The Depot Gallery and office will be closed until at least the end of May, 2020. We will reassess at that time. Phone messages will be checked regularly and calls returned. We do this out of an abundance of caution and concern for the health of our community.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
The Depot is partnering with KGOU=Your NPR Source to bring the 20th Anniversary of the Summer Breeze Concert Series to you wherever you are. The concerts are broadcast live on Sunday nights at 7pm and listeners can find them at 106.3 FM Norman ~ 105.7 FM Oklahoma City ~ 88.1 FM Woodward ~ 91.9 FM Ada 89.1 FM Clinton ~ 103.1 FM Seminole ~ 97.9 FM Ada ~ 106.9 FM Chickasha 105.1 FM Shawnee, at KGOU.org, or by saying “play KGOU“ to your smart speaker.
When it became clear that hosting this beloved community concert series in the park wasn’t feasible due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the team at The Depot reached out to KGOU and a partnership was born. Both organizations have an enthusiastic commitment to community and the collaboration just seemed right and natural. After the successful kickoff on May 24 with Carter Sampson and the Jackelopes, the final schedule was finalized and is now available.
June 7 - Chris Jones and the Flycatchers based in Norman, OK, bring a little bit Rock N’ Roll, a little bit Americana, and a whole lot of cleverly crafted songs. “Songs for Red”, their powerful debut album, is comprised of ten tracks that will connect to a wide audience of music lovers. Chris is a story teller, his lyrics are relatable, and his delivery feels like a conversation through music.
June 21 - Beau Jennings and the Tigers – Beau Jennings spent years fronting Americana rock band Cheyenne before returning to his Oklahoma home and joining forces with The Tigers, a wrecking crew of some of the best musicians in the state. Beau prides himself on writing songs personal enough that only he could write at this point in his musical career. His most recent album, “The Thunderbird”, channels some Elvis energy into an album of pure heartland rock recorded live.
July 5 – Husbands, a delightful indie duo originated in Oklahoma City, makes surf pop and garage pop music that makes you want to dance in your seat. In 2020 alone, they have released a full album “After the Gold Rush Party,” a music video to the song “Manhorse", and another album called “Wayne John.” They are creative and influenced by everything from the Beach Boys to punk, and bring a unique a creative style of their own to each and every bop that they write.
July 19 – Mike Hosty is a man that needs no introduction, he is a Norman legend and an Oklahoma icon. He is a wonderful weirdo, champion of our quirky culture, and the quintessential one-man band, most well-known for playing drums with his feet while playing guitar, singing, and playing kazoo. He does all this to original numbers and sometimes even improvises songs on the fly. Beyond the technical feat of how he plays, his music is captivating. His original blues songs like “Oklahoma Breakdown” and “Disco Truck” will have you dancing wherever you are.
August 2 - Chanda Graham, a jazz and blues singer from OKC, has performed all over the metro, and been a guest vocalist on countless records. Chanda’s soulful voice is reminiscent of Ella and the golden age of jazz, and her sound brings some of the best days of music alive again. “Rona Blues,” a single she released May 2020, takes the pandemic scare we are all feeling and turns it into an old school blues piece that is impossible not to feel in your very core.
August 16 - Homegrown Volume II is a beautiful gathering of many of Norman’s best musicians playing together in song swaps, instrument swaps, and collaborating on each others’ material. It is organized by Terry “Buffalo” Ware and Kyle Reid, and features many of the musicians that make this town a vibrant musical community.
The Depot is a community supported nonprofit organization and can’t do this amazing work for our community alone. A free series requires the support of a lot of organizations and individuals in our community. For this series, those include: the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council, Norman Smile Center, Skye Diers & Gingerbread Nursery School, Tom McAuliffee & Don Cies Real Estate, Peggy Doviak & DM Wealth Management, Bruce & Trisha Bunce, Keri & Hugh Young, and Bob Schelegel. The Depot would never have made it this far without those folks and others including Cindy Merrick & Therapy in Motion, The Bluebonnet Bar, Edward Jones, Hitachi Computer Products, Native Spirits Winery, Lazy Circles Brewing, The Montford Inn, and fans like you who could join as a member of the Depot for as little as $5 a month. Learn how at www.pasnorman.org/join
Summer Breeze 20th Anniversary Concert Series is happening! In an effort to make sure that everyone gets their summer dose of live original music, The Depot is partnering with KGOU Radio to bring you the Summer Breeze Concert Series live on-air beginning May 24, 2020 at 7:00pm. Normally held in Lion's Park, this year we're bringing the show to YOU anywhere you are. Picnic with the family in the backyard at sunset, take a drive and turn up the radio, turn up the A/C and listen from the sofa -- you can listen ANYWHERE!
KGOU Radio will broadcast Summer Breeze Concerts live at 106.3 FM in Norman, 105.7 FM in OKC, at KGOU.org. Summer Breeze is also streaming through Apple Music.
Summer Breeze kicks off May 24 at 7:00 pm with "The Queen of Oklahoma," Carter Sampson and the Jackelopes. Carter Sampson is an Oklahoma born and raised, award winning singer songwriter. She tours nationally and internationally playing both solo and with her trio & band. She has released five studio albums including her newest release LUCKY recorded with Jason Scott in Moore, OK. Sampson’s 2016 release Wilder Side received international attention and was No. 3 on the Euro Americana year end chart for 2016. She is the founder and director of The Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls OKC, a nonprofit volunteer run organization that empowers girls through music education. Carter Sampson’s band includes Kyle Reid (pedal steel & guitar), Mike Satawake (lead guitar) Luke Mullinex (bass) Jack Waters (drums).
The other 6 concerts of the series will all air at 7 pm on the following Sundays: June 7th, June 21, July 5, July 19, August 2, and August 16. The full lineup will be available soon and will be listed on The Depot website at www.normandepot.org and also on The Depot facebook page.
The Depot couldn't make this happen without support from our local partners who have donated to bring this series to our community for the last 20 years and continue to want to help us create experiences that bring us together. Those people and organizations include: Norman Arts Council, Oklahoma Arts Council, KGOU Radio, Skye Diers & Gingerbread Nursery School, Norman Smile Center, Armstrong Bank, Tom McAuliffe & Don Cies Real Estate, Bruce & Trisha Bunce, and Bob Schlegel.