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Check Out the Steamroller Festival Saturday in Deep Deuce

The Steamroller Festival showcases the printing of large-scale woodblocks carved by local professional artists, collegiate artists and 108 high school students in Artspace’s Mentorship program.

Admission to the event is free and open to the public and includes music, food, drinks and printing demonstrations. It runs 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27 in the Deep Deuce district, near 1 E. Third St. in downtown Oklahoma City.

A poster promoting the Steamroller Festival shows photos from prior events, and artists and children and art booths. It lists that the festival includes music, food, art demos, and more. Steamroller Festival is Artspace at Untitled’s largest community event of the year, drawing hundreds of people from all over the state and region.

This one-day festival is rooted in the printing of large-scale woodblocks carved by local Oklahoma artists! A 5-ton steamroller helps print pre-carved blocks throughout the day on Tyvek paper. Printing also happens inside in a in-house printmaking studio, and demos are done throughout the day.

You won’t want to miss the live music, artist vendors and food trucks at this family-friendly event. All ages are welcome, and the festival also features a kids’ tent filled with activities for younger attendees. It is sure to be a fun, art-filled day as our community supports working and exhibiting Oklahoma artists.

Schedule of events

•  10-11 a.m.: Candlemaking in the Daymaker & Co. vendor tent
•  10 a.m.-noon: Letterpress postcards and coasters in the demo tent
•  10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Woodcarving demonstrations in the garden by Artspace Mentorship students
•  10 a.m.-6p.m.: Outdoor games: Available to play by the youth tent
•  10 a.m.-6 p.m.: FREE kids’ t-shirts: We will print these until the t-shirts are gone!
•  11-11:30 a.m.: MUSIC STAGE — Sweet Yield dance performance
•  11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.: MUSIC STAGE — DJ music
•  noon-2 p.m.: Typewriter demonstrations
•  noon-4 p.m.: Screenprinting demo. Buy an Artspace tote (or bring your own bandana) and have it printed
•  2-2:50 p.m.: MUSIC STAGE — Leotie, indie folk
•  2-3 p.m.: Printing from leather by Jim Weaver
•  2-3 p.m.: Succulent arranging in the Daymaker & Co. vendor tent
•  2-4 p.m.: Creating letterpress postcards and coasters in the demo tent
•  3-3:50 p.m.: MUSIC STAGE — Chloe-Beth Campbell, folk
•  4-4:50 p.m.: MUSIC STAGE — JIPSI, blues rock, folk and psychedelic rock
•  4-6 p.m.: Interactive monoprints with Laurence Myers Reese
•  5-5:50 p.m.: MUSIC STAGE — Sophia Massad, alternative indie-rock
•  6 p.m.: MUSIC STAGE — Grant Adams, Oklahoma pop/rock

Learn more about Artspace at Untitled and the Steamroller Festival 1ne3.org.

Hip-Hop and Spoken-Word Collective The Space Program Sets April 25 Showcase at ACM@UCO Performance Lab

The Space Program celebrates its first showcase Thursday, April 25 at ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Oklahoma City. Doors open at 7 p.m. and showtime is 7:30 p.m.

Admission is only $5 at the door! Learn more at acm-uco.eventbrite.com.

Text flyer promoting the April 25 showcase with address, logo, date, location and time. Mostly white type over a black background.Come out and support the collective as they put on not just a dope show, but a dope experience. Merch also will be available.

Formed in 2017, The Space Program (TSP) is a Black collegian hip-hop collective from higher education institutions across the state of Oklahoma. It creatively disrupts anti-Black, anti-Semitic, imperialist, white, patriarchal institutions that oppress Black people, through the creation and production of a hip-hop album, Curriculum of the Mind.

The name stems from the track “Space Program” by A Tribe Called Quest, which makes the argument that “There ain’t a space program for ni**as.”

The Space Program Collective sonically, empirically and ingeniously provides a new “Space Program” for hip-hop scholarship and praxis, both in the academy and the community at large. The Collective additionally provides for a community of Black males that currently attend, have graduated, or stopped out at historically white colleges within the past 10 years, who also identify as artists, rappers, musicians, producers, poets, activists, b-boys, disc jockeys (DJ’s), audio engineers, historians, entrepreneurs, graffiti artists, graphic and web designers, campus leaders, scholars, photographers, videographers and/or hip-hop collegians.

New generations call for new voices, and new areas of inquiry, and this is your notice that class is in session. For Dr. View and the Space Program Collective, it always has been.

Contributors

• Stevie Johnson, DJ and producer
• LaVelle Compton, artist
• Original Flow, artist
• Thomas Who, artist
• Deezy, artist
• Worm, artist
• Jacobi Ryan, artist
• Willie G, artist
• Beety, artist
• think.progress, poet
• Mac Woods, poet
• Day’Quann, poet

Hosted by Jim Conway! Let’s go! #TSP

Oklahoma Songwriters Festival Happens Friday and Saturday in OKC Metro

Spearheaded by Oklahoma native Zac Maloy, the Oklahoma Songwriter’s Festival is a multi-day event that serves as an invaluable opportunity for local songwriters, musicians, music fans and anyone working in or interested in the music industry.

The fourth annual Oklahoma Songwriters Festival, co-presented by Grand Casino Hotel & Resort and the Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) and sponsored in part by The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO), happens Friday and Saturday, April 12-13, with a ticketed Friday evening dinner, a Saturday morning Songwriting Camp and the state’s one-of-a-kind musical roundtable, The Songwriter Showcase, on Saturday evening.

Zac Maloy sits in a recording studio, smiling, with an acoustic guitar in his lap as he smiles at the camera.

Singer-songwriter, musician, producer and Oklahoma Songwriters Festival founder Zac Maloy.

The Oklahoma Songwriters Festival was created in 2016 by Ada native Zac Maloy, singer and songwriter for The Nixons (an Oklahoma-based rock band that rose to fame in the 1990s) in an effort to highlight songwriters and the art of songwriting. Each year, Maloy returns home from Nashville, Tennessee, to Oklahoma for the festival, inviting award-winning Music City songwriters to perform and write alongside local musicians.

“Each year, our songwriters are not only so candid and genuine in sharing their talents on our stage, but it’s their day-to-day work ethic and passion for the field that strengthens this genre year over year, making for a better show each time,” Maloy said. “Here we are at year four and I honestly believe this is the strongest collective lineup we have ever had.”

Kick-off event

To kick off the festival, a dinner with entertainment will take place at Grand Casino’s Flame Brazilian Steakhouse on Friday, April 12. Tickets for the dinner are $100 per person and include transportation to and from 21c Museum Hotel in Oklahoma City.

Songwriting Camp, 11 a.m. Saturday
Castle Row Studios, Del City

For the third year, the festival will include a Songwriting Camp, presented by the Oklahoma Film + Music Office, 11 a.m. Saturday at Castle Row Studios, 2908 Epperly Drive, in Del City.

This workshop includes an interactive panel discussion and Q&A with songwriters. A one-on-one mentoring session with both Maloy and Nashville songwriter Marcus Hummon also will be awarded to two attendees.

The Songwriting Camp is free and open to the public. Please RSVP for the Songwriting Camp here.

Songwriter Showcase, 7 p.m. Saturday
Tower Theatre, Oklahoma City

The festival concludes with its annual Songwriter Showcase, happening at the iconic Tower Theatre that Saturday evening. The Showcase begins at 7 p.m. with a presentation format frequently used in Nashville, called a “writer round.”

This event starts with a local round, with the main event featuring Nashville songwriters singing the hits they’ve penned and telling the stories behind the music.

Tyson Meade

At this year’s Showcase, appearances will be made by Oklahoma musicians Tyson Meade (Chainsaw Kittens frontman) and Emmy Award-winning rapper Jabee Williams, with opening sets from local artists Kinsey Charles, Graham Colton, Tyler Hopkins and Beau Jennings.

Along with Maloy, this year’s Nashville-based songwriters include Oklahoma native Brett James, ASCAP’s 2010 Country Songwriter of the Year (credits include Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus, Take the Wheel” and more); Tulsa-born David Hodges, former member of Evanescence (credits include Evanescence’s “Bring Me To Life” and more); and Marcus Hummon, dubbed Nashville’s Renaissance Man (credits include Rascal Flatts’ “Bless The Broken Road” and more).

Brett James

The Showcase is a ticketed event with a VIP option that includes preferred seating and a meet-and-greet with artists before the show.

NOTE: Saturday evening’s Songwriter Showcase is a ticketed event. Students can use the OSFSTUDENT discount code to receive 50 percent off, making general admission only $8! 

“The Oklahoma Film + Music Office values the opportunity to be a returning partner with the Oklahoma Songwriters Festival,” said OF+MO Director Tava Maloy Sofsky. “Our state’s musical legacy and cultivating the next generation of Oklahoma talent are very important to us. This festival opens doors for local and regional songwriters — seasoned and aspiring talent — to network and build relationships with some of Nashville’s most prolific songwriters.”

To see a schedule of events and purchase tickets for the Songwriter Showcase, visit oklahomasongwritersfestival.com.

Three ACM Students are Finalists in Jimmy LaFave Songwriting Contest

“Breathless” by Chloe-Beth Campbell, “Angels Lullaby” by Ashliann Rivera, “Abilities” by Dallas Parker (Faux Draco) and “Hollyhocks and Morning Glories” by Scott Aycock were recently selected from 74 entries as finalists in the second annual Jimmy LaFave Songwriting Contest.

Three of the four finalists are students at The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO).

Finalists will play their songs before a live audience at an April 30 Gypsy Café pre-party hosted by the Red Dirt Rangers at Iron Monk Brewing, 519 S. Husband in Stillwater, according to the Tulsa World.

Campbell is an ACM@UCO student from Enid, and released her debut full-length album, Remnant, last year. Rivera is a singer-songwriter born in Brooklyn and raised in Oklahoma City. She has released three EPs in the last three years. Parker, who performs under the name Faux Draco, is a rapper from Oklahoma City.

Aycock is a longtime Tulsa singer/songwriter and poet who co-hosts NPR’s Folk Salad.

Congratulations!

At stake for the finalists is the chance to secure a spot in the lineup at Bob Childers’ Gypsy Café on May 1 and a $500 cash prize plus a $500 donation made in the winner’s name to the Red Dirt Relief Fund, according to a press release.

A $100 “People’s Choice” prize will also be awarded by a vote of those in attendance. This event is free and open to the public.

RSVP Now for Free, Public Masterclasses with Parker Millsap, The Tallest Man on Earth

April 27: The Tallest Man on Earth

Swedish folk singer and songwriter Kristian Matsson, aka The Tallest Man on Earth, performs a sold-out concert 7 p.m. April 27 at ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Oklahoma City.

BEFORE HIS CONCERT, the public is welcome to attend a free masterclass and discussion with Matsson, hosted by ACM@UCO Executive Director Scott Booker, 4-5 p.m. April 27 at the Performance Lab. No ticket required for the masterclass. Seating is first-come, first-served.

Learn more and RSVP at acm-uco.eventbrite.com.

Singer-songwriter and R&B/Americana musician Parker Millsap poses in this close-cropped portrait.

Singer-songwriter and R&B/Americana musician Parker Millsap.

May 1: Parker Millsap

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

BEFORE HIS CONCERT, the public is welcome to a free masterclass and discussion with Millsap, hosted by ACM@UCO Executive Director Scott Booker, 2-3 p.m. May 1 at ACM@UCO’s main campus at 25 S. Oklahoma Ave. (Songwriting Room, first floor), in Oklahoma City.

No ticket is required for the masterclass. Seating is first-come, first-served.

Learn more at acm-uco.eventbrite.com.

The events are part of the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma’s continuing Metro Music Series celebrating the school’s 10th anniversary.

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 Salutes Music Icon Wanda Jackson, Who, After 60 Years, Recently Announced Her Retirement From Performing

The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) salutes Wanda Jackson — First Lady of Rock, Queen of Rockabilly and lifelong Oklahoma champion — and her powerful and influential career!

After 60 years (!) of touring, she recently announced her retirement from performing, saying, “This is not the end, just the beginning of a new chapter.” She said health and safety issues contributed to her decision.

She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009, and released her autobiography, Every Night is Saturday Night: A Country Girl’s Journey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 2017.

She is often credited as the first woman to record a rock ‘n’ roll record.

Musicians as varied as Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead), Cyndi Lauper, Bruce Springsteen, Rosie Flores, Jack White and Elvis Costello, among others, credit the Maud, Oklahoma-born artist as a major influence and/or inspiration.

In 2011, she opened for Adele on many of the English singer-songwriter’s sold-out tour dates.

Ms. Jackson even has a street named after her — Wanda Jackson Way — dedicated in 2009 by Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett (on Wanda Jackson Day, no less). It’s located near the ACM@UCO campus (and Flaming Lips Alley) in Bricktown.

Bob Dylan has called her “an atomic fireball of a lady.”

Read more about her decision to retire in this Rolling Stone article.

PLUS! Here’s a 2009 interview Wanda Jackson did with music journalist Jennifer Chancellor for the Tulsa World after Jackson was nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (Chancellor is now PR and marketing coordinator for ACM@UCO.)

In that interview, Jackson says, “The stage was my kingdom. I felt like a queen. … I was in the eye of a hurricane.”

Here are a few of our favorite videos of Ms. Jackson performing.

You can also follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

See colourmusic Live and Learn More About ACM@UCO, Tonight in Stillwater!

Head out to Stillwater to watch quirky independent psychedelic rock act colourmusic perform a free, live concert in their home town! The show is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Friday, March 15, at District Bicycles, 120 W. Seventh Ave. in Stillwater.

The performance is also part of Stillwater’s annual Land Run 100 event, happening Friday and Saturday across Stillwater.

While there, you can learn more about the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma. A booth is set up all day Friday near the District Bicycles stage.

Colourmusic bandmates Ryan Hendrix and Nicholas Ley are ACM@UCO faculty, too!

• Learn more about colourmusic at colourmusic.net.
• Check out the full Land Run 100 event lineup at landrun100.com.
• Stream colourmusic’s new album, Swimsuit, on Spotify!

Open Call for Oklahoma Musicians: Made in Oklahoma Fest

The Made in Oklahoma Fest and the Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) announce an open call for Oklahoma musicians to play at the eighth annual event, held at the Sheraton Midwest City Hotel at the Reed Conference Center on May 10-11.

The application deadline has been extended to 11:59 p.m. March 10.

Selected musicians will perform for the Oklahoma Stage Rush music series, which happens on the festival’s outdoor and indoor stages Saturday, May 11. The outdoor stage will accommodate solo acts up to a full band, while the indoor stage will host acoustic solo and duo acts as well as instrumental-only artists.

Made in Oklahoma Fest brings cultural activities, events and agricultural vendors to one destination offering guests the opportunity to discover, sip, taste and relax in a fun-filled atmosphere. The festival features an array of Made in Oklahoma products and services from wineries, breweries, artists, merchants, restaurants, food trucks and more. Guests can also enjoy an open car, truck and motorcycle show as well as join in on exciting classes and competitions.

In 2018, more than 5,000 people attended the festival and that number is on the rise as the “going local” trend continues to grow.

The Oklahoma Stage Rush series showcases the homegrown talent produced by Oklahoma artists and provides bands an opportunity to gain exposure, network with business owners and sample the fine wine, beer and food items that Oklahoma has to offer. For more information about the festival, visit madeinoklahomafest.com.

WHY SHOULD YOU APPLY?

The selected musicians receive:
• Financial compensation
• Benefits package including tokens and hotel discounts
• Exposure to targeted audience
• Social media promotion
• One of your original songs placed on a download drop card to be distributed as promotion for the fesitval
• Feature in OF+MO eblasts with reach of over 4,800
• Feature in OF+MO monthly newsletter with reach of over 6,500
• Promotion on the Made in Oklahoma Fest website
• Promotion in the Made in Oklahoma Fest digital advertisements and print material
• Promotion on the radio and other media websites

DETAILS

Originality
Made in Oklahoma Fest is an event that celebrates and promotes music that was created (made) in Oklahoma by original Oklahoma artists. We ask that 80 percent of a band’s set be comprised of original music.

Genre
The outdoor stage will ONLY promote genres such as new country, old country, Americana, Red Dirt, rockabilly, pop, soft rock, moderate rock and indie rock.

The indoor stage is in a large ballroom filled with vendors so soft music is most appropriate. This includes instrumental, light vocals, folk, Americana and Celtic. No percussions are allowed.

Proximity
Bands from across the state will be considered for this event. You do not have to be from Midwest City or the Oklahoma City area to apply.

Register for the Oklahoma Music Directory

The open call for Oklahoma musicians to perform at the Made in Oklahoma Fest is in promotion of the Oklahoma Music Directory, the Oklahoma Film + Music Office’s online database of Oklahoma musicians and music businesses. Therefore, acts must be registered in the database in order to be selected. If you are not already registered, please register in the Oklahoma Music Directory before submitting your application.

A link to your music is required to complete registration.

The application deadline has been extended to 11:59 p.m. March 10.

If you are already registered, or now that you are registered in the Oklahoma Music Directory,
APPLY TO PLAY AT Made in Oklahoma Fest.

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH OF+MO

Submit an event for the OF+MO Events Calendar

To have your event(s) listed in our online events calendar, please send the following information to Katie.Lovasz@TravelOK.com.
• Your Name/Band’s Name
• Date/Time
• Venue and address
• Link to the event
• Description/Bio
• Cost
• Image (if you have one)
• Tell us about your new albums
• Do you have a new album coming out? Send the release date and any associated show information (see above) to Katie.Lovasz@TravelOK.com.

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