Category: Masterclass

Now Hear This: JD McPherson Performs Friday at Tower Theatre in OKC

In October, musician and singer-songwriter JD McPherson led an ACM@UCO masterclass at the school’s Bricktown campus with Scott Booker, ACM executive director, in conjunction with the Oklahoma Film + Music Office as part of the ACM@UCO Metro Music Series.

He takes his critically acclaimed new holiday album, Socks, on tour and performs Dec. 14 at Tower Theatre in Oklahoma City.

JD McPHERSON
w/JP Harris
Doors 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14
Tower Theatre
425 NW 23rd St.
Oklahoma City
Tickets: $17-$20 at ticketfly.com

From NPR’s Fresh Air: A Roots And Rockabilly Holiday Concert With JD McPherson And His Band

JD McPherson never thought he’d make a Christmas album. Then, he says, “I got a bug in my ear.” He and his band perform live in studio from Socks, and McPherson talks about growing up on a cattle farm.

Read more and hear the full interview and studio performance on NPR.

 

From the Los Angeles Times: This year’s essential Christmas albums ranked, from ‘Shatner Claus’ to the irresistible JD McPherson

Rating: Four stars (classic)

The roots-rocking singer-songwriter from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, has put together the kind of holiday album that Louis Prima or Roy Brown would have if they’d ever gotten around to it, and thank Santa for that. It’s an utter joy, a vintage jump-blues/R&B/rockabilly workout devoid of treacly sentiment, but brimming over with child-like spirit — and just enough grown-up skepticism (“Bad Kid,” the title track) to keep things anchored in reality.

He’s written or co-written 11 originals that bring welcome fresh blood into the holiday music canon. Producing the album themselves, he and the band also zero in on a perfectly period musical and sonic vibe for this outing.

Read more from the Los Angeles Times.

From Oklahoma Gazette: ‘Socks’ rocks

McPherson said recording a Christmas album inspired him to return to the ’50s style that characterized his debut album, Signs & Signifiers.

“The language or the vocabulary of early rock ’n’ roll lends itself to that type of material,” McPherson said. “It just works better. We could’ve done a psych-rock Christmas album, but I don’t really think I would’ve wanted to listen to it afterwards.”

Read more from Oklahoma Gazette.

From Rolling Stone: How JD McPherson Blew Up Christmas Album Cliches on New ‘Socks’

Throughout Socks, McPherson’s impressive garage-rock guitarwork channels classic R&B, rock, blues and rockabilly with snappy, growling riffs (“Bad Kid”), slinky, reverb-drenched passages (“Holly, Carol, Candy & Joy”) and smooth, jazzy shuffles (“Ugly Sweater Blues”).

Along the way, he’s pitch-perfectly backed by his four-piece band of Jimmy Sutton on bass, Raynier Jacob Jacildo on keys, Jason Smay on drums, and Doug Corcoran on saxophone, steel guitar and glockenspiel.

Iconic American musician ‘Little Steven’ Van Zandt joins ACM@UCO executive director Scott Booker for Nov. 26 masterclass in OKC

Ahead of his Nov. 26 concert in Oklahoma City, longtime musician, actor and actor Steven Van Zandt joins Scott Booker, executive director of the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) for a Q&A-style interview and masterclass. The event is 2 p.m. Nov. 26 in ACM@UCO’s Songwriting Room (first floor), 25 S. Oklahoma Ave. in Bricktown.

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.

Steven Van Zandt plays guitar and sings during a concert

Steven Van Zandt / Photo courtesy Big Hassle Media

During the masterclass, Van Zandt will discuss his history past and current projects. ACM@UCO CEO and Executive Director Scott Booker will lead the discussion, which is free and open to the public.

Van Zandt’s accomplishments are many. He is a musician, performer, songwriter, arranger, music producer, music supervisor, TV producer, actor, director, Broadway producer, TV and film composer, live event producer, international DJ, activist, historian, teacher and member of the New Jersey and Rock and Roll halls of fame. He is also recognized internationally as one of the world’s foremost authorities on both contemporary and traditional rock ’n’ roll.

“I’m thrilled that Steven Van Zandt is joining ACM@UCO for this masterclass,” said ACM@UCO CEO and Executive Director Scott Booker. “His career spans decades, generations and even mediums — recording, touring, acting, filmmaking, philanthropy and activism. He also embodies our school’s mission to educate and encourage entrepreneurial vitality throughout the music business.

“I expect this to be an extremely informative and entertaining masterclass,” Booker continued. “If I had it my way, we’d convince him to stay and he’d be here every day.”

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band album "Born in the U.S.A."

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band album “Born in the U.S.A.”

After helping create the “Jersey Shore” sound with the band Asbury Jukes, he became a founding member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band (and co-produced seminal Springsteen/E Street Band albums “The River” and “Born in the U.S.A.”). He has gone on to become a successful solo artist in his own right, recording and performing solo with his band Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul.

Last year, Van Zandt released “Soulfire,” his first new album in more than 15 years — returning to his rhythm and blues roots. Rolling Stone magazine named the project one of its “Best Albums of 2017.” In April, he released a three-disc CD box set, “Soulfire Live!,” with a 7-inch vinyl box set and two-disc Blu-Ray to be released this fall.

Additionally, his songs have been performed by artists such as Jackson Browne, Pearl Jam, Jimmy Cliff, Damian Marley, Margo Price, Gary U.S. Bonds, Darlene Love, Nancy Sinatra, Brian Setzer and Black Uhuru, among others.

A longtime activist, Van Zandt has twice been honored by the United Nations for his political activism, including the “Sun City” project and film, and his involvement in “International Peace Day” along with Peter Gabriel. He also established the Solidarity Foundation to promote the sovereignty of indigenous peoples and to foster economic development in harmony with the earth.

Steven Van Zandt sits for a publicity photo in front of a set of lockers, wearing his trademark black bandanna, sitting with his arms crossed

Steven Van Zandt / Photo courtesy Heidi Gutman

Many also recognize him from his seven-season co-starring role on the “Sopranos,” as well as his work starring in, cowriting, executive producing and supervising the music for “Lilyhammer,” the first original programming to stream on Netflix.

In 2001, he launched “Little Steven’s Underground Garage,” his internationally syndicated radio show, often called the most successful syndicated rock music radio show in the past 40 years. He also created and produces the first two channels of original content on SiriusXM Satellite Radio, the Underground Garage (Channel 21) and Outlaw Country (Channel 60).

Little Steven and the Disciples of Tour are back on the road this fall with their Soulfire Teacher Solidarity Tour. The landmark live tour benefits The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation’s TeachRock program and has reached the incredible goal of registering over 10,000 teachers (and counting) to use the TeachRock music history curriculum. Founded by Van Zandt, the foundation creates education materials using the history of popular music to create engaging, multicultural lesson plans for history, social studies, language arts, music and science classrooms, all of which are available to educators at no cost.

He joins the ACM@UCO masterclass before his scheduled 8 p.m. Nov. 26 concert at Tower Theatre in Oklahoma City. Learn more about tickets and that show at towertheatreokc.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.

Check in with ACM@UCO at facebook.com/acm.uco and acm-uco.eventbrite.com as we announce additional Metro Music Series shows, events and surprises through the year.

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!

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.

• Nov. 19: Sam Weber

ACM@UCO Performance Lab concerts

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

• 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 Applied Music Program and Net
• Dec. 3-4: ACM@UCO Alive! student performance showcase
• Dec. 7: Combsy and Henna Roso (Horton Music Showcase)
• March 3, 2019: Noname, with Original Flow and The Fervent Route
• April 27, 2019: An evening with The Tallest Man on Earth (solo)

Masterclasses, clinics and listening sessions

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

• Nov. 18: Current Joys Q&A clinic (open to ACM students)
• Nov. 26: 2 p.m.: Masterclass Q&A between Steven Van Zandt and ACM@UCO Executive Director Scott Booker
• 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”)

The Tallest Man on Earth Announces Tour, New Project and April 27 Show in Bricktown

Swedish folk singer and songwriter Kristian Matsson, aka The Tallest Man on Earth, performs 7 p.m. April 27 at ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Oklahoma City. Tickets are $25, and go on sale 10 a.m. Central Time Oct. 26 at eventbrite.com.

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.

Matsson is often compared to Bob Dylan, both in ability and vocal style, and admits that he’s long been inspired by American folk artists like Dylan, Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie. That said, he’s no folk traditionalist. The classically trained guitarist, inspired by English guitarist and singer-songwriter Nick Drake, has developed an intricate playing style using various open tunings.

His 2019 tour comes on the heels of three months of touring — both overseas and stateside — selling out nearly three-fourths of his dates on a trek spanning from Germany to the Netherlands and Massachusetts to California.

His most recent project is the five-part series “When The Bird Sees The Solid Ground.” Each song is a new, original studio recording that includes the simultaneous release of an accompanying video directed by Matsson. The ongoing project is produced as the series progresses through winter 2018 in Sweden and the U.S., with Matsson splitting his time behind the microphone and camera.

Beginning March 9, he’ll release a song and video every month. Solo shows in support of “When The Bird Sees The Solid Ground” are planned in select cities worldwide, including the April 27 performance at ACM@UCO Performance Lab in Bricktown.

“It’s like receiving a video message from a friend who wants you to see his process unfold in real time, the more ragged the better,” NPR Music editor and reviewer Stephen Thomson said of the project. “Of course, for all his stated love of imperfections, Matsson’s actual performance is a thing of refined and impeccable beauty.”

While here, he’ll also participate in a free, public Q&A-style masterclass discussion with ACM@UCO executive director Scott Booker. Details on that event will be announced closer to the event date.

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.

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 for updates and announcements about even more concerts and events!

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

Electronic Music Pioneer Gary Numan Leads Sept. 10 ACM@UCO Masterclass

Gary Numan, a pioneer of electronic music, presses pause on his 2018 tour for a rare, in-person masterclass 1 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Songwriting Room at the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO), 25 S. Oklahoma Ave., in Oklahoma City’s Bricktown district.

During the masterclass, Numan will discuss his influential past, current work and the world’s post-global future. ACM@UCO CEO and Executive Director Scott Booker will lead the masterclass, which is free and open to the public.

The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) hosts electronic music pioneer Gary Numan (pictured)for a rare, in-person masterclass 1 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Songwriting Room at ACM@UCO, 25 S. Oklahoma Ave., Suite 400, in Oklahoma City’s Bricktown district.

The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) hosts electronic music pioneer Gary Numan (pictured)for a rare, in-person masterclass 1 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Songwriting Room at ACM@UCO, 25 S. Oklahoma Ave., Suite 400, in Oklahoma City’s Bricktown district.

After releasing groundbreaking hit singles “Cars” and “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?,” Numan topped charts worldwide, launching a decades-long career as a musician, singer, songwriter, composer and record producer.

“Electronic music wouldn’t be as omnipresent in our culture without pioneers like Gary Numan,” Booker said. “’Cars’ shaped the way musicians used electronic instruments in popular music and became part of our collective cultural unconscious.”

His 22nd album, Savage (Songs From a Broken World), was released in late 2017 via the music company BMG, entering Official U.K. Album Charts at No. 2. He has charted nearly two dozen U.K. Top 40 singles and albums. Additionally, his work has inspired and influenced a generation of musicians, from Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) and Marilyn Manson to Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) and Jack White (The White Stripes, The Dead Weather).

Fans also recognize his music in shows like Mindhunter, Halt and Catch Fire, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Pretty Little Liars and Nip/Tuck; films such as Ghost in the Shell, The Muppets and From Inside; and a current TV ad campaign for Walmart’s new grocery pick-up service.

“ACM@UCO is lucky to once again bring a living legend to talk about their story with our students and friends,” Booker added.

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

Media contact: Jennifer Chancellor, Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator, ACM@UCO405-974-4711, jchancellor3@uco.edu

JUDY COLLINS TO PRESENT A MASTERCLASS MARCH 9 AT ACM

Friday, March 9, 2 p.m. ACM@UCO Songwriting Room. Free and open to the public.

Grammy-winning musician, author and social activist Judy Collins will visit ACM@UCO for a Masterclass in partnership with CityRep. Collins has released over 50 albums since 1961 including interpretations of works by Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan. Her most recent album, “Everybody Knows,” is a collaboration with Stephen Stills and was released September 2017.

RSVP to the event here!

GARLAND JEFFREYS MASTER CLASS 2 P.M., THURSDAY, SEPT. 14

ACM will be hosting a master class with acclaimed musician Garland Jeffreys at 2 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14, in the ACM@UCO Songwriting Room located on the first floor of the building. The masterclass is FREE and open to the public.

Jeffreys is best-known for his 1977 hit single “Wild In The Streets” as well as for his many collaborations and performances with artists including Bruce Springsteen, U2, James Taylor and Lou Reed, among others. He is currently touring to promote his new album “14 Steps To Harlem,” which has received critical praise from USA Today, American Songwriter and Billboard.

Later in the evening, Jeffreys will perform songs from his new album at the ACM@UCO Performance Lab located at 329 E. Sheridan Ave. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at levelland.preferredfan.com. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the show will start at 8 p.m.

Check out Jeffrey’s famous single “Wild In The Streets””