Category: ACM Faculty and Staff

ACM@UCO Spotify Playlists: Your Bewitching Halloween Mixtape Is Here!

Travis Tester, aka local DJ Travis Traps and ACM faculty, says of his playlist: “Halloween music for a bewitching good time! 👻 Best enjoyed with shuffle disabled, and crossfade turned on.) 🔪

Metro Music Series
2018-2019 Semester Playlist

Follow this playlist as we add and announce more events and shows!

 

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Jennifer Chancellor selfie

Jennifer Chancellor, ACM@UCO marketing and public relations coordinator, recovering entertainment journalist, former Oklahoma Gazette editor-in-chief: “Someone asked me recently, ‘What do you listen to?’ I said, ‘Everything.’ Which isn’t absolutely true, because this collection of songs in particular, though eclectic, represents a fair swath of what I’m listening to right now. Enjoy!”

 

Filmmaker and ACM staff George Salisbury with paint covering his face from a music video shoot

George Salisbury, ACM@UCO IT specialist, Delo Creative owner, filmmaker: “My current Top 30 loopers.”

 

 

Jimmy Jackson playing drums

Jimmy Jackson, ACM@UCO staff, drummer. Jimmy also performs with when not working for ACM@UCO director Scott Booker: “Thirty songs that mean something to me.”

 

 

 

Mark Your Calendar! Here’s Your ACM@UCO Metro Music Series Update

The 2018-2019 school year marks ACM@UCO’s tenth anniversary!

To celebrate, it expanded its long-running Metro Music Festival into a yearlong event. The revamped Metro Music Series includes the High Noon Showcase, presenting free shows by ACM@UCO-tied music acts and tastemakers; its ACM@UCO Performance Lab series by regional and national touring acts; and a growing roster of masterclasses, clinics and workshops with industry leaders, many of which are open to students and the public.

ACM@UCO’s Metro Music Series is sponsored by Oklahoma Gazette, Exchange Music, KOSU Radio, ArtWorks, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Oklahoma Arts Council.

Stay tuned to ACM@UCO on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for updates and announcements about even more concerts and events!

ACM@UCO Performance Lab concerts

329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Bricktown.
Doors open 7 p.m.
Public welcome.

Tickets at eventbrite.com.

poster art for the Ester Drang, Husbands and Tallows concert by Sara Bowersock of Point Blank Art & Graphics

Ester Drang, Husbands and Tallows perform Oct. 27 at ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Bricktown.

• Oct. 27: Ester Drang, Husbands, Tallows new music release show — Clerestory AV showcase

• Nov. 1: Maps & Atlases, with Magic Munchbox

• Nov. 2: Paul Benjaman and Jacob Tovar — Horton Records country showcase (Tickets on sale soon!)

• Nov. 7: Molly Burch, with Seph(ra)

• Nov. 14: Mac DeMarco (solo), with Leotie (SOLD OUT!)

• Nov. 18: Current Joys, with Love Seats and The Lunar Laugh (acoustic)

• Nov. 30: Colourmusic album release show, with openers TBA (Tickets on sale soon!)

• Dec. 7: Combsy and Henna Rojo — Horton Records jazz showcase. (Tickets on sale soon!)

High Noon Showcases

ACM@UCO Songwriting Room, 25 S. Oklahoma Ave. (first floor), in Bricktown.
All shows begin at 12:15 p.m.
Public welcome.
Free admission.

• Oct. 22: Johnny Manchild and The Poor Bastards

• Nov. 19: Sam Weber

Masterclasses, clinics and listening sessions

ACM@UCO, 25 S. Oklahoma Ave. (first floor), in Bricktown.
Public welcome unless otherwise noted.
Free admission.

Metro Music Series Listening Sessions poster

ACM@UCO Metro Music Series Listening Sessions are free and open to the public.

• Oct. 17: Noon: Listening session with ACM@UCO faculty David Broyles (They Might Be Giants, “Lincoln”)

• Oct. 24: 2 p.m.: Listening session with ACM@UCO faculty Dustin Ragland (Halloween, Alaska, “All Night the Calls Came In”)

• Oct. 26:9:30-11:30 a.m.: Artist + Management Partnerships: A conversation with JD McPherson and Scott Booker! Admission is free and open to the public. The event is a partnership of the Oklahoma Film + Music Office and ACM@UCO.

• Oct. 31: 2 p.m.: Listening session with ACM@UCO faculty Sephra Scheuber (Dirty Projectors, “Dirty Projectors”)

• Nov. 5: 2 p.m.: Listening session with ACM@UCO Executive Director Scott Booker (Supertramp, “Breakfast in America,” 8-track)

• Nov. 7: Molly Burch Q&A clinic (open to ACM students)

• Nov. 18: Current Joys Q&A clinic (open to ACM students)

• Nov. 26: 2 p.m.: Listening session with ACM@UCO faculty Danny Hargis (Steely Dan, “Aja”)

• Nov. 28: 2 p.m.: Listening session with ACM@UCO faculty Tyler Garcia (Third Eye Blind, “Third Eye Blind”)

• Dec. 3: 2 p.m.: Listening session with ACM@UCO staff Jennifer Chancellor (DJ BC: “The Beastles: Ill Submarine”)

 

Adam + Kizzie Kick Off Curiosity Fest, Oct. 20 At Civic Center Music Hall

Oklahoma Humanities Council presents Curiosity Fest noon-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 at Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker Ave., in Oklahoma City.

This fun, lifelong learning opportunity features popular local husband-and-wife music act Adam & Kizzie (Adam Ledbetter is also a current faculty member at ACM@UCO) as they lead off 24 sessions featuring Oklahoma’s top humanities scholars sharing their fields of expertise in innovative and engaging ways.

Learn about a broad swatch of subjects such as race and social issues, comic books, the truth about the Electoral College, Harry Potter, The Game of Thrones, the intersection of politics and religion, social justice, pop culture and more.

The final session of the day is Jad Abumrad, founder of NPR’s Radiolab.

He presents his multimedia presentation “Gut-Churn,” which shows how curiosity, often manifesting as a gut-wrenching question, leads to creative solutions.

Food samples and a beer tasting add to the fun. For the complete program schedule visit okhumanities.org/curiosityfest.

Tickets are $20-$100.

CONCERT ANNOUNCEMENT: Maps & Atlases Headline Nov. 1 Metro Music Series Concert at ACM@UCO Performance Lab in Bricktown

Chicago-based experimental indie-rock act Maps & Atlases celebrates new music with a tour stop 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Bricktown. The show, supporting the band’s July release of “Lightlessness is Nothing New,” also features Oklahoma City experimental funk-rock quartet Magic Munchbox.

Maps & Atlases concert poster

Chicago-based experimental indie-rock act Maps & Atlases celebrates new music with a tour stop 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Bricktown.

The concert is part of the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma’s (ACM@UCO) continuing Metro Music Series celebrating the school’s 10th anniversary. Tickets are $10, available at eventbrite.com. (See our current list of Metro Music Series performances below!)

The Nov. 1 event also marks the last opportunity to see Maps & Atlases in an intimate setting before it heads out on tour supporting Coheed and Cambria.

The title of the band’s new album, “Lightlessness is Nothing New,” foreshadows an emotionally and musically dynamic collection of songs that contemplate the jolt of loss and the strain of longing to music that, against our better judgment, makes us want to dance. The record, the band’s first since 2012’s “Beware and Be Grateful,” finds frontman Dave Davison reckoning with the loss of his father and the emotional distances between light and dark.

“Now a trio, Maps & Atlases connect the roller-coaster guitar fretting and weighted timbres of their earlier albums with frenetic synth touches,” Pitchfork reviewer Amanda Wicks says of “Lightnessness is Nothing New.” “The polished result is their most accessible album to date, touching on Peter Gabriel’s fizzy pop proclivities and reaching for TV on the Radio’s early grandness.”

In the brooding-yet-playful vein of Talking Heads or Peter Gabriel, Maps embraces the paradox of what it is to be human — constantly searching and, forever unsatiated, returning with everlasting hope to the ever-darkening fray. The deceptively upbeat “Lightlessness is Nothing New,” released July 1, unveils a gorgeous, complex, slightly skewed take on pop music.

Featured in this Metro Music Series event is opening act Magic Munchbox, a Frank Zappa-meets-Herb Alpert experimental, progressive funk-rock quartet from Oklahoma City and Guthrie. The ACM@UCO-tied band includes a student and alumnus in its lineup: Gilson Machtolff on guitar, skeeter on guitar, Michael Vaughan on bass and Robby Andersen on drums.

ACM@UCO’s Metro Music Series is sponsored by Oklahoma Gazette, Exchange Music, KOSU Radio, ArtWorks, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Oklahoma Arts Council.

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

About ACM@UCO Metro Music Series

The 2018-2019 school year marks ACM@UCO’s tenth anniversary. To celebrate, it expanded its long-running Metro Music Festival into a yearlong event. The revamped Metro Music Series includes the High Noon Showcase, presenting free shows by ACM@UCO-tied music acts and tastemakers; its ACM@UCO Performance Lab series by regional and national touring acts; and a growing roster of masterclasses, clinics and workshops with industry leaders, many of which are open to students and the public.

Stay tuned to the Performance Lab at facebook.com/acmucoperformancelab and ACM@UCO @acmuco for updates and announcements about even more concerts and events!

 

Metro Music Series: High Noon Showcases

ACM@UCO Songwriting Room, 25 S. Oklahoma Ave. (first floor), in Bricktown.
All shows begin at 12:15 p.m.
Public welcome.
Free admission.

Oct. 15: Trevor Lindley as M E L T

Oct. 22: Johnny Manchild

Nov. 19: Sam Weber

 

Metro Music Series: ACM@UCO Performance Lab concerts

329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Bricktown.
Doors open 7 p.m. unless noted.
Public welcome.
Tickets at eventbrite.com.

Oct. 10: Mipso, with Jason Scott

Oct. 27: Ester Drang, Husbands, Tallows music release show

Nov. 1: Maps & Atlases, with Magic Munchbox

Nov. 7: Molly Burch, with Seph(ra)

Nov. 14: Mac DeMarco (solo), with Leotie

Nov. 18: Current Joys, with Love Seats and The Lunar Laugh (acoustic)

Nov. 30: Colourmusic album release show, with openers TBA

 

Metro Music Series: Masterclasses, clinics and listening sessions

ACM@UCO, 25 S. Oklahoma Ave. (first floor), in Bricktown.
Public welcome unless otherwise noted.
Free admission.

Oct. 10: Mipso Q&A clinic (open to ACM students)

Oct. 17: Noon: Listening session with ACM@UCO faculty David Broyles (They Might Be Giants, “Lincoln”)

Oct. 24: 2 p.m.: Listening session with ACM@UCO faculty Dustin Ragland (Halloween, Alaska, “All Night the Calls Came In”)

Oct. 31: 2 p.m.: Listening session with ACM@UCO faculty Sephra Scheuber (Dirty Projectors, “Dirty Projectors”)

Nov. 5: 2 p.m.: Listening session with ACM@UCO Executive Director Scott Booker (Supertramp, “Breakfast in America,” 8-track)

Nov. 7: Molly Burch Q&A clinic (open to ACM students)

Nov. 18: Current Joys Q&A clinic (open to ACM students)

Nov. 26: 2 p.m.: Listening session with ACM@UCO faculty Danny Hargis (Steely Dan, “Aja”)

Nov. 28: 2 p.m.: Listening session with ACM@UCO faculty Tyler Garcia (Third Eye Blind, “Third Eye Blind”)

Dec. 3: 2 p.m.: Listening session with ACM@UCO staff Jennifer Chancellor (DJ BC: “The Beastles: Ill Submarine”)

ACM Musicians Rock World-Premiere Musical ‘When We’re Gone’ at Lyric on the Plaza

In the spirit of Lyric’s hit production, The Who’s “Tommy,” “When We’re Gone” is a rock musical that follows Todd, an angst-ridden teen in plague-ridden 14th-century London and his desire to make great art in a time of great need.

This wildly creative new musical strikes a brilliant balance of modern day characters, a pop-punk score and the life-changing events of 1349.

Anyone who has wondered what life is all about will be enlightened, entertained and amazed.

Fueling the production is a live score performed by professional musicians, including ACM@UCO Assistant Director Patrick Conlon on mandolin and violin, full-time ACM lecturer Than Medlam on guitar and ACM instructor Michael Mosteller on drums, among others.

“It’s a cool setting concept, intense acting, great songs, and your chance to see the world premier of this show right here in the Plaza District,” Medlam said in a social media post.

Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma’s production of “When We’re Gone” runs through Oct. 14 at Lyric on the Plaza, 1727 NW 16th St., in the Plaza District. Words by Alana Jacoby, music by Scotty Arnold and directed by Michael Baron.

The production is supported in part by the National Fund for New Musicals, a program of National Alliance for Musical Theatre, with funding from The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund — namt.org.

‘When We’re Gone’

Showtimes:
• 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3-4, 10-11
• 8 p.m. Oct. 5-6, 12-13
• 2 p.m. Oct. 6 (American Sign Language interpreted), 7, 13-14

Lyric on the Plaza
1727 NW 16th St., Oklahoma City
lyrictheatreokc.com
405-524-9312
Tickets: $25-$63
Note: The musical contains adult language and adolescent themes.

Current Joys Brings Prolific Singer-Songwriter Nicholas Rattigan to ACM@UCO Performance Lab, Nov. 18 in Bricktown

Current Joys headlines a Nov. 18 tour stop at ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Bricktown. Showtime is 7 p.m. Local acts Love Seats and Lunar Laugh (acoustic) open. Tickets are $10, available at eventbrite.com.

Current Joys is the enigmatic solo project of 25-year-old Nevada-born singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Rattigan. In addition to Surf Curse, his minimal two-piece band with Jacob Rubeck, Rattigan has been releasing a prolific catalog of heart-wrenching no-wave ballads via Bandcamp under a handful of names (including The Nicholas Project and Tele/Visions).

He eventually chose Current Joys as the permanent moniker, inspired by a song by folk-artist Liam the Younger of the same name.

Rattigan’s newest record, “A Different Age,” documents the process of making art and the desire to create it sincerely in an era fraught with extreme irony, apathy and nostalgia. Ripe with many of the emotions and conflicts that influenced the musician’s prior songwriting, “A Different Age” contains some of his most poetic lyrics and thoughtful arrangements to date.

“This will be a solo show for Nick Rattigan, which has never happened before in Oklahoma,” said ACM@UCO CEO and Executive Director Scott Booker. “Continuing our events tying ACM@UCO alums and current students to established national acts for our Metro Music Series, we present the Lunar Laugh and Love Seats opening the show.”

The Lunar Laugh

The Lunar Laugh

Opening the concert is The Lunar Laugh, performing as an acoustic two-piece, creating melodic powerpop filled with harmonies and classic ’60s and ’70s-fueled vibes. The full four-piece band, which includes three ACM@UCO alumni, formed in 2015 and is working on its third album.

Ashton Gary and Ethan Wilcox comprise musical act Love Seats, which released a single demo, “Track and Field” in February, and its newest single, “Tennis Prodigy (for margot),” a song inspired by the film “The Royal Tenenbaums,” in June. Hear the tunes at loveseats.bandcamp.com.

About ACM@UCO Metro Music Series

The 2018-2019 school year marks ACM@UCO’s tenth anniversary. To celebrate, it expanded its long-running Metro Music Festival into a yearlong event. The revamped Metro Music Series includes the High Noon Showcase, presenting free shows by ACM@UCO-tied music acts and tastemakers; its ACM@UCO Performance Lab series by regional and national touring acts; and a growing roster of masterclasses, clinics and workshops with industry leaders, many of which are open to students and the public.

Check in with ACM@UCO Performance Lab at facebook.com/acmucoperformancelab and ACM@UCO @acmuco as we announce additional Metro Music Series shows, events and surprises through the year. For more information about ACM@UCO, visit acm.uco.edu.

Adam Ledbetter Ensemble Headlines Sunday Concert in Edmond

Adam Ledbetter is often known as the keyboard-ripping, beat-boxing, harmonizing rapper half of OKC’s dynamic musical duo Adam + Kizzie. Oklahoma City also knows Adam as the premiere go-to jazz pianist and a teacher of Hip Hop Production II at ACM@UCO.

He is rooted in the history and vocabulary of jazz, making him a refreshingly authentic and major player in OKC.

Sunday, he leads an A-list ensemble for an evening of music at UCO Jazz Lab in Edmond.

“You can expect it to be swinging, soulful, sweet, salty, spiritual, cerebral, syntactically sound and celebratory,” he said of Sunday’s show. The event is hosted by Deep Deuce Jazz OKC.

Previously, he toured Oklahoma and Europe when he was with the University of Central Oklahoma’s Jazz Band, and later founded his own (well sought-after) jazz quartet, “New Growth.”

Event

Adam Ledbetter Ensemble
6 p.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16
University of Central Oklahoma Jazz Lab
100 E. Fifth St., in Edmond
Admission: $15
Tickets: r2c.ticketleap.com/adam-ledbetter-ensemble

 

Guestroom Records Celebrates 15 Years With Live Music, Including UCO-Tied Bands

Friday and Saturday Sept. 14-15, Oklahoma’s locally owned and operated Guestroom Records celebrates 15 years in business with two days of music and events at its Norman location — where it all began — at 125 E. Main St.

Joining its lineup of free music performances both days are ACM@UCO and UCO-tied music acts featuring alumni, students and current ACM faculty, including LCG & the X, Travis Linville and Saturday night headliner Helen Kelter Skelter.

Learn more at guestroomrecords.com.

Flyer listing the bands performing free shows Sept. 14-15 2018 at Guestroom Records in Norman. Friday Sept. 14

6:30 p.m.: Bad Athlete
7:15 p.m.: Oh Johnny! Girls
8:00 p.m.: Kyle Reid
8:45 p.m.: Net

Saturday Sept. 15

2 p.m.: Laine
2:45 p.m.: Anvil Salute
3:30 p.m.: Locust Avenue
4:30 p.m.: LCG & the X
5:15 p.m.: Weak Knees
6 p.m.: Early Beat
7 p.m.: Black Magnet
7:45 p.m.: Travis Linville
8:30 p.m.: Tyson Meade
9:30 p.m.: King Country
10:15 p.m.: Helen Kelter Skelter

ACM@UCO Executive Director to Speak Friday at Americana Fest in Nashville

ACM@UCO executive director Scott Booker will lead a “power brunch” presentation Friday during the 19th annual Americana Music Festival & Conference, which runs Tuesday through Sunday in Nashville, Tennessee.

Gathering thousands of artists, fans and industry professionals from around the world, the 2018 AmericanaFest features seminars, panels and networking opportunities in addition to more than 500 live performances at dozens of prominent Nashville venues over six days, all while celebrating the melting pot of Americana’s influences, including roots, folk, country, blues and soul-based music.

For the third consecutive year at AmericanaFest, the Oklahoma Film + Music Office and its Studio Oklahoma project, a collective of Oklahoma industry partners, showcase Oklahoma music during events scheduled throughout the week.

Kaitlin Butts

Kaitlin Butts

Booker is traveling to Nashville with the help of the Oklahoma Film + Music Office, which curated the power brunch bringing together music industry representatives and Studio Oklahoma partners in an intimate setting for one-on-one networking. 

Thursday, Sept. 13, OKF+MO and Studio Oklahoma also present The Okie Roundup networking and music showcase at Blake Shelton’s new venue, Ole Red Nashville. Performers include former ACM@UCO vocal performance student Kaitlin Butts and longtime genre-defining act the Red Dirt Rangers.

“Nothing makes me more excited than getting an opportunity to speak about what is happening with the music businesses in Oklahoma,” Scott Booker, executive director of The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO), said in a media statement. “The growth in this vital industry is almost easier for people outside looking into to Oklahoma than it sometimes is for us to see ourselves.”

The six-day festival is presented by the Americana Music Association, a professional nonprofit trade organization whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world.

“Going to an event like AmericanaFest reminds me of all the great music and entrepreneurial talent that represent us constantly around the world,” Booker added.

The festival’s marquee event, the Americana Music Association’s Annual Honors & Awards Show, will be nationally televised Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the historic Ryman Auditorium, and features performances by genre-leading talent.

Scheduled 2018 Americana Fest headliners include Courtney Marie Andrews, Brandi Carlile, Rosanne Cash, Tyler Childers, Anderson East, Mary Gauthier, Buddy Guy, Lilly Hiatt, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Robert Earl Keen, k.d. lang, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Margo Price, John Prine, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats and Irma Thomas, among others.

For more:

• Learn more about the Oklahoma Film + Music Office here.
• Learn more about Studio Oklahoma here.

Sophia Massad Releases New Single, ‘Come Back Home,’ Featuring Chase Kerby

Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) student Sophia Massad releases her new single, “Come Back Home,” Sept. 7 (tomorrow!). It features Oklahoma City musician and ACM@UCO alum Chase Kerby.

Massad, having been in the music industry for over 12 years, started this passion project to create her rawest music. Inspired by Alabama Shakes and Amy Winehouse, she is both impressive and poetically honest.

“Come Back Home” features possibly one of Oklahoma’s most well-known local artists, Chase Kerby.

Kerby was a contestant on “The Voice,” and has been in bands such as ExWives, Beau Jennings and the Tigers and Chase Kerby and the Villains. Massad said he has the perfect style to compliment her folk roots.

After a dark and strenuous heartbreak, Massad, transfixed on her muse, sat down at the piano and created “Come Back Home,” a story about finding the love of her life, and then losing him to the chaos and confusion of this world.

While still mystified, Massad wrote a song filled with hope, blissful memories and warmth.

“Come Back Home” features Chase Kerby on vocals, Tristan Todd on lead guitar, Ethan Neel on drums and Chris Anderson on bass and keys. It was mixed and mastered by producer, musician and ACM@UCO lecturer Dustin Ragland.

You can RSVP to the online listening premiere on Sophia Massad’s music fan page.

While you’re here, catch her December 2017 performance for ACM Presents:

More new music

Chase Kerby also released a new singles, “Lines,” on Sept. 1, and “Man on the TV” on July 31.

Chase Kerby, "Lines"

Chase Kerby, "Man on the TV"