Tom Skinner, regarded by many as one of the fathers of Red Dirt Music, will share his love of the music on the Winter Wind stage in The Depot, 200 S. Jones, on Sunday, March 1 at 7:00 pm.
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Skinner, to be inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in March, and already an inductee into the Oklahoma Music Awards Red Dirt Hall of Fame, doesn’t really consider himself to be a guy who played a major role in creating the Red Dirt movement. “Guys like me and Bob Childers, we just wanted to play music,” he says. “ We weren’t really trying to start anything, we all just wanted to play music that we loved.” The Red Dirt Rangers, along with Skinner, Childers, and Jimmy LaFave, were part of that earliest musical brotherhood in Stillwater.
Skinner has done his fair share to keep the movement going since it’s inception. Skinner plays solo, sometimes in a duo, and also plays bass for Mike McClure. His weekly Tom Skinner Science Project shows have been a vibrant part of the Tulsa scene for the past 15 years and a gateway into Red Dirt music for many talented young songwriters. “Red Dirt is really more of a brotherhood and a community thing than it is necessarily a style,” Skinner explains.
Although Skinner has made several albums, Tom Skinner is his first new release in years, a rare occasion for his fans to hear a legendary figure who doesn’t spend much time in the studio but lives for the stage. Don’t miss him on stage at Winter Wind!
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To purchase Tom Skinner concert tickets, click the Buy Now line above. Tickets are also available at The Depot, 200 S. Jones, or by phoning 405 307-9320 (hours 8 to 2, M-F.)
Winter Wind concerts are made possible in part, by grants from The Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Arts Council, with additional support from Tom McAuliffe of Don Cies Real Estate; Cindy Merrick of Therapy in Motion; Brad and Lisa Raley; Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School; Nancy McClellan; Farrel and Julie Droke; Danna Primm; Hugh and Keri Young; Tom & Mary Cay Woodfin; Dale Wares, Wares Properties; Marie Soliel; and The Grider Family. In-kind support comes from the City of Norman, The Montford Inn and Norman Music Institute.
Sunday Jazz at The Depot will feature the warm styling of guitarist Maurice Johnson and the Peace, Love & Jazz Band. Tickets for the March 8 concert, held in the Norman Depot, 200 S. Jones, are $10 ($7 student.) Music begins at 7:30 pm.
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With Peace, Love & Jazz, Maurice brings to the foreground some of the area’s finest musicians. With a collective energy and undeniable style, the group features Maurice Johnson on guitar; Jeremy Thomas on keyboards; Walter Taylor lll on drums; Tobias Fredrick on bass; and Larry Banks on sax. Experience a compelling performance of lush jazz standards, smooth contemporary jazz, R&B, Latin, originals and more, in the intimate listening room setting of The Depot.
Jazz Musician/Composer/Entrepreneur/Author/Producer/guitar veteran Maurice Johnson first gained notice in 1985, shortly after forming Oklahoma City’s “After Five” Band. Considered the young lions of jazz, After Five gained a great deal of popularity sharing the stage with major acts like George Benson, Nancy Wilson, Al Green, Alex Bungon, Stanley Turrentine, Little Melton, Ronny Laws, Jennifer Holiday, Freddy Jackson, Larry Coryell and Barney Kessel. In 1991 the group signed with New York label Warlock Records and released an album titled “Expressions,” but after ten years disbanded.
Maurice Johnson still had the desire to perform, but his sense of obligation as a father and husband was even greater and he pursued other avenues. As the early 90’s unfolded, Maurice found himself at the helm of a unique industry as co-founder of D’Leco Acoustic Instruments with luthier, partner James W. Dale. The two built and marketed handcrafted archtop guitars. Working closely with the family of legendary Jazz great Charlie Christian they designed and licensed two exclusive lines of Charlie Christian guitar models to American manufacturer Gibson Guitars and Samick Musical Instruments in Korea.
Maurice also developed the popular Windows-based Gigorama software, and authored three nationally published music related books with Mel Bay Publishing, Mix Books, and Artist Pro Press.
Once his children were grown the stage was set for a new chapter in his story to begin. In 2010 Maurice reemerged as an independent jazz artist with his debut release Tonight under the indie label Jazz Drops Records. His second release titled Peace, Love & Jazz came out in 2013.
Maurice’s music currently plays on a growing number of internet based radio stations and industrial music services including iTunes Radio, Pandora Radio, Muzak and the Weather Channel. A recent addition to the Oklahoma Arts Council Touring Roster, Maurice Johnson and his group play throughout the metro area and the state.
Tickets may be purchased in advance by clicking the Buy Now button on this page, or by phoning The Depot at 405-307-9320. Office hours are M-F 8am-2pm.
Jazz at The Depot is made possible in part by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council, the Norman Arts Council and generous individual donors.
Poet and publisher of poetry Dorothy Alexander will read from her recent work on March 8 at The Depot, 200 S. Jones. The Second Sunday Poetry Reading begins at 2:00 pm. There is no admission charge.
Dorothy Alexander of Cheyenne, Oklahoma, a retired attorney who practiced law in rural western Oklahoma communities for thirty-five years, is a self-taught poet, writer and storyteller. She is the author of several poetry and story collections, editor of four anthologies and is currently working on a memoir.
Dorothy is co-owner with Devey Napier of Village Books Press, an award-winning publishing house featuring the works of Oklahoma writers.
Dorothy has been a featured reader at the Oklahoma Festival of the Arts and Full Circle Bookstore in Oklahoma City, Benedict Street Market in Shawnee, the Scissortail Creative Writing Festival at East Central University in Ada, the American Language Association Conferences, the American Popular Culture Conferences, and in local venues throughout Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas and New Mexico. She is a founding member of the Woody Guthrie Poetry Readings in Okemah, Oklahoma, and curator of the Poetry @ The Paramount monthly readings in Oklahoma City.
Dorothy’s work is inspired by the agrarian literary tradition and the populist political movements in the rural United States. She embraces primarily the narrative form, what she calls “narcissistic” narrative, and “selfie” poems. The Oklahoma Center for the Book selected Dorothy as recipient of the Carlile Distinguished Service Award for her services to the Oklahoma literary community in 2013.
Second Sunday Poetry has been a program of The Depot for more than ten years and is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Norman Arts Council. For more information phone 405 307-9320.
Heather Maloney, an American singer-songwriter who has received numerous accolades for her startlingly soulful voice and literate songwriting exploring themes of spirituality, transformation, and impermanence, is stopping by to make the first “Whistle Stop Concert at The Depot" a reality. The concert will be held in The Depot on March 22, 2015 at 7:00pm. Admission is $15.
Critics are raving that Heather's "music is riveting, her voice adventurous, her lyrics thought-provoking...” Maloney's joint EP with indie-folk quartet Darlingside, the Woodstock EP released in March 2014, gained national attention in the New York Times for their cover of Joni Mitchell’s song “Woodstock.” Graham Nash lauded the track during his keynote speech at Folk Alliance International, calling it “delicious, really excellent.”
Heather’s next full-length album on Signature Sounds is due out in early 2015 -- right about the time she makes her "Whistle Stop" at The Depot in Norman. Perhaps we will get a preview that evening!
Tickets for the 7:00 pm concert are $15 and available beginning December 10 at 10:00am by clicking Buy Tickets, or at the Depot, 200 S. Jones, or by phoning 405 307-9320.
With four distinct voices clustered around a single microphone, Darlingside effortlessly draw audiences into their lush musical world. Join us at The Depot for our second Whistle Stop concert Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 8:00pm. Admission is $15.
David Fricke of Rolling Stone describes them as “a quartet with a rich line in acoustic textures and chamber-rock dynamics.” The band’s sound, characterized by classical strings, tight vocal arrangements, bluegrass and rock instrumentation, and smart lyricism, is the product of complete collaboration among the four close friends. The group has no frontman; instead, lead vocals are traded from moment to moment, and each song features a new combination of instruments and textures, pulling heavily from folk, retro-pop, barbershop, and chamber music.
Darlingside website: http://www.darlingside.com/
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An exhibit of “People Plants and Places,” paintings and sculpture by John Wolfe, continues in The Depot Gallery, 200 South Jones, through February 27 with a closing reception from 6 to 9 pm on February 13 in conjunction with 2nd Friday Art Walk. Music will be provided by Oklahoma City singer/songwriter Rachel Brashear. Light refreshments will be served.
Wolfe’s sculptures, recently featured on OETA’S Gallery, are assemblages of found objects combined with terra cotta clay heads and hands created by Wolfe for each specific piece (a part of his work for 25 years) to become the “People” in the exhibit. His acrylic paintings of “Plants and Places” confirm Wolfe’s belief that “the most familiar are often the most wonderful things.”
John’s work has been in numerous exhibitions including at Philbrook Art Center (Tulsa), Oklahoma Museum of Art (OKC), Oklahoma State Capitol Governor’s Gallery, JRB at the Elms (OKC), M. A. Doran Gallery (Tulsa), Night Sky Gallery (Santa Fe), Lo Fino/ Clay and Fiber (Taos), Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts and The National Weather Center Biennial.
Depot Gallery hours are 8 am to 2 pm Monday through Friday and by appointment. There is no admission charge. Exhibits at the Depot are made possible in part by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Arts Council.
For additional information about this and other Depot programs phone 405 307-9320.