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The Reads:

Sound Check

September 2018

Spiritual Reawakening

Teresa Knox is breathing new life into The Church Studio that Leon Russell brought to musical prominence in the ‘70s.

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G.K. Hizer
September 2018

A Scrapper, Like Woody

Woody Guthrie Prize recipient John Mellencamp takes up residence in Woody’s house with Rock & Roll Hall of Fame curated exhibition “Mellencamp.”

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G.K. Hizer
September 2018

Out of the Ashes

Alice in Chains climbs back to the top as grunge survivors, continuing to cut its own path in the modern hard rock world.

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G.K. Hizer
August 2018

Band Aid

The Vanguard is a destination room because it puts music first for both up-and-comers and those with larger followings, regardless of genre.

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G.K. Hizer
July 2018

Beat This

With a vision and focus that struck him from an early age, Jason Gilardi has successfully built a career that’s kept him behind a drum kit in one manner or another through three decades and counting.

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G.K. Hizer
June 2018

Lip Service

With a little bit of soul and a whole lot of spirit, Soul City Gastropub creates an oasis for those looking to relax and enjoy music in a space that is welcoming to the artists and the listeners.

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G.K. Hizer
May 2018

Music Maestro

Over the years, he’s been a record executive, radio and television personality and rock historian. Around here, though, Eddie Trunk is known as the face of Rocklahoma and a lover of all things rock.

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G.K. Hizer
May 2018

Ear We Go

As Rocklahoma enters its 12th year, it’s become a staple event for the Midwest rock community while continuing to steer through the challenges that come with organizing a summer festival in Oklahoma.

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G.K. Hizer
May 2018

Flocking to the Rock

For fans like Jimmy and Jill Sullivan, annually attending Rocklahoma is as much about hanging with friends and campground good times as it is about seeing bands they love from the past and present.

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Michele Chiappetta
April 2018

Getting in Tune

The Woody Guthrie Center focuses on carrying Guthrie's vision and legacy into the future while keeping in touch with his past, and helping Oklahoma youth find their own voices.

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G.K. Hizer
March 2018

Sound Decisions

After chasing the proverbial brass ring following their stint on "The Voice," Alaska and Madi have found a degree of contentment in their success thus far, while still working to reach the next level.

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G.K. Hizer
February 2018

Pop’s Big Payoff

Indie rocker Annie Clark, also known as St. Vincent, continues to ride the success of 2017’s Masseduction while teaching a master class on overcoming the challenges of life and facing the future.

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G.K. Hizer
January 2018

Home-Chord Advantage

The Wright Brothers’ singular focus bridges genres and presents one of Tulsa’s most promising pop albums (Cosmic Hearts) in years.

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G.K. Hizer
January 2018

The 20 Greatest Okie Musicians

It’s nearly impossible to pick only 20 of the best singers, songwriters and musicians in Oklahoma’s history. But we gave it our best shot. Let the debates begin.

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G.K. Hizer
December 2017

Road Warriors

A dozen years after forming and a decade past its initial CD release, the Turnpike Troubadours have climbed into the upper echelon of Red Dirt acts, building an ever-growing national audience.

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G.K. Hizer
November 2017

Pouring Her Art Out

Violinist Jocelyn Rowland Khalaf receives profound satisfaction helping students find their musical voices while continuing to feed her soul, defying classical labels.

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Michele Chiappetta
November 2017

Hometown Soul

For music fans rooted in the independent Americana music scene, singer-songwriter John Moreland continues to balance “bummer tunes” and staying clear of soul-sucking jobs by gaining national acclaim.

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G.K. Hizer
October 2017

Rock and Awe

With 45,000-square feet arranged in amphitheater-style seating, The Joint draws in performers and concert-goers who want to feel a sense of intimacy and connection.

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Michele Chiappetta
October 2017

Facing the Music

Maren Morris promises to not only put a new shine on country, but potentially parlay her fresh blend of styles into pop stardom, as well.

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G.K. Hizer
September 2017

Treble in Paradise

The Colony is where Tulsa’s musical past and present collide, giving us a glimpse of a future focused on tunes geared around strong songwriting with musicianship at the forefront.

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G.K. Hizer
August 2017

Lawn in Order

If you’re looking for a great way to experience the best of downtown and enjoy some great entertainment and local music, don’t overlook the Guthrie Green.

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G.K. Hizer
July 2017

Hair Apparent

With a citywide marketing campaign, and audiences growing weekly at Safari Joe’s H2O, Morgan Ganem is poised to take his mix of dance beats, rock sensibility, and Caribbean rhythms to the masses.

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G.K. Hizer
June 2017

Imperfectly Perfect

With a combination of great food, good drinks, and excellent original music, Soul City is an eclectic gastropub to get a Wabi-sabi fix and feed both your belly and spirit.

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G.K. Hizer
June 2017

Sounds of Success

The OK Mozart Music Festival takes innovative steps to grow Oklahoma artists from grade school through college and beyond to become professional musicians.

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Hannah Gray Gordon
June 2017

Into the Swing

The hip, loose, cool, creative and inherently American form of jazz music is not just alive and well; it is vibrantly thriving in the Tulsa area.

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Michele Chiappetta
May 2017

Let’s Get Rocked

With headliners Def Leppard, Soundgarden and The Offspring, Rocklahoma again promises heavy doses of nostalgia-drenched rock, party atmosphere, and the perfect soundtrack for friendship rekindling.

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Hannah Gray Gordon
May 2017

Jukebox Heroes

Preserving and promoting the Sooner State sound, the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame honors legendary experiences, venues and performers.

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Rachel Wright
May 2017

The Beat Goes On

Whether on the patio or gathered around the bar, at The Hunt Club you’re likely to find little drama, great live music and a mix of hipsters, businessmen, and even a punk-rocker on any given night.

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G.K. Hizer
April 2017

The Downtown Sound

Looking for live music? You can find a little of everything from hip-hop and rock to blues and punk with a walk down the Brady District’s music corridor.

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G.K. Hizer
April 2017

Songs in the Key of Ugh

The karaoke scene built around Idol-esque crooners performing gleefully-inspired ‘80s power ballads, campy oldies and hip-hop songbooks isn’t always pitch perfect, but is rarely forgettable.

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Michele Chiappetta
March 2017

Doppelgangers Delight

While playing cover songs doesn’t hold much creative gain for musicians, it is a way to make a little coin and stay connected to music.

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G.K. Hizer
February 2017

Amp It Up

The OklaHomeGrown Music Showcase gives emerging stars and under-the-radar music acts the opportunity to expand their reach and fan base from within the historic Cain’s Ballroom.

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Rachel Wright
December 2016

Livin’ the Life

With talent and a saxophone, Grady Nichols has remained one of the most in-demand musicians in the area thanks to a smooth and soft feel that blends R&B with jazz to create a refreshing sound.

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Hannah Gray Gordon