The Depot will soon move our concerts inside to the intimate setting of our Depot home at 200 S. Jones. Winter Wind and Whistle Stop Concerts will follow close on the heels of Summer Breeze beginning in September and continuing into March. The Concert Schedule is as follows:
Sept. 9, Whistle Stop Concert, The Honey Dewdrops, 7:00 pm, $15
Oct. 4, Winter Wind, Jimmy LaFave, 7:00 pm, $20
Oct. 25, Winter Wind, Rebecca Loebe, 7:00 pm, $15
Nov. 1, Whistle Stop Concert, Annie Oakley, 7:00 pm, $10
Nov. 8, Winter Wind, MilkDrive, 7:00 pm, $20
Nov. 10, Whistle Stop Concert, Heather Maloney, 7:00 pm, $15
Nov. 22, Winter Wind, Peter Bradley Adams, 7:00 pm, $20
Dec. 6, Winter Wind, Michael Fracasso, 7:00 pm, $20
Dec. 20, Winter Wind, Claudia Schmidt, 7:00 pm, $20 (Member’s Choice)
Jan 17, Winter Wind, Horseshoe Road, 7:00 pm, $20
Jan 31, Winter Wind, Carrie Newcomer, 7:00 pm, $20
Feb. 14, Winter Wind, Eliza Gilkyson, 7:00 pm, $20
Mar. 6, Winter Wind, Ellis Paul, 7:00 pm, $20
Jazz concerts will be announced soon.
The Depot accommodates audiences of 100, allowing a more personal interaction between audience and artist. The concerts feature outstanding established artists, excellent sound and complimentary refreshments in a lovely, gallery setting.
Tickets for individual concerts may be purchased on-line by visiting www.normandepot.org/events, by visiting The Depot at 200 S. Jones, or by phoning 405 307-9320.
Concerts and other events at The Depot are made possible in part by grants from Norman Arts Council and Oklahoma Arts Council, and by generous donors and businesses in the community.
The Honey Dewdrops will be stopping by for the first Whistle Stop Concert of the fall in the intimate atmosphere of the Norman Depot, 200 South Jones. The concert begins at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, September 9.
Tickets are $15.
Award winning, nationally touring husband and wife folk duet Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish are the Honey Dewdrops. Their fresh, original songs focus on vocal harmonies and tight instrumentation. Influenced by traditional Appalachian music as well as contemporary singer-songwriters, the Honey Dewdrops blend old styles with new, creating music that is powerful and heartfelt. Their songs encompass much of what is loved about traditional southern mountain music-- the earthy singing, the haunting guitar melody, the message the song delivers.
The Honey Dewdrops are touring to promote their newest album, Tangled Country, out May 8, 2015. The songs, all original compositions by Wortman & Parrish, tell stories that engage and resonate in a delicately creative way, blurring the line between narrative and prose. On Tangled Country, each share vocals and guitars, augmented by Parrish’s mandolin and Wortman’s work on banjo and harmonica.
Wortman and Parrish's musical chemistry is so vivid in recorded form that it's not surprising to learn that their live performances are often described as "mesmerizing," "evocative," and “genuine." The Honey Dewdrops bear the mark of musical maturity – in performance, arrangement, and songwriting.
Impromptu and fun, Whistle Stop Concerts came about to create the flexibility to invite selected touring artists who are passing through to make a stop at The Depot for the pleasure of our audiences.
Programs at The Depot are made possible, in part, by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Arts Council.
Norman’s Debby Kaspari, a representational artist with a naturalist’s background, brings “News from the Woods” to The Depot Gallery, 200 S. Jones, with plein air drawings and acrylic paintings portraying how time and nature transform abandoned places -- places made even more vibrant by the wildlife occupying them. The exhibit begins September 8.
An opening celebration on September 11 from 6 to 9 pm in conjunction with 2nd Friday Art Walk, will also feature the annual Terry Shaw Memorial Hootenanny. Come sing along!
Unable to attend the September 11 reception, Kaspari will be at The Depot Gallery on Sunday afternoon, September 20 at 2:00 pm, to talk about her work and her experiences in creating this exhibit.
October 4 will feature another Sunday afternoon with Debby Kaspari highlighted by a painting demonstration. The Depot Gallery will remain open from 1:00 to 4:00 pm both Sunday’s, serving light refreshments for those who wish to leisurely enjoy the exhibit as well as visit with the artist.
During a residency in Massachusetts’s Harvard Forest, Kaspari wandered the woods looking for birds. She found mill foundations, cellar holes, stone quarries and the scattered relics of once-thriving farms and villages remaining by the thousands, waiting to be discovered under ferns, mosses and huge trees and to be recorded artistically by Debby as “News from The Woods.”
Kaspari found diaries, ledger books and letters in Harvard’s historical archives written by the people who built and lived on these sites. Many of these narratives accompany the artworks, telling stories of cattle-trading, cider making, and cotton mill inventories as well as ambition, love, and tragic loss.
Debby Kaspari grew up in Berkeley and graduated from California College of the Arts in 1981. Her work has been shown in galleries and museums around the country, including solo exhibits at Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, Oklahoma State Capitol’s Governor’s Gallery and JRB Art at the Elms.
A closing reception for “News From the Woods” will held on Friday, October 9, from 6 to 9 pm. Debby will be present to visit about her paintings and their inspiration. A second highlight of the evening will begin at 7:30 with the music of Bob French and John Arnold -- who may well be joined by Debby on banjo.
The “News From the Woods” exhibit will continue in the Depot Gallery through October 30. Regular gallery hours are 9 to 2 Monday - Friday. There is no admission charge.
For 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 program donors.
You’re invited to join us for Norman’s Third Annual Community Hootenanny at The Depot, 200 S. Jones, from 6 to 9 pm on Friday, September 11. Just bring your voice -- and your guitar, bass, banjo, ukulele, fiddle or tambourine if you wish. Words and music will be provided. It’s all free!
Hootenanny is a Scottish word meaning "celebration" or "party." The Norman Hootenanny was started in the living rooms of three Irving Middle School teachers and their families in 1988. These events quickly grew to include family and friends with all being encouraged to bring their voices, instruments and enthusiasm.
Terry Shaw had longed to share this fun filled event with all the Norman community and saw his dream come true as he spearheaded the first Annual Norman Community Hootenanny held at the Norman Santa Fe Train Depot as one of the downtown 2nd Friday Art Walk events in October 2013.
Unfortunately Dr. Shaw has passed, but his memory lives on in all those who knew and loved him. It is in his spirit that we are continuing the tradition this year and hope many of the community will drop by and help us celebrate his life and join with folks of all ages in a relaxed, fun atmosphere to sing popular, well-known folk and rock songs. Words and chord progressions for hundreds of these songs from the 60’s to current times will be projected for all to follow and sing along. Refreshments are served and a good time will be had by all again this year!
In The Depot that same evening and through October 30, enjoy the beautiful paintings by Debby Kaspari in “News From the Woods.”
For 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 Oklahoma Arts Council and by generous individual donors.
Second Sunday Poetry will feature Oklahoma City poet Richard Dixon reading from recent work at The Depot, 200 South Jones Avenue, beginning at 2:00 pm on September 13. There is no admission charge.
Dixon is a longtime transplant to Oklahoma City from the coal mines of southwestern Pennsylvania. A retired high-school special education teacher and tennis coach, he now works part-time at a municipal tennis center where he is known to swing a mean racquet.
His poems and essays have been published in Crosstimbers, Westview, Uncle Walt’s Corner of the Long Islander, and the 2012 Texas Poetry Calendar. His work has also appeared in numerous anthologies including two Woody Guthrie compilations: Travelin’ Music (2011) and Elegant Rage (2012.) He has been the featured reader at several poetry venues.
Take time to view “News From the Woods,” the paintings of Debby Kaspari, while attending the poetry reading in The Depot Gallery. Programs at The Depot are made possible in part by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Arts Council.
For further information about this and other Performing Arts Studio programs,phone 405 307-9320.
The Depot is thrilled to welcome back Heather Maloney for another Whistle Stop Concert on November 10, 2015 as part of her Making Me Break album release tour. Heather mesmerized The Depot audience in her last solo performance here and will have new songs and a new CD to offer for this performance. Tickets for the 7:00pm concert are $15.
Maloney’s new music has a definite edge, but it also has a classically trained voice that delivers well-crafted lyrics over a technical arrangement — a combination we’ve recently seen getting mainstream appreciation once more. Suddenly, the term “singer-songwriter” carries serious weight again. Chalk it up to a revival of everything 90s and Maloney’s influence from “those bleeding hearts,” as she calls them, referring to artists like Fiona Apple, Tori Amos and Aimee Mann.
“We wanted to make something more relevant, in a new zone.” Maloney wasn’t kidding – she teamed up with producer Bill Reynolds (who moonlights as the bassist for Band of Horses) and an all-star group of players with extraordinary talent, including engineer Jason Kingsland (Iron & Wine, Delta Spirit), guitarist Tyler Ramsey (Band of Horses), and guitarist and sax player Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket).
Throughout the new musical heights and depths on this record, Maloney’s voice and lyrics remain center stage, truthfully articulating the insights and emotions of growing up, without clichés nor quirks for their own sake.