Category: ACM Alumni

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.

 

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!”

Open Call for Oklahoma Musicians: Made in Oklahoma Fest

The Made in Oklahoma Fest and the Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) announce an open call for Oklahoma musicians to play at the eighth annual event, held at the Sheraton Midwest City Hotel at the Reed Conference Center on May 10-11.

The application deadline has been extended to 11:59 p.m. March 10.

Selected musicians will perform for the Oklahoma Stage Rush music series, which happens on the festival’s outdoor and indoor stages Saturday, May 11. The outdoor stage will accommodate solo acts up to a full band, while the indoor stage will host acoustic solo and duo acts as well as instrumental-only artists.

Made in Oklahoma Fest brings cultural activities, events and agricultural vendors to one destination offering guests the opportunity to discover, sip, taste and relax in a fun-filled atmosphere. The festival features an array of Made in Oklahoma products and services from wineries, breweries, artists, merchants, restaurants, food trucks and more. Guests can also enjoy an open car, truck and motorcycle show as well as join in on exciting classes and competitions.

In 2018, more than 5,000 people attended the festival and that number is on the rise as the “going local” trend continues to grow.

The Oklahoma Stage Rush series showcases the homegrown talent produced by Oklahoma artists and provides bands an opportunity to gain exposure, network with business owners and sample the fine wine, beer and food items that Oklahoma has to offer. For more information about the festival, visit madeinoklahomafest.com.

WHY SHOULD YOU APPLY?

The selected musicians receive:
• Financial compensation
• Benefits package including tokens and hotel discounts
• Exposure to targeted audience
• Social media promotion
• One of your original songs placed on a download drop card to be distributed as promotion for the fesitval
• Feature in OF+MO eblasts with reach of over 4,800
• Feature in OF+MO monthly newsletter with reach of over 6,500
• Promotion on the Made in Oklahoma Fest website
• Promotion in the Made in Oklahoma Fest digital advertisements and print material
• Promotion on the radio and other media websites

DETAILS

Originality
Made in Oklahoma Fest is an event that celebrates and promotes music that was created (made) in Oklahoma by original Oklahoma artists. We ask that 80 percent of a band’s set be comprised of original music.

Genre
The outdoor stage will ONLY promote genres such as new country, old country, Americana, Red Dirt, rockabilly, pop, soft rock, moderate rock and indie rock.

The indoor stage is in a large ballroom filled with vendors so soft music is most appropriate. This includes instrumental, light vocals, folk, Americana and Celtic. No percussions are allowed.

Proximity
Bands from across the state will be considered for this event. You do not have to be from Midwest City or the Oklahoma City area to apply.

Register for the Oklahoma Music Directory

The open call for Oklahoma musicians to perform at the Made in Oklahoma Fest is in promotion of the Oklahoma Music Directory, the Oklahoma Film + Music Office’s online database of Oklahoma musicians and music businesses. Therefore, acts must be registered in the database in order to be selected. If you are not already registered, please register in the Oklahoma Music Directory before submitting your application.

A link to your music is required to complete registration.

The application deadline has been extended to 11:59 p.m. March 10.

If you are already registered, or now that you are registered in the Oklahoma Music Directory,
APPLY TO PLAY AT Made in Oklahoma Fest.

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH OF+MO

Submit an event for the OF+MO Events Calendar

To have your event(s) listed in our online events calendar, please send the following information to Katie.Lovasz@TravelOK.com.
• Your Name/Band’s Name
• Date/Time
• Venue and address
• Link to the event
• Description/Bio
• Cost
• Image (if you have one)
• Tell us about your new albums
• Do you have a new album coming out? Send the release date and any associated show information (see above) to Katie.Lovasz@TravelOK.com.

NOW HEAR THIS: ACM’s Harlee Lane and Ciara Brooke Top Reverb Nation’s Local Pop Artist Chart

Pop, EDM and club artist Harlee Lane recently released his new single, “Dancing with a Stranger,” a Sam Smith/Normani cover featuring Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma student Courtney Hooker.

Lane, an ACM@UCO alumnus, is currently rated Oklahoma City’s No. 2 pop artist on Reverb Nation.

At No. 1 is ACM@UCO alumnus Ciara Brooke! She debuted her new project, “Diva Diaries,” in November. 

Stream Lane’s “Dancing with a Stranger” now and hear more on Reverb NationSpotifyiTunes, Facebook and Soundcloud. In August, his single “Come Down” debuted at No. 1 on Reverb Nation’s local pop chart.

ACM@UCO alumnus Harlee Lane poses in front of neon lighting at night as he poses with oversized white sunglasses, black button-up shirt and short, platinum hair.

ACM@UCO alumnus Harlee Lane.

ACM@UCO alum Ciara Brooke sits with her legs crossed in front of a bright pink background, dressed in a white top, blue shorts and gray combat boots.

ACM@UCO alum Ciara Brooke.

Hear more from Brooke on Reverb Nation and like and follow her on social media at facebook.com/ciarabrookemusicinstagram.com/ciarabrookemusic and ciarabrooke.com.

#CFADWorks: ACM@UCO alumna Mariah Saffa

Hard at work in a 7,000-seat arena in northern Colorado, Academy of Contemporary Music at the Univeristy of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) alumna Mariah Saffa reflects on her path to a marketing career in the entertainment industry.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Music Business with a Marketing minor in 2017, Saffa used skills she gained through real-world industry experience at ACM@UCO (including a marketing internship at Tulsa’s BOK Center arena) in her job as a digital marketing specialist and radio accounts manager at Oklahoma-based Tyler Media.

This role led Saffa to her current position with Spectra, an international venue management and hospitality company that serves the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colorado.

As a marketing manager, Saffa directs strategies for the venue, as well as for touring musicians and entertainers, continuing to apply shat she learned studying Music Business at ACM@UCO. The unique downtown Oklahoma City campus is part of UCO’s College of Fine Arts and Design.

As many students today are dissuaded from pursuing their passion in arts-related fields, UCO’s College of Fine Arts and Design flips the script about “starving artists” and highlights the breadth of success our alumni have achieved as performers, producers, entrepreneurs, artistic directors, talent managers and more.

As our alumni prove, #CFADWorks!

Are you a UCO College of Fine Arts and Design alum? We’d love to hear from you!

To get involved, just post a selfie or video of you at work to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Use the hashtag #CFADWorks and we’ll share your story!

Thank you for inspiring our students and the future generation of creators!