The Summer Breeze Concert Series continues with The Steel Wheels on Sunday, May 31, at 7:30 pm in Norman’s Lions Park at the corner of Flood and Symmes. Summer Breeze is a free concert series presented by The Depot. Bring seating and your favorite refreshments, and enjoy a wonderful evening in the park filled with great music!
The Steel Wheels are Trent Wagler (vocals/guitar/banjo), Brian Dickel (bass), Eric Brubaker (fiddle) and Jay Lapp (mandolin). They have captured audiences across the country with their heady brew of original soulful mountain music and their deep commitment to roots and community. This dynamic four-piece string band marries old-time musical traditions with their own innovative sound and lifestyle, generating a truly magnetic revival. Martin Anderson of WNCW radio says, "There is purity and power in the sound of this band that few come close to tapping. Tight pickin', passionate energy, and Wagler's voice soars like an eagle.”
The band’s genesis dates back to 2004, when Wagler, Dickel and Brubaker were college students in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Trent and Brian first performed as a duo, then Eric joined them, and the addition of Jay Lapp completed the current lineup. The group’s first release as The Steel Wheels was 2010’s “Red Wing.” The track “Nothing You Can’t Lose” from that album was named Best Country Song at the Independent Music Awards. “Live at Goose Creek” was released in 2011, and that was followed in 2012 with “Lay Down, Lay Low”, which was named the IMA’s Album of the Year. “No More Rain” was released in 2013, and “Leave Some Things Behind” just came out in April.
To check on the day of the concert for possible weather related cancellation or relocation, visit The Depot website www.normandepot.org. Like The Depot on facebook.com/pasnorman, or contact The Depot at 405-307-9320.
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.
Original drawings from the sketchbooks of Norman artist O. Gail Poole (1935-2013) will be on display in the Depot Gallery, 200 S. Jones, from May 8 through June 26, 2015. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 pm on May 8 in association with the 2nd Friday Arts Walk. Musical entertainment will be provided by Mariachi Orgullo de America.
A second reception for “AS YET UnNAMED” will be held on Friday, June 12. The evening will also include a jazz jam in The Depot portico, hosted by Jazz in June and featuring Culture Cinematic, a collaborative mix of such varied genres as electronica, hip-hop, jazz, R&B, soul and funk.
“Poole,” as he was affectionately known, was a native Oklahoman and an unsung American Master. With a career spanning half a century, Poole influenced generations of Oklahoma's artists. Untamed and unpredictable by his own description, Poole 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. He had freedom to express fleeting thoughts without the pressure of committing the images to canvas. From highly rendered studies for paintings to quick observations and ideas, and finally to just unimaginable flights of fancy, each book is a record of Dad’s thought process, and it’s astounding to me that so much inventiveness could run through the mind of one person. They are absolute treasure troves of creativity and draftsmanship, and I am thrilled that The Depot has given me the opportunity to display them to the public, especially to Norman.”
“The genesis for this show began last year with a happenstance meeting with Dr. Neil Chapman, one of the state’s most noted photographers. Over the past few months, Neil has photographed or scanned nearly 600 images from over 40 books.” Nicole says. ”I approached Jonathan Fowler to curate the show because of his reaction, months ago, to seeing Dad's sketchbooks for the first time.”
Fowler says “I knew Gail as a friend and fellow Norman Public Arts Board member. Over the years I watched him sketch in meetings, always wondering how he managed to concentrate and keep up with the conversation. I now know that his art was how he interpreted and dealt with the world and his surroundings. ...Having been able to dive into his work allowed me to get to know him in ways that time didn't allow. In these books his legacy lives on, and gives us the opportunity to learn more about ourselves and the world around us.”
There will be framed original drawings, 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 Norman Arts Council and generous individual sponsors.
Acclaimed author and poet William Bernhardt will be featured at the Second Sunday Poetry Reading on June 14 in The Depot, 200 South Jones Avenue. There is no charge for the reading which begins at 2:00 p.m. Light refreshments are served.
William Bernhardt is the author of thirty-eight published works, including his poetry book The White Bird, the Ben Kincaid novels, the Shine young adult novels, and Nemesis: The Final Case of Eliot Ness, which is currently in production for an NBC miniseries. Bernhardt’s newest book, The Game Master, has just been published.
William Bernhardt, one of the most sought-after writing instructors in the nation, holds a Masters Degree in English Literature and is a two-time winner of the Oklahoma Book Award. He is the only writer to have received the Southern Writers Guild’s Gold Medal Award, the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award (University of Pennsylvania) and the H. Louise Cobb Distinguished Author Award (OSU), which is given "in recognition of an outstanding body of work that has profoundly influenced the way in which we understand ourselves and American society at large."
Bernhardt’s books have been translated into two dozen languages worldwide and his sales have topped 10 million books. In addition, he has written plays, including a musical (book and music), humor, nonfiction, biography, and crossword puzzles. He is a member of the Author’s Guild, PEN International and the American Academy of Poets. He lives in Oklahoma with his family. For more information visit www.williambernhardt.com
While at The Depot, enjoy “AS YET UnNAMED, The Sketchbooks of O. Gail Poole” in the gallery while attending the Bernhardt poetry reading. For further information about programs at The Depot phone 405 307-9320. Programs at The Depot are made possible in part by grants from The Norman Arts Council and Oklahoma Arts Council.
The Depot is proud to announce the musical lineup for the 15th annual 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 venders are allowed) and enjoy these relaxed “easy-breezy” musical evenings in the park.
“We are very excited about this year’s line up” says Depot Executive Director Shari Ransley Jackson. “We are proud of the work the committee did to showcase a wide variety of musical genres featuring outstanding musical groups from Oklahoma and across the nation. And, new this year, the series ends with the first ever member’s choice concert. The Elders were among those nominated by Depot members and selected by member vote.”
The 2015 musical lineup is as follows:
May 17, The Handsome Devils
The Handsome Devils (Derek Paul,guitar, lead vocals; Derek Carothers, bass; Devon Carothers, drums; Zane Russell, guitar, vocals) blend a love of folk, rock, blues, R&B and jazz into a wholly Americana sound. Whether it’s their rootsy southern rock hooks to their laid back blues grooves to their heartfelt storytelling, their many fans love their honest, catchy tunes and fun live shows.
May 31, The Steel Wheels
The Steel Wheels have captured audiences across the country with their heady brew of original soulful mountain music and their deep commitment to roots and community. Based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, this dynamic four-piece string band marries old-time musical traditions with their own innovative sound and lifestyle, generating a truly magnetic revival.
June 14, Kelly Willis
With rockabilly roots and a heartache-meets-honky-tonk voice, Kelly Willis has been labeled a country ingénue. As a new traditionalist singer/songwriter, her tunes effortlessly combine the storytelling and strings aspects of country music and the driving force of rock. Austin based, Kelly is noted for her clear, unadorned vocal style and her fresh-faced beauty.
June 28, Mama Sweet
Mama Sweet's first gig came at The Deli in the spring of 2002. Soon their first "real" album was released and the group began venturing to venues outside of Oklahoma and playing with prominent regional acts. There have been many descriptions of their Oklahoma music including Red Dirt Rock, Southern Americana, Bluegrass Funk, and even Psychedelic Country. Mama Sweet's second studio album, "21 echo was released in December 2014.
July 12, North Meets South
North Meets South is original home-brewed Americana music made in Oklahoma, the combined creative vision of husband and wife duo, Joie Sherman Johnson (vocals) and John Johnson (guitar). They have dazzled listeners with Joie’s powerhouse vocals, John’s signature fingerpicking guitar style and their honest, melodic and downright catchy songwriting.
July 26, Adam and Kizzie
With his magic fingers, her melodic voice, and a unique sound, Adam & Kizzie have set out to share the gift of music in the best way their hearts know how -- giving music their absolute best. To claim their albums are either R&B, soul, jazz, or hip hop forms of musical art would be grossly limiting. But all who have heard their music agree, the art is excellent.
Aug. 9, Tequila Azul
Tequila Azul, Oklahoma’s first Latin Pop Rock Band formed in January 2014, features Adriana Brito on voice. Armando Rivera on Congas, Cecelia Vargas on vocals, Edgar Salazar on bass, Hector Lopez on guitar, Ivan Castillo on vocals and guitar, Paulo Valles on drums and Ricardo Sasaki on keyboards. Tequila Azul’s musical diversity and energy is sure to get folks dancing.
Aug. 23, The Elders, “Members Choice Concert”
The Elders were founded in 1998 by six veteran musicians with a passion for music rooted in Americana & Celtic Folk. Their ability to bring together the art of story telling with a cross-pollination of elements that is progressive yet rooted in tradition, has won them a broad international fan base. They have released six studio albums, four live albums, one compilation album and three DVDs and played festivals, pubs and theaters across the United States, Ireland and other parts of Europe.
Summer Breeze Concerts are produced by volunteer committee members Brad Raley, Suzy Lawrence, Mark McClellan, Danna Primm, Trisha Bunce, Jean Ware, Neil Kingsley, and Tom McAuliffe.
The free 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; Norman Parks and Recreation Department; Montford Inn; and by Friends Dennis McDonald & Sally Little and Main Street Veterinary Hospital.