The flyers we distributed at Summer Breeze have an error regarding the band schedule.
Please note that the Mulligan Brothers will be performing on July 15, and Caleb McGee and the Underdogs will be performing on July 29 instead of the other way around as indicated on the flyers. The corrected flyer is shown below.
Our apologies for the error.
Tim Kenney is noted for his thick textured and colorful paintings. “A Burst of Color,” an exhibit of Kenney’s work, will open in The Depot Gallery, 200 S. Flood, with a reception from 6 to 9 pm on July 13 in conjunction with Norman’s 2nd Friday Art Walk. The exhibit continues through September 1. Music for the evening will be provided by guitarist Tate Slatton beginning at 7 pm.
Tim Kenney did not begin painting until 10 years ago at age 52. Carol Armstrong has been his instructor for those 10 years. He painted 50 paintings in 50 states in 50 days through the United States including Hawaii and Alaska in 2014. In 2017 he painted 77 paintings in all 77 Oklahoma counties in 77 days. Twenty percent of the proceeds from both trips were donated to Parkinson's research.
Kenney's inspiration for paintings come from life, the trees, flowers, skies, valleys, colors and, more important, the feeling he has when he views a scene that he is about to paint. Color is a word he hears quite often when others are talking about his paintings. Tim often says "I see colors where there are no colors."
His abstract impressionistic style lends itself to his subjects. “I use thick paints and palette knives to create heavy texture which helps bring out the depth of the scene.” he says. “Also the colors I use help convey the feeling I have when I am creating the painting and also the feelings that are transferred to the viewer and the collector.”
“I love to paint plein-air in Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Utah.” he says. “I love to capture the landscapes of the southwest while painting on site or using images from the areas we visit on our trips. Traveling, creating, demonstrating while painting is our life now and we look forward to it every day.”
Exhibits in The Depot Gallery are made possible, in part ,by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council, and by generous individual donors.
Author Noah Milligan will give a special reading from his recently released series of short stories, Five Hundred Poor. The free reading and book signing begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, July 15 in The Depot Gallery, 200 S. Jones.
Noah Milligan's debut novel, An Elegant Theory, was shortlisted for the Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize and a finalist for Foreword Review's 2016 Book of the Year. He is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Central Oklahoma, and his short fiction has appeared in Windmill: The Hofstra University Journal of Literature and Art, Rathalla Review, MAKE Literary Magazine, Storyscape Literary Journal, and elsewhere.
Five Hundred Poor, was released by Central Avenue Publishing in June 2018. The title is derived from Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations, “Wherever there is great property there is great inequality. For one very rich man there must be at least five hundred poor, and the affluence of the few supposes the indigence of the many. The affluence of the rich excites the indignation of the poor, who are often both driven by want, and prompted by envy, to invade his possessions.” These are ten stories of those five hundred poor: the jaded, the disillusioned, and the disenfranchised.
"Five Hundred Poor is the type of book we need more of” says Jared Yates Sexton. “Full of unflinchingly honest stories that are, at times, shockingly brutal and surprisingly tender, this is a living, breathing portrait of the world we live in. No gimmicks. No grandstanding. Just a glimpse at how the other half lives and how the other half dies that should inspire us to try harder."
Programs at The Depot are made possible, in part, by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Arts Council.
July 15 sees The Mulligan Brothers, including their “sister,” taking the stage at Summer Breeze. The free concert begins at 7:30 pm. Bring blankets or lawn chairs, your favorite refreshments, and enjoy a family friendly evening of music in Lions Park, Flood & Symmes.
The Mulligan Brothers are releasing their third studio album this summer. Songs for the Living and Otherwise brings joy and pleasure from dark songs about life, loneliness, death and spirituality. Lead singer/songwriter Ross Newell's warm, sincere voice brings out every emotion between pleasure and pain and makes you want to feel them over and over again.
The broader arrangements are driven by the band’s signature harmonies and dramatic transitions from drummer Greg DeLuca with Ben Leininger adding electric and upright bass and Melody Duncan on fiddle and piano.
The Mulligan Brothers started playing together five years ago in bars on Dauphin Street in Mobile and now play around the world. They have played on the Cayamo music cruise and 30A Music Festival and will soon play on NPR's Mountain Stage and make their fourth appearance at Jazz Fest in New Orleans.
The band is evolving but the songs are still built around Newell's tight lyrics that stab you in the heart or define life in new ways. "There is a new confidence in this album and we are thankful for the great people who support us and gave us the courage to try something new. It is freeing to let go and create an album that we will enjoy playing on the road every night."
Summer Breeze Concerts are made possible, in part, by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Arts Council. New portable stages this year were funded by a grant from The Kirkpatrick Foundation. Major in-kind program support comes from Norman Parks and Recreation Department. Corporate and individual funding comes from Sponsor: Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School & Kindergarten, from Contributors: Cindy Merrick, Therapy in Motion; Republic Bank of Norman; Tom McAuliffe at Don Cies Real Estate; Kristen Campbell, DDS, & Donna Sparks, DDS of Norman Smile Center; Hugh and Keri Young; InterBank; 2 Green Chicks; The Mont; D.M. Wealth Management, Inc.; Hitachi Computer Products; and The Montford Inn. Friends include: Edward Jones Investments; Laurel Group, LLC; Bob Schlegel; and The Baked Bear. Neighbors are: Becca Hewes, YogaLife; Nancy McClellan; and Bruce & Trisha Bunce.
Whether you're just beginning watercolor painting or you want to add some powerful paint manipulations and techniques to your personal bag of watercolor tricks, this workshop is for you. The 2 day workshop will be held at The Depot on July 18-19 from 9:30am to 4:00pm.
Connie Seabourn works in acrylic, watercolor, pastel & prints, but is perhaps best known for her delicate watercolors. “Most of my work is ethereal, dreamy and narrative” says Seabourn, who became a full-time artist in 1980. She has exhibited extensively, is in many notable collections and has won numerous awards.
An experienced teacher, Connie studied art at Oklahoma City University & Central State University before receiving her B.F.A. at the University of Oklahoma.
Tuition for the two days is $120. Contact The Depot at 405-307-9320 for additional information and to enroll.
The Depot is proud to announce the schedule for the 2018 Summer Breeze Concert Series. This will be the 18th year for the free concert series, held in Lions Park, Flood and Symmes. These family friendly concerts, all beginning at 7:30 pm, have long been a favorite summer music feature in Norman. Bring seating, your favorite refreshments, and enjoy an easy, breezy evening in the park with friends and family, listening to a wonderful variety of wonderful musical groups from across Oklahoma, the US and Canada!
May 20 - Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy
A high-energy "Brass 'n' Grass" sextet from Wichita, KS, this band, whose sound has been described as “...a stagecoach in overdrive”, has brought their eclectic blend of bluegrass, ska, punk, and dixieland to packed clubs, basements, and festivals across the US since their inception in the spring of 2007.
June 3 - Jacob Tovar and the Saddle Tramps
Jacob Tovar is a man from a different era, a different time. With a gentleman’s handshake, a booming voice, a contagious smile, and a quick wit, this Tulsa, OK performer effortlessly connects with all walks of life through his sincere songs of country, western, and old-fashioned honky tonk. He’s played with Junior Brown, Bill Kirchen, Wayne Hancock and many other respected artists. The Saddle Tramps are Seth Lee Jones - slide guitar and Cooper Waugh - electric guitar, with Jacob Tovar handling acoustic guitar/vocals.
June 17 - Handmade Moments
Handmade Moments is a folk-jazz duo from Arkansas whose music is reminiscent of 20s dance hall hits mixed with current themes. Although modern and fresh, Joel Ledford and Anna Moss’s songwriting contains a subtle and humble vibe that wins over any crowd with its infectious grooves and jazzy rhythms. The Moments, as they are sometimes called, have built a solid reputation for the intricate interplay between their acoustic instruments and their impressive vocals to make an all together new sensation. "Experiencing a Handmade Moments show is kind of like enjoying a spoonful of political discourse wrapped in local organic bacon and deep fried in hemp oil — and it’s all silky." - Nick Brothers, Free Weekly
July 1 - Brandy Zdan
Brandy Zdan has been performing since she was 15 and spent nearly a decade making gothic-folk music as one half of the Juno Award-nominated Twilight Hotel in her native Canada. When she moved to the States, landing in Austin, she joined the all-girl Americana outfit, The Trishas, where she acted as lead guitarist and utility player (lap steel, accordion), before moving on to a solo career. She could now be described as a multi instrumentalist Pop-rocker! "One woman tour de force" - Lone Star Magazine. "Fetching pop/rock melodies" - SPIN
July 15 - The Mulligan Brothers
The band's sound is a combination of familiar genres that ends up not quite fitting in with any of them. The instruments are acoustic and a fiddle is featured, but they're not a bluegrass ensemble. The arrangements are stripped down, but they're not quite Americana. Their lyrics are heartbreakingly intimate, but they're not quite folk. Songwriter Ross Newell contributing lead vocals and guitar, Ben Leininger on bass and vocals, and Greg DeLuca on drums and vocals, together with recently added “sister” Melody Duncan on fiddle, gently weave heartfelt tales of loss and love, blending imagery in their stories as the band easily offers fluid sound.
July 29 - Caleb McGee and the Underdogs
Caleb McGee is a blues singer who approaches his genre with a punk rock ethos. Caleb McGee & the Underdogs, long-time regular performers at the Deli, have traveled to Memphis, TN for the International Blues Challenge, reaching the semi-finals; and have played Norman Music Festival and Jazz In June. Every Monday night, Caleb hosts open mic night at The Bluebonnet Bar in the Walker Arts District in Downtown Norman. The Blues/R&B/Roots Rock & Roll Band Members include Justin Logan - Drums, Vocals, Michael Rose - Bass, David Leach - Keys, Matt Hargis - Lead Guitar and Caleb McGee - Vocals, Rhythm Guitar.
Aug 12 - Delhi 2 Dublin
Delhi 2 Dublin is a Canadian world music group formed in 2006 in Vancouver. They play a fusion of Bhangra, Electronic, Funk, Dub Reggae, Hip Hop, Celtic music and a mash up of other genres. Since 2008 their touring has grown from mostly Canadian dates to a growing US and international presence. Their first tour outside North America was in Taiwan in August 2009. They have since played all over the world while continuing to play larger North American festivals such as Electric Forest (MI), Shambhala (BC), Calgary Folk Festival (AB) and the Santa Cruz Music Festival (CA). The band also keeps up quite a recording pace, producing a new album bi-annually and a remix album alternating years.
Aug 26 - Harpeth Rising - Members Choice
Harpeth Rising is three classically trained musicians playing original music, as intricately arranged as a string quartet, lyrically rooted in the singer/songwriter tradition, and wrapped in three-part vocal harmonies reminiscent of both Appalachia and Medieval Europe. Building from the tonal depth of the cello (or is it a bass?), layer in the shimmering sounds of a violin and the strikingly natural addition of banjo to create a sound at once familiar and impossible to categorize. Unapologetic genre-benders, Harpeth Rising fuses Folk, Newgrass, Rock and Classical into something organically unique: Chamberfolk.