Mama Sweet will spice up Norman’s Lions Park at the corner of Flood and Symmes on Sunday, June 28, at 7:30 pm when they appear as part of The Depot’s free Summer Breeze concert series. Bring seating and your favorite refreshments, and enjoy a wonderful evening in the park filled with great music!
Mama Sweet’s music has been described as a mix of rock, country, blues, funk, folk and Americana. The group, Aron Holt (songwriter, lead vocals, & rhythm guitar), Alan Orebaugh (lead guitar), Boyd Littell (bass & harmonies), Giovanni Carnuccio III / Tyler Howell (drums), Dan Walker (keys & accordion), combines talent, skill and amazing live performances to create something exciting and powerful. Their musical style moves seamlessly through tightly arranged pop to extended jams while Aron Holt’s lyrics and melodies transcend styles, appealing to ears that dig hooks as well as those looking for depth and experience. The band has a distinct sound with instrumental virtuosity and soul to spare.
The band's first gig came in 2002 at The Deli in Norman. Their 2007 studio debut “Welcome to the Well” was followed in 2009 with their live album “Now. Here. This.” Their newest recording, "21 echo”, was released in December 2014.
Summer Breeze Concerts are made possible in part by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Arts Council and by Community Sponsor Backwoods. Additional funding comes from Contributors Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School & Kindergarten; Republic Bank & Trust; Edward Jones; Dentists Jamie Belknap, Donna Sparks and Kristen Campbell at Norman Smile Center; Andi Berry, Wyoming Art Therapy; Tom McAuliffe, Don Cies Real Estate; Becca Hewes, Yoga Life; 2 Green Chicks; The Mont; EB Dancer; Norman Parks and Recreation Department; Montford Inn; and by Friends Dennis McDonald & Sally Little and Main Street Veterinary Hospital.
Norman writer/songwriter/artist John Hadley will share anecdotes, word play, goofy poems and stories at a reading from his book "Son of Boogers and Hangnails", on Wednesday, July 1 at 7:30 pm at The Depot, 200 S. Jones. There is no admission charge.
"Son of Boogers and Hangnails" is Hadley’s fourth book of mostly humorous poems stories and observations. The book also contains drawings using words and phrases and recaps of the original "Boogers and Hangnails" books. Books will be available for purchase before the reading should audience members wish to read along as John reads, and will be for sale after the reading as well.
John Hadley is an artist, writer and songwriter with over 1000 published songs, many of which have been recorded by the likes of George Jones, Roger Miller, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Reed, Garth Brooks, the Dixie Chicks, Wynonna, Linda Ronstadt, Trisha Yearwood, Joe Cocker, old favorites George Burns and Dean Martin, and many more, resulting in over 18 million of his songs sold worldwide.
He has been a staff writer for Sony Music Publishing and for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour on CBS television, performing in skits with Tom and Dick Smothers, Pat Paulsen, and others. Still based in Norman, he now has his own music publishing company, Hadley Six Music, BMI administered by Sony ATV.
An art professor at the University of Oklahoma from 1965 to 1987 before leaving to write music, Hadley’s visual art work was featured in an exhibit at MAINsite Contemporary Art in 2011. The Depot is pleased to now offer the opportunity for folks to experience John bringing his poetry to life with this reading.
For additional information on this and other Depot programs, phone 405 307-9320. Programs at The Depot are made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council and by generous individual donors.
The Depot Gallery will host a closing reception for “AS YET UnNAMED, The Sketchbooks of O. Gail Poole” in conjunction with the 2nd Friday Art Walk on June 12. The reception, at 200 South Jones from 6 to 9 pm, will also feature a jazz jam on The Depot north portico and lawn, made possible by Jazz in June and hosted by Culture Cinematic.
Culture Cinematic, a collaborative mix of such varied genres as electronica, hip-hop, jazz, R&B, soul and funk, is slated to open for Jazz in June headliner Bill Evans’ Soulgrass on June 20 at Andrews Park, 201 W. Daws Street, at the 32nd annual Jazz in June festival. Musicians are encouraged to join in.
With a career spanning half a century, O. Gail Poole influenced generations of Oklahoma's artists and is gaining recognition as a rediscovered American Master. Untamed and unpredictable by his own description “Poole,” as he was affectionately known, successfully managed to transcend easy and traditional classification. He was an artist's artist, quietly and steadily creating a diverse and inspired body of work – a master’s portfolio eagerly collected and highly respected by his peers across the country.
“Dad’s sketchbooks were his visual diaries” says daughter Nicole Poole, to whom the artist left the entirety of his remaining work. “They are in many ways more personal to me than his paintings, primarily because they embody moments in time that he just let his mind wander.” Curator Jonathan Fowler adds “In these books his legacy lives on, giving us the opportunity to learn more about ourselves and the world around us.”
There are framed and unframed limited edition archival giclees and a show catalog available for sale during the exhibit. “Listen My Child”, a limited edition coloring book, will also be available.
Depot Gallery hours are 8 am to 2 pm Monday through Friday and by appointment. There is no admission charge.
Gallery exhibitions in The Depot are made possible in part by grants from Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Arts Council and by individual donors.