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Current Joys Brings Prolific Singer-Songwriter Nicholas Rattigan to ACM@UCO Performance Lab, Nov. 18 in Bricktown

Current Joys headlines a Nov. 18 tour stop at ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Bricktown. Showtime is 7 p.m. Local acts Love Seats and Lunar Laugh (acoustic) open. Tickets are $10, available at eventbrite.com.

Current Joys is the enigmatic solo project of 25-year-old Nevada-born singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Rattigan. In addition to Surf Curse, his minimal two-piece band with Jacob Rubeck, Rattigan has been releasing a prolific catalog of heart-wrenching no-wave ballads via Bandcamp under a handful of names (including The Nicholas Project and Tele/Visions).

He eventually chose Current Joys as the permanent moniker, inspired by a song by folk-artist Liam the Younger of the same name.

Rattigan’s newest record, “A Different Age,” documents the process of making art and the desire to create it sincerely in an era fraught with extreme irony, apathy and nostalgia. Ripe with many of the emotions and conflicts that influenced the musician’s prior songwriting, “A Different Age” contains some of his most poetic lyrics and thoughtful arrangements to date.

“This will be a solo show for Nick Rattigan, which has never happened before in Oklahoma,” said ACM@UCO CEO and Executive Director Scott Booker. “Continuing our events tying ACM@UCO alums and current students to established national acts for our Metro Music Series, we present the Lunar Laugh and Love Seats opening the show.”

The Lunar Laugh

The Lunar Laugh

Opening the concert is The Lunar Laugh, performing as an acoustic two-piece, creating melodic powerpop filled with harmonies and classic ’60s and ’70s-fueled vibes. The full four-piece band, which includes three ACM@UCO alumni, formed in 2015 and is working on its third album.

Ashton Gary and Ethan Wilcox comprise musical act Love Seats, which released a single demo, “Track and Field” in February, and its newest single, “Tennis Prodigy (for margot),” a song inspired by the film “The Royal Tenenbaums,” in June. Hear the tunes at loveseats.bandcamp.com.

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 in with ACM@UCO Performance Lab at facebook.com/acmucoperformancelab and ACM@UCO @acmuco as we announce additional Metro Music Series shows, events and surprises through the year. For more information about ACM@UCO, visit acm.uco.edu.

Adam Ledbetter Ensemble Headlines Sunday Concert in Edmond

Adam Ledbetter is often known as the keyboard-ripping, beat-boxing, harmonizing rapper half of OKC’s dynamic musical duo Adam + Kizzie. Oklahoma City also knows Adam as the premiere go-to jazz pianist and a teacher of Hip Hop Production II at ACM@UCO.

He is rooted in the history and vocabulary of jazz, making him a refreshingly authentic and major player in OKC.

Sunday, he leads an A-list ensemble for an evening of music at UCO Jazz Lab in Edmond.

“You can expect it to be swinging, soulful, sweet, salty, spiritual, cerebral, syntactically sound and celebratory,” he said of Sunday’s show. The event is hosted by Deep Deuce Jazz OKC.

Previously, he toured Oklahoma and Europe when he was with the University of Central Oklahoma’s Jazz Band, and later founded his own (well sought-after) jazz quartet, “New Growth.”

Event

Adam Ledbetter Ensemble
6 p.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16
University of Central Oklahoma Jazz Lab
100 E. Fifth St., in Edmond
Admission: $15
Tickets: r2c.ticketleap.com/adam-ledbetter-ensemble

 

Guestroom Records Celebrates 15 Years With Live Music, Including UCO-Tied Bands

Friday and Saturday Sept. 14-15, Oklahoma’s locally owned and operated Guestroom Records celebrates 15 years in business with two days of music and events at its Norman location — where it all began — at 125 E. Main St.

Joining its lineup of free music performances both days are ACM@UCO and UCO-tied music acts featuring alumni, students and current ACM faculty, including LCG & the X, Travis Linville and Saturday night headliner Helen Kelter Skelter.

Learn more at guestroomrecords.com.

Flyer listing the bands performing free shows Sept. 14-15 2018 at Guestroom Records in Norman. Friday Sept. 14

6:30 p.m.: Bad Athlete
7:15 p.m.: Oh Johnny! Girls
8:00 p.m.: Kyle Reid
8:45 p.m.: Net

Saturday Sept. 15

2 p.m.: Laine
2:45 p.m.: Anvil Salute
3:30 p.m.: Locust Avenue
4:30 p.m.: LCG & the X
5:15 p.m.: Weak Knees
6 p.m.: Early Beat
7 p.m.: Black Magnet
7:45 p.m.: Travis Linville
8:30 p.m.: Tyson Meade
9:30 p.m.: King Country
10:15 p.m.: Helen Kelter Skelter

ACM@UCO Executive Director to Speak Friday at Americana Fest in Nashville

ACM@UCO executive director Scott Booker will lead a “power brunch” presentation Friday during the 19th annual Americana Music Festival & Conference, which runs Tuesday through Sunday in Nashville, Tennessee.

Gathering thousands of artists, fans and industry professionals from around the world, the 2018 AmericanaFest features seminars, panels and networking opportunities in addition to more than 500 live performances at dozens of prominent Nashville venues over six days, all while celebrating the melting pot of Americana’s influences, including roots, folk, country, blues and soul-based music.

For the third consecutive year at AmericanaFest, the Oklahoma Film + Music Office and its Studio Oklahoma project, a collective of Oklahoma industry partners, showcase Oklahoma music during events scheduled throughout the week.

Kaitlin Butts

Kaitlin Butts

Booker is traveling to Nashville with the help of the Oklahoma Film + Music Office, which curated the power brunch bringing together music industry representatives and Studio Oklahoma partners in an intimate setting for one-on-one networking. 

Thursday, Sept. 13, OKF+MO and Studio Oklahoma also present The Okie Roundup networking and music showcase at Blake Shelton’s new venue, Ole Red Nashville. Performers include former ACM@UCO vocal performance student Kaitlin Butts and longtime genre-defining act the Red Dirt Rangers.

“Nothing makes me more excited than getting an opportunity to speak about what is happening with the music businesses in Oklahoma,” Scott Booker, executive director of The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO), said in a media statement. “The growth in this vital industry is almost easier for people outside looking into to Oklahoma than it sometimes is for us to see ourselves.”

The six-day festival is presented by the Americana Music Association, a professional nonprofit trade organization whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world.

“Going to an event like AmericanaFest reminds me of all the great music and entrepreneurial talent that represent us constantly around the world,” Booker added.

The festival’s marquee event, the Americana Music Association’s Annual Honors & Awards Show, will be nationally televised Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the historic Ryman Auditorium, and features performances by genre-leading talent.

Scheduled 2018 Americana Fest headliners include Courtney Marie Andrews, Brandi Carlile, Rosanne Cash, Tyler Childers, Anderson East, Mary Gauthier, Buddy Guy, Lilly Hiatt, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Robert Earl Keen, k.d. lang, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Margo Price, John Prine, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats and Irma Thomas, among others.

For more:

• Learn more about the Oklahoma Film + Music Office here.
• Learn more about Studio Oklahoma here.

Sophia Massad Releases New Single, ‘Come Back Home,’ Featuring Chase Kerby

Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) student Sophia Massad releases her new single, “Come Back Home,” Sept. 7 (tomorrow!). It features Oklahoma City musician and ACM@UCO alum Chase Kerby.

Massad, having been in the music industry for over 12 years, started this passion project to create her rawest music. Inspired by Alabama Shakes and Amy Winehouse, she is both impressive and poetically honest.

“Come Back Home” features possibly one of Oklahoma’s most well-known local artists, Chase Kerby.

Kerby was a contestant on “The Voice,” and has been in bands such as ExWives, Beau Jennings and the Tigers and Chase Kerby and the Villains. Massad said he has the perfect style to compliment her folk roots.

After a dark and strenuous heartbreak, Massad, transfixed on her muse, sat down at the piano and created “Come Back Home,” a story about finding the love of her life, and then losing him to the chaos and confusion of this world.

While still mystified, Massad wrote a song filled with hope, blissful memories and warmth.

“Come Back Home” features Chase Kerby on vocals, Tristan Todd on lead guitar, Ethan Neel on drums and Chris Anderson on bass and keys. It was mixed and mastered by producer, musician and ACM@UCO lecturer Dustin Ragland.

You can RSVP to the online listening premiere on Sophia Massad’s music fan page.

While you’re here, catch her December 2017 performance for ACM Presents:

More new music

Chase Kerby also released a new singles, “Lines,” on Sept. 1, and “Man on the TV” on July 31.

Chase Kerby, "Lines"

Chase Kerby, "Man on the TV"

Molly Burch Headlines Nov. 7 Metro Music Series Show at ACM@UCO Performance Lab in Bricktown

Austin, Texas-based singer-songwriter Molly Burch headlines a Nov. 7 tour stop at ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Bricktown. Showtime is 7 p.m. and Seph(ra) opens. Tickets are $10, available now at eventbrite.com.

The show is a part of the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma’s growing Metro Music Series celebrating the school’s 10th anniversary.

“Molly’s label, Captured Tracks, is one of my favorite current indie labels. As soon as I heard her album I knew she would be great for the Performance Lab,” said ACM@UCO CEO and Executive Director Scott Booker. “We are also lucky to have her do a Q&A with our students while she is at our venue! I predict she will be having great success with her new album and it’s exciting we are able to bring her here to perform.”

The Q&A is earlier that day, and space for that event is available to select ACM students only, Booker said.

Burch burst onto the music scene in 2017 with her debut album “Please Be Mine,” a 10-track ode to unrequited romance, written after studying jazz vocal performance at the University of North Carolina in Asheville. “Please Be Mine” earned critical praise for Burch’s smoky, effortless vocals and bleeding-heart lyrics.

“I was really blown away with how many people told me that the music has helped them through their own break-up,” she said. “I was just so moved by that. I never expected it. I was aware that people were actually listening to my music and having a positive experience, so [with the next album] I wanted to reveal my own struggles with fear and anxiety.”

It was an intimidating goal for her, but her follow-up, “First Flower” finally bloomed. It is a bright, beautiful album peppered with moments of triumph. Burch’s voice is as strong and dexterous as ever, displaying her incredible range and professionalism as a vocalist. Unlike “Please Be Mine,” which focused on the contentious depression of heartbreak, “First Flower” explores broken friendships, her relationship with her sister and, more importantly, how Burch learned to fight overwhelming anxiety.

“I do not have the answers by any means, but I wanted to talk about those imperfections,” she said. “I wouldn’t want someone who listens to my music to think that I have it all figured out. I don’t. ‘First Flower’ is me being transparent.”

Fans will hear songs from her sophomore effort during her 2018 tour. She releases the 11-track record on Oct. 5. In the meantime, you can also listen and preorder “First Flower” at mollyburchmusic.com.

Opening the Nov. 7 Metro Music Series show is Seph(ra), an experimental/avant-garde/alternative folk act out of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and Oklahoma City. It’s led by ACM@UCO lecturer Sephra Scheuber, and her sound hints at influences like Fiona Apple, Neutral Milk Hotel, Natalie Marchant and Bright Eyes. Seph(ra)’s most recent release is 2017’s “Pieces of Schema,” available to stream and purchase at shmoecreative.com/sephra and iTunes.

About the 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 in with the Performance Lab at facebook.com/acmucoperformancelab and ACM@UCO @acmuco as we announce additional Metro Music Series shows, events and surprises through the year.

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

Trevor McBane Headlines ACM@UCO’s High Noon Showcase on Sept. 19

In August, The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) launched the High Noon Showcase, its free, public concert series, at times featuring ACM affiliated artists, as well as great musicians we want to highlight.

On Sept. 19, recent “American Idol” top-24 finalist and former ACM student Trevor McBane brings his authentic Okie twang to High Noon.

On Sept. 19, recent “American Idol” top-24 finalist and former ACM student Trevor McBane brings his authentic Okie twang to High Noon.

On Sept. 19, recent “American Idol” top-24 finalist and former ACM student Trevor McBane brings his authentic Okie twang to High Noon.

He graduated from Savanna High School in 2014, where he introduced himself to his junior FFA camp in a very Johnny Cash-like way: “Hi, I’m Trevor McBane and I love to sing.” And sing he does.

McBane left ACM to chase his country music dreams, auditioning for and becoming a season 16 contestant on American Idol in 2018. He sang his way into the top 24, earning endorsements from celebrity judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan.

Before that, he performed with Savanna, Oklahoma-based folk/Americana quartet Consider the Raven. If you’re unfamiliar with Savanna, it’s near Checotah. Music fans here fans know where that is. He graduated from Eastern Oklahoma State College in 2016. Learn more about Trevor McBane at facebook.com/theguyunderthehat.

Metro Music Series: High Noon Showcase

Time: All shows start at 12:15 p.m.
Place: AMC@UCO Songwriting Room, lower level, 25 S. Oklahoma Ave., Oklahoma City
Admission: Free. Public welcome.

• Sept. 19: Trevor McBane
• Oct. 3: Jason Scott
• Oct. 17: Trevor Lindley
• Oct. 24: Johnny Manchild and The Poor Bastards
• Nov. 19: Sam Weber
Note: More dates and performers to be announced.

About the 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; 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 in with ACM@UCO at facebook.com/acm.uco and twitter.com/acmuco as we announce additional Metro Music Series shows, events and surprises through the year.

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

On Sale Now: Twin Shadow Sets ACM@UCO Performance Lab Tour Stop, Song Clinic

Twin Shadow headlines an Oct. 5 tour stop at ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Bricktown. Showtime is 7 p.m. and The Ivy opens. Tickets are $10, on sale now at eventbrite.com.

The event is part of the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma’s (ACM@UCO) growing Metro Music Series celebrating the school’s 10th anniversary.

Twin Shadow, aka George Lewis Jr., is an eclectic Dominican-American singer, songwriter, record producer and actor based out of Los Angeles, California. He has penned a novel, is featured J Brand’s fall 2018 fashion campaign and has released three albums: “Forget” (2010), “Confess” (2012) and “Eclipse” (2015).

Lewis’ fourth record, “Caer,” was released in late April on Warner Bros. Records.

“ACM@UCO is excited to bring back one of our favorite artists, Twin Shadow. Their manager hit us up looking for something to do before they headed down to the ACL [Austin City Limits] Festival,” said ACM@UCO CEO and Executive Director Scott Booker. “Not only do we get a performance, but we also are getting a special songwriting clinic with George Lewis Jr. for a select group of our students.”

Lewis leads the song clinic 2 p.m. Oct. 5. Space is limited and available to select ACM students only, Booker said.

Of his new album, Lewis explained, “I always feel like I’m standing on the edge of a cliff, looking down and thinking, ‘This is the only way forward: onto the next thing.’ It’s sort of destructive, but I guess I thrive on rebirth.”

“Caer” (the Spanish word for “to fall”) serves as a powerful lens through which Lewis explores his personal experiences, as well as what he has observed about a world that feels as if it’s declining.

On a larger scale, “Caer” is extraordinarily current, both culturally and politically. “Our perceptions of who we are as human beings, because of technology and machines, are falling apart,” Lewis said. “We’re living at a breaking point,” and change is inevitable.

Indie synth-pop act The Ivy opens the Oct. 5 tour stop at ACM@UCO Performance Lab. The Oklahoma City-based band released the buoyant single “Better in My Head” in late July, evocative of endless summers and forever-relevant soundtracks to 1980s John Hughes films. The impressive young act includes ACM alumni. Learn more at wearetheivy.com.

About the 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 in with the Performance Lab at facebook.com/acmucoperformancelab and ACM@UCO on Twitter @acmuco as we announce additional Metro Music Series shows, events and surprises through the year.

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

 

ACM@UCO-Tied Local Acts to Perform at Oklahoma State Fair

Dozens of local and regional acts — over 100 by our count — are performing at this year’s Oklahoma State Fair. Many of them have ties to the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (and UCO!), such as students, alumni, and current and former faculty and staff.

The Oklahoma State Fair runs Sept. 13-23 at State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd., in Oklahoma City.

Here are several we suggest you see:

ACM@UCO musician Rozlyn Zora

ACM@UCO musician Rozlyn Zora

Bandshell stage

Monday, Sept. 17
• 2:30 p.m.: Pax

Thursday, Sept. 20
• 8 p.m.: Blue Bridge Music

Saturday, Sept. 22
• 6 p.m.: Rachel Lynch

Patio stage

Thursday, Sept. 13
• 9 p.m.: Ashely Getz

Wednesday, Sept. 19
• 8 p.m.: Ashely Getz
• 8 p.m.: Rachel Lynch

Saturday, Sept. 22
• 4 p.m.: Rozlyn Zora
• 8 p.m.: Ashely Getz

Sunday, Sept. 23
• 4 p.m.: Rozlyn Zora

Please note: This lineup is subject to change without notice. Please check the official Oklahoma State Fair event calendar at okstatefair.com for updates.

If you’re an ACM@UCO affiliated act and we forgot to mention you, let us know! Please contact Jennifer Chancellor, ACM@UCO coordinator of marketing and public relations.

Mipso Headlines Oct. 10 Show at ACM@UCO Performance Lab in Bricktown

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, indie Americana quartet Mipso headlines an Oct. 10 tour stop at ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Bricktown. Showtime is 7 p.m. and Jason Scott opens. Tickets are $10, available now at Eventbrite.com.

The show is a part of the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma’s growing Metro Music Series celebrating the school’s 10th anniversary.

Indie Americana quartet Mipso headlines an Oct. 10 tour stop at ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Bricktown.

Indie Americana quartet Mipso headlines an Oct. 10 tour stop at ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Bricktown. Singer, songwriter and ACM student Jason Scott opens the show.

“We are trying to bring in a variety of music this year to our Metro Music Series celebrating our 10th year of the program’s existence,” explained ACM@UCO CEO and Executive Director Scott Booker. “Many of our students aspire to be part of the regional Americana scene, so ACM@UCO is excited to bring one of the most exciting new bands of the genre to our Performance Lab.”

Mipso — Jacob Sharp (mandolin, vocals), Wood Robinson (bass, vocals), Joseph Terrell (guitar, vocals), and Libby Rodenbough (fiddle, vocals) — released its fifth album, “Edges Run,” in April via a newly inked record deal with AntiFragile Music.

Influenced by the contradiction of its progressive home and the surrounding rural southern landscapes, Mipso was recently recognized by Rolling Stone magazine as one of “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know.” Of the quartet, the magazine wrote said it sounds like “a back-porch hootenanny set not in an Appalachian holler but in a city, where the songs performed draw from Bill Monroe to David Bowie.”

Indeed, the band brings a distinctly unique sound, venturing ever-further from its string-band pedigree to discover a broader Americana, where classic folk-rock and modern alt-country sounds mingle with Appalachian tradition. Mipso’s music is lush and forward moving, with lyrics that sear and salve in turn. Learn more at mipsomusic.com.

Singer, songwriter and ACM student Jason Scott opens the show. The Oklahoma City musician released his “Living Rooms” EP in late 2017. Oklahoma Gazette said of the project: “The album, produced by Oklahoma roots music maven Travis Linville, ranges from gritty blues to upbeat bluegrass. Scott shows promise as an up-and-coming addition to the state’s proud songwriting heritage.”

About the 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 in with the Performance Lab at facebook.com/acmucoperformancelab and ACM@UCO @acmuco as we announce additional Metro Music Series shows, events and surprises through the year.

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