Popular Americana artist Griffin House is returning to The Depot, 200 S. Jones, for a Whistle Stop Concert on Sunday, May 1. Tickets are $15 for the 7:00 pm concert. Advance purchase is highly recommended.
“If you are looking to be blown away by raw talent, then look no further than Griffin House” says American Songwriter. It is a true, and nowadays rare, musician who writes lyrics so vulnerable and authentic that an audience is irrevocably captured by the powerful experience of sharing the journey. House digs deep and offers up his narrative after much reflection.
A young family man and artist who is choosing sobriety, House is celebrating the path to his success through songs which share his perspective on how people remember the past with rosecolored glasses, how we grow up and realize what we deeply need, and how we must find happiness in ourselves in the present.
House is touring in support of his most recent album, So On and So Forth, released March 4. It is an album that is essentially an autobiographical account of personal mistakes, change, and growth, offering listeners a chance to reflect on their own experiences and connect with another’s story. “The experience [of making this album] ended up being one of the most fun and positive of my career” says House. “The process was stress-free and freeing.” The resulting album reflects this journey — a leap of faith with triumphant results.
Recording and performing for over a decade, House has released ten albums and continues to headline his own national tours. House has also toured with Ron Sexsmith, Patti Scialfa, Josh Ritter, John Mellencamp, Mat Kearney, and The Cranberries. He received early critical acclaim on CBS Sunday Morning, and his songs have since been featured in countless films and television shows such as One Tree Hill, Army Wives, and Brothers and Sisters. He has also appeared on Late Night with Craig Ferguson. Most recently, CNN Newsroom invited House to perform “Paris Calling,” from So On and So Forth, live on the air, and the song has been picked up by radio.
House lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife Jane and their two daughters.
To purchase tickets click the Buy Tickets link above or phone 405-307-9320. Whistle Stop Concerts and other programs at The Depot are made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council and Oklahoma Arts Council and by generous corporate and individual donors.
An Obie Award-winning whirlwind tour of a forbidden zone, The Vagina Monologues introduces a wildly divergent gathering of female voices, including a six-year-old girl, a septuagenarian New Yorker, a vagina workshop participant, a woman who witnesses the birth of her granddaughter, a Bosnian survivor of rape, and a feminist happy to have found a man who “liked to look at it.” Shows are May 5, 6, & 7 at the Historic Santa Fe Depot at 7pm.
The Show Ponies, an indie-folk band with old time and bluegrass tendencies creating “that rare magic of transforming what is familiar into the precious and delightful,” will make a Whistle Stop at The Depot for a concert at 7:00 pm on May 11. Tickets are $15.
Building on momentum built over several years, founding ponies Andi Carder (lead vocals, banjo) and Clayton Chaney (lead vocals, bass) weave story and song with the same charm, pathos and boldness that brought them from Texas and Arkansas to California where the Show Ponies were founded in 2011. Having since expanded to a group of five, the Show Ponies have combined their various talents and backgrounds to create a unique sound that Andi likes to call “folk sassgrass.”
First to join Andi and Clayton was guitarist Jason Harris, who also produced the Ponies first album “Here We Are” in 2012. While many modern guitarists regard themselves as emancipated from the “strictures” of classical music, Harris credits Queen for kindling his interest in Bach and Mozart. He couldn’t have predicted what came next: “I went to school for music composition and had planned on going the academic route until I heard a bluegrass guitar solo a week after I graduated and decided I didn't want to do anything else.” When he heard Carder and Chaney perform together, he became enamored of their duet Americana sound and traded his electric guitars for a Martin acoustic and flatpicking lessons with Michael Daves.
Next to join the stable was Phil Glenn—a classically trained violin player whose love of folk, Celtic, and roots music eventually got the better of him and led to Mark O’Connor’s annual String Camp where he won the Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin Award. Like his bandmates, Phil’s neo-folk pioneering with the Show Ponies represents something of a departure from his earlier influences. “Folk music was something I came to pretty late,” he explains, “but it turns out I sound better and have a lot more fun playing folk music than I ever did playing classical.”
Completing the roundup, with his newly attained Masters Degree in Percussion, Kevin Brown joined the Show Ponies after the release of their first album, infusing bluegrass and folk melodies with a lifetime of dedication to the rhythms of jazz, rock, and hip-hop. Steeped in the influences of Led Zeppelin and The Mars Volta, Brown delighted in with the opportunity to explore music once foreign to him. “The most exciting part of playing with the Show Ponies is combining each member’s influences into one cohesive musical package,” he says. “It doesn’t sound like anything else.”
The Show Ponies have forged their success with constant touring and critically acclaimed records while earning a devoted fan base. Both of their first LP’s, as well as the recently released Run For Your Life, have been entirely crowdfunded on the strength of a formidable social media presence and word of mouth in the midst of zig-zagging up and down the Pacific West with forays back to Carder’s native Texas.
To purchase concert tickets click the Buy Tickets link above, or phone 405-307-9320. Whistle Stop Concerts and other programs at The Depot are made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council and Oklahoma Arts Council and by generous corporate and individual donations.
The beautifully realistic paintings of long time Norman artist Mitsuno Reedy will be featured in The Depot Gallery from May 9 through June 30. An opening reception for Reedy's “Dances With Brushes” exhibit will held on May 13 from 6 to 9 pm as a part of 2nd Friday Art Walk. A second reception will be held on June 10. An artist talk/demonstration will be offered on June 5 beginning at 2:00 pm, and a “Painting the Portrait” workshop is offered on June 8 and 9 from 9:30 to 4:30.
A native of Osaka, Japan, Mitsuno Ishii Reedy began her career in mid-1970's painting portraits, still lifes, and landscapes for collectors throughout the United States. After attending OU in the 60's, she moved back to Norman in 1979 and has maintained her residence here ever since. Mitsuno recently returned from four years of intensive study at Studio Incamminati. Most of the works in “Dances With Brushes” were painted there. Previously known for her pastels, she is now primarily painting in oils.
“In 2006, the University of Oklahoma had an exhibition of Nelson Shanks, the world renown contemporary realist artist from Philadelphia, PA. I went to see it and met him in person.” Reedy says. “His art captivated me for his excellence beyond my imagination.” She wanted to study with him. “Finally in August 2011, the chance came and I enrolled in a 2-week advanced portrait/figure workshop at Studio Incamminati, an atelier type school which Nelson Shanks and his wife Leona had established in 2002. I knew from day one that this was where I wanted to study. It was a quick decision, and I returned to Norman just long enough to pack my things, turn around and drive to Philadelphia to start the first day of fall semester.
“Now that I received the diploma of 4 years study at Studio Incamminati, where I had the privilege of sitting at Nelson’s feet watching him paint first hand in his century-old studio in Andalusia, soaking up the culture of music, dance, and history that I had not been exposed to before. The study was so intense at school that I had to rewind the last 9 months [since coming home] and slowly reflect upon what I had learned from these 4 years.”
Mitsuno had previously studied with notable pastel artists Albert Handell and Daniel Greene, and oil painters John Howard Sanden and David Leffel. She was elected a full member of Pastel Society of America in 1978, an associate member of the Pastel Society of Japan (Gendai Pastel Kyokai) in 2001, has been listed in Who's Who in the South and Southwest and Who's Who in American Art.
When asked what she is trying to achieve as an artist, Mitsuno responded that she paints “...not for the purpose of winning a prestigious award in competitions, or become rich and famous, but to use my God-given gifts and acquired skills to touch the hearts of the people with my art, especially with portrait painting, and share the experience with others who are learning to paint as well.”
Depot Gallery hours are 9 am to 2 pm Monday through Friday and by appointment. There is no admission charge.
For additional information about Mitsuno Reedy, visit www.mitsunoreedy.com.
For additional information about this or other programs at The Depot, phone 405-307-9320. Programs at The Depot are made possible in part, by grants from the Norman Arts Council, the Oklahoma Arts Council, and generous individual donors.