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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 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

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.

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.

 

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!

FESTIVAL ANNOUNCEMENT: The Annie Oakley, Noname headline ACM@UCO’s .WAV Festival on March 2-3

ACM@UCO’s .WAV Festival celebrates women in music with two days of empowering music and performances, March 2-3 at the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) and its ACM Performance Lab in downtown Oklahoma City.

Festival admission is free and open to the public, except for Sunday’s festival-headlining show by acclaimed Chicago hip-hop and spoken-word rapper Noname, who performs 8 p.m. March 3 at ACM Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave. Elton and Original Flow & The Fervent Route open the show. Tickets for the Noname concert are $25 and are sold out, although a limited number of tickets might be released for sale closer to the event date.

Popular Americana sweetheart The Annie Oakley headlines the March 2 roster, performing a at 8 p.m. inside the Songwriting Room on the first floor of ACM@UCO’s main campus at 25 S. Oklahoma Avenue (first floor) in downtown Oklahoma City’s Bricktown entertainment district.

The .WAV Festival features three indoor stages at two venues, with most performances happening 4-9 p.m. March 2 and 2-8 p.m. March 3 inside ACM@UCO. The lineup features Miillie Mesh, Ciara Brooke, Lauryn Hardiman, Creeping Toms, Ramona & The Phantoms, Me Oh My, Rozlyn Zora, Jade Castle, Michéla Creel and more. For more information, visit wav.eventbrite.com.

Organized and run by members of ACM’s Women Audio Vision (.WAV) student organization, .WAV Festival showcases multiple genres and more than a dozen music acts performing grunge pop, Americana, blues, folk, singer-songwriter, rap and hip-hop and more.

“.WAV Fest was created to empower women in the music industry,” said Katie Carmichael, student president of ACM@UCO Women Audio Vision (.WAV). “The event features bands with women and women solo artists, as well as dancers, artists and photographers.

“The two-day event is also a food drive for Sisu Youth in OKC that helps homeless youth in the area,” Carmichael added.

All .WAV Festival visitors are encouraged to donate nonperishable food items to benefit Sisu Youth Services, an Oklahoma City nonprofit organization that helps shelter and care for homeless youth living in our community. The mission of Sisu Youth, Inc. is to ensure that young people experiencing adversity have a safe place to sleep, the security to dream and the support to make a positive impact on the world.

Suggested donations:

• $5-10 gift cards for fast food
• Bottled water
• Gatorade
• Pop Tarts
• Fruit snacks
• Snack cups (applesauce, fruit or pudding)
• Beef jerky
• Shelf-stable milk
• Granola and protein bars
• Hormel Compleats or similar shelf-stable, MRE-type food
• Pop-top canned food

“We think .WAV Fest is important because not only are we representing ACM to show how vital the work they’re doing is in Oklahoma, but also to show how many women and female-identifying people are working in the arts in Oklahoma City to help shape the scene,” Carmichael explained.

In fact, the student organization she leads, ACM@UCO Women’s Audio Vision, just began its second year on the school’s downtown campus.

“This is our second year as an organization, but first under the name Women’s Audio Vision,” which is open to everyone, including female and female-identifying members, Carmichael said. “Our purpose is to show other women they aren’t alone in this business and to create a community of capable, trained professional women in OKC.”

ACM@UCO’s Women’s Audio Vision group and the .WAV Festival is funded by the University of Central Oklahoma Student Association. As part of ACM@UCO’s Metro Music Series, the Noname concert is funded in part by the support of its sponsors, including 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 performance dates and times and learn more about the .WAV Festival at wav.eventbrite.com.

The Annie Oakley, dressed in similar jumpers and polka-dot shirts in this undated publicity photo.

The Annie Oakley headlines .WAV Festival with a free March 2 performance at ACM@UCO’s Songwriting Room (first floor), 25 S. Sheridan Ave., in Bricktown.

Miillie Mesh poses with a lace fan in this undated publicity photo.

Miillie Mesh performs Sunday, March 3 at ACM@UCO’s .WAV Festival.

Singer-songwriter Kat Lock poses in a velvet gown in front of what appear to be bloody shower curtains in this undated publicity photo.

Kat Lock performs Saturday, March 2 at ACM@UCO’s .WAV Festival.

Singer-songwriter and musician Jade Castle poses with her guitar in front of a stone fountain in this undated publicity photo.

Jade Castle performs Saturday, March 2 at ACM@UCO’s .WAV Festival.

Musician Eli Tostado sits on a yellow-painted curb, with her legs crossed, as she looks at the camera in this undated publicity photo.

Eli Tostado performs Sunday, March 3 at ACM@UCO’s .WAV Festival.

.WAV FESTIVAL

4-9 p.m. March 2 and 2-11 p.m. March 3 at ACM@UCO campus and ACM Performance Lab. For more information, visit wav.eventbrite.com. Please note that the lineup is subject to change without notice.

SATURDAY, MARCH 2

ACM@UCO campus (first floor), 25 S. Oklahoma Ave. in Bricktown

Songwriting Room
• 8 p.m.: The Annie Oakley
• 7 p.m.: Me Oh My
• 6 p.m.: Ramona & The Phantoms
• 5 p.m.: Kat Lock
• 4 p.m.: Creeping Toms

Acoustic stage
• 7 p.m.: Michéla Creel
• 6 p.m.: dancers
• 5 p.m.: Rozlyn Zora
• 4 p.m.: Jade Castle

SUNDAY, MARCH 3

ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave.
• 8 p.m.: Noname, with Elton and Original Flow & The Fervent Route (ticketed show)

ACM@UCO campus (first floor), 25 S. Oklahoma Ave. in Bricktown
Songwriting Room
• 5 p.m.: Miillie Mesh
• 4 p.m.: Shiann Davis
• 3 p.m.: Ciara Brooke
• 2 p.m.: Stone Tide

Acoustic stage
• 6 p.m.: Lauryn Hardiman
• 5 p.m.: dancers
• 4 p.m.: Sarah Byrd
• 2:30 p.m.: Jordan Russell
• 2 p.m.: Eli Tostado

ACM@UCO Musician and Singer-Songwriter Rozlyn Zora Leaves Fans ‘Speechless’ on Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day, Oklahoma singer-songwriter and musician Rozlyn Zora proves that love is indeed what you choose to make of it. On Feb. 14, she’ll release her new single, “Speechless,” as she embarks on a spring-fling string of shows she’s calling the Makeup//Breakup Mini-Tour.

Zora, from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, is a senior studying production and technology application at ACM@UCO in Oklahoma City. She said she’s long had the goal to release a new song every Valentine’s Day, and the Feb. 14 release of “Speechless” marks her first milestone in achieving it.

The acoustic guitar-driven, lyrically emotive ballad soars with support of ACM graduate Heather Becker on piano and Oklahoma State University student Demetri Tsaras on bass. Zora’s lyrical style on the tune has been compared to Sara Bareilles — a high compliment, to be sure, she said.

“The chorus came to me in a dream,” Zora said. “Charming love songs are my weakness. After I released ‘Love’ in January of 2017, I’ve longed to release a song on Valentine’s Day, and ‘Speechless’ is that dream child.”

“Speechless” was tracked and mixed by ACM@UCO music production and engineering student and student worker Stuart Adams in the school’s second floor-studio. It was mastered by ACM@UCO full-time lecturer and studio manager Kevin Lively (Rage Against the Machine, Pink, Elton John).

To celebrate the recording, Zora announced the quickie, three-date Makeup//Breakup Mini-Tour, in which she and participating bands fill their setlists with love/hate songs.

“The tour runs three days,” Zora said, then laughed. Zora and Mandias (Shawnee, Oklahoma, resident, ACM student and indie folk-rock musician Kate Carmichael) lead the lineup. Special guests round out the show at each show.

Zora’s first stop is a free concert 10 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Rabbit Hole, 116 S. Elgin Ave. in Tulsa, where she performs with Oklahoma City singer-songwriter Mandias and featured guest Lauryn Hardiman. The next night, she cruises through Norman for a 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15 gig with Mandias and UCO-based rock act Useless Randy at Red Brick Bar, 311 E. Main St. in Norman.

On Feb. 16, Zora swings through Bentonville, Arkansas, to perform at the popular Bike Rack Brewing Co.’s Eighth Street Brewery and Tap Room, 801 SE Eighth St., Suite 61. There, she shares the stage with Mandias, Useless Randy and Fayetteville, Arkansas, indie-alternative act Makin Loaf starting at 8 p.m. Tickets for that show are $10 at the door and eventbrite.com.

For more information and music, contact Rozlyn Zora at facebook.com/rozlynzora.

Makeup//Breakup Mini-Tour:

10 p.m. Feb. 14
Rozlyn Zora, Mandias and featuring Lauryn Hardiman
Rabbit Hole Tulsa, 116 S. Elgin Ave. in Tulsa
no cover / 21+

6:30 p.m. Feb. 15
Rozlyn Zora, Mandias and Useless Randy
Red Brick Bar, 311 E. Main St. in Norman
no cover / 21+

8 p.m. Feb. 16
Rozlyn Zora, Mandias, Useless Randy and Makin Loaf
Bike Rack Brewing Co. (Eighth Street Brewery & Tap Room), 801 SE Eighth St., suite 61 in Bentonville, Arkansas
$10 at the door and eventbrite.com.

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CONCERT ANNOUNCEMENT: Parker Millsap Headlines May 1 Show at ACM Performance Lab in Bricktown

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

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

Tickets are $10, and go on sale to the public 10 a.m. CT Friday, Jan. 18 at acm-uco.eventbrite.com.

Millsap has had a string of highlights in recent years: A network television debut on “Conan,” a performance with Elton John at Apple Music Festival in London, an Austin City Limits taping and an Album of the Year nomination from the Americana Music Association. He has also received praise from The New York TimesThe Boston GlobeLA TimesThe Austin Chronicle and Rolling Stone to name a few.

He first picked up an acoustic guitar at age 9, then plugged in and went electric after getting into Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Millsap eventually started a cover band with classmate Michael Rose, who still plays bass with him today. Over the years, he recruited musicians Daniel Foulks (fiddle) and Andrew Bones (drums) to join his band.

Parker’s first three full-length releases — 2012’s “Palisade,” 2014’s self-titled LP and 2016’s “The Very Last Day” — showcased a primal mastery of acoustic folk rock, with their flourish for revelation and fiery dynamics all recorded with extreme precision, purpose and efficiency.

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 Presents Literati Variety Show in February, Featuring Local Musicians, Writers, Poets

In a multi-act event promoting storytelling and its various forms, the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) presents Literati Variety Show, 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Oklahoma City. Admission is free.

Charles Martin, founder and creative director of Literati Press Comics & Novels, based in Oklahoma City, calls Literati Variety Show a “five-act variety talk program.”

“This is a celebration of storytelling as entertainment as well as a force to give meaning to life,” Martin said. “We are uniting artists from all mediums — music, poetry, comedy, anyone with a good story and the wherewithal to tell it well.”

The Feb. 9 event is presented by ACM@UCO as part of its Metro Music Series celebrating the school’s 10th anniversary.

Martin hosts the show, where he’ll introduce a music and literary pairing by hip-hop act Original Flow and The Fervent Route; a conversation with George Lang, editor-in-chief of Oklahoma Gazette; Heath Huffman, Public Access comedian of note; authors Holly Sampson Hall and Jeremy Hall with a performance reading of “The Most Wonderful Wonder”; and Molly O’Connor, founder of OKC StorySlam.

The show is co-organized by longtime local artist, Oklahoma City Arts Commissioner and Istvan Art owner and manager Stephen Kovash. Speaking recently to Oklahoma Gazette, Kovash said one of his goals with this show is to establish a new artistic family in the metro.

“Things are starting to coalesce in terms of Oklahoma writers,” he told the Gazette. “And so I think what Charles is doing here is perfect timing. … There’s hunger for ideas, and there’s pent-up demand, but there’s also a supply that’s pent-up. So maybe if we can get those people together, it’s going to explode.”

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.

About the Performers

Molly O’Connor:
O’Connor is an Oklahoma City-based multi-disciplinary artist and cultural worker. Her creative and artistic practices include visual art, creative writing, original solo performance work and storytelling. In 2005, O’Connor founded OKC StorySlam, a monthly, competitive open-mic storytelling event influenced by “The Moth Radio Hour” and podcast.

Holly Sampson Hall and Jeremy Hall:
Holly Samson Hall and Jeremy Hall write and perform dark folk music as Welcome Little Stranger. Creators of “The Most Wonderful Wonder” podcast, the Halls explore tragedy, folklore and strange, true tales from the back pages of American history.

Heath Huffman:
Huffman is a stand-up comic born and raised in Oklahoma City. He tells jokes that highlight the absurdity of working out, the quirkiness of his religious upbringing and the peculiar world of cheap Italian food. He also hosts two podcasts — Christian music review show “The Praisedown” with Heath and Alex, and comic book narration show “Paneled,” both of which some people (not him) think are very good.

George Lang:
Lang is a journalist who has worked for Oklahoma Gazette multiple times since 1994. He returned as its editor-in-chief in 2017. In the interim, he also wrote for The Oklahoman. While there, he became its assistant entertainment editor, interviewing about 95 percent of film industry’s A-listers and hosting an award-winning video series about local musicians, “Static.” He hosts “Spy 101” radio show 8 p.m. Saturdays on The Spy (KOSU) and he teaches at ACM@UCO.

Original Flow and The Fervent Route:
Oklahoma City-based music act Original Flow & The Fervent Route mixes high-octane lyrical content with live instrumentation and old-school hip-hop delivery. It also includes ACM@UCO alumni.

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.

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

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