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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.

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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.

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ACM@UCO Presents High School Night on March 5

The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma presents HIGH SCHOOL NIGHT, 6 p.m. March 5 at the ACM Live Room, 25 S. Oklahoma Ave., in Bricktown. Admission is free!

text poster with outline of crowd in shadow and lightning bolts around the yellow words High School Night. It includes the bands playing, date and time info.LINEUP:

• Downer

• The Major Fifths

• Dr. Deuss

• Chloe Batson

Doors open at 6 p.m. and music begins at 7 p.m.

ACM@UCO presents Metro Music Series performances, masterclasses, clinics and workshops by ACM-affiliated music acts, as well as regional, national and international industry luminaries.

Metro Music Series is sponsored by Downtown OKC Partnership, Bricktown, Painted Door Gift Boutique, Oklahoma Film + Music Office, Hal Smith Restaurants, The Wedge Pizzeria and Exchange Music.

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Free Drum Clinic with Rich Redmond Happens Feb. 28 at ACM@UCO

The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma presents a drum clinic led by Rich Redmond, the drummer for Jason Aldean, at noon Feb. 28 at the ACM Live Room, 25 S. Oklahoma Ave., in Bricktown.

Admission is free and open to the public!

Text flyer with Drummer Rich Redmond, dressed in black, sits on a riser with his drum kit behind him, which he uses when he tours with country music star Jason AldeanRedmond is a world-class drummer who has toured with country music star Jason Aldean for over 20 years. He’s also an award-wining producer, songwriter, speaker, author, actor and recording drummer who has worked with artists such as Ludacris, Kelly Clarkson, Bryan Adams, Bob Seger, Joe Perry, Garth Brooks, Chris Stapleton, Jewel and Chris Cornell, to name a few.

Redmond is a four-time winner of Modern Drummer magazine’s “Country Drummer of the Year” honor, and his resume includes more than two-dozen No. 1 singles.

ACM@UCO presents Metro Music Series performances, masterclasses, clinics and workshops by ACM-affiliated music acts, as well as regional, national and international industry luminaries.

Metro Music Series is sponsored by Downtown OKC Partnership, Bricktown, Painted Door Gift Boutique, Oklahoma Film + Music Office, Hal Smith Restaurants, The Wedge Pizzeria and Exchange Music.

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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.

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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

Musicians Andy Hopkins (left) and Miche’la Creel stand in front of a lake in this undated promotional photo.

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.

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

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.

Check Out FREE deadCenter Filmmaker Panels Saturday at ACM@UCO!

The Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) is proud to be a returning sponsor of the 19th annual deadCenter Film Festival taking place Thursday, June 6, through Sunday, June 9, 2019, at multiple locations in downtown Oklahoma City.

Colorful graphic for deadCenter Film Festival featuring orange, green, blue, red, black and purple boxes with line-type graphics of an eyeball, film, lights and the event dates of June 6-9 2019Oklahoma Film ICON Panel Series at ACM@UCO

OF+MO, in conjunction with deadCenter, hosts the Oklahoma Film ICON Panel Series all day Saturday, June 8 at the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO), located on the Bricktown Canal at 25 S. Oklahoma Ave.

The series features intimate conversations with special guests, including this year’s featured festival filmmakers and ICON award recipients.

These panels are free and open to both the public and festival goers.

The panels provide attendees networking and educational opportunities. Topics include actors-turned-directors, documentary storytelling, content creation, locations scouting, special effects makeup, cinematic lighting and the future of Oklahoma’s film industry.

Confirmed panelists include Graham Phillips (“Riverdale”, “The Bygone”), Alison Naifeh (“August: Osage County”, “I Can Only Imagine”), Steve Mathis (“Mrs. Doubtfire”, “Moulin Rouge”), Steve LaPorte (“Beetlejuice”, “X-Men”, “The Color Purple”), Jeffrey Palmer (“Words From a Bear”), Luke Dick (“Red Dog”), Paul Stuart (Amaze VR), Tava Maloy Sofsky (Oklahoma Film + Music Office) and Hayden Szeto and Grant Rosenmeyer (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”).

These panels run 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at ACM@UCO, 25. S. Oklahoma Ave. in Bricktown. Admission is free and open to the public and deadCenter festivalgoers.

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Special EFX Make-up with Oklahoma Film ICON Steve LaPorte is 2 p.m. Saturday at ACM@UCO during deadCenter Film Festival. LaPorte has been lead make-up artist for “Lost,” with a Special Effects Make-Up Oscar for “Beetlejuice” and Emmy for “The X-Files.”

Panel schedule:

• 10 a.m.: Actor as Storyteller
• 11 a.m.: Documentary Storytelling
• 12 p.m.: Future of Content Creation and Distribution
• 1 p.m.: Location Scouting with Alison Naifeh
• 2 p.m.: Special EFX Make-Up with Steve LaPorte
• 3 p.m.: Creating Beautiful Images with Gaffer Steve Mathis
• 4 p.m.: Future of Oklahoma Film

2019 deadCenter Film Festival

deadCenter promotes, encourages and celebrates independent films with both the organization’s annual film festival, as well as their year-round educational outreach via the deadCenter Institute. Named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “Top 20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” and “Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee,” deadCenter received a record-breaking 1,500 film submissions this year.

One-hundred-forty films were selected, including 38 projects either made in Oklahoma or by Oklahoma filmmakers. “The Bygone,” “Hosea” and “Trolls: Stop Motion” animated series, which each utilized the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program administered by OF+MO, will screen at the festival.

Earlier this year at the festival’s May kick-off event, OF+MO was named one of deadCenter’s Oklahoma Film ICON Award recipients in recognition of OF+MO’s 40th anniversary as a state office. This distinction honors individuals or organizations with ties to Oklahoma whose success in the film and entertainment sector has elevated the global perception of the state within the film industry. This year’s other Icon Award honorees are Academy Award winning make-up artist and Oklahoma City native Steve La Porte, OU graduate and gaffer and lighting technician Steve Mathis and renowned location scout and Enid native Alison Naifeh.

“OF+MO is honored to continue its sponsorship of the deadCenter Film Festival in its 19th year,” said OF+MO Director Tava Maloy Sofsky. “The growth of the deadCenter Film Festival alongside our local film industry has been tremendous, and we’re so proud of the Oklahoma representation across the board at this year’s festival. We look forward to recognizing the accomplishments of our industry at deadCenter as well as connecting with festival audiences at the educational ICON panel series. On behalf of OF+MO, I would like to thank deadCenter as well as the hosting venue, ACM@UCO, for their contributions to the festival’s panel series.”

For a complete schedule of screenings and events as well as information on purchasing all-access passes and tickets, please visit deadcenterfilm.org.

About Oklahoma Film + Music Office

Created in 1979, the Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) 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.