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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. Thursday, 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.”

Event

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

 

ACM@UCO Executive Director to Speak Friday at Americana Fest in Nashville

ACM@UCO executive director Scott Booker will lead a “power brunch” presentation Friday during the 19th annual Americana Music Festival & Conference, which runs Tuesday through Sunday in Nashville, Tennessee.

Gathering thousands of artists, fans and industry professionals from around the world, the 2018 AmericanaFest features seminars, panels and networking opportunities in addition to more than 500 live performances at dozens of prominent Nashville venues over six days, all while celebrating the melting pot of Americana’s influences, including roots, folk, country, blues and soul-based music.

For the third consecutive year at AmericanaFest, the Oklahoma Film + Music Office and its Studio Oklahoma project, a collective of Oklahoma industry partners, showcase Oklahoma music during events scheduled throughout the week.

Kaitlin Butts

Kaitlin Butts

Booker is traveling to Nashville with the help of the Oklahoma Film + Music Office, which curated the power brunch bringing together music industry representatives and Studio Oklahoma partners in an intimate setting for one-on-one networking. 

Thursday, Sept. 13, OKF+MO and Studio Oklahoma also present The Okie Roundup networking and music showcase at Blake Shelton’s new venue, Ole Red Nashville. Performers include former ACM@UCO vocal performance student Kaitlin Butts and longtime genre-defining act the Red Dirt Rangers.

“Nothing makes me more excited than getting an opportunity to speak about what is happening with the music businesses in Oklahoma,” Scott Booker, executive director of The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO), said in a media statement. “The growth in this vital industry is almost easier for people outside looking into to Oklahoma than it sometimes is for us to see ourselves.”

The six-day festival is presented by the Americana Music Association, a professional nonprofit trade organization whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world.

“Going to an event like AmericanaFest reminds me of all the great music and entrepreneurial talent that represent us constantly around the world,” Booker added.

The festival’s marquee event, the Americana Music Association’s Annual Honors & Awards Show, will be nationally televised Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the historic Ryman Auditorium, and features performances by genre-leading talent.

Scheduled 2018 Americana Fest headliners include Courtney Marie Andrews, Brandi Carlile, Rosanne Cash, Tyler Childers, Anderson East, Mary Gauthier, Buddy Guy, Lilly Hiatt, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Robert Earl Keen, k.d. lang, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Margo Price, John Prine, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats and Irma Thomas, among others.

For more:

• Learn more about the Oklahoma Film + Music Office here.
• Learn more about Studio Oklahoma here.

Molly Burch Headlines Nov. 7 Metro Music Series Show at ACM@UCO Performance Lab in Bricktown

Austin, Texas-based singer-songwriter Molly Burch headlines a Nov. 7 tour stop at ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Bricktown. Showtime is 7 p.m. and Seph(ra) opens. Tickets are $10, available now at eventbrite.com.

The show is a part of the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma’s growing Metro Music Series celebrating the school’s 10th anniversary.

“Molly’s label, Captured Tracks, is one of my favorite current indie labels. As soon as I heard her album I knew she would be great for the Performance Lab,” said ACM@UCO CEO and Executive Director Scott Booker. “We are also lucky to have her do a Q&A with our students while she is at our venue! I predict she will be having great success with her new album and it’s exciting we are able to bring her here to perform.”

The Q&A is earlier that day, and space for that event is available to select ACM students only, Booker said.

Burch burst onto the music scene in 2017 with her debut album “Please Be Mine,” a 10-track ode to unrequited romance, written after studying jazz vocal performance at the University of North Carolina in Asheville. “Please Be Mine” earned critical praise for Burch’s smoky, effortless vocals and bleeding-heart lyrics.

“I was really blown away with how many people told me that the music has helped them through their own break-up,” she said. “I was just so moved by that. I never expected it. I was aware that people were actually listening to my music and having a positive experience, so [with the next album] I wanted to reveal my own struggles with fear and anxiety.”

It was an intimidating goal for her, but her follow-up, “First Flower” finally bloomed. It is a bright, beautiful album peppered with moments of triumph. Burch’s voice is as strong and dexterous as ever, displaying her incredible range and professionalism as a vocalist. Unlike “Please Be Mine,” which focused on the contentious depression of heartbreak, “First Flower” explores broken friendships, her relationship with her sister and, more importantly, how Burch learned to fight overwhelming anxiety.

“I do not have the answers by any means, but I wanted to talk about those imperfections,” she said. “I wouldn’t want someone who listens to my music to think that I have it all figured out. I don’t. ‘First Flower’ is me being transparent.”

Fans will hear songs from her sophomore effort during her 2018 tour. She releases the 11-track record on Oct. 5. In the meantime, you can also listen and preorder “First Flower” at mollyburchmusic.com.

Opening the Nov. 7 Metro Music Series show is Seph(ra), an experimental/avant-garde/alternative folk act out of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and Oklahoma City. It’s led by ACM@UCO lecturer Sephra Scheuber, and her sound hints at influences like Fiona Apple, Neutral Milk Hotel, Natalie Marchant and Bright Eyes. Seph(ra)’s most recent release is 2017’s “Pieces of Schema,” available to stream and purchase at shmoecreative.com/sephra and iTunes.

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 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.

Check in with the Performance Lab at facebook.com/acmucoperformancelab and ACM@UCO @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.

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.

On Sale Now: Twin Shadow Sets ACM@UCO Performance Lab Tour Stop, Song Clinic

Twin Shadow headlines an Oct. 5 tour stop at ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Bricktown. Showtime is 7 p.m. and The Ivy opens. Tickets are $10, on sale now at eventbrite.com.

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

Twin Shadow, aka George Lewis Jr., is an eclectic Dominican-American singer, songwriter, record producer and actor based out of Los Angeles, California. He has penned a novel, is featured J Brand’s fall 2018 fashion campaign and has released three albums: “Forget” (2010), “Confess” (2012) and “Eclipse” (2015).

Lewis’ fourth record, “Caer,” was released in late April on Warner Bros. Records.

“ACM@UCO is excited to bring back one of our favorite artists, Twin Shadow. Their manager hit us up looking for something to do before they headed down to the ACL [Austin City Limits] Festival,” said ACM@UCO CEO and Executive Director Scott Booker. “Not only do we get a performance, but we also are getting a special songwriting clinic with George Lewis Jr. for a select group of our students.”

Lewis leads the song clinic 2 p.m. Oct. 5. Space is limited and available to select ACM students only, Booker said.

Of his new album, Lewis explained, “I always feel like I’m standing on the edge of a cliff, looking down and thinking, ‘This is the only way forward: onto the next thing.’ It’s sort of destructive, but I guess I thrive on rebirth.”

“Caer” (the Spanish word for “to fall”) serves as a powerful lens through which Lewis explores his personal experiences, as well as what he has observed about a world that feels as if it’s declining.

On a larger scale, “Caer” is extraordinarily current, both culturally and politically. “Our perceptions of who we are as human beings, because of technology and machines, are falling apart,” Lewis said. “We’re living at a breaking point,” and change is inevitable.

Indie synth-pop act The Ivy opens the Oct. 5 tour stop at ACM@UCO Performance Lab. The Oklahoma City-based band released the buoyant single “Better in My Head” in late July, evocative of endless summers and forever-relevant soundtracks to 1980s John Hughes films. The impressive young act includes ACM alumni. Learn more at wearetheivy.com.

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 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.

Check in with the Performance Lab at facebook.com/acmucoperformancelab and ACM@UCO on Twitter @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.