The Larry Mitchell Trio takes the stage at 7:30 pm on Sunday, July 27, in Norman’s Lions Park at the corner of Flood and Symmes, as part of the Summer Breeze free concert series presented by The Depot (formerly known as the Performing Arts Studio).
The Larry Mitchell Trio is a dynamic rock instrumental funk-flavored splash of intensity. They blend rock, funk, jazz and blues into a melodic frenzy, carrying the listener along on a journey of bliss and intrigue. The band is led by Grammy award-winning producer/engineer/guitarist Larry Mitchell, who has toured the world playing guitar with artists such as Tracy Chapman, Billy Squier, Ric Ocasek and Miguel Bosé. In his original compositions, Larry skillfully weaves guitar textures that showcase his virtuosity as a solo artist and ensemble player. The trio also features the stylings of two Berklee School of Music graduates: Russ Garner's funky chops on drums and Austin Solomon's groove-oriented music vocabulary on bass.
Sarah Catalfu, Independent Florida Alligator, said in reviewing the Trio’s show at The Atlantic last fall, Mitchell “wowed the audience with his innovative, soulful guitar riffs. Russ Garner on drums had the crowd (myself included) whooping and hollering for more, and Austin Solomon on bass had no shortage of mind-bendingly awesome solos, tying it all together seamlessly for an inventive and original blend of jazz, blues, soul, and funk.”
Bring seating and your favorite refreshments, and enjoy a wonderful evening in the park filled with great music!
The Depot’s Summer Breeze concerts are made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council, and from businesses and individuals including Backwoods; Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School and Kindergarten; 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, Yogalife; Republic Bank and Trust, Norman Parks and Recreation Department; David Fries Roofing; Sally Little & Dennis McDonald; Brad and Lisa Raley; 2 Green Chicks; Main Street Veterinary Hospital; Montford Inn; and Pepe Delgados.
The Depot Gallery, 200 S. Jones, Norman, will feature “This is Our Oklahoma Land,” a solo exhibition of photographs by Kim Baker, from July 7 through August 29. Receptions for the artist will be held in conjunction with 2nd Friday Circuit of Art on both July 11 and August 8 from 6 to 9 pm. There will be live music and refreshments.
A collection of Baker’s favorite landscape images of Oklahoma, “This is Our Oklahoma Land” is a visual journey across Oklahoma into the most remote locations and off the beaten paths. From high desert in the northwest to cool clear rocky mountain rivers in the southeast and from the granite mountains in the southwest to the lush green country in the northeast, Kim’s photography will inspire the intrepid traveler in all of us.
A native Oklahoman, Kim Baker was born in Muskogee and raised in Shawnee. She grew up taking black-and-white photographs with her first camera, a Kodak Instamatic 104. Her affinity for the landscape over other subjects became apparent in a look back at her childhood photos of family vacations. This connection to the land still inspires Kim in her life and her photography. “I love to make images and I enjoy sharing the beauty I see in the Oklahoma land with others”, Baker says
Kim has used her photography in defense of nature in her conservation photography initiatives including her Oklahoma Rivers project, the Illinois River Survey and her book The Illinois River Survey: A Visual Record. Oklahoma’s environmental communities including state, federal, and nonprofit groups have utilized Kim’s work as a visual reminder of the land we love and want to protect.
A longtime contributor of photography for the Oklahoma Tourism Department and Oklahoma Today Magazine, Kim’s other clients include Ackerman McQueen, Jordan Advertising, S Design Inc., the Chickasaw Nation, Corporate Art Group Inc., Epoxy Films and others. Her most recent work involved shooting stills photography for the filming of the 2014 Oklahoma Tourism Commercials. Her next project will be the publication of a photographic book set for release in November 2014 entitled Unforgettable Oklahoma published by Far Country Press with photography by Kim Baker and John Jernigan.
Today Kim lives in the rolling hills of southwestern Lincoln County.
Exhibitions in the Depot Gallery are made possible in part by grants to the Performing Arts Studio from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council. Depot hours are 8 am to 2 pm Monday through Friday and by appointment. The Depot Gallery is free and open to the public. Art on display is available for sale. Phone 405 307-9320 for additional information.