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New Music: The Sweet Talkers, “Mixed Signals”

Hear and read about local band The Sweet Talkers’ newest single “Mixed Signals,” available for streaming and download. Make Oklahoma Weirder says of the tune:

Groove is in the heartache. At least, that would seem to be the case on the darker side of The Sweet Talkers’ disco ball moon. The OKC band is no stranger to nocturnal beats and misty synths, sounds inspired by past tides of alternative rock in the 2000s and new wave/post-punk in the ’80s. … The Sweet Talkers are back with “Mixed Signals,” a new single that further explores the band’s taste for glam and gloom. It officially drops everywhere tomorrow, but you can stream it now at the player below in this Make Oklahoma Weirder early premiere.

Check out the full blog and hear the new song at MakeOklahomaWeirder.com.

The band also features ACM alumni Tyler Branstetter & Dakota Green.

Reminder: Spring Break Extended for Students; Transition to Alternative Instruction Starts March 28

A reminder: The University of Central Oklahoma (and ACM@UCO) will extend spring break by one week, March 23-27, for students only, and will transition to alternative instructional delivery methods from March 28 through the end of the spring semester.

All university-related events of any size for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester have been canceled.illustration of close-up view of coronavirus

Visit the university website for Coronavirus Updates and Resources to learn more:  uco.edu/coronavirus.

For updates from the Oklahoma Department of Health, visit coronavirus.health.ok.gov.

ACM@UCO Spring Open House is Feb. 25 in Bricktown

text flyer with white, green and blue text about event with photo of the brick front of the ACM@UCO campus in BricktownJoin us for our Spring Open House, happening 3-6 p.m. Feb. 25 at ACM@UCO, 25 S. Oklahoma Ave in Bricktown!

We’ll showcase ACM@UCO student musician performances and provide an inside look into our state-of-the-art campus and recording studios.

All ages and experience levels welcome! Refreshments provided. Admission is free and open to the public.

Call 405-974-4700 or email get.info@acm.uco.edu for more information.

This event is part of ACM@UCO’s Metro Music Series, presenting performances, masterclasses, clinics and workshops by ACM-affiliated music acts, as well as regional, national and international industry luminaries.

Dozens of ticketed and free, all-ages events expose audiences to new music, cultural diversity, educational opportunities, our campus, and Oklahoma City’s thriving Bricktown entertainment district.

Metro Music Series sponsors include Bricktown, Downtown Oklahoma City Partnership, Oklahoma Film + Music Office, Exchange Music, Hal Smith Restaurants, The Wedge Pizzeria, and Painted Door Gift Boutique.

 

 

Oklahoma Film + Music Office Internship Application Deadline is Jan. 15

The Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) is now accepting applications for the 2020 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. Application deadline is Jan. 15, 2020.

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.

If interested, please fill out the intern application form providing a resume and cover letter.

APPLY HERE: Deadline for submission is Wednesday, January 15.

THIS WEEK! ‘Holiday Wrap-Up’ Showcases Local Music, Benefits OKC Nonprofit

The Dec. 5 lineup features colourmusic, Sophia Massad and more; donations benefit Positive Tomorrows

Hear that? It’s the sound of a season-celebrating local music lineup for the ACM student-organized Holiday Wrap-Up, happening Dec. 5 at ACM Live Room at The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO). Admission is free, but donations to benefit Oklahoma City nonprofit Positive Tomorrows are welcome at the door.

Colorful holiday-themed poster features red and green rainbow designed like wrapping paper as a background and cut-out images of musicians in holiday sweaters in front of it. It's an event poster for the Holiday Wrap-Up event.The festive lineup features ACM faculty Ryan Hendrix and Nicholas Ley of colourmusic, DJ and musician Travis Tester (aka Trav is Dead), Nicholas Poss, singer-songwriter Sophia Massad, multi-instrumentalist and singer Than Medlam (of Equilibrium), alternative pop singer-songwriter Sephra Scheuber, longtime guitarist Danny Hargis and ACM@UCO Executive Director Scott Booker, as well as ACM@UCO students, alumni and staff (full list below).

“Although it’s not the end of the school year, the holiday season feels makes me reflect on all the amazing achievements our students, faculty, and staff accomplished,” Booker said. “A celebration with our faculty and staff performing together is the perfect representation of who we are!”

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; music begins at 7 p.m. at ACM Live, 25 S. Oklahoma Ave. (First floor; formerly Michael Murphy’s Piano Bar.) Admission is free and open to the public, but a donation is encouraged to benefit Oklahoma City nonprofit Positive Tomorrows, Oklahoma’s only elementary school specifically for homeless children. Requested donations include new blankets, reusable shopping/tote bags, laundry soap, new beanies, new gloves, and copy paper. Cash is also appreciated.

“I always enjoy performing with students because we get to actually make music together instead of just talking about making music,” said Than Medlam, a longtime musician and ACM@UCO faculty member. “Being part of the performance allows me to share art with my students on an even deeper level than just coaching the preliminary work.”

Student Involvement in The Holiday Wrap Up is not limited to the nights’ performances. The event was conceived, organized and promoted by ACM’s Introduction to Concert and Tour Management class as their final project for the semester.

“An ACM holiday event is such a fun way for students and faculty from all three ACM programs to come together as a family and showcase what we’re learning while supporting a great cause,” said Music Business major NataliaVeloz leos. “It’s exciting to have helped create what might become an annual event at ACM. It’s kind of part of our classes legacy.”

The Holiday Wrap-Up is a new addition to ACM@UCO’s ongoing Metro Music Series, offering dozens of ticketed and free, all-ages events throughout the year with the mission of exposing audiences to new music, cultural diversity, educational opportunities, our campus, and Oklahoma City’s thriving Bricktown entertainment district. ACM@UCO’s Metro Music Series is also an important piece in growing arts-related partnerships throughout the metro area, the state of Oklahoma, the music and entertainment industry and beyond, and is sponsored by The Oklahoma Film + Music Office, Downtown OKC Partnership, Bricktown, Hal Smith Restaurants, Exchange Music, The Wedge and Painted Door Gift Boutique.

Learn more about ACM@UCO on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and at acm.uco.edu.

More about the lineup:

• Nick Ley and Ryan Hendrix: colourmusic, ACM Music Business faculty
• Travis Tester: EDM and DJ act Trav Is Dead, ACM Music Business and Production faculty
• Nicholas Poss: ACM Music Business and Production faculty
• Sophia Massad: ACM Performance graduate
• Than Medlam: ACM Performance faculty
• Sephra Scheuber: Sephra Music, ACM Production and Music Business faculty
• Danny Hargis: ACM Performance faculty
• Scott Booker: CEO and Executive Director of ACM@UCO

Shelly Phelps, Jipsi Caravan Experience, Ali Harter Join Lineup for Friday Event at VZD’s in OKC

Musicians Andy Hopkins (left) and Miche’la Creel

Tonight, you are cordially invited to share an evening with Shelly Phelps as she debuts her new band, Shelly Phelps and The Storm.

The celebrated Oklahoma City vocalist will be joined onstage with guitar virtuoso and ACM@UCO faculty Than Medlam, with Jeff Holmes on drums and Donald Heckler holding down the low end on bass.

In this evening filled with beautiful beginnings, ACM student-led act The Jipsi Caravan Experience will open up for The Storm, adding to this unforgettable night. The JCE is the full-band lineup of Jipsi, a local OKC psychedelic rock duo comprised of ACM alumni, Andy Hopkins and Miche’la Creel. The full lineup consists of Jayce Green on keys, Eric Ahtone on bass, Lynsey Bright on synthesizer and Thomas Hurd on drums.

Shelly Phelps

The evening will also feature appearances from local artists Nora Bray and Ali Harter.

WHAT: Shelly Phelps and The Storm, The Jipsi Caravan Experience, Ali Harter and Nora Bray
WHEN: Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: VZD’s Restaurant & Bar, 4200 N. Western Ave., Oklahoma City
ADMISSION: All ages. No cover.

Oklahoma-raised Musician Audra Mae Announces 2 Homecoming Performances; Donation of Show Proceeds to ACM@UCO

You’re probably familiar with her work even if you don’t recognize her name — L.A./Nashville-based singer-songwriter Audra Mae has co-written award-nominated songs for an array of chart-topping artists such as Celine Dion, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson and Miranda Lambert, among others.

The Oklahoma native recently announced a live stream appearance at Honest Ron’s Guitar Shop, 6:30 p.m. June 14 at 1129 N. May Ave. The following night will be a special live homecoming performance at Oklahoma City’s iconic Blue Door, 8 p.m. June 15 at 2805 N. McKinley Ave.

Singer-songwriter Audra Mae in a pink bomber jacket and wearing a ponytail. She performs June 14 at Honest Ron’s Guitar Shop, and June 15 at The Blue Door in Oklahoma City.

Audra Mae

Mae has gained critical praise for her songwriting style and her unique vocal tone, both of which emotively and deftly maneuver multiple styles and genres. Her work has been featured in 21 film and television shows, and she’s further cultivated a broad fanbase with songs that she recorded for popular television shows like The Good Wife and Sons of Anarchy.

In 2018, Mae released the album “Love, Audra Mae,” a love letter to the loyal fans that mean so much to her. It also features songwriting contributions and guest appearances from Laura “LP” Pergolizzi, Julia Karlsson, Paul O’Duffy, Jimmy Harry, Aaron Raitiere, Todd Spadafore, Sean McConnell and Anton Rundberg.

“Not one to be tied to any specific genre, Audra works with the best in country, alternative, rock, hip-hop, traditional pop, EDM and basically every other popular musical form,” the Songwriters Hall of Fame said when it awarded her its Abe Olman Scholarship in 2014.

“Audra Mae and the Almighty Sound is the exciting kind of music that gives us a reason to put on the headphones every night,” said Ear to the Ground of her 2012 album. “Her voice is smoky, sultry, and powerful.”

That album also landed a hit for Miranda Lambert, who released a cover of Mae’s “Little Red Wagon” in 2015.

Mae co-wrote the song “Fall In Line” with Christina Aguilera who performed the hit as a duet with Demi Lovato at the 2018 Billboard Awards. In a special appearance on ABC’s Nashville, Aguilera covered Mae’s “The Real Thing” as well as “Shotgun,” a song Mae wrote with Sean McConnell.

When explaining the two types of songwriters, “the kind that write for money and those that write because it’s fun,” she told the Songwriting Hall of Fame, “When I started working with the latter, that’s when my work got much better. I love collaborating because, when you have writer’s block, it’s important to have someone to bounce ideas off of.”

(Ask nicely, and Mae might tell you more about her great-aunt, Judy Garland — she’s even covered Garland’s signature song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”)

About Audra Mae

Mae grew up playing guitar and piano and performing in local theaters across the Oklahoma City metro area before graduating from Putnam City High School. She attended college at Middle Tennessee State University for a year before moving to Los Angeles with only $20 in her pocket. During her time in L.A., she performed just about anywhere and anytime the opportunity greeted her. During one of those shows, someone from a large publishing company took notice. Soon, she signed a contract with Warner/Chappell Music.

Mae also will be appearing at Honest Ron’s Guitar Shop, where Ron Lira sold Mae her first custom electric guitar made from wormwood (the distinguishable holes in the wood were filled with glitter). The following day marks her return to the Blue Door, a listening room that’s well-known for hosting legendary singer-songwriters Jimmy Webb, Eliza Gilkyson and Arlo Guthrie, among others.

She said she sees the music industry flourishing in Oklahoma and at the center of it is the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO), located in the heart of Oklahoma City’s Bricktown entertainment district. Concert proceeds will benefit ACM@UCO as it prepares students for careers in the music industry through a focused curriculum as well as real-world networking opportunities. For more information about ACM@UCO, visit acm.uco.edu.

~ Press release by Warner/Chappell intern and ACM@UCO student Chandler Elliot.

The Space Program Hip-Hop Collective Inspires ‘Fortitude, Resilience and Innovation’

The Space Program, a hip-hop collective of more than two dozen Black, collegiate artists and entrepreneurs from across Oklahoma, recently released the album “Curriculum of the Mind,” which was celebrated April 25 with a showcase at ACM@UCO Performance Lab.

Christopher G. Acoff, aka Original Flow poses with his hands folded across his chest in this black-and-white portrait

Christopher G. Acoff, aka Original Flow

Among others, the TSP collective features UCO-tied alumni and students, including audio engineer Myles Adams; Christopher G. Acoff, aka Original Flow, who earned a Music Business degree at ACM@UCO; ACM Contemporary Music Production graduate James Curd, aka Deezy; and UCO student Makeen Khalifa, aka Makeen.

Portions of TSP’s debut video for the album’s title track were recorded on the UCO campus in Edmond.

“The true essence of this dissertation album was the ability to see the progression of students, particularly ACM students (e.g. artists, poets, rappers, producers, audio engineers, etc.), come together and masterfully create something that will forever be timeless, both in the hip-hop and educational communities,” said TSP’s CEO, DJ and producer Dr. View, aka Stevie Johnson, who is also the former Assistant Director of Diversity Retention in the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Stevie Johnson, aka DJ and producer Dr. View, stands with his headphones pulled above his ears as he looks at the camera in this color portrait.

Stevie Johnson, aka DJ and producer Dr. View

He also recently received his Ph.D in Higher Education Administration from the University of Oklahoma.

“Many studies do not allow students to authentically express themselves in ways that speak to their epistemological and ontological perspectives. The fortitude, resilience and innovation of these students developed a new avenue of hip-hop scholarship that academia not only has to respect, but that will be used as a blueprint for educators for years to come,” Johnson said.

“In short, these students is helping the world recognize that hip-hop and education can and will work together for the betterment of creating social change,” he added.

Two ACM Students Earn Top Songwriting Prizes in Jimmy LaFave Songwriting Contest

Two students at the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) recently earned two top awards in the annual Jimmy LaFave Songwriting Contest.

Dallas Parker

Three of the four finalists, selected from 74 entries as finalists in the second annual Jimmy LaFave Songwriting Contest in April, were ACM students: “Breathless” by Chloe-Beth Campbell, “Angels Lullaby” by Ashliann Rivera and “Abilities” by Dallas Parker (Faux Draco). The fourth finalist was “Hollyhocks and Morning Glories” by longtime Tulsa singer-songwriter Scott Aycock.

The four performed April 30 in Stillwater. Parker won first place, which secured a lineup slot in the Bob Childers’ Gypsy Café festival on May 1, along with a $500 cash prize plus a $500 donation made in his name to the nonprofit Red Dirt Relief Fund. Campbell won the People’s Choice award, earning her a $100 prize.

Chloe-Beth Campbell

Parker, who performs under the name Faux Draco, is a freshman contemporary music production student at ACM and a rapper from Oklahoma City. Campbell is a freshman ACM contemporary music production student from Enid, and released her debut full-length album, Remnant, last year.

Rivera is freshman contemporary music performance major at ACM. The singer-songwriter was born in Brooklyn and raised in Oklahoma City. She has released three EPs in the last three years.

OKF+MO Seeks Applicants for 2019 Summer Internship Program

The Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) is now accepting applications for the 2019 Summer 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 summer.

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.

The Oklahoma Film + Music Office is 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 June 3. If interested, please submit a resume and cover letter to Jeanette Stanton at jeanette.stanton@travelok.com.

Deadline for submission is Friday, May 10.

Please include, “OF+MO Intern Application – Your Name” in the subject line of your email.