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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.

Acclaimed Bassist Victor Wooten to Lead April 24 Masterclass at ACM@UCO in Bricktown

Victor Wooten is the five-time Grammy Award-winning bassist widely known as a founding member of the supergroup Béla Fleck & The Flecktones. He also tours with The Victor Wooten Band.

The Victor Wooten Band and The Wooten Woods Experience performs 7 p.m. April 24 at ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Bricktown. Tickets are $32, available at acm-uco.eventbrite.com.

The same day, Wooten leads a masterclass at noon April 24 in the Songwriting Room (first floor) on the ACM@UCO campus, 25 S. Oklahoma Ave., in Bricktown. Entry is limited to UCO students, staff and faculty, as well ticketholders to that night’s concert. Seating for the masterclass is limited and is first-come-first-served.

Wooten’s sought-after skills and growing popularity have led to recordings and performances with artists such as Chick Corea, The Dave Matthews Band, Bootsy Collins, Branford Marsalis, Mike Stern, Prince, India Arie, Keb Mo, Dennis Chambers, Susan Tedeschi, Gov’t Mule, Bruce Hornsby, Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, Frank Gambale, the legendary Moroccan group Nass El Ghiwane and many others.

Named one of the Top 10 Bassists of All Time by Rolling Stone, he has been voted Bassist of the Year three times in Bass Player magazine’s long-running online poll. In February 2017, Huffington Post named him one of 50 Iconic Black Trailblazers, pictured just after President Barack Obama.

Wooten’s respected reputation as a teacher and speaker and lecturer about both music and nature have garnered invitations for him to speak and teach at schools, universities, classes and spiritual centers around the world.

Known for its funky, jazzy music and powerful unpredictable performances, The Victor Wooten Band, comprised of brothers Regi and Joseph Wooten on guitars and keyboards and Derico Watson on drums, will play a dynamic mixture of old and new music mixed with improvisations jams and classic cover songs.

In addition, fellow musicians and educators Steve Bailey, Bob Franceschini, Bob Hemenger and a select group of students from Victor Wooten’s Center for Music and Nature will add to the extravaganza. For the first time ever, Wooten and friends will include an audience participation demonstration of the educational program that has helped and inspired hundreds of people worldwide.

As the youngest of five brothers, Victor began playing music at the tender age of 2. Under the tutelage of his older brother Regi, Victor was playing gigs and touring with the family band by age 5. The Wooten Brothers performed with the likes of Curtis Mayfield, War and the Temptations, among others.

Rolling Stone magazine lauded Victor Wooten, a founding member of the supergroup Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, by noting, “every player in the Flecktones is a master, but when Wooten busts out a solo at a concert every jaw in the audience drops to the ground.”

Victor Wooten Band and the Wooten Woods Experience tour dates

April 15: City Winery, Nashville, Tennessee
April 16: Old Rock House, St. Louis, Missouri
April 17: The Ark, Ann Arbor, Missouri
April 18: Wisconsin Union Theater, Madison, Wisconsin
April 19: Dakota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
April 20: Elgin Community College Arts Center, Elgin, Illinois
April 23: George’s Majestic, Fayetteville, Arkansas
April 24: ACM@UCO Songwriting Room (masterclass), Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
April 24: ACM@UCO Performance Lab, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
April 25: Warehouse Live, Houston, Texas
April 26: Empire Garage, Austin, Texas
April 27: Granada, Dallas, Texas

FESTIVAL ANNOUNCEMENT: The Annie Oakley, Noname headline ACM@UCO’s .WAV Festival on March 2-3

ACM@UCO’s .WAV Festival celebrates women in music with two days of empowering music and performances, March 2-3 at the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) and its ACM Performance Lab in downtown Oklahoma City.

Festival admission is free and open to the public, except for Sunday’s festival-headlining show by acclaimed Chicago hip-hop and spoken-word rapper Noname, who performs 8 p.m. March 3 at ACM Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave. Elton and Original Flow & The Fervent Route open the show. Tickets for the Noname concert are $25 and are sold out, although a limited number of tickets might be released for sale closer to the event date.

Popular Americana sweetheart The Annie Oakley headlines the March 2 roster, performing a at 8 p.m. inside the Songwriting Room on the first floor of ACM@UCO’s main campus at 25 S. Oklahoma Avenue (first floor) in downtown Oklahoma City’s Bricktown entertainment district.

The .WAV Festival features three indoor stages at two venues, with most performances happening 4-9 p.m. March 2 and 2-8 p.m. March 3 inside ACM@UCO. The lineup features Miillie Mesh, Ciara Brooke, Lauryn Hardiman, Creeping Toms, Ramona & The Phantoms, Me Oh My, Rozlyn Zora, Jade Castle, Michéla Creel and more. For more information, visit wav.eventbrite.com.

Organized and run by members of ACM’s Women Audio Vision (.WAV) student organization, .WAV Festival showcases multiple genres and more than a dozen music acts performing grunge pop, Americana, blues, folk, singer-songwriter, rap and hip-hop and more.

“.WAV Fest was created to empower women in the music industry,” said Katie Carmichael, student president of ACM@UCO Women Audio Vision (.WAV). “The event features bands with women and women solo artists, as well as dancers, artists and photographers.

“The two-day event is also a food drive for Sisu Youth in OKC that helps homeless youth in the area,” Carmichael added.

All .WAV Festival visitors are encouraged to donate nonperishable food items to benefit Sisu Youth Services, an Oklahoma City nonprofit organization that helps shelter and care for homeless youth living in our community. The mission of Sisu Youth, Inc. is to ensure that young people experiencing adversity have a safe place to sleep, the security to dream and the support to make a positive impact on the world.

Suggested donations:

• $5-10 gift cards for fast food
• Bottled water
• Gatorade
• Pop Tarts
• Fruit snacks
• Snack cups (applesauce, fruit or pudding)
• Beef jerky
• Shelf-stable milk
• Granola and protein bars
• Hormel Compleats or similar shelf-stable, MRE-type food
• Pop-top canned food

“We think .WAV Fest is important because not only are we representing ACM to show how vital the work they’re doing is in Oklahoma, but also to show how many women and female-identifying people are working in the arts in Oklahoma City to help shape the scene,” Carmichael explained.

In fact, the student organization she leads, ACM@UCO Women’s Audio Vision, just began its second year on the school’s downtown campus.

“This is our second year as an organization, but first under the name Women’s Audio Vision,” which is open to everyone, including female and female-identifying members, Carmichael said. “Our purpose is to show other women they aren’t alone in this business and to create a community of capable, trained professional women in OKC.”

ACM@UCO’s Women’s Audio Vision group and the .WAV Festival is funded by the University of Central Oklahoma Student Association. As part of ACM@UCO’s Metro Music Series, the Noname concert is funded in part by the support of its sponsors, including 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.

Find performance dates and times and learn more about the .WAV Festival at wav.eventbrite.com.

The Annie Oakley, dressed in similar jumpers and polka-dot shirts in this undated publicity photo.

The Annie Oakley headlines .WAV Festival with a free March 2 performance at ACM@UCO’s Songwriting Room (first floor), 25 S. Sheridan Ave., in Bricktown.

Miillie Mesh poses with a lace fan in this undated publicity photo.

Miillie Mesh performs Sunday, March 3 at ACM@UCO’s .WAV Festival.

Singer-songwriter Kat Lock poses in a velvet gown in front of what appear to be bloody shower curtains in this undated publicity photo.

Kat Lock performs Saturday, March 2 at ACM@UCO’s .WAV Festival.

Singer-songwriter and musician Jade Castle poses with her guitar in front of a stone fountain in this undated publicity photo.

Jade Castle performs Saturday, March 2 at ACM@UCO’s .WAV Festival.

Musician Eli Tostado sits on a yellow-painted curb, with her legs crossed, as she looks at the camera in this undated publicity photo.

Eli Tostado performs Sunday, March 3 at ACM@UCO’s .WAV Festival.

.WAV FESTIVAL

4-9 p.m. March 2 and 2-11 p.m. March 3 at ACM@UCO campus and ACM Performance Lab. For more information, visit wav.eventbrite.com. Please note that the lineup is subject to change without notice.

SATURDAY, MARCH 2

ACM@UCO campus (first floor), 25 S. Oklahoma Ave. in Bricktown

Songwriting Room
• 8 p.m.: The Annie Oakley
• 7 p.m.: Me Oh My
• 6 p.m.: Ramona & The Phantoms
• 5 p.m.: Kat Lock
• 4 p.m.: Creeping Toms

Acoustic stage
• 7 p.m.: Michéla Creel
• 6 p.m.: dancers
• 5 p.m.: Rozlyn Zora
• 4 p.m.: Jade Castle

SUNDAY, MARCH 3

ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave.
• 8 p.m.: Noname, with Elton and Original Flow & The Fervent Route (ticketed show)

ACM@UCO campus (first floor), 25 S. Oklahoma Ave. in Bricktown
Songwriting Room
• 5 p.m.: Miillie Mesh
• 4 p.m.: Shiann Davis
• 3 p.m.: Ciara Brooke
• 2 p.m.: Stone Tide

Acoustic stage
• 6 p.m.: Lauryn Hardiman
• 5 p.m.: dancers
• 4 p.m.: Sarah Byrd
• 2:30 p.m.: Jordan Russell
• 2 p.m.: Eli Tostado

A Shout-Out to Grammy-Winning Engineer/Mixer Craig Alvin and His Work on Kacey Musgraves’ ‘Golden Hour’

Congratulations to Craig Alvin for his Grammy-winning assistance on 2019 Album of the Year winner Kacey Musgraves‘ release “Golden Hour”!

Musgraves shares the honor with producers Ian Fitchuk and Daniel Tashian; engineers/mixers Craig Alvin and Shawn Everett. Songwriters sharing the award were Fitchuk, Musgraves and Tashian, while Greg Calbi and Steve Fallone were mastering engineers.

COOL SIDE NOTE: Craig Alvin, who moved from Oklahoma to Nashville, Tennessee, to work with musicians, also mixed Oklahoma rock act colourmusic‘s first two albums: “F, Monday, Orange, February, Venus, Lunatic, 1 or 13” and “My ____ is pink.” He’s credited as assistant engineer on the band’s 2014 release “May You Marry Rich.”

Colourmusic members Nicholas Ley and Ryan Hendrix are both full-time faculty at ACM@UCO.

Alvin is on the far left in this Grammy night acceptance video with Musgraves:

See the full list of 61st annual Grammy Awards winners at grammy.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!

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.

NewsOK: Late musician’s friends honor Connor Hicks with ‘Legacy’ album

Oklahoma artists recently paid tribute to Connor Hicks, a local musician who died Dec. 18, 2017 in a car crash. Late last month, his friends — led by singer-songwriter and guitarist Jacob Mann — and family released “Legacy.”

The album includes previously unrecorded songs by Hicks, who had studied at the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO).

In addition to his solo work, Hicks had performed with numerous Oklahoma-based acts, including Matt Stansberry, Shane Henry, Chase Kerby and Mallory Eagle.

The Oklahoman published a Dec. 28 feature about the album:

Hearing the completed album was a little overwhelming, said Hicks’ father, Ronnie Hicks.

“… It was probably the thing in my life that gave me the most joy, was seeing him perform and helping him share it,” he said. “So, it was important to me for as many people to have the opportunity to hear it as possible.”

Journalist Brandy McDonnell wrote of the 2017 wreck:

Connor Hicks, 20, and Jeremy Wallace, 42, died at the scene of an early morning crash Dec. 18, 2017, four miles south of Bowlegs on U.S. 377. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s report, which described foggy conditions, concluded the accident took place shortly after midnight, when Hicks’ vehicle, traveling southbound, crossed left of center and hit Wallace’s vehicle head-on.

Both drivers were Ada-based musicians and members of the Chickasaw Nation.

McDonnell added:

As Hicks’ family has been working with the UCO Foundation to establish a scholarship in his honor, Mann worked with about 20 engineers, producers and musicians to create the “Legacy” album.

“After the wreck, I got with all of our engineers and guys that he had recorded demos with,” Mann said. “His laptop was actually in the car with him, so that was kind of an ordeal getting the files off of that. … Once we were able to get those together, we were able to find six songs that we felt really excited about.”

Stream the album on Spotify:

Last Call: Spring 2019 OKF+MO Internship Applications Due Jan. 11

The Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) is now accepting applications for the 2019 Spring Internship Program. OF+MO seeks to provide selected interns with an understanding of the film and music industries in a professional state agency setting by involving them in diverse projects throughout the spring semester.

OF+MO supports our state’s thriving film and music industries by administering the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program and connecting filmmakers and musicians with jobs, local businesses and diverse locations. Located on Film Row in Oklahoma City, OF+MO is a division of the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, which includes Oklahoma Today, Discover Oklahoma, Oklahoma State Parks and Travel.

We are particularly interested in candidates with experience in or enthusiasm for film, music, public relations or marketing for specialized projects. Interns will be selected based on previous experience, professionalism and university level. Priority will be given to those in their junior or senior year. Previous office experience is a plus.

Position details

Intern responsibilities will include researching and compiling film and music events throughout Oklahoma for our website and our monthly newsletter, Now Playing. Chosen candidates will gain valuable experience in the development of OF+MO’s Production Directory, Locations Directory and Music Directory by assisting in research and data input. Interns will also support the office by locating and archiving press articles, conducting research, assisting with marketing inventory and/or other various special projects. Interns may be given the opportunity to participate in locations scouting and set visits, experience special events sponsored by OF+MO and will be exposed to other divisions within tourism. Assistance with general office opening and closing duties is required and expected on a daily basis. Internships are not production-based.

All internships are unpaid and open to those seeking college credit toward graduation. It is the responsibility of the intern and the student’s advisor to track their hours and complete all enrollment and coursework requirements in accordance to their college or university.

This internship will last nine weeks, beginning the week of Feb. 4. If interested, please submit a resume and cover letter to Jeanette Stanton at jeanette.stanton@travelok.com. Deadline for submission is Friday, Jan. 11. Please include, “OF+MO Intern Application – Your Name” in the subject line of your email.

About the Oklahoma Film + Music Office

Created in 1979, The Oklahoma Film + Music Office strives to share all that Oklahoma has to offer by welcoming filmmakers and music professionals to the state and by creating a network of support to develop Oklahoma’s film and music industries. For more information about the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program or the Oklahoma Film + Music Office please visit okfilmmusic.org.

Spotlight: Hear New Music From ACM-Tied Act Love Seats

Love Seats, "These Days" album cover

Love Seats, “These Days” album cover

Love Seats is musical project created by Ashton Gary and Ethan Wilcox, based out of Oklahoma City. The indie-rock duo specializes in writing melancholic guitar pop songs with lush orchestration and recording them to tape.

After listening to bands like Ultimate Painting, Whitney and Andy Shauf, the duo wanted to create music in the likes of those artists. Gary and Wilcox bought an 8-track tape machine and started recording demos of their songs while dissecting and studying the production of their favorite records.

Eight months later, the group recorded its debut record, “These Days,” which was released in October.

Hear it now: