With his faded jeans, twinkly blue eyes and infectious smile, Johnmith will bring his excellent guitar playing and uplifting songs to warm the hearts of the Winter Wind audience on January 4. Tickets are $20 for the 7:00 pm concert in The Depot, 200 South Jones.
For the past thirty-plus years, Johnsmith has been sharing his music all across America and abroad. He has become a favorite at festivals, clubs, and house concerts alike. In addition to being a Kerrville New Folk Winner, Johnsmith has released seven solo CDs to rave reviews, leads musical tours to Ireland, teaches songwriting, and has served as a staff songwriter in Nashville.
Although Johnsmith is one of those artists who is sometimes under-recognized, he possesses a genius that cannot be denied, ignored, or overlooked. You get the sense of a man who loves his life, his family and friends, and who loves nothing more than sharing that love in song and stories all across this land.
John is excited to announce the release of his newest CD, The Longing Road, which Maggie Ferguson, from The Old Front Porch, WXOU, Auburn Hills, MI says is “incredible!!!! Every song is a gem - so melodic, such poetry and humor. A divine culmination of a lifetime worth of living, craft, expression, and love. Wow…hands down, The Longing Road is the best CD of 2014."
To purchase concert tickets on-line click the Buy Tickets link above. Tickets are also available at The Depot at 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.
In the early days of rail a train would signal its approach to smaller stations by blowing its steam whistle. If the station had passengers, mail or freight waiting, the station would signal back to let the train know to stop. Hence the term "Whistle Stop." Similarly, The Depot is often contacted by touring artists who are passing through and looking for a venue. Thus was born the idea of the "Whistle Stop Concert." Impromptu, surprising, fun, and always of the same quality you've come to expect from The Depot.
Small Works Show IV at the Depot Gallery, 200 S. Jones, Norman, continues with a reception and Art Chat in conjunction with the December 12 2nd Friday Art Walk from 6 to 9 pm. Adding to the festivities from 7 to 8 pm will be the first annual Cimarron Opera Holiday Sing-Along. Cimarron singers will perform selected holiday favorites and lead a spirited sing along of beloved songs of the season. Artists Rick Fry, Almira Grammer, Brad Price, Bert Seabourn, and John Seward will be present to chat with visitors during the evening.
Shari Ransley Jackson, Executive Director of both organizations, invites all to join us for an artful evening with Cimarron Opera at The Depot, artists to chat with, original art to purchase and take home for yourself or for holiday giving, and light refreshments.
Visual artists participating include long time Norman artist Rick Fry who is experiencing great success with his abstract paintings, a new direction for him, with a focus on color and color design.
Norman artist Almira Grammer tries to reveal the essence of her subject, whether a landscape, barn or other vintage subject, through rich color and the elimination of details. The fluid properties of acrylics enable Grammer to paint layer upon layer of transparent color to achieve the luminous effect that she wants.
Norman impressionist Brad Price has a style emphasizing contrast and bold complementary color with bold brush strokes directional in nature. The landscape is his central focus. Brad is represented by galleries in Santa Fe, Taos and New Madrid, New Mexico as well as in Oklahoma.
Bert Seabourn, internationally acclaimed Oklahoma City expressionist painter and printmaker, has experimented extensively with graphic media, gouache, watercolor, acrylics and oils for over fifty years. “My art is like the Oklahoma winds...ever changing, growing and finding new directions.” Seabourn says.
Oklahoma City native John Seward, has contributed to the appreciation, sharing, and support of the arts for his whole life, but it was not until he retired that his interest in painting and photography could be pursued with a full time commitment. He has exhibited major bodies of work in exhibitions in Los Angeles, Oklahoma City, Lawton, Ardmore, and Norman. His photographs will be a part of Small Works IV.
Small Works Show IV continues through December 30. Depot Gallery hours are 8:00 am to 2:00 pm Monday through Friday and by appointment. For information about programs at The Depot phone 405-307-9320. Exhibits and events are made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council, the Oklahoma Arts Council, and by generous individual donors.
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.