Celtic roots-rock band The Elders will close out this year’s free Summer Breeze concert series on Sunday, August 23, at 7:30 pm in Norman’s Lions Park at the corner of Flood and Symmes.
The Elders are Ian Byrne (vocals, percussion, whistle), Steve Phillips (vocals, guitar, mandolin), Brent Hoad (vocals, keyboards, fiddle, guitar), Norm Dahlor (vocals, bass, guitar, banjo), Kian Byrne (drums, bass, mandolin), and Colin Farrell (fiddle, whistle, flute.) Their ability to bring together the art of storytelling with elements both musically progressive and rooted in tradition has won them a broad international fan base and critical acclaim.
Their seven studio albums reflect the group dynamic, but their fans say the real magic happens on stage where their powerful personal and musical chemistry forges a deep sense of community with their audience. During the upbeat numbers, everyone is shouting gleefully, singing along and dancing. During the historical story songs, the crowd is rapt, hanging on singer Ian Byrne’s every turn of poignant or whimsical phrase.
Doug Clifton, KCUV Radio Denver says, “The Elders are simply the best contemporary Irish band in America! See them live and you’ll understand why they have such a following everywhere they’ve played.” And Douglas McFarlane, Williams Center for the Arts, “I cannot say enough positive things about The Elders – their program was first class. This outstanding band literally had people dancing in the aisles.”
Bring seating and your favorite refreshments, and enjoy a wonderful evening in the park filled with great music!
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For more information on the Summer Breeze concert series or other programs at The Depot, contact The Depot at 405-307-9320.
Summer Breeze Concerts are made possible in part by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Arts Council and by Community Sponsor Backwoods. Additional funding comes from Contributors Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School & Kindergarten; Republic Bank & Trust; Edward Jones; Dentists Jamie Belknap, Donna Sparks and Kristen Campbell at Norman Smile Center; Andi Berry, Wyoming Art Therapy; Tom McAuliffe, Don Cies Real Estate; Becca Hewes, Yoga Life; 2 Green Chicks; The Mont; EB Dancer; Norman Parks and Recreation Department; Montford Inn; and by Friends Dennis McDonald & Sally Little and Main Street Veterinary Hospital.
The Depot is proud to announce the musical lineup for the 15th annual Summer Breeze Concert Series. The eight free family-friendly Sunday evening concerts, taking place in Lions Park at the corner of Flood and Symmes in Norman, are all scheduled to begin at 7:30 pm. Bring seating, your favorite refreshments (no vendors are allowed) and enjoy these relaxed “easy-breezy” musical evenings in the park.
“We are very excited about this year’s line up” says Depot Executive Director Shari Ransley Jackson. “We are proud of the work the committee did to showcase a wide variety of musical genres featuring outstanding musical groups from Oklahoma and across the nation. And, new this year, the series ends with the first ever member’s choice concert. The Elders were among those nominated by Depot members and selected by member vote.”
The 2015 musical lineup is as follows:
May 17, The Handsome Devils
The Handsome Devils (Derek Paul,guitar, lead vocals; Derek Carothers, bass; Devon Carothers, drums; Zane Russell, guitar, vocals) blend a love of folk, rock, blues, R&B and jazz into a wholly Americana sound. Whether it’s their rootsy southern rock hooks to their laid back blues grooves to their heartfelt storytelling, their many fans love their honest, catchy tunes and fun live shows.
May 31, The Steel Wheels
The Steel Wheels have captured audiences across the country with their heady brew of original soulful mountain music and their deep commitment to roots and community. Based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, this dynamic four-piece string band marries old-time musical traditions with their own innovative sound and lifestyle, generating a truly magnetic revival.
June 14, Kelly Willis
With rockabilly roots and a heartache-meets-honky-tonk voice, Kelly Willis has been labeled a country ingénue. As a new traditionalist singer/songwriter, her tunes effortlessly combine the storytelling and strings aspects of country music and the driving force of rock. Austin based, Kelly is noted for her clear, unadorned vocal style and her fresh-faced beauty.
June 28, Mama Sweet
Mama Sweet's first gig came at The Deli in the spring of 2002. Soon their first "real" album was released and the group began venturing to venues outside of Oklahoma and playing with prominent regional acts. There have been many descriptions of their Oklahoma music including Red Dirt Rock, Southern Americana, Bluegrass Funk, and even Psychedelic Country. Mama Sweet's second studio album, "21 echo was released in December 2014.
July 12, North Meets South
North Meets South is original home-brewed Americana music made in Oklahoma, the combined creative vision of husband and wife duo, Joie Sherman Johnson (vocals) and John Johnson (guitar). They have dazzled listeners with Joie’s powerhouse vocals, John’s signature fingerpicking guitar style and their honest, melodic and downright catchy songwriting.
July 26, Adam and Kizzie
With his magic fingers, her melodic voice, and a unique sound, Adam & Kizzie have set out to share the gift of music in the best way their hearts know how -- giving music their absolute best. To claim their albums are either R&B, soul, jazz, or hip hop forms of musical art would be grossly limiting. But all who have heard their music agree, the art is excellent.
Aug. 9, Tequila Azul
Tequila Azul, Oklahoma’s first Latin Pop Rock Band formed in January 2014, features Adriana Brito on voice. Armando Rivera on Congas, Cecelia Vargas on vocals, Edgar Salazar on bass, Hector Lopez on guitar, Ivan Castillo on vocals and guitar, Paulo Valles on drums and Ricardo Sasaki on keyboards. Tequila Azul’s musical diversity and energy is sure to get folks dancing.
Aug. 23, The Elders, “Members Choice Concert”
The Elders were founded in 1998 by six veteran musicians with a passion for music rooted in Americana & Celtic Folk. Their ability to bring together the art of story telling with a cross-pollination of elements that is progressive yet rooted in tradition, has won them a broad international fan base. They have released six studio albums, four live albums, one compilation album and three DVDs and played festivals, pubs and theaters across the United States, Ireland and other parts of Europe.
Summer Breeze Concerts are produced by volunteer committee members Brad Raley, Suzy Lawrence, Mark McClellan, Danna Primm, Trisha Bunce, Jean Ware, Neil Kingsley, and Tom McAuliffe.
The free Summer Breeze Concerts are made possible in part by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Arts Council and by Community Sponsor Backwoods. Additional funding comes from Contributors Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School & Kindergarten; Republic Bank & Trust; Edward Jones; Dentists Jamie Belknap, Donna Sparks and Kristen Campbell at Norman Smile Center; Andi Berry, Wyoming Art Therapy; Tom McAuliffe, Don Cies Real Estate; Becca Hewes, Yoga Life; 2 Green Chicks; Norman Parks and Recreation Department; Montford Inn; and by Friends Dennis McDonald & Sally Little and Main Street Veterinary Hospital.