Category: Guest Artist

ACM@UCO Musician and Singer-Songwriter Rozlyn Zora Leaves Fans ‘Speechless’ on Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day, Oklahoma singer-songwriter and musician Rozlyn Zora proves that love is indeed what you choose to make of it. On Feb. 14, she’ll release her new single, “Speechless,” as she embarks on a spring-fling string of shows she’s calling the Makeup//Breakup Mini-Tour.

Zora, from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, is a senior studying production and technology application at ACM@UCO in Oklahoma City. She said she’s long had the goal to release a new song every Valentine’s Day, and the Feb. 14 release of “Speechless” marks her first milestone in achieving it.

The acoustic guitar-driven, lyrically emotive ballad soars with support of ACM graduate Heather Becker on piano and Oklahoma State University student Demetri Tsaras on bass. Zora’s lyrical style on the tune has been compared to Sara Bareilles — a high compliment, to be sure, she said.

“The chorus came to me in a dream,” Zora said. “Charming love songs are my weakness. After I released ‘Love’ in January of 2017, I’ve longed to release a song on Valentine’s Day, and ‘Speechless’ is that dream child.”

“Speechless” was tracked and mixed by ACM@UCO music production and engineering student and student worker Stuart Adams in the school’s second floor-studio. It was mastered by ACM@UCO full-time lecturer and studio manager Kevin Lively (Rage Against the Machine, Pink, Elton John).

To celebrate the recording, Zora announced the quickie, three-date Makeup//Breakup Mini-Tour, in which she and participating bands fill their setlists with love/hate songs.

“The tour runs three days,” Zora said, then laughed. Zora and Mandias (Shawnee, Oklahoma, resident, ACM student and indie folk-rock musician Kate Carmichael) lead the lineup. Special guests round out the show at each show.

Zora’s first stop is a free concert 10 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Rabbit Hole, 116 S. Elgin Ave. in Tulsa, where she performs with Oklahoma City singer-songwriter Mandias and featured guest Lauryn Hardiman. The next night, she cruises through Norman for a 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15 gig with Mandias and UCO-based rock act Useless Randy at Red Brick Bar, 311 E. Main St. in Norman.

On Feb. 16, Zora swings through Bentonville, Arkansas, to perform at the popular Bike Rack Brewing Co.’s Eighth Street Brewery and Tap Room, 801 SE Eighth St., Suite 61. There, she shares the stage with Mandias, Useless Randy and Fayetteville, Arkansas, indie-alternative act Makin Loaf starting at 8 p.m. Tickets for that show are $10 at the door and eventbrite.com.

For more information and music, contact Rozlyn Zora at facebook.com/rozlynzora.

Makeup//Breakup Mini-Tour:

10 p.m. Feb. 14
Rozlyn Zora, Mandias and featuring Lauryn Hardiman
Rabbit Hole Tulsa, 116 S. Elgin Ave. in Tulsa
no cover / 21+

6:30 p.m. Feb. 15
Rozlyn Zora, Mandias and Useless Randy
Red Brick Bar, 311 E. Main St. in Norman
no cover / 21+

8 p.m. Feb. 16
Rozlyn Zora, Mandias, Useless Randy and Makin Loaf
Bike Rack Brewing Co. (Eighth Street Brewery & Tap Room), 801 SE Eighth St., suite 61 in Bentonville, Arkansas
$10 at the door and eventbrite.com.

Editor’s note: Download art associated with this release here.

CONCERT ANNOUNCEMENT: Parker Millsap Headlines May 1 Show at ACM Performance Lab in Bricktown

Oklahoma native Parker Millsap has quickly made a name for himself with his captivating live performances, soulful sound and character-driven songwriting. He performs 7 p.m. May 1 at ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Oklahoma City. 

The event 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, and go on sale to the public 10 a.m. CT Friday, Jan. 18 at acm-uco.eventbrite.com.

Millsap has had a string of highlights in recent years: A network television debut on “Conan,” a performance with Elton John at Apple Music Festival in London, an Austin City Limits taping and an Album of the Year nomination from the Americana Music Association. He has also received praise from The New York TimesThe Boston GlobeLA TimesThe Austin Chronicle and Rolling Stone to name a few.

He first picked up an acoustic guitar at age 9, then plugged in and went electric after getting into Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Millsap eventually started a cover band with classmate Michael Rose, who still plays bass with him today. Over the years, he recruited musicians Daniel Foulks (fiddle) and Andrew Bones (drums) to join his band.

Parker’s first three full-length releases — 2012’s “Palisade,” 2014’s self-titled LP and 2016’s “The Very Last Day” — showcased a primal mastery of acoustic folk rock, with their flourish for revelation and fiery dynamics all recorded with extreme precision, purpose and efficiency.

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.

ACM@UCO Presents Literati Variety Show in February, Featuring Local Musicians, Writers, Poets

In a multi-act event promoting storytelling and its various forms, the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) presents Literati Variety Show, 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Oklahoma City. Admission is free.

Charles Martin, founder and creative director of Literati Press Comics & Novels, based in Oklahoma City, calls Literati Variety Show a “five-act variety talk program.”

“This is a celebration of storytelling as entertainment as well as a force to give meaning to life,” Martin said. “We are uniting artists from all mediums — music, poetry, comedy, anyone with a good story and the wherewithal to tell it well.”

The Feb. 9 event is presented by ACM@UCO as part of its Metro Music Series celebrating the school’s 10th anniversary.

Martin hosts the show, where he’ll introduce a music and literary pairing by hip-hop act Original Flow and The Fervent Route; a conversation with George Lang, editor-in-chief of Oklahoma Gazette; Heath Huffman, Public Access comedian of note; authors Holly Sampson Hall and Jeremy Hall with a performance reading of “The Most Wonderful Wonder”; and Molly O’Connor, founder of OKC StorySlam.

The show is co-organized by longtime local artist, Oklahoma City Arts Commissioner and Istvan Art owner and manager Stephen Kovash. Speaking recently to Oklahoma Gazette, Kovash said one of his goals with this show is to establish a new artistic family in the metro.

“Things are starting to coalesce in terms of Oklahoma writers,” he told the Gazette. “And so I think what Charles is doing here is perfect timing. … There’s hunger for ideas, and there’s pent-up demand, but there’s also a supply that’s pent-up. So maybe if we can get those people together, it’s going to explode.”

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.

About the Performers

Molly O’Connor:
O’Connor is an Oklahoma City-based multi-disciplinary artist and cultural worker. Her creative and artistic practices include visual art, creative writing, original solo performance work and storytelling. In 2005, O’Connor founded OKC StorySlam, a monthly, competitive open-mic storytelling event influenced by “The Moth Radio Hour” and podcast.

Holly Sampson Hall and Jeremy Hall:
Holly Samson Hall and Jeremy Hall write and perform dark folk music as Welcome Little Stranger. Creators of “The Most Wonderful Wonder” podcast, the Halls explore tragedy, folklore and strange, true tales from the back pages of American history.

Heath Huffman:
Huffman is a stand-up comic born and raised in Oklahoma City. He tells jokes that highlight the absurdity of working out, the quirkiness of his religious upbringing and the peculiar world of cheap Italian food. He also hosts two podcasts — Christian music review show “The Praisedown” with Heath and Alex, and comic book narration show “Paneled,” both of which some people (not him) think are very good.

George Lang:
Lang is a journalist who has worked for Oklahoma Gazette multiple times since 1994. He returned as its editor-in-chief in 2017. In the interim, he also wrote for The Oklahoman. While there, he became its assistant entertainment editor, interviewing about 95 percent of film industry’s A-listers and hosting an award-winning video series about local musicians, “Static.” He hosts “Spy 101” radio show 8 p.m. Saturdays on The Spy (KOSU) and he teaches at ACM@UCO.

Original Flow and The Fervent Route:
Oklahoma City-based music act Original Flow & The Fervent Route mixes high-octane lyrical content with live instrumentation and old-school hip-hop delivery. It also includes ACM@UCO alumni.

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.

Find more info about Metro Music Series events at acm-uco.eventbrite.com.

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

Photos: JD McPherson Masterclass with Scott Booker

 

Longtime Oklahoma musician JD McPherson hosted a masterclass Oct. 26, 2018, to a capacity audience at ACM@UCO Performance Lab in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The third-annual Music Networking and Mentoring Event was made possible by a partnership with The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma’s Metro Music Series and the Oklahoma Film + Music Office.

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 out upcoming ACM@UCO Metro Music Series shows at acm-uco.eventbrite.com!

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 the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma, visit acm.uco.edu.

Noname: ‘One of the Best Rappers Alive,’ Says Rolling Stone of Metro Music Series Headliner

Chicago-raised artist Noname, aka Fatimah Warner, blurs the lines of poetry and hip-hop through the music she’ll perform during her headlining tour stop March 3, 2019 at ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Oklahoma City.

Check out her first-ever video, “Blaxploitation,” from her recent release “Room 25” and the related article in Rolling Stone.

Says Rolling Stone of the video: On Tuesday, the Chicago rapper dropped the “film” for “Blaxploitation,” a quick, frenetic cut from this year’s excellent Room 25. In it, she’s nowhere to be seen. Instead, a giant child frolics through Chicago; they’re as large as a skyscraper and play, nap and destroy their way through the city streets. “Chicago Under Siege,” the television chyrons read, “Monster Baby Must Be Stopped.”

The March 3 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 $25 at acm-uco.eventbrite.com. Original Flow and The Fervent route will open.

In 2016, her debut album, the “Telefone” mixtape, found the artist introducing herself to a worldwide audience. Describing the project as “an introductory conversation with someone you’re interested in,” she quickly earned everyone’s attention.

In September 2018, her full-length studio album “Room 25” was again received with universal acclaim.

A Rolling Stone headline declared, “Noname is one of the best rappers alive.”

Pitchfork decreed, “The Chicago rapper’s second album is a transcendent coming-of-age tale built around cosmic jazz and neo-soul, delivered by a woman deeply invested in her interiority and that of the world around her.”

Consequence of Sound raved, “Noname turns every head in the house on the compelling ‘Room 25.’ … She doesn’t just make keen observations; she sends those syllables skipping down the tongue.

Spin said the performer: “A complete one-of-one act who continues to grow in real time outside of the limelight, Noname makes a subtle yet strong statement for women providing alternatives to one-dimensional rap archetypes.

She grew up in Bronzeville, a historic neighborhood on Chicago’s southside that has famously attracted accomplished black artists and intellectuals of all types. After releasing “Telefone,” she relocated to Los Angeles, where she’s said she prefers live comedy to high-dollar indulgence.

In fact, NME said of her most recent album, “Much of ‘Room 25’ is not only smartly constructed — it’s laugh-out-loud funny. … It’s flawless.

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.

Album Release Show: Ciara Brook Debuts ‘Diva Diaries’ at Friday event in Bricktown

ACM@UCO Student Organization hosts a Friday album release show for ACM alumnus Ciara Brooke as she debuts her new project “Diva Diaries.” Special guests include Rozlyn Zora and chasertheprince.

The event is 7-10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Bricktown. Admission is $5 at the door or FREE with valid UCO student ID.

Like and follow Ciara on social media:
facebook.com/ciarabrookemusic
instagram.com/ciarabrookemusic
ciarabrooke.com

Hear her new album, “Diva Diaries” on Spotify!

FRIDAY! Special Guest John Fullbright Joins Paul Benjaman, Jacob Tovar at ACM Performance Lab in Bricktown

In a showcase sure to move country, rock, Americana and Southern rock fans alike, Paul Benjaman and Jacob Tovar co-headline a concert 7 p.m. Nov. 2 at ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Bricktown.

concert poster depicting Paul Benjaman and Jacob TovarFriday’s show also features special guest and acclaimed keyboardist, pianist and singer-songwriter John Fullbright playing keys with Benjaman and Tovar during their sets. The Grammy-nominated Americana musician joins the Horton Records music showcase in between tour dates.

Paul Benjaman’s distinctive, groove-based songs meld both the American swagger and the lyrical songwriting prowess of artists like Leon Russell, JJ Cale, Wilco, Warren Zevon and Little Feat. Similarly, Horton Records labelmate Jacob Tovar evokes the wry wit of Buck Owens or C.W. McCall and a Southern-rock tinged amalgam of both Hank Williams Sr. and Jr.

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.

Colourmusic, Applied Music Program and Net perform Nov. 30 at ACM Performance Lab

Quirky independent psychedelic rock act colourmusic performs Nov. 30 at ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Bricktown. Opening acts are Applied Music Program and Net. Tickets are $10, available at acm-uco.eventbrite.com.

“We are playing old and new tunes at this show,” Hendrix said. “We plan on destroying. It’s been a while since we’ve played, and we plan on bringing a face melt.”

Composed and produced by Ryan Hendrix and Nick Ley (Flaming Lips, Brothers Griiin), their newest album, called “Swimsuit,” is the most personal the group has produced to date. It was mixed by Chad Petree (Shiny Toy Guns, PC Quest) and mastered by Shelley Anderson of Black Lab Mastering.

The band said the project is “erotic noise, a mixture of rhythmic noise elements, early ’90s pool-party R&B, dream pop, ambient layers and fuzzy bass.”

“Swimsuit” officially drops Feb. 4, 2019 via streaming and digital services and will be available on 180-gram vinyl, but the band has been quietly giving their fans early access through a unique invitation-only campaign.

A direct-from-the-band exclusive 180-gram LP release featuring artwork by painter Samantha French will be available in limited quantities. In line with colourmusic’s decision to work directly with fans, copies of the LP can be pre-ordered/purchased by contacting Colourmusic directly.

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. The Metro Music Series is sponsored by Oklahoma Gazette, Exchange Music, KOSU Radio, ArtWorks, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Oklahoma Arts Council.

Check out colourmusic’s new video, “Haunt Me”:

JD McPherson: Artist + Management Partnerships Participates in Public Masterclass Oct. 26 at ACM@UCO in Bricktown

Hear from Scott Booker, Executive Director of ACM@UCO and Flaming Lips Manager, and Oklahoma rock ‘n roll musician JD McPherson as they discuss the music industry from artist and management perspectives, 9:30 a.m. Oct. 26, at ACM@UCO’s Songwriting Room (first floor), 25 S. Oklahoma Ave., in Bricktown.

The Artist+Management Partnerships Music Networking and Mentoring Event is partnership with Oklahoma Film + Music Office and the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO). This event will be formatted in a masterclass-type setting.

Admission is FREE and open to the public.

9:30 a.m.: Light breakfast
10 a.m.: Discussion
11 a.m.: Networking

Due to limited seating, please RSVP here by Oct. 25: okfilmmusic.org/rsvp-for-the-ofmo-music-networking-mentoring-event-2018/

Read more about McPherson and this special event: eventbrite.com/e/jd-mcpherson-artistmanagement-partnerships-registration-51564413549

Paul Benjaman, Jacob Tovar Co-Headline Nov. 2 Country Showcase in Bricktown

In a showcase sure to move country, rock and Southern rock fans alike, Paul Benjaman and Jacob Tovar co-headline a concert 7 p.m. Nov. 2 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.concert poster depicting Paul Benjaman and Jacob Tovar

Paul Benjaman’s distinctive, groove-based songs meld both the American swagger and the lyrical songwriting prowess of artists like Leon Russell, JJ Cale, Wilco, Warren Zevon and Little Feat. Similarly, Horton Records labelmate Jacob Tovar evokes the wry wit of Buck Owens or C.W. McCall and a Southern-rock tinged amalgam of both Hank Williams Sr. and Jr.

The event showcases Oklahoma musicians and Horton Records, based in Tulsa and founded by its namesake, Brian Horton. Horton Records is a nonprofit, volunteer-sustained music organization providing everything from band management to creating, sustaining and promoting local music and Oklahoma’s musical heritage.

“Paul Benjaman and Jacob Tovar are modern classics — they are master songwriters and musicians,” said ACM@UCO CEO and Executive Director Scott Booker. “Horton Records, and this showcase, exemplify how musicians work together to create something original and enduring while building entrepreneurial and community service opportunities.”

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.

About Horton Records

Horton Records, LTD is a nonprofit 501c-3 organization based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Its mission is to provide support and tools for band management, promotion, booking, merchandising and distribution to help local and regional musicians fulfill their artistic goals and further promote local and regional music on a broader scale.

Horton Records is actively involved in a variety of programs and workshops that stimulate, inform and engage future generations and other demographics in the rich musical heritage of our region. The nonprofit organization actively partners with other organizations and individuals to broaden and strengthen our community through our musical endeavors. Horton Records is an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff positions.