National headliner Griffin House will take the Winter Wind stage on Sunday, November 2. Tickets for the 7:00 pm concert, held in The Depot, 200 S. Jones, are $20.
This show will also be live streamed through Concert Window. Seeing Griffin in person is your best option, but if you can't make the show you can stream it live to your PC by going to Concert Window - Griffin House at The Depot
In high school, the athletically gifted House landed a role in a musical and was surprised to learn that he had a natural talent for singing. House bought his first guitar for $100 from a friend. He turned down a golf scholarship to Ohio University and instead went to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where he started to teach himself how to play the guitar and write songs.
House issued his first independent release, Upland, in 2003. Several self-released albums followed, the majority on his imprint label, Evening Records. House signed with RCA before issuing Flying Upside Down, a folk-rock album recorded with members of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers, followed in 2010 by his second album for the Nettwerk label, The Learner. He is currently celebrating the release of his 8th full length album, Balls.
Griffin House has toured extensively, opening for artists such as Ron Sexsmith, Patti Scialfa, Josh Ritter, John Mellencamp, Mat Kearney, and The Cranberries. Since 2007 House has been a national headliner in his own right. His music is a blend of folk, rock, pop and even a little punk which captures a depth of emotion and intelligence, while at the same time maintaining accessibility.
Griffin, who claims to be three parts Welsh, one part German, and 90% Native American (the math doesn’t quite make sense, but that’s his story and he’s sticking to it!) lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife Jane and two daughters Emma and Clara.
Winter Wind concerts are made possible in part, by grants from The Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Arts Council, with additional support from Tom McAuliffe of Don Cies Real Estate; Cindy Merrick of Therapy in Motion; Brad and Lisa Raley; Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School; Nancy McClellan; Farrel Droke; Hugh and Keri Young; Tom & Mary Cay Woodfin; Dale Wares, Wares Properties; Danna Primm; Marie Soliel; and The Grider Family. In-kind support comes from the City of Norman, The Montford Inn and Norman Music Institute.
The Depot welcomes Norman based Kyle Reid and his Low Swinging Chariots on November 9 to open the 2014-15 Sunday Jazz season. Tickets for the 7:30 concert are $10 and are available on line using the Buy Now link below, or at the Depot, 200 S. Jones, Norman.
Admission: $10 ($7 Student) Buy Now
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.
The band's new album Alright, Here We Go... is a rambunctious romp through the trials of a young man making trouble for himself and praying to the gods of swing (Armstrong, Reinhardt, Prima, Waller, et. al.) to once again save him from the depths of despair. The music, time and time again, lifts the band members and listeners out of the mire of everyday drudgery into a tent revival of glorious swinging sound.
Kyle Reid (guitar/vocals) and band members Steve Boaz (drums) Johnny Carlton: (bass), John Calvin Abney (guitar), Kevin Stringfellow (trumpet) and Mike Cameron (clarinet/ tenor saxophone), are in the business of uplifting their listening audience and compelling them to have as much fun as the band itself.
For the full Jazz season schedule, or for information about other Depot programs phone 405 307-9320. Office and Gallery hours are 8 to 2 M-F.
Jazz Concerts at the Depot are made possible in part by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Arts Council, together with generous individual donors.
The Depot Gallery will feature "Places...Spaces Between", the work of Almira Hill Grammer, from September 8 through October 31. A reception for the artist will be held from 6 to 9 pm in conjunction with the September 12, 2014 2nd Friday Art Walk with live music by Harvest Reserve (Mark McClellan, Misti Prior, Brad and Lisa Raley.) A second reception will be held from 6 to 9 pm on October 10, together with the Terry Shaw Memorial Hootenanny. The Depot Gallery is located at 200 S. Jones, Norman.
“I create art because there is nothing else I would rather do. I try to reveal the essence of my subject through rich color and the elimination of details. Primarily my subjects are barns and other vintage structures, but I do paint a landscape now and then.” says Grammer. “The fluid properties of acrylics enable me to paint layer upon layer of transparent color to achieve the luminous effect that I want.”
Grammer’s interest in art began in childhood. In elementary school she won her first award for a pen and ink drawing that her art teacher entered into the state fair art competition.
While living in Florida, Grammer’s art took a professional turn. She completed some commercial projects and participated as an instructor in the St. Petersburg’s Summer Art Program. Taking her art to the next level, she began to enter art competitions with great success. At this point, she was still working primarily in pencil, charcoal and pen and ink.
To expand her art education, she enrolled at St. Petersburg Junior College where she took art courses and developed an interest in photography.
Grammer completed her formal education at the University of Oklahoma, earning a BA and an MA in English. Putting her professional art career on hold, she taught English at the college level and worked as an editor at the University of Oklahoma. For the pure joy of it, she continued to create art for family and friends.
When Grammer learned about OU’s “Summer in Santa Fe” program, she enrolled in the workshop taught by Dr. Carol Beesley, Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of Oklahoma and noted artist. Trying to capture the luminous color and light of the New Mexico landscape using colored pencils and charcoal in a plein aire situation was virtually impossible. She decided to experiment with acrylics and now, it is her medium of choice.
In 2012, she was invited to exhibit her work at the Oklahoma State Capitol in the Governor’s Gallery. Her show, “Structural Integrities,” opened in March 2013. Her art is represented in many private collections in Oklahoma. She is a member of Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, Oklahoma Artists Guild, and The Paseo Art Association. She also teaches in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) program at the University of Oklahoma.
Almira Hill Grammer has lived with her family in Norman, OK for the past 33 years.
Depot Gallery and office hours are 8 am to 2 pm Monday through Friday. There is no admission charge. Gallery Exhibitions at the Depot are made possible, in part, by grants from Oklahoma Arts Council and Norman Arts Council. For information about this and other Depot programs phone 405 307-9320.