymaker & Co. vendor tent
•  10 a.m.-noon: Letterpress postcards and coasters in the demo tent
•  10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Woodcarving demonstrations in the garden by Artspace Mentorship students
•  10 a.m.-6p.m.: Outdoor games: Available to play by the youth tent
•  10 a.m.-6 p.m.: FREE kids’ t-shirts: We will print these until the t-shirts are gone!
•  11-11:30 a.m.: MUSIC STAGE — Sweet Yield dance performance
•  11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.: MUSIC STAGE — DJ music
•  noon-2 p.m.: Typewriter demonstrations
•  noon-4 p.m.: Screenprinting demo. Buy an Artspace tote (or bring your own bandana) and have it printed
•  2-2:50 p.m.: MUSIC STAGE — Leotie, indie folk
•  2-3 p.m.: Printing from leather by Jim Weaver
•  2-3 p.m.: Succulent arranging in the Daymaker & Co. vendor tent
•  2-4 p.m.: Creating letterpress postcards and coasters in the demo tent
•  3-3:50 p.m.: MUSIC STAGE — Chloe-Beth Campbell, folk
•  4-4:50 p.m.: MUSIC STAGE — JIPSI, blues rock, folk and psychedelic rock
•  4-6 p.m.: Interactive monoprints with Laurence Myers Reese
•  5-5:50 p.m.: MUSIC STAGE — Sophia Massad, alternative indie-rock
•  6 p.m.: MUSIC STAGE — Grant Adams, Oklahoma pop/rock

Learn more about Artspace at Untitled and the Steamroller Festival 1ne3.org.

Hip-Hop and Spoken-Word Collective The Space Program Sets April 25 Showcase at ACM@UCO Performance Lab

The Space Program celebrates its first showcase Thursday, April 25 at ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Oklahoma City. Doors open at 7 p.m. and showtime is 7:30 p.m.

Admission is only $5 at the door! Learn more at acm-uco.eventbrite.com.

Text flyer promoting the April 25 showcase with address, logo, date, location and time. Mostly white type over a black background.Come out and support the collective as they put on not just a dope show, but a dope experience. Merch also will be available.

Formed in 2017, The Space Program (TSP) is a Black collegian hip-hop collective from higher education institutions across the state of Oklahoma. It creatively disrupts anti-Black, anti-Semitic, imperialist, white, patriarchal institutions that oppress Black people, through the creation and production of a hip-hop album, Curriculum of the Mind.

The name stems from the track “Space Program” by A Tribe Called Quest, which makes the argument that “There ain’t a space program for ni**as.”

The Space Program Collective sonically, empirically and ingeniously provides a new “Space Program” for hip-hop scholarship and praxis, both in the academy and the community at large. The Collective additionally provides for a community of Black males that currently attend, have graduated, or stopped out at historically white colleges within the past 10 years, who also identify as artists, rappers, musicians, producers, poets, activists, b-boys, disc jockeys (DJ’s), audio engineers, historians, entrepreneurs, graffiti artists, graphic and web designers, campus leaders, scholars, photographers, videographers and/or hip-hop collegians.

New generations call for new voices, and new areas of inquiry, and this is your notice that class is in session. For Dr. View and the Space Program Collective, it always has been.

Contributors

• Stevie Johnson, DJ and producer
• LaVelle Compton, artist
• Original Flow, artist
• Thomas Who, artist
• Deezy, artist
• Worm, artist
• Jacobi Ryan, artist
• Willie G, artist
• Beety, artist
• think.progress, poet
• Mac Woods, poet
• Day’Quann, poet

Hosted by Jim Conway! Let’s go! #TSP

Oklahoma Songwriters Festival Happens Friday and Saturday in OKC Metro

Spearheaded by Oklahoma native Zac Maloy, the Oklahoma Songwriter’s Festival is a multi-day event that serves as an invaluable opportunity for local songwriters, musicians, music fans and anyone working in or interested in the music industry.

The fourth annual Oklahoma Songwriters Festival, co-presented by Grand Casino Hotel & Resort and the Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) and sponsored in part by The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO), happens Friday and Saturday, April 12-13, with a ticketed Friday evening dinner, a Saturday morning Songwriting Camp and the state’s one-of-a-kind musical roundtable, The Songwriter Showcase, on Saturday evening.

Zac Maloy sits in a recording studio, smiling, with an acoustic guitar in his lap as he smiles at the camera.

Singer-songwriter, musician, producer and Oklahoma Songwriters Festival founder Zac Maloy.

The Oklahoma Songwriters Festival was created in 2016 by Ada native Zac Maloy, singer and songwriter for The Nixons (an Oklahoma-based rock band that rose to fame in the 1990s) in an effort to highlight songwriters and the art of songwriting. Each year, Maloy returns home from Nashville, Tennessee, to Oklahoma for the festival, inviting award-winning Music City songwriters to perform and write alongside local musicians.

“Each year, our songwriters are not only so candid and genuine in sharing their talents on our stage, but it’s their day-to-day work ethic and passion for the field that strengthens this genre year over year, making for a better show each time,” Maloy said. “Here we are at year four and I honestly believe this is the strongest collective lineup we have ever had.”

Kick-off event

To kick off the festival, a dinner with entertainment will take place at Grand Casino’s Flame Brazilian Steakhouse on Friday, April 12. Tickets for the dinner are $100 per person and include transportation to and from 21c Museum Hotel in Oklahoma City.

Songwriting Camp, 11 a.m. Saturday
Castle Row Studios, Del City

For the third year, the festival will include a Songwriting Camp, presented by the Oklahoma Film + Music Office, 11 a.m. Saturday at Castle Row Studios, 2908 Epperly Drive, in Del City.

This workshop includes an interactive panel discussion and Q&A with songwriters. A one-on-one mentoring session with both Maloy and Nashville songwriter Marcus Hummon also will be awarded to two attendees.

The Songwriting Camp is free and open to the public. Please RSVP for the Songwriting Camp here.

Songwriter Showcase, 7 p.m. Saturday
Tower Theatre, Oklahoma City

The festival concludes with its annual Songwriter Showcase, happening at the iconic Tower Theatre that Saturday evening. The Showcase begins at 7 p.m. with a presentation format frequently used in Nashville, called a “writer round.”

This event starts with a local round, with the main event featuring Nashville songwriters singing the hits they’ve penned and telling the stories behind the music.

Tyson Meade

At this year’s Showcase, appearances will be made by Oklahoma musicians Tyson Meade (Chainsaw Kittens frontman) and Emmy Award-winning rapper Jabee Williams, with opening sets from local artists Kinsey Charles, Graham Colton, Tyler Hopkins and Beau Jennings.

Along with Maloy, this year’s Nashville-based songwriters include Oklahoma native Brett James, ASCAP’s 2010 Country Songwriter of the Year (credits include Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus, Take the Wheel” and more); Tulsa-born David Hodges, former member of Evanescence (credits include Evanescence’s “Bring Me To Life” and more); and Marcus Hummon, dubbed Nashville’s Renaissance Man (credits include Rascal Flatts’ “Bless The Broken Road” and more).

Brett James

The Showcase is a ticketed event with a VIP option that includes preferred seating and a meet-and-greet with artists before the show.

NOTE: Saturday evening’s Songwriter Showcase is a ticketed event. Students can use the OSFSTUDENT discount code to receive 50 percent off, making general admission only $8! 

“The Oklahoma Film + Music Office values the opportunity to be a returning partner with the Oklahoma Songwriters Festival,” said OF+MO Director Tava Maloy Sofsky. “Our state’s musical legacy and cultivating the next generation of Oklahoma talent are very important to us. This festival opens doors for local and regional songwriters — seasoned and aspiring talent — to network and build relationships with some of Nashville’s most prolific songwriters.”

To see a schedule of events and purchase tickets for the Songwriter Showcase, visit oklahomasongwritersfestival.com.

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.