Two good causes are bringing Ken Morrow and Hired Guns to the local stage to do his giving for the holidays.
The outlaw country singer/songwriter from Medicine Park and his band will perform at 7 p.m. tonight for the Medicine Park Phone Company. The show will be at the historic Medicine Park Music Hall. The phone company, founded in 1903, is run by the Hillary family.
"Me and the guys get the honor of playing for the Medicine Park Phone Company," Morrow said. "The Hillarys have been outstanding pillars of the Medicine Park community; I personally hope that we give them the best show they've ever had. Setting the bar high!"
For info about the show, call the phone company, 529-2700, or stop by the office at No. 1 Big Rock Road.
Next Friday night, Morrow's trio will perform at the Cache High School Auditorium to headline the Neighbor to Neighbor Benefit Concert at 7:30 p.m. following the community Christmas parade, which starts at 5:30 p.m. The concert, billed to benefit local families in their time of need, is a donation-only-entry, all-ages show that's sponsored by Neighbor to Neighbor, Cache-Indiahoma Ministerial Alliance, Cache Public Schools Association, Cache police and fire departments, the Indiahoma Fire Department and County Times.
"I really expect a big showing there," Morrow said. "Pete Piehnik and Don Armes will both play a few songs before we go on."
Proceeds will help several local families who have suffered recent losses due to cancer.
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Mike's Sports Grille is opening up its venue in hopes of becoming your red dirt/rockin' destination for the weekend.
Owner Mike Underwood said his namesake establishment, 517 E. Gore, is trying to become established as a "worth the drive" place to have a good time. "We're wanting to give people on the west side (of town) a reason to drive over here and see what we've got going on," he said.
Underwood said Friday nights from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. are karaoke nights for all who think they can carry a tune. But Saturday nights are all about the musicians who carry their gear along with their tunes and their hearts on their sleeves. Red dirt-blended country and rock singer/songwriters itching to share their tales through melody and music are asked to contact the venue by either calling 357-3080 or visiting the establishment's Facebook page if interested in booking a gig.
After kicking things off last Saturday night with Chris Caldwell, Underwood planned for a set by the Samantha Rose Band for Saturday night. However, the projected winter storm forced a cancellation of Friday's karaoke as well as her Saturday night set.
"Everyone stay safe and warm and we will update you with the rescheduled date as soon as it is locked in," Underwood said.
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A Lawton-born Oklahoma music legend is bringing sweet music from his 40-plus year musical career as a Christmas offering with the Dec. 17 release of "Snapshot."
Leon Russell, 71, the master of space and time, is offering a collection of 10 of his previously released masterpieces for the release, which will also include four printed photos. Songs include "So Hard to Say Goodbye," "Come for You," "I Love the Way You Love Me" and "Friendly Fire." Sounds like an ideal stocking stuffer for the discerning Oklahoma music fan.
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An even more locally based artist is offering a free download of his Christmas album. Andrew Laramie Brasier, a.k.a. Andrew the Poet!, is offering the eight-track holiday-themed collection "Winter Beard" online in hopes of spreading Christmas cheer in his own sardonic manner.
"I have a Christmas album that I released last year," said Brasier, who's sharp witted and always entertaining. "It's free to download and it's sure to make your holiday super depressing."
Brasier will join an all-day lineup beginning at 12:45 p.m. Dec. 14 for the Second Annual Winterfest, hosted and sponsored by Lovesick Ministries, 1107 SW Summit. This will be an all-day concert at which the organizers will take donations for the needy. Such donations will include canned goods, toys and clothes. There is no cover charge and doors open at 12:30 p.m.
Music ranges from acoustic singer/songwriter stuff to metal and hard-core, progressive metal, some punkish stuff and more. Lawton acoustic singer/songwriter Linz Tuberville kicks off the show from 12:45-1 p.m.. Another local group. Cool Tapes, will play from 1:30-1:50 p.m. Also on the bill are Quiet Things, Death Trap and Life Lessons from Oklahoma City, Dallas hard core stalwarts Face Value and a pair of Kansas City bands, Conflicts and Dead Ties, among the many performers slated for this 10-hour exercise in musical diversity.
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Christmas cheer can be a good way of getting your fingers on another great Oklahoma-based band's masterful reworking of a classic rock icon for a reduced price if you enjoy vinyl.
Warner Bros. Records relaunched its online vinyl record store Because Sound Matters and to celebrate the relaunch, the site is hosting a storewide sale with select titles available for 30 percent off, including an interesting treatment of a classic rock staple by The Flaming Lips..
On Thursday, you can get a discount to purchase a 140-gram, clear vinyl record with bonus CD of "The Flaming Lips and Stardeath and White Dwarfs With Henry Rollins and Peaches Doing the Dark Side of the Moon." After seeing them perform this in its entirety during the birth of 2010 at the New Year's Freak Out in Oklahoma City and hundreds of repeated listens in the years that followed, all I can say is this is a real treat for anyone looking for something old, something new, something borrowed and something cool for under the old Christmas tree.
Santa's getting a workout this year with the help of "Downtown in December," and there's more than cookies, cakes and gingerbread men for the adventurous lil' elves of the family.
"Downtown in December gets better every year; we like to mix it up and have a wide range of events," said Gentry McKeown, communications coordinator for Downtown OKC.
About 20 events will take place in and around downtown Oklahoma City. "We are always thinking of new ways for families to create holiday memories downtown," McKeown said.
If you don't want to become a "yule log" get moving with the SandRidge Santa Run. It includes a 5K race, a 1-mile fun run and a free Santa Claus Kid's Dash, plus a warm-up with Rumble the Bison and the Thunder Girls. This year, proceeds raised will benefit NorthCare.
The races will start from 9 to 10 a.m. on Dec. 14, but you need to register for the 5K and the 1-mile fun run. All runs begin and end at Leadership Square, 211 N. Robinson.
All runners are invited to dress up in their most festive holiday costumes for the races. Registered 5K runners who dress up in holiday costumes may qualify for the costume contest.
Register at prerace.com/races/event/42178. These and more events can be found at downtownindecember.com or by calling (405) 235-3500. Some events require registration.
The two Cameron University Department of Music performances scheduled this week the Cameron University Concert Choir and Centennial Singers winter concert and the premiere of the musical "The Juries" will continue to run as scheduled until further notice.
If weather conditions force classes and activities to be canceled, the events will be included in the cancellations. No information has been released on whether events would be rescheduled.
Visit www.cameron.edu for information about campus closings.
The Lawton Heritage Association has rescheduled its Holiday Open House that was to take place this Friday at the Mattie Beal Home because of forecasts of bad weather.
The open house - with "old-fashioned and unique Christmas decorations and samples of Mattie Beal's Favorite Cake," as well as the book signing of Lynn Musslewhite's "The Historic Mattie Beal Home: A History" ó has been rescheduled for 5-8 p.m. Dec. 12.
The Association of South Central Oklahoma Governments (ASCOG) is urging Oklahomans to adopt nursing home residents for the holidays.
Residents are often in need of toiletry products, clothing, decorations, quality time or entertainment.
Carolers and musical performances are also welcome this time of the year.
For assistance in finding a nursing home or an assisted living facility in your area, contact local ombudsman supervisors Ruben Sotelo, sote_ruascog.org, or Heather Sladek, slad_heascog.org. They may also be reached by calling 1-800-658-1466.
NEW YORK (AP) No bride has ever asked designer Mark Badgley, half of the Badgley Mischka duo, about incorporating a cold-weather look into her wedding ensemble. Coats and boots just aren't the stuff of fantasy wedding dreams, he says.
Reality sometimes doesn't set in until months later, when the forecast is real.
Ideally, though, it should be part of the initial conversation, and certainly by the first fitting, Badgley says, because being prepared for the weather affects other decisions.
"I'd suggest making sure the church or temple or wherever you are getting married has a room to get dressed in, so you don't have to worry about getting into the place," he adds.
Afterward for the reception, photos and the goodbye try a cape, certain coats and fur accessories.
Badgley and his partner, James Mischka, favor the cape or capelet, allowing that they won't keep you as warm, but they'll work with almost any dress silhouette. Carrie Goldberg, associate fashion editor for Martha Stewart Weddings, says it's possible to find a flattering coat, although a shorter shrug would be easier to work with.
The gown's neckline and hemline dictate the outerwear, says Goldberg, and a sleeker style allows more room for a coat. A ballgown or a gown with a long train is the trickiest, but there's a bubbling trend in ready-to-wear that works for weddings: satin evening coats. Many of these have bell sleeves and swingy trapeze shapes, both of which accommodate a lot of fabric underneath, but are fancy enough because of the fabric.
She'd probably choose something that isn't white perhaps a heathered gray, blush pink or icy blue but white is OK, too, if it's been well thought out as part of the look. In that case, the shades of the outerwear and the gown should match, but a metallic sheen or a bit of embellishment can camouflage subtle differences.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Promoters of a museum dedicated to all things pop culture from Oklahoma plan to once again seek funding from the Legislature, though the fate of the Tulsa-based effort remains uncertain. The Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture, or OKPOP, would be a 75,000-square-foot, four-story building dedicated to the state's contributions in music, film, television, theater, pop art, comic books, literature and humor, according to a story published in the Tulsa World on Monday. But state lawmakers have not yet committed to it for the 2015 fiscal year. "Until we get a better idea of our revenue picture from the Board of Equalization in February, we can't commit to anything that will have a budget impact," said Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa. Last year, a $40 million pay-as-you-go plan over four years was being pushed by the state Historical Society, which would build and manage the museum.
Fort Sill's Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation will host the Christ Kindl Markt from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Rinehart Fitness Center gym. More than 100 booths with crafters and vendors will offer items such as Christmas decorations, candles, wicker baskets, ornaments, woodworking, specialty foods and seasonings as Christmas gift ideas for the two-day event. "At this year's event there will be new vendors offering a greater selection of wonderful and unique gift ideas to include traditional palate-pleasing German cuisine for our shoppers," said Traci Barsuglia, Christ Kindl Market event coordinator. Food and beverages will be available, including schnitzel sandwiches, bratwurst, sauerkraut and brotchen, soft pretzels, Gluwein, German Bier, roasted nuts, coffee and hot chocolate. Concessions are provided by Das Bratwurst Haus, Rose & Billy Barney outside foods, the Impact Zone and an Army/Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) food truck.
This past Thanksgiving weekend our cup runneth over; not only with holiday cheer, but activities that had us traveling all over the state. After a lovely day of good food and company, too many Christmas movies to count and a battle with a dusty, pre-lit tree that was not wanting to light up at all, the next day there was a 100-mile trek for a high school football game. There is something about the Oklahoma wind that can turn a 50-degree evening into a freezing, jaw-clenching experience, and pretty much no amount of coverage can warm me up. This is why I am a fan of the hot, hot summer. Sweating is so much gentler than shivering until you think you're going to snap in half. Anyway, despite the fatigue that started early on that day after Thanksgiving, I was glad to go to the game. We didn't win, but again we are proud of our boys who pushed so hard to get so far. Thanks to a couple of well-timed cups of hot coffee, I made the drive just fine. The next day was the John Mayer concert in Oklahoma City. Now, the last time I wrote about a concert was Brookes and Dunn, where I praised the music and the performance but confessed to not really even knowing who Brookes and Dunn were, being the rocker that I am. A few weeks after that column, I was playing pool at a bar when a woman approached me who was not only incredulous that I didn't know Brookes and Dunn, but she was frankly a tad ticked off about it. I smoothed things over the best I could, but I got the very clear message that Southwest Oklahoma is serious about their country music. I'm not sure where John Mayer falls in the area of Okie favor. No doubt the arena was full of fans. In the row in front of us was a group of kids ranging from age 10 to 14, which kind of surprised me. They were terribly excited and obviously way into John Mayer. They were on their feet from the beginning, as was most of the arena. A reminder about concert etiquette. Never go to a concert and get mad when the people in front of you are standing up. The artist wants people on their feet, and that's just how you show your concert love. I hate it when people get redneck about people standing at concerts. Anyway, I learned one thing about myself at the John Mayer concert: I am not a huge John Mayer fan. He's obviously very talented. I did enjoy the guitar playing. At one point he wore an acoustic guitar on the front and had his electric guitar strapped around behind him, then reached back and played the guitar behind his back. "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room" and "Gravity" brought the house down, but I didn't know a lot of the songs, and some were too mellow for my taste. The acoustics weren't great, and at times it was hard to clearly hear the lyrics. He had a down-to-earth vibe and was wearing tan corduroys and a flannel shirt. Right or wrong, I have this pre-conceived notion based on some of his bad publicity that he's kind of full of himself, and he struck me as a little tortured over finding himself and getting his act together. Maybe too much Taylor Swift/Katy Perry gossip, but for some reason I don't totally get him. Everyone who went with us absolutely loved him, so I want to give him credit where credit is due. I'm not sorry I went, just didn't love it every bit of the time. One person's opinion. If you disagree, please don't come looking for me.
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