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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.


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.

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:

• 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!”

Spotlight: Hear New Music From ACM-Tied Act Love Seats

Love Seats, "These Days" album cover

Love Seats, “These Days” album cover

Love Seats is musical project created by Ashton Gary and Ethan Wilcox, based out of Oklahoma City. The indie-rock duo specializes in writing melancholic guitar pop songs with lush orchestration and recording them to tape.

After listening to bands like Ultimate Painting, Whitney and Andy Shauf, the duo wanted to create music in the likes of those artists. Gary and Wilcox bought an 8-track tape machine and started recording demos of their songs while dissecting and studying the production of their favorite records.

Eight months later, the group recorded its debut record, “These Days,” which was released in October.

Hear it now:

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.


Electronic Music Pioneer Gary Numan Leads Sept. 10 ACM@UCO Masterclass

Gary Numan, a pioneer of electronic music, presses pause on his 2018 tour for a rare, in-person masterclass 1 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Songwriting Room at the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO), 25 S. Oklahoma Ave., in Oklahoma City’s Bricktown district.

During the masterclass, Numan will discuss his influential past, current work and the world’s post-global future. ACM@UCO CEO and Executive Director Scott Booker will lead the masterclass, which is free and open to the public.

The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) hosts electronic music pioneer Gary Numan (pictured)for a rare, in-person masterclass 1 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Songwriting Room at ACM@UCO, 25 S. Oklahoma Ave., Suite 400, in Oklahoma City’s Bricktown district.

The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) hosts electronic music pioneer Gary Numan (pictured)for a rare, in-person masterclass 1 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Songwriting Room at ACM@UCO, 25 S. Oklahoma Ave., Suite 400, in Oklahoma City’s Bricktown district.

After releasing groundbreaking hit singles “Cars” and “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?,” Numan topped charts worldwide, launching a decades-long career as a musician, singer, songwriter, composer and record producer.

“Electronic music wouldn’t be as omnipresent in our culture without pioneers like Gary Numan,” Booker said. “’Cars’ shaped the way musicians used electronic instruments in popular music and became part of our collective cultural unconscious.”

His 22nd album, Savage (Songs From a Broken World), was released in late 2017 via the music company BMG, entering Official U.K. Album Charts at No. 2. He has charted nearly two dozen U.K. Top 40 singles and albums. Additionally, his work has inspired and influenced a generation of musicians, from Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) and Marilyn Manson to Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) and Jack White (The White Stripes, The Dead Weather).

Fans also recognize his music in shows like Mindhunter, Halt and Catch Fire, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Pretty Little Liars and Nip/Tuck; films such as Ghost in the Shell, The Muppets and From Inside; and a current TV ad campaign for Walmart’s new grocery pick-up service.

“ACM@UCO is lucky to once again bring a living legend to talk about their story with our students and friends,” Booker added.

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

Media contact: Jennifer Chancellor, Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator, ACM@UCO405-974-4711, jchancellor3@uco.edu

Gig alert: Tribute to George Michael, Prince is tonight

Celebrate two of pop’s biggest superstars tonight at the Speakeasy.

Softhands and 51st St. Speakeasy in Oklahoma City proudly present a tribute to Prince and George Michael, featuring performances by ACM@UCO faculty and UCO alumni. Sing along to legendary hits 10 p.m. tonight, Aug. 24, at 51st St. Speakeasy, 1114 NW 51st St., Oklahoma City.

They’ve played George Michael; they’ve played Prince. Now’s your chance to hear both!

Meet the band:

Chase McCumber: Lead vocals, ACM alum
Emily McCumber: Vocals, ACM alum
Jordan Oliver: Percussion, ACM alum
Joshua Watley: Trumpet, UCO alum
Than Medlam: Guitar, trombone, vocals, UCO alum, ACM faculty
Greg Zink: Keys
Clinton Trench: Bass
Chubb Moses: Drums
Trevor Galvin: Tenor sax
Lacy Saunders: Vocals

Check out the event on Facebook.