Summer Breeze 2016 welcomes the return of Brave Combo, America’s Premier Dance band, on Sunday, July 24. Music begins at 7:30 pm. Bring seating, refreshments and your dancing shoes for a free rollicking, rocking, rhythmic global journey in Lions Park, Flood and Symmes.
Trying to describe Brave Combo’s music requires a pretty extensive vocabulary – at least when it comes to musical styles. For the past three decades the Denton, Texas based quintet has perfected a world music mix that includes salsa, meringue, rock, cumbia, conjunto, polka, zydeco, classical, cha cha, the blues and more. “Using polka music as their jumping board, the Brave Combo live up to their name by crossing polka with jazz, rock, blues and more.” says the Santa Cruz Sentinel. “They’ve won two Grammy Awards since their inception in Texas in 1979, and played nearly every major music festival around the nation. Irreverent, entertaining and extremely talented.”
Brave Combo’s catalog of recordings range from Japanese pop to Latin American dance tunes, to the orchestral classics to rock and roll at its finest. From festivals and fairs of all varieties across the globe, rock clubs big and small, colleges, roadhouses, dances, cultural centers (including the annual Midsummer Night’s Swing at Lincoln Center in New York City) Brave Combo has charmed countless listeners and won avid devotees.
The group's vivid music can be heard in the films David Byrne’s True Stories, Clive Barker’s Lord of Illusions, Late Bloomers, Fools Rush In, Envy, and The Academy Award winning The Personals. They appeared at Oktoberfest in the beloved American burg of Springfield on an episode of “The Simpsons” and in 2008 Brave Combo provided the musical score for PBS’s first ever animated series, “As the Wrench Turns” which resulted in an “Annie” nomination from the International Animated Film Society. Their music has also been featured on ABC’s hit series “Ugly Betty”, and Fox Television’s “Bakersfield P.D.” They have contributed original music for ESPN and The Big Ten network.
Phone 307-9320 for additional information about this and other programs at The Depot.
Summer Breeze Concerts are made possible, in part, by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Arts Council, from Sponsors Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School and Republic Bank and Trust; from Contributors Tom McAuliffe, Don Cies Real Estate; Dentists Jamie Belknap, Donna Sparks and Kristen Campbell at Norman Smile Center; Andi Berry, Wyoming Art Therapy; Interbank; Backwoods; Edward Jones; 2 Green Chicks; The Mont; and Montford Inn; and from Friends: Nancy McClellan; Sooner Carpet, Air Duct and Restoration; Bruce & Trisha Bunce; Brad & Lisa Raley; and Neighbor Bob Schlegel. Major in-kind support comes from Norman Parks and Recreation Department.
The bold brushstrokes and bright colors in expressionist paintings by local artist Brad Price will fill The Depot Gallery with “Brushstroke Dreams” from July 8 through August 29, 2016. An opening reception will be held in conjunction with the 2nd Friday Art Walk on July 8 from 6 to 9 pm. A second reception will be held in conjunction with 2nd Friday on August 12, also from 6 to 9 pm.
Price will present a free demonstration and artist talk beginning at 2 pm on Sunday, July 17. An “Alla Prima” Workshop will be taught by Price on Monday, July 18. Translated directly from Italian, alla prima means “at once.” Students will learn how to complete a painting in one sitting, leaving the workshop with a finished painting in either oil or acrylic. Tuition is $60. For more information, or to enroll, contact The Depot at 405 307-9320.
Price's works are inspired by the Southwest landscape and its rugged beauty. The amazing landscape of Northern New Mexico is his primary focus. The light in New Mexico has a luminescent quality all its own, Price says, and he seeks to capture its effects on canvas. His work is a rebirth of the sense of style of early Taos painters and the Post-Impressionists.
His works in oil are emotive and colorful with strong directional lines which Price employs to guide the viewer into the world that he has seen and experienced. His style emphasizes contrast and bold complementary color. Through painting Brad makes an emotional visit to the scene he is painting. He can smell the chamisa and hear the waxy clacking of the aspen leaves as they blow in the wind. When he paints, he is there. When he hangs a painting on the wall, he invites others to be there with him. “Art is experience and the sharing of experience. It is creating something new and beautiful for the world, and then sharing that moment with others” Price believes.
Previously an award-winning illustrator and graphic designer, Price exhibits his paintings in various galleries in the Southwestern US. During the Oklahoma Bi-centennial his works were exhibited at the Oklahoma State Capital. His work has been on the cover of Santa Fe Circle Magazine. In 2012, Mayor David Coss of Santa Fe, chose one of Price's paintings for the cover of the Centennial Issue of the Santa Fe Visitor’s Guide.
To learn more about this and other programs at The Depot, phone 307-9320. Depot programs are made possible, in part, by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council, and by generous individual and corporate donors.
The Depot is proud to announce the musical lineup for the 2016 Summer Breeze Concert Series. The eight free family-friendly Sunday evening concerts, taking place in Lions Park at the corner of Flood and Symmes in Norman, are all scheduled to begin at 7:30 pm. Bring seating, your favorite refreshments (no vendors are allowed) and enjoy these relaxed “easy-breezy” musical evenings in the park.
May 22, The Dusty 45s
The Dusty 45s deliver their rockin', high energy music at full throttle, keeping fans on their feet and begging for more. The group melds styles ranging from country twang to jump blues and surf to R & B, even adding Dixieland and jazz elements. Infused by a passion for American roots music in all its varied forms, The Dusty 45s blur the line between genres to create a sizzling sound that is entirely fresh and uniquely their own.
June 5, Orquesta D'Calle
Orquesta D'Calle will have you on your feet dancing to their high energy Latin music.
June 19, WE DREAM DAWN
WE DREAM DAWN began as an Elephant Revival side project and quickly grew from its small-town Midwestern/Rocky Mountain roots and blossomed into a unique, earthy blend of dreamy electric folk music. Hailing from rural Oklahoma and Kansas the band — Sage Cook (guitar and vocals), Aera Fox (bass) and Weston Hill (drums) — is busy representing rural America in a whole new light. After leaving Elephant Revival, Sage has taken to not just growing his own food but his own new sound, one definitely worth checking out.
June 26, Brandy Zdan
Although Brandy Zdan calls her new, self-titled album her full-length “debut,” there’s no mistaking this seasoned singer-songwriter for any kind of rookie. For the better part of the last decade, the native Canadian — now living in Nashville, TN— has garnered acclaim as half of the gothic folk/roots duo Twilight Hotel, with two albums, 2008’s Highway Prayer and 2011’s When the Wolves Go Blind, nominated for prestigious Juno Awards (Canada’s Grammy), as a formidable multi-instrumentalist (touring and recording with the Americana all-girl band the Trishas), and even as a solo artist (with LoneStarMusic hailing her 2013 Lone Hunter EP as “a one-woman tour de force.”) But according to the artist herself, all of that was merely a prelude to the aptly-titled Brandy Zdan, the most focused expression of her musical identity to date.
July 10, Kyle Reid and the Low Swingin' Chariots
Kyle Reid leads the Low Swinging Chariots, in a joyful revelry of original swing tunes that draw from New Orleans, Gypsy Jazz, and Western Swing traditions. Reid’s original tunes sound at once familiar yet new and exciting, blending elements of these classic American forms with contemporary attitude. The low sonorous quality of Reid’s voice is well balanced by the hot accents of the rhythm section and the sweet melodies of the brass section.
July 24, Brave Combo
Trying to describe Brave Combo’s music requires a pretty extensive vocabulary – at least when it comes to musical styles. For the past three decades the Denton, Texas based quintet has perfected a world music mix that includes salsa, meringue, rock, cumbia, conjunto, polka, zydeco, classical, cha cha, the blues and more. They are America’s Premier Dance band and a rollicking, rocking, rhythmic global journey — offering what one critic recently wrote, “Even if you come for the party, you’ll leave with something of a musical education.”
Aug. 7, Hosty Duo
The Hosty Duo are Mike Hosty, an outstanding guitarist and songwriter, and Michael Byars, a world-class drummer. Their setup is simple, but their individual talents make this two-piece band sound twice its size. Hosty simultaneously tears through gritty slide leads, blows harmonica and or Kazoo and uses foot pedals to stomp bass lines. And “Tic Tac” Byars puts it all in a rock-solid groove. Their superb style of bluesy roots rock combines with imaginative songs about nights spent in jail or dinosaurs or affairs of the heart to make one of the most entertaining shows anyone could hope to see.
Aug. 21, The Mulligan Brothers
The Mulligan Brothers met playing in bars in Mobile, Alabama and their name means second chances. Their second album, Via Portland, is being played on radio stations across the country and The Mulligan Brothers are listed in the Alternate Root Magazine's Top 50 of 2015--So Far. The music is still a blend of alt-country, blues, and folk that sounds like the Lumineers with a hot fiddle and the song writing of Townes Van Zandt, but Via Portland is a smoother album with more harmony and background vocals and dynamics in the instrumentation.
Summer Breeze Concerts are made possible, in part, by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Arts Council, from Sponsors Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School and Republic Bank and Trust; from Contributors Tom McAuliffe, Don Cies Real Estate; Dentists Jamie Belknap, Donna Sparks and Kristen Campbell at Norman Smile Center; Andi Berry, Wyoming Art Therapy; Backwoods; Edward Jones; 2 Green Chicks; The Mont; Montford Inn; and from Friends Nancy McClellan, Sooner Carpet Cleaning & Restoration, and Neighbors Bob Schlegel and Becca Hewes of Yogalife. Major in-kind support comes from Norman Parks and Recreation Department.