an orange colored brain set on a background of stars and outer space, the album cover for The Space Project's album Curriculum of the Mind.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Singer-Songwriter Sam Weber Returns to OKC for April 8 Show at ACM Performance Lab

Sam Weber, an indie singer-songwriter and musician from Victoria, British Columbia, returns to OKC for a concert 7 p.m. April 8 at ACM@UCO Performance Lab. Tickets are $10 at acm-uco.eventbrite.com.

Weber is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist in the vein of Jackson Browne, The Band, The Wood Brothers and Gillian Welch. He has been touring independently and internationally with his band since 2013. Years spent refining songs at home in North Saanich, BC and working in studios in Los Angeles have honed Weber’s craft to a fine point.

His live show pairs heartfelt songwriting with world-class musicianship and three-part harmony. He has released two LPs to date, “Shadows in the Road” (2014) and “Valentina Nevada” (2016). Through the characters and anecdotes in his songs, Weber sings about the truths of love, life and family.

He and his band released a new EP, “New Agile Freedom,” in 2018 and are now on tour.

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.

 

Dawson Hollow Returns to OKC for Free Concert March 28 at ACM Performance Lab

Dawson Hollow, an indie-folk rock quintet based in the Ozark Mountains, returns to Oklahoma City for a FREE SHOW 7 p.m. March 28 at ACM@UCO Performance Lab!

A concert poster featuring the five members of the folk-rock act Dawson Hollow, dressed casually and looking at the camera as they pose on a bridge.

Dawson Hollow released its full-length debut, “Boy of My Youth,” in 2018. It was crowdfunded by a highly successful Kickstarter campaign that raised $96,000, which, in part, allowed the act to work with Grammy Award-winning producer and mixer Ryan Hewitt (The Avett Brothers, The Lumineers, Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Nashville-based producer Ryan Poole (Roger Jaeger, Benji Kuriakose).

Multitalented multi-instrumentalists Ben, Aaron, Rachel, Kyle and John Link form Dawson Hollow. Together, they mix vocals, keyboards, banjo, guitar, drums, mandolin, cello and more to create their one-of-a-kind sound. If you enjoy Dawes, Old Crow Medicine Show or Nickel Creek, you’ll love this band. Learn more at dawsonhollow.com.

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. Find more info about Metro Music Series events at acm-uco.eventbrite.com.

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

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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!

Here’s Your Spring Break 2019 Playlist!

This ACM@UCO-curated playlist includes a little bit of everything and nearly 2 hours of music, so hit shuffle, set it to repeat and enjoy!

The ACM@UCO-curated playlist includes current music from:

• FIDLAR
• Wallows
• The Chemical Brothers
• Noname feat. Phoelix
• Cage the Elephant
• Vampire Weekend feat. Steve Lacy
• Cherry Glazerr feat. Dangerous Steve
• Sleaford Mods
• Karen O + Danger Mouse
• The Twilight Sad
• Quelle Chris feat. Cavalier, Bilal Salaam, Eldar Djangirov and James Acaster
• Matmos
• Epic Beard Men
• Weezer
• Stephen Malkmus
• The Mountain Goats
… and more!

As well as tunes by Oklahoma artists and ACM@UCO students, faculty and alumni:

• Parker Millsap
• ZHU with Sofi Tukker
• Combsy feat. Steph Simon and Keeng Cut
• colourmusic
• Jabee feat. Thelonious Martin
• LGC and the X
• Adam + Kizzie
• Druce Wayne feat. Original Flow, Xtra and Fresh
• Love Seats
• Ciara Brooke
• Johnny Manchild and the Poor Bästards
• Harlee Lane
… and even a Brothers Griiin remix of the Spaceface tune “Spread Your Head!”

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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.