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Paul Benjaman, Jacob Tovar Co-Headline Nov. 2 Country Showcase in Bricktown

In a showcase sure to move country, rock and Southern rock fans alike, Paul Benjaman and Jacob Tovar co-headline a concert 7 p.m. Nov. 2 at ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Bricktown.

The concert 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, available at eventbrite.com.concert poster depicting Paul Benjaman and Jacob Tovar

Paul Benjaman’s distinctive, groove-based songs meld both the American swagger and the lyrical songwriting prowess of artists like Leon Russell, JJ Cale, Wilco, Warren Zevon and Little Feat. Similarly, Horton Records labelmate Jacob Tovar evokes the wry wit of Buck Owens or C.W. McCall and a Southern-rock tinged amalgam of both Hank Williams Sr. and Jr.

The event showcases Oklahoma musicians and Horton Records, based in Tulsa and founded by its namesake, Brian Horton. Horton Records is a nonprofit, volunteer-sustained music organization providing everything from band management to creating, sustaining and promoting local music and Oklahoma’s musical heritage.

“Paul Benjaman and Jacob Tovar are modern classics — they are master songwriters and musicians,” said ACM@UCO CEO and Executive Director Scott Booker. “Horton Records, and this showcase, exemplify how musicians work together to create something original and enduring while building entrepreneurial and community service opportunities.”

ACM@UCO’s Metro Music Series is sponsored by Oklahoma Gazette, Exchange Music, KOSU Radio, ArtWorks, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Oklahoma Arts Council.

About Horton Records

Horton Records, LTD is a nonprofit 501c-3 organization based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Its mission is to provide support and tools for band management, promotion, booking, merchandising and distribution to help local and regional musicians fulfill their artistic goals and further promote local and regional music on a broader scale.

Horton Records is actively involved in a variety of programs and workshops that stimulate, inform and engage future generations and other demographics in the rich musical heritage of our region. The nonprofit organization actively partners with other organizations and individuals to broaden and strengthen our community through our musical endeavors. Horton Records is an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff positions.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Metro Music Series: High Noon Showcase

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

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

About the ACM@UCO Metro Music Series

The 2018-2019 school year marks ACM@UCO’s tenth anniversary. To celebrate, it expanded its long-running Metro Music Festival into a yearlong event. The revamped Metro Music Series includes the High Noon Showcase, presenting free shows by ACM@UCO-tied music acts; its ACM@UCO Performance Lab series by regional and national touring acts; and a growing roster of masterclasses, clinics and workshops with industry leaders, many of which are open to students and the public.

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

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