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Spotlight: ACM Student Caleb Starr’s Promo Video, Music

Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) student Caleb Starr, a contemporary music performance major, recently created this promo video as a class project. We wanted to share it!

It also features his music as solo artist Leotie, which he recently performed live in front of a sold-out crowd at Mac DeMarco’s Nov. 14 concert at ACM@UCO Performance Lab in Bricktown.

Iconic American musician ‘Little Steven’ Van Zandt joins ACM@UCO executive director Scott Booker for Nov. 26 masterclass in OKC

Ahead of his Nov. 26 concert in Oklahoma City, longtime musician, actor and actor Steven Van Zandt joins Scott Booker, executive director of the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) for a Q&A-style interview and masterclass. The event is 2 p.m. Nov. 26 in ACM@UCO’s Songwriting Room (first floor), 25 S. Oklahoma Ave. in Bricktown.

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.

Steven Van Zandt plays guitar and sings during a concert

Steven Van Zandt / Photo courtesy Big Hassle Media

During the masterclass, Van Zandt will discuss his history past and current projects. ACM@UCO CEO and Executive Director Scott Booker will lead the discussion, which is free and open to the public.

Van Zandt’s accomplishments are many. He is a musician, performer, songwriter, arranger, music producer, music supervisor, TV producer, actor, director, Broadway producer, TV and film composer, live event producer, international DJ, activist, historian, teacher and member of the New Jersey and Rock and Roll halls of fame. He is also recognized internationally as one of the world’s foremost authorities on both contemporary and traditional rock ’n’ roll.

“I’m thrilled that Steven Van Zandt is joining ACM@UCO for this masterclass,” said ACM@UCO CEO and Executive Director Scott Booker. “His career spans decades, generations and even mediums — recording, touring, acting, filmmaking, philanthropy and activism. He also embodies our school’s mission to educate and encourage entrepreneurial vitality throughout the music business.

“I expect this to be an extremely informative and entertaining masterclass,” Booker continued. “If I had it my way, we’d convince him to stay and he’d be here every day.”

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band album "Born in the U.S.A."

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band album “Born in the U.S.A.”

After helping create the “Jersey Shore” sound with the band Asbury Jukes, he became a founding member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band (and co-produced seminal Springsteen/E Street Band albums “The River” and “Born in the U.S.A.”). He has gone on to become a successful solo artist in his own right, recording and performing solo with his band Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul.

Last year, Van Zandt released “Soulfire,” his first new album in more than 15 years — returning to his rhythm and blues roots. Rolling Stone magazine named the project one of its “Best Albums of 2017.” In April, he released a three-disc CD box set, “Soulfire Live!,” with a 7-inch vinyl box set and two-disc Blu-Ray to be released this fall.

Additionally, his songs have been performed by artists such as Jackson Browne, Pearl Jam, Jimmy Cliff, Damian Marley, Margo Price, Gary U.S. Bonds, Darlene Love, Nancy Sinatra, Brian Setzer and Black Uhuru, among others.

A longtime activist, Van Zandt has twice been honored by the United Nations for his political activism, including the “Sun City” project and film, and his involvement in “International Peace Day” along with Peter Gabriel. He also established the Solidarity Foundation to promote the sovereignty of indigenous peoples and to foster economic development in harmony with the earth.

Steven Van Zandt sits for a publicity photo in front of a set of lockers, wearing his trademark black bandanna, sitting with his arms crossed

Steven Van Zandt / Photo courtesy Heidi Gutman

Many also recognize him from his seven-season co-starring role on the “Sopranos,” as well as his work starring in, cowriting, executive producing and supervising the music for “Lilyhammer,” the first original programming to stream on Netflix.

In 2001, he launched “Little Steven’s Underground Garage,” his internationally syndicated radio show, often called the most successful syndicated rock music radio show in the past 40 years. He also created and produces the first two channels of original content on SiriusXM Satellite Radio, the Underground Garage (Channel 21) and Outlaw Country (Channel 60).

Little Steven and the Disciples of Tour are back on the road this fall with their Soulfire Teacher Solidarity Tour. The landmark live tour benefits The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation’s TeachRock program and has reached the incredible goal of registering over 10,000 teachers (and counting) to use the TeachRock music history curriculum. Founded by Van Zandt, the foundation creates education materials using the history of popular music to create engaging, multicultural lesson plans for history, social studies, language arts, music and science classrooms, all of which are available to educators at no cost.

He joins the ACM@UCO masterclass before his scheduled 8 p.m. Nov. 26 concert at Tower Theatre in Oklahoma City. Learn more about tickets and that show at towertheatreokc.com.

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.

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

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

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.

Stay tuned to the Performance Lab at facebook.com/acmucoperformancelab and ACM@UCO @acmuco for updates and announcements about even more concerts and events!

High Noon Showcases

ACM@UCO Songwriting Room, 25 S. Oklahoma Ave. (first floor), in Bricktown. All shows begin at 12:15 p.m. Public welcome. Free admission.

• Nov. 19: Sam Weber

ACM@UCO Performance Lab concerts

329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Bricktown. Doors open 7 p.m. unless noted. Public welcome. Tickets at acm-uco.eventbrite.com.

• Nov. 14: Mac DeMarco (solo), with Leotie
• Nov. 18: Current Joys, with Love Seats and The Lunar Laugh (acoustic)
• Nov. 30: Colourmusic album release show, with Applied Music Program and Net
• Dec. 3-4: ACM@UCO Alive! student performance showcase
• Dec. 7: Combsy and Henna Roso (Horton Music Showcase)
• March 3, 2019: Noname, with Original Flow and The Fervent Route
• April 27, 2019: An evening with The Tallest Man on Earth (solo)

Masterclasses, clinics and listening sessions

ACM@UCO, 25 S. Oklahoma Ave. (first floor), in Bricktown. Public welcome unless otherwise noted. Free admission.

• Nov. 18: Current Joys Q&A clinic (open to ACM students)
• Nov. 26: 2 p.m.: Masterclass Q&A between Steven Van Zandt and ACM@UCO Executive Director Scott Booker
• Nov. 28: 2 p.m.: Listening session with ACM@UCO faculty Tyler Garcia (Third Eye Blind, “Third Eye Blind”)
• Dec. 3: 2 p.m.: Listening session with ACM@UCO staff Jennifer Chancellor (DJ BC: “The Beastles: Ill Submarine”)

WATCH: Longtime OKC Musician and ACM Faculty Mike Hosty in Season Two Premiere of ‘Play It Loud’

About the ‘Play It Loud’ Season Two Premiere

From Brandy McDonnell at NewsOK/The Oklahoman:

“Play It Loud,” an original music series that follows award-winning Oklahoma independent filmmaker Adam Hampton as he explores the state’s vibrant music scene, features well-known one-man band Mike Hosty in the first episode of its second season.

The installment opens with Hosty performing his signature song “Oklahoma Breakdown,” which red dirt music star Stoney LaRue is known for covering. Complete with kazoo solo, naturally.

The 22-minute showcase also includes an interview in which the self-described platypus talks about music, standup comedy, childhood inspiration and more. Hampton quotes both the Bible and Frank Zappa in this episode, and it doesn’t seem at all weird given we’re talking about Hosty here.

Each approximately 20-minute installment of “Play It Loud,” presented by Shawnee’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort, features an intimate interview and performance by an Oklahoma musician.

Read more from McDonnell’s story at NewsOK.com.

‘Play It Loud’ episode format

“Play it Loud” series host Adam Hampton described the series in this June interview for potawatomi.org:

Adam Hampton drinks from a coffee mug in this portrait

Adam Hampton

“In each episode, I speak with each artist and try to capture in our discussion some part of who they are, what they’ve been through or what they’re wanting to say. We also have them play an acoustic performance, and we have them play with a full band on the Play It Loud stage at the Grand.

“The format may shift from one artist to the other, but the components remain the same: The discussion, the performances, the theme of music as a bridge between people, and we want the visual experience to be fun. … So we shot it like an unscripted movie. We turned on our cameras in the coolest environments possible and let it rip.”

Read more from that season one interview at potawatomi.org.

Learn more about the “Play It Loud” series at grandresortok.com/playitloud.


JD McPherson: Artist + Management Partnerships Participates in Public Masterclass Oct. 26 at ACM@UCO in Bricktown

Hear from Scott Booker, Executive Director of ACM@UCO and Flaming Lips Manager, and Oklahoma rock ‘n roll musician JD McPherson as they discuss the music industry from artist and management perspectives, 9:30 a.m. Oct. 26, at ACM@UCO’s Songwriting Room (first floor), 25 S. Oklahoma Ave., in Bricktown.

The Artist+Management Partnerships Music Networking and Mentoring Event is partnership with Oklahoma Film + Music Office and the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO). This event will be formatted in a masterclass-type setting.

Admission is FREE and open to the public.

9:30 a.m.: Light breakfast
10 a.m.: Discussion
11 a.m.: Networking

Due to limited seating, please RSVP here by Oct. 25: okfilmmusic.org/rsvp-for-the-ofmo-music-networking-mentoring-event-2018/

Read more about McPherson and this special event: eventbrite.com/e/jd-mcpherson-artistmanagement-partnerships-registration-51564413549

ACM@UCO Spotify Playlists: Your Bewitching Halloween Mixtape Is Here!

Travis Tester, aka local DJ Travis Traps and ACM faculty, says of his playlist: “Halloween music for a bewitching good time! 👻 Best enjoyed with shuffle disabled, and crossfade turned on.) 🔪

Metro Music Series
2018-2019 Semester Playlist

Follow this playlist as we add and announce more events and shows!


More Music

Jennifer Chancellor selfie

Jennifer Chancellor, ACM@UCO marketing and public relations coordinator, recovering entertainment journalist, former Oklahoma Gazette editor-in-chief: “Someone asked me recently, ‘What do you listen to?’ I said, ‘Everything.’ Which isn’t absolutely true, because this collection of songs in particular, though eclectic, represents a fair swath of what I’m listening to right now. Enjoy!”


Filmmaker and ACM staff George Salisbury with paint covering his face from a music video shoot

George Salisbury, ACM@UCO IT specialist, Delo Creative owner, filmmaker: “My current Top 30 loopers.”



Jimmy Jackson playing drums

Jimmy Jackson, ACM@UCO staff, drummer. Jimmy also performs with when not working for ACM@UCO director Scott Booker: “Thirty songs that mean something to me.”




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.


Adam + Kizzie Kick Off Curiosity Fest, Oct. 20 At Civic Center Music Hall

Oklahoma Humanities Council presents Curiosity Fest noon-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 at Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker Ave., in Oklahoma City.

This fun, lifelong learning opportunity features popular local husband-and-wife music act Adam & Kizzie (Adam Ledbetter is also a current faculty member at ACM@UCO) as they lead off 24 sessions featuring Oklahoma’s top humanities scholars sharing their fields of expertise in innovative and engaging ways.

Learn about a broad swatch of subjects such as race and social issues, comic books, the truth about the Electoral College, Harry Potter, The Game of Thrones, the intersection of politics and religion, social justice, pop culture and more.

The final session of the day is Jad Abumrad, founder of NPR’s Radiolab.

He presents his multimedia presentation “Gut-Churn,” which shows how curiosity, often manifesting as a gut-wrenching question, leads to creative solutions.

Food samples and a beer tasting add to the fun. For the complete program schedule visit okhumanities.org/curiosityfest.

Tickets are $20-$100.

Electric Pizza Series Delivers Original Electronic Music to UCO Jazz Lab in Edmond

Live electronic music, open seating, free pizza — what more could anyone want?

A Halloween theme, you say?

Done! Electric Pizza is the University of Central Oklahoma’s newest concert series, showcasing new, original compositions by University of Central Oklahoma graduate students.

Power Cycle headlines its Oct. 8, Halloween-themed showcase with UCO graduate students Jonathon Edwards, Breck McGough and Santiago Ramones. Ramones is a 2017 ACM@UCO alumnus.

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8 at the University of Central Oklahoma Jazz Lab, 100 E. Fifth St., in Edmond. Public welcome. Free admission.

The Electric Pizza concert series continues 7: 30 p.m. Nov. 4.

Shows are also live-streamed on UCO Jazz Lab’s Facebook page.

Adam Ledbetter Ensemble Headlines Sunday Concert in Edmond

Adam Ledbetter is often known as the keyboard-ripping, beat-boxing, harmonizing rapper half of OKC’s dynamic musical duo Adam + Kizzie. Oklahoma City also knows Adam as the premiere go-to jazz pianist and a teacher of Hip Hop Production II at ACM@UCO.

He is rooted in the history and vocabulary of jazz, making him a refreshingly authentic and major player in OKC.

Sunday, he leads an A-list ensemble for an evening of music at UCO Jazz Lab in Edmond.

“You can expect it to be swinging, soulful, sweet, salty, spiritual, cerebral, syntactically sound and celebratory,” he said of Sunday’s show. The event is hosted by Deep Deuce Jazz OKC.

Previously, he toured Oklahoma and Europe when he was with the University of Central Oklahoma’s Jazz Band, and later founded his own (well sought-after) jazz quartet, “New Growth.”


Adam Ledbetter Ensemble
6 p.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16
University of Central Oklahoma Jazz Lab
100 E. Fifth St., in Edmond
Admission: $15
Tickets: r2c.ticketleap.com/adam-ledbetter-ensemble