Happy early Fourth of July! It’s summertime in Oklahoma, and with that comes poolside parties and concerts. Lots and lots of concerts. If you’re a festival goer, you probably know all the cool stuff happening around the United States, but just in case, we’ve curated a July list of Oklahoma City-area faves that you should check off your list! Got some other cool events? Post them in the comments!
July 1: Pixies with The Wombats @ Jones Assembly, OKC
The Pixies and UK group The Wombats will be stopping in Oklahoma City as part of their tour with Weezer! NOTE: Weezer will not be at this performance.
July 3: Red, White and BOOM! @ Oklahoma State Fair, OKC
This is definitely your classic celebration of America with tunes like “America the Beautiful” and “God Bless America,” and, of course, fireworks! Oh, and it’s FREE.
July 6: Sophia Massad single release party with Bowlsey and Johnny Manchild @ VZD, OKC *FEATURED EVENT*
Current ACM student Sophia Massad will be releasing another single, “Alone at Night,” on July 6 and has booked the VZD venue for a fun party! Show her your support by attending the party or visiting the single’s website at sophiamassad.com/alone-at-night/.
July 19: Jazz Lab Summer Sizzler @ UCO Jazz Lab, Edmond
We can’t get away from plugging our Jazz Lab venue in Edmond; this place is seriously great. Catch Kyle Dillingham & Horseshoe Road for some Thursday evening country music.
July 19: Teasing Weasel @ Hafer Park, Edmond
Hafer Park in Edmond doesn’t get a lot of love, so we are excited to be able to pump up some promo for the upcoming T.W. show! Part of the Edmond Summer Concert Series.
July 21: Heard on Hurd *FEATURED EVENT*
This Edmond event hosted by the Citizen’s Bank of Edmond is one of the biggest spotlights for our ACM student artists. Enjoy ACM-affiliated music, pop-up shops and food trucks on Hurd street. It’s the best place to be on a Saturday evening.
July 24: Pentatonix @ OKC Zoo Amphitheater
Okay, the Oklahoma City Zoo may not be your first thought when thinking of venues, but trust us, these guys have their shit together. For all of you a capella lovers, Pentatonix is a household name. And they are amazing in concert.
July 27: Book of Love @ Tower Theatre, OKC
This Philadelphia-based group travels all over the States performing, and we’re lucky to have them stopping in Oklahoma City! They are great blend of synthpop and new wave music.
July 28: Brands & Bands @ OKC Outlet Mall
We have booked an awesome lineup of bands to perform at the Oklahoma City Outlet Mall. Official event details to follow!
*Special Mention* July 28: Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks @ The Vanguard, Tulsa
Okay, so Tulsa isn’t fortunate enough to reside in the 405, but we still love our 918 brothers and sisters, so they definitely get a mention on this list, especially because this group is too good to pass up! The Vanguard is also a great performance venue; if you haven’t been there, make this performance a destination.
Citizens Bank of Edmond’s Heard on Hurd, a live music, food truck and pop-up shop celebration in Downtown Edmond, will be featuring three ACM-affiliated bands at the upcoming celebration. The Old Bulldog Band, Dr. Pants and Lincka all have ACM ties – show your support by attending!
From The University of Central Oklahoma: Maxwell Moore will represent the College of Fine Arts and Design as a spring 2018 Class Marshal with a 4.0 GPA. Moore is an applied technology major from Oklahoma City. After graduation, Moore hopes to pursue a music career in California, as a music or studio technician, as well as design music equipment and produce and write music.
Read more: https://bit.ly/2JpChEu
ACM@UCO student Sophia Massad will be releasing a new single May 4! The single, “Insecurities,” opens with a beautiful piano solo before adding Massad’s powerful vocals and a guitar riff. The single will release on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Google Play and all other music platforms.
Listen to the track:
ACM@UCO sophomore Kale Dumas has released his first pop single, “On Paper.” The song shows hints of inspiration from bands and artists such as Hansen, John Mayer and Ed Sheeran. In an interview with The Oklahoman, Dumas explained his desire to go far in the music industry and thanked ACM faculty for teaching him more about the recording process.
ACM@UCO student Trevor McBane continues to rock by making it to the Top 50 for American Idol!
It’s been a long journey so far, but Trevor’s got this! Make sure to watch Sundays and Mondays at 7 p.m. central on ABC to show your support!
Watch the American Idol Top 50 video! You can see Trevor at the 1:36 mark.
Heard on Hurd prides itself on being an authentic block party-style festival open to the community. Food trucks, shopping and live music are hosted once a month through March-October. Family and pet-friendly, the goal of Heard on Hurd is to promote community involvement and bring in diverse vendors and audiences.
Learn more about Heard on Hurd here.
If you have been following our Facebook, you’ve seen us release some pretty nifty playlists curated by faculty and staff as well as playlists featuring our alumni and current students!
Click here to visit our Spotify profile. Give us a like and a follow to keep up with music tastes, samples from festivals and the latest breakout artists.
ACM@UCO student Trevor McBane has taken the Spring 2018 semester off of school to audition and compete on American Idol season 1 on ABC Television Network! Starting March 11, we will be seeing Trevor on American Idol and following his journey as “The Guy Under the Hat.” Here’s a clip of Trevor in American Idol’s official video announcement on Facebook!
Follow Trevor on Facebook and give him your support!