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Featured Performance: Leotie

Check out featured performances by ACM@UCO students! Today, Leotie, aka ACM@UCO student Caleb Starr, invites us into his acoustic dreamscape as he performs the song “Ghost – A.”

PLUS! Hear two more Leotie singles on Spotify!

Testimonial: ACM@UCO graduate Jennifer Tindal

Jennifer Tindal is a graduate of Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma. She recently visited our downtown Oklahoma City campus, and shared how ACM@UCO helped her develop her career in the music business.

Visit acm.uco.edu for more information and to enroll today!

 

THIS WEEK! ‘Holiday Wrap-Up’ Showcases Local Music, Benefits OKC Nonprofit

The Dec. 5 lineup features colourmusic, Sophia Massad and more; donations benefit Positive Tomorrows

Hear that? It’s the sound of a season-celebrating local music lineup for the ACM student-organized Holiday Wrap-Up, happening Dec. 5 at ACM Live Room at The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO). Admission is free, but donations to benefit Oklahoma City nonprofit Positive Tomorrows are welcome at the door.

Colorful holiday-themed poster features red and green rainbow designed like wrapping paper as a background and cut-out images of musicians in holiday sweaters in front of it. It's an event poster for the Holiday Wrap-Up event.The festive lineup features ACM faculty Ryan Hendrix and Nicholas Ley of colourmusic, DJ and musician Travis Tester (aka Trav is Dead), Nicholas Poss, singer-songwriter Sophia Massad, multi-instrumentalist and singer Than Medlam (of Equilibrium), alternative pop singer-songwriter Sephra Scheuber, longtime guitarist Danny Hargis and ACM@UCO Executive Director Scott Booker, as well as ACM@UCO students, alumni and staff (full list below).

“Although it’s not the end of the school year, the holiday season feels makes me reflect on all the amazing achievements our students, faculty, and staff accomplished,” Booker said. “A celebration with our faculty and staff performing together is the perfect representation of who we are!”

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; music begins at 7 p.m. at ACM Live, 25 S. Oklahoma Ave. (First floor; formerly Michael Murphy’s Piano Bar.) Admission is free and open to the public, but a donation is encouraged to benefit Oklahoma City nonprofit Positive Tomorrows, Oklahoma’s only elementary school specifically for homeless children. Requested donations include new blankets, reusable shopping/tote bags, laundry soap, new beanies, new gloves, and copy paper. Cash is also appreciated.

“I always enjoy performing with students because we get to actually make music together instead of just talking about making music,” said Than Medlam, a longtime musician and ACM@UCO faculty member. “Being part of the performance allows me to share art with my students on an even deeper level than just coaching the preliminary work.”

Student Involvement in The Holiday Wrap Up is not limited to the nights’ performances. The event was conceived, organized and promoted by ACM’s Introduction to Concert and Tour Management class as their final project for the semester.

“An ACM holiday event is such a fun way for students and faculty from all three ACM programs to come together as a family and showcase what we’re learning while supporting a great cause,” said Music Business major NataliaVeloz leos. “It’s exciting to have helped create what might become an annual event at ACM. It’s kind of part of our classes legacy.”

The Holiday Wrap-Up is a new addition to ACM@UCO’s ongoing Metro Music Series, offering dozens of ticketed and free, all-ages events throughout the year with the mission of exposing audiences to new music, cultural diversity, educational opportunities, our campus, and Oklahoma City’s thriving Bricktown entertainment district. ACM@UCO’s Metro Music Series is also an important piece in growing arts-related partnerships throughout the metro area, the state of Oklahoma, the music and entertainment industry and beyond, and is sponsored by The Oklahoma Film + Music Office, Downtown OKC Partnership, Bricktown, Hal Smith Restaurants, Exchange Music, The Wedge and Painted Door Gift Boutique.

Learn more about ACM@UCO on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and at acm.uco.edu.

More about the lineup:

• Nick Ley and Ryan Hendrix: colourmusic, ACM Music Business faculty
• Travis Tester: EDM and DJ act Trav Is Dead, ACM Music Business and Production faculty
• Nicholas Poss: ACM Music Business and Production faculty
• Sophia Massad: ACM Performance graduate
• Than Medlam: ACM Performance faculty
• Sephra Scheuber: Sephra Music, ACM Production and Music Business faculty
• Danny Hargis: ACM Performance faculty
• Scott Booker: CEO and Executive Director of ACM@UCO

The Space Program Hip-Hop Collective Inspires ‘Fortitude, Resilience and Innovation’

The Space Program, a hip-hop collective of more than two dozen Black, collegiate artists and entrepreneurs from across Oklahoma, recently released the album “Curriculum of the Mind,” which was celebrated April 25 with a showcase at ACM@UCO Performance Lab.

Christopher G. Acoff, aka Original Flow poses with his hands folded across his chest in this black-and-white portrait

Christopher G. Acoff, aka Original Flow

Among others, the TSP collective features UCO-tied alumni and students, including audio engineer Myles Adams; Christopher G. Acoff, aka Original Flow, who earned a Music Business degree at ACM@UCO; ACM Contemporary Music Production graduate James Curd, aka Deezy; and UCO student Makeen Khalifa, aka Makeen.

Portions of TSP’s debut video for the album’s title track were recorded on the UCO campus in Edmond.

“The true essence of this dissertation album was the ability to see the progression of students, particularly ACM students (e.g. artists, poets, rappers, producers, audio engineers, etc.), come together and masterfully create something that will forever be timeless, both in the hip-hop and educational communities,” said TSP’s CEO, DJ and producer Dr. View, aka Stevie Johnson, who is also the former Assistant Director of Diversity Retention in the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Stevie Johnson, aka DJ and producer Dr. View, stands with his headphones pulled above his ears as he looks at the camera in this color portrait.

Stevie Johnson, aka DJ and producer Dr. View

He also recently received his Ph.D in Higher Education Administration from the University of Oklahoma.

“Many studies do not allow students to authentically express themselves in ways that speak to their epistemological and ontological perspectives. The fortitude, resilience and innovation of these students developed a new avenue of hip-hop scholarship that academia not only has to respect, but that will be used as a blueprint for educators for years to come,” Johnson said.

“In short, these students is helping the world recognize that hip-hop and education can and will work together for the betterment of creating social change,” he added.

High Noon Showcase: Original Flow and The Fervent Route perform Aug. 29 (free show!)

Original Flow and The Fervent Route is a hip-hop band that mixes high-octane lyrical content with old-school delivery. See it live during its High Noon Showcase gig, happening 12:15 p.m. Aug. 29 inside ACM@UCO’s Songwriting Room, on the school’s lower level, 25 S. Oklahoma Ave.

Admission is free and open to the public!

Original Flow, aka Chris Acoff: He’s a wordsmith with a message, defying mainstream music molds with his conscious lyrics of positivity and triumph.

The Fervent Route: Soulful (Josh Carpenter) delivers eclectic influences including gospel, jazz, rock, hip-hop and soul. Android (Andrew Wood) incorporates indie, pop and electronica. DanYoSon (Daniel Acuna) indulges Spanish R&B, Motown, and classic rock sounds.

The band’s members also include ACM@UCO alumni.

The High Noon Showcase is part of ACM@UCO’s ongoing Metro Music Series, celebrating the school’s 10th anniversary!

Find photos, videos, music and more at theferventroute.com/media.

The High Noon Showcase is part of ACM@UCO's ongoing Metro Music Series, celebrating the school's 10th anniversary.

Things to do in July: No need to travel far from 405 to party

Happy early Fourth of July! It’s summertime in Oklahoma, and with that comes poolside parties and concerts. Lots and lots of concerts. If you’re a festival goer, you probably know all the cool stuff happening around the United States, but just in case, we’ve curated a July list of Oklahoma City-area faves that you should check off your list! Got some other cool events? Post them in the comments!

July 1: Pixies with The Wombats @ Jones Assembly, OKC
Official Event
The Pixies and UK group The Wombats will be stopping in Oklahoma City as part of their tour with Weezer! NOTE: Weezer will not be at this performance.

July 3: Red, White and BOOM! @ Oklahoma State Fair, OKC
Official Event
This is definitely your classic celebration of America with tunes like “America the Beautiful” and “God Bless America,” and, of course, fireworks! Oh, and it’s FREE.

July 4: LibertyFest ParkFest @ Mitch Park, Edmond
Official Event
Music, watermelon, henna tattoos and family-friendly events. Yes, food trucks will be there.

July 6: Solo @ The Patriarch, Edmond
Official Event
What’s not to love about craft beer? Vibe to the electric blues of KALO on the lawn.

July 6: Sophia Massad single release party with Bowlsey and Johnny Manchild @ VZD, OKC *FEATURED EVENT*
Official Event
Current ACM student Sophia Massad will be releasing another single, “Alone at Night,” on July 6 and has booked the VZD venue for a fun party! Show her your support by attending the party or visiting the single’s website at sophiamassad.com/alone-at-night/.

July 8: Paramore @ OKC Zoo Amphitheater
Official Event
Go back to your early 2000’s emo roots and jam out to Paramore and Foster the People at the Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheater!

July 12: Thirty Seconds To Mars @ OKC Zoo Amphitheater
Official Event
Uhhh hello…. JARED LETO. That’s really all we need to say.

July 15: Jimmie Vaughan @ Tower Theatre, OKC
Official Event
This will be Jimmie Vaughan’s first time to ever perform in Oklahoma City! Let’s show him some support!

July 17: Oh Wonder @ Jones Assembly, OKC
Official Event
If you’re looking for a chill sesh, Oh Wonder is one of the best alt-pop duos out there. Doors open at 7 p.m.

July 19: Jazz Lab Summer Sizzler @ UCO Jazz Lab, Edmond
Official Event
We can’t get away from plugging our Jazz Lab venue in Edmond; this place is seriously great. Catch Kyle Dillingham & Horseshoe Road for some Thursday evening country music.

July 19: Teasing Weasel @ Hafer Park, Edmond
Official Event
Hafer Park in Edmond doesn’t get a lot of love, so we are excited to be able to pump up some promo for the upcoming T.W. show! Part of the Edmond Summer Concert Series.

July 21: Black Label Society @ Diamond Ballroom, OKC
Official Event
Feeling a little heavy metal? Catch Black Label Society at the Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City while they are on tour.

July 21: Heard on Hurd *FEATURED EVENT*
Official Event
This Edmond event hosted by the Citizen’s Bank of Edmond is one of the biggest spotlights for our ACM student artists. Enjoy ACM-affiliated music, pop-up shops and food trucks on Hurd street. It’s the best place to be on a Saturday evening.

July 24: Pentatonix @ OKC Zoo Amphitheater
Official Event
Okay, the Oklahoma City Zoo may not be your first thought when thinking of venues, but trust us, these guys have their shit together. For all of you a capella lovers, Pentatonix is a household name. And they are amazing in concert.

July 27: Book of Love @ Tower Theatre, OKC
Official Event
This Philadelphia-based group travels all over the States performing, and we’re lucky to have them stopping in Oklahoma City! They are great blend of synthpop and new wave music.

July 28: Brands & Bands @ OKC Outlet Mall
Official Event
We have booked an awesome lineup of bands to perform at the Oklahoma City Outlet Mall. Official event details to follow!

*Special Mention* July 28: Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks @ The Vanguard, Tulsa
Official Event
Okay, so Tulsa isn’t fortunate enough to reside in the 405, but we still love our 918 brothers and sisters, so they definitely get a mention on this list, especially because this group is too good to pass up! The Vanguard is also a great performance venue; if you haven’t been there, make this performance a destination.

 

Things to do in June: Concerts, Album Releases and Dance Parties!

Got some free time on your hands during the summer? From concerts to international album releases to wacky dance parties in the 405, we’ve curated a list of some awesome things you should do in June!

June 1: Roger Daltrey new album “As Long As I Have You” releases
Preorder
ACM’s first masterclass guest Roger Daltrey’s new solo album has guests like Pete Townshend on it!

June 1: Flaming Lips Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 releases
Preorder
The Flaming Lips will release its first “hits” compilation on both CD and vinyl. All of the songs feature former Masterclass and ACM@UCO collaborator Steven Drozd as well as several of ACM’s faculty and staff members!

June 1 and June 15:  Cutter Elliott live @ El Toro Chino, Norman
June 1 Official Event
June 15 Official Event
ACM alumnus Cutter Elliott will be performing live at El Toro Chino in Norman, Okla., on June 1 and June 15. Cutter performs traditional country music.

June 2: Horse Thief & John Calvin Abney concert @ Tower Theatre, OKC
Official Event
ACM alumnus and Horse Thief lead singer Cameron Neal will be making an appearance at the Tower Theatre – their last performance in Oklahoma for awhile! Word on the street is that Horse Thief is coming out with a 3rd record in 2019, so keep your eyes on them for a release date.

June 7: Buckethead @ Tower Theatre OKC
Official Event
Buckethead is a virtuoso guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who performs within many genres of music. He has been voted number 8 on a list in GuitarOne magazine of the “Top 10 Greatest Guitar Shredders of All Time” as well as being included in Guitar World’s lists of the “25 all-time weirdest guitarists” and is also known for being one of the fastest guitar players on planet earth.

June 8-10: Spring Awakening Music Festival @ Addams-Medill Park, Chicago
Official Event
AFROJACK, BORGORE, CARNAGE, DASH BERLIN, DIMITRI VEGAS & LIKE MIKE, HARDWELL, KASKADE, STEVE AOKI and TIËSTO headline this Chicago-based EDM weekend festival. General admission day passes can be purchased anywhere from $79-$99 while 3-day VIPs are looking at $319. The lineup alone is a dream come true.

June 9: Saint Monore @The Deli, Norman, OK
Official Event
A group made of some ACM alumni, Saint Monore will be performing at The Deli in Norman, Okla.! The Deli is Norman’s longest running live music venue. Must be 21 to enter.

June 10: Coathangers @ 89th Street, OKC
Official Event
With Husbands and LCG and the X. From Paste magazine: “The Coathangers’ transition from raw to razor-sharp was essentially complete by 2014’s Suck My Shirt, but Nosebleed Weekend displays an even greater capacity for churning out maniacally captivating tunes.”

June 12: “All Gates Open: The Story of Can” book releases
Preorder
Finally, a definitive biography of one of the most influential bands of all time!

June 16: Buriloop @ OKC Farmer’s Market *HIGHLIGHTED EVENT*
Official Event
Purchase Tickets
With Golf Clap. Insane international House Music dance party with a bizarre atmosphere. Party goers are encouraged to dress up and express themselves however they like!

June 21: Don’t Tell Dena @ The Soundpony, Tulsa
Official Event
The Oklahoma City-based Psychedelic/Indie rock band Don’t Tell Dena was started by Chris Krummrich and Sean Kanaly, later adding two fellow ACM@UCO students Campbell Young and Triston Lightner. With influences such as Pink Floyd, The Killers, Walk The Moon, and Panic! at the Disco, Don’t Tell Dena began to discover their true sound.

June 22: Dawes new album “Passwords” releases
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Dawes is an American folk rock band from Los AngelesCalifornia. Dawes is composed of brothers Taylor (guitars and vocals) and Griffin Goldsmith (drums), along with Wylie Gelber (bass) and Lee Pardini (keyboards).

June 22: Cutter Elliott live @ Toby Keith’s Bar and Grill, OKC
Official Event
ACM alumnus Cutter Elliott will be performing live at Toby Keith’s Bar and Grill in Bricktown! Cutter performs traditional country music.

June 29: Adam & Kizzie Album Release Show @ Tower Theatre, OKC
Official Event
Adam & Kizzie have been married and performing their original music for seven years. Having released two awesome albums and two incredible music videos, they are set to release their third album this summer with more exciting developments to come.

June 29: Don’t Tell Dena @ The Root, OKC
Official Event
The Oklahoma City-based Psychedelic/Indie rock band Don’t Tell Dena was started by Chris Krummrich and Sean Kanaly, later adding two fellow ACM@UCO students Campbell Young and Triston Lightner. With influences such as Pink Floyd, The Killers, Walk The Moon, and Panic! at the Disco, Don’t Tell Dena began to discover their true sound.

Things to do in May: See ACM-affiliated bands perform at Heard on Hurd

Citizens Bank of Edmond’s Heard on Hurd, a live music, food truck and pop-up shop celebration in Downtown Edmond, will be featuring three ACM-affiliated bands at the upcoming celebration. The Old Bulldog Band, Dr. Pants and Lincka all have ACM ties – show your support by attending!

The Old Bulldog Band
Dr. Pants – David Broyles (Faculty), Jimmy Jackson (Staff and Alumnus) and Mac Seigel (Alumnus)
Lincka – Lincka Elizondo (Alumnae) and Dan Ashford (Alumnus)