Summer Breeze features Norman's own Terry “Buffalo” Ware and The Shambles with their distinctive brand of instrumental surf/rock/r&b/Okie Twang at Lions Park (Flood and Symmes) on Sunday, June 4, 2017. The free concert begins at 7:30 pm. Bring lawn chairs or blankets, your favorite refreshments, and settle in for the evening to enjoy the casual, easy breezy atmosphere of a family friendly concert in the park.
The Shambles include Terry Ware on guitar; Bob French on guitar; T. Z. Wright on keyboards; Marlin Butcher on bass; Michael McCarty on drums; and Gregg Standridge on guitar. The Shambles sets feature many of Ware's original compositions as well as selected covers by The Ventures, The Shadows, Los Straitjackets, Booker T & the MG's, and Frank Zappa.
For many music fans, Terry “Buffalo” Ware may be best known as guitarist for Ray Wylie Hubbard and the Cowboy Twinkies, a group which performed all over the country from 1973 to 1979, including a stint at the Troubador in Los Angeles and tours with Willie Nelson. Ware then played with singer/songwriter Jimmy LaFave for several years.
Since 2000 Ware has been a freelance guitarist backing established artists including Eliza Gilkyson, Wanda Jackson, Don Conoscenti and numerous others including John Fullbright, with whom he appeared on the 2013 Grammy pre-telecast and on David Letterman. Ware has led the house band and served as master of ceremonies for the Hoot for Huntington's at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival since 2003.
Greg Johnson of the Blue Door described Ware’s music as “...rock & roll with jazz and country soul all over the grooves,” and Dan Forte of Vintage Guitar Magazine has written that "Oklahoman Ware's instrumental projects invariably showcase his knack for hooky originals, sense of humor, and interplay with a stable of topflight session players.."
Ware has released 5 CDs of original instrumental compositions and interpretation of songs by Harry Nilsson and Jimmy Webb. He and Standridge released an album of original vocal songs in late 2015.
Summer Breeze Concerts are a program of The Depot, a non-profit arts organization located in the historic and newly restored Norman Depot at 200 S. Jones.
Summer Breeze Concerts are made possible, in part, by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council. Additional support comes from Sponsors Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School & Kindergarten and Republic Bank and Trust; from Contributors Dentists Jamie Belknap, Donna Sparks and Kristen Campbell at Norman Smile Center; Tom McAuliffe at Don Cies Real Estate; Hugh and Keri Young; Inter Bank; 2 Green Chicks; The Mont; D.M. Wealth Management, Inc.; The Montford Inn; and from Friends Nancy McClellan and Sooner Carpet, Air Duct & Restoration, Trisha Bunce and Neighbor Bob Schlegel. Major in-kind support comes from Norman Parks and Recreation Department.
Summer Breeze Concerts, a series of 8 free Sunday evening outdoor concerts in Norman's Lions Park at Flood and Symmes, begins its 18th season on May 21, 2017 with a concert by Oklahoma City rapper Jabee. Music begins at 7:30. Bring lawn chairs or blankets and refreshments and settle in for the evening to enjoy the casual, easy breezy atmosphere of a family friendly concert in the park.
Jonathan Blake Williams Jr, better known by his stage name Jabee, is an Oklahoma City hip hop artist and actor who began to rap at age seven, was performing onstage by the age of ten and at age fifteen started recording his own music. Using his college laptop, Jabee created his first release, titled Ijuswannamakesomemusic. Several EPtapes and albums followed from 2008 forward. Jabee was headlining shows around the Midwest region. His track "Ghetto" was featured on Public Enemy Chuck D's Sirius station, where Chuck D was quoted saying "Jabee's music has the potential to change the world."
Jabee networked and performed at events such as South By Southwest, where he met Sway Calloway and was offered a spot on Sway In The Morning. Jabee earned a regional Emmy in 2014.
In 2016, Jabee began preparing for the August release of his debut Grand Union Media label album, "Black Future." The album features guest appearances from Killer Mike, Brother Ali, and Chuck D, as well as production from Statik Selektah, Hannabal King, and more. The album track 'Monument' features Public Enemy's Chuck D and premiered on Billboard. Since the release of “Black Future” Jabee has also released "Juneteenth" on iTunes.
In fall 2016 Jabee was featured as an honorary professor at the Academy of Contemporary Music at UCO, teaching a course on Hip Hop studies.
Summer Breeze Concerts are a program of The Depot, a non-profit arts organization located in the newly restored historic Norman Depot at 200 S. Jones.
Summer Breeze Concerts are made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council, and individual and corporate donations from: Sponsors Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School and Republic Bank and Trust; from Contributors Dentists Jamie Belknap, Donna Sparks and Kristen Campbell at Norman Smile Center; Keri and Hugh Young; Andi Berry, Wyoming Art Therapy; 2 Green Chicks; The Mont; The Montford Inn; and from Friends Nancy McClellan and Sooner Carpet, Air Duct & Restoration. Major in-kind support comes from Norman Parks and Recreation Department.
The Depot is proud to announce the musical lineup for the 2017 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.
May 21, Jabee
Jonathan Blake Williams Jr, better known by his stage name Jabee, is an Oklahoma City hip hop artist and actor who began to rap at age seven. Jabee has performed at SXSW where, in 2014, he met Sway Calloway and was offered a spot on Sway In The Morning. He earned a regional Emmy in 2014. His album "Black Future” was released in August 2016 with the first performance at the grand reopening of Oklahoma City's historic Tower Theatre. Jabee was recently awarded Best Rap / Hip Hop Artist of 2016 by the Oklahoma Gazette.
June 4, Terry "Buffalo" Ware and the Shambles
Norman's own Terry “Buffalo” Ware and The Shambles bring their distinctive brand of instrumental surf/rock/r&b/Okie Twang to Lions Park. The Shambles include: Ware, guitar; Bob French, guitar; T. Z. Wright, keyboards; Marlin Butcher, bass; Michael McCarty, drums; and Gregg Standridge, guitar. Their sets feature many of Ware's original compositions as well as selected covers. Ware performed with Jimmy LaFave from 1997-2000 and Ray Wylie Hubbard prior to that. Since 2000 he has been a freelance guitarist backing established artists including Eliza Gilkyson, Wanda Jackson, Don Conoscenti and numerous others, including John Fullbright on the 2013 Grammy pre-telecast.
June 18, The Railsplitters
Fresh off the success of their first album, and taking first place in Rockygrass’ Best New Band Competition, Colorado natives The Railsplitters got busy touring the US. With their finger on the pulse, The Railsplitters are pushing the genre forward with an adventurous spirit, carrying on the tradition of breaking boundaries with their high energy bluegrass sound. Lauren Stovall and the rest of the ‘Splitters suggest that using your roots to evolve is really at the heart of the genre,
June 25, John Calvin Abney
Oklahoma-based songwriter John Calvin Abney has, in the past two and a half years, played over 400 shows, driven over 100,000 miles and released his critically acclaimed debut album Better Luck, plus two EPs. Abney approaches his music with a fresh innocence and tuneful confidence that propels his melodies and delivers heartfelt emotion. An accomplished musician and great performer, Abney has risen toward toward the top of the Oklahoma musical landscape.
July 9, The Crane Wives
The Crane Wives is a female fronted indie rock group who feature three-part vocal harmonies, narrative lyricism, and a passion for songcraft that creates organic music that is equally accessible and innovative. Each live show features contagious energy as well as original music that ranges from whisper quiet ballads to danceable grooves. The grand Rapids, Michigan band formed in late August of 2010 and has released four full-length albums.
July 23, The Cave Singers
Former Pretty Girls Make Graves member Derek Fudesco teamed up with Pete Quirk (of Hint Hint) and Marty Lund (of Cobra High) and began playing in the Seattle area as The Cave Singers. Given the rising popularity of meditative, folky indie acts in the early 2000s, forming a twangy, rootsy folk trio was probably the least surprising move Derek Fudesco could have made. Following he band's first full-length LP, Invitation Songs, the band was joined by former Blood Brothers bassist Morgan Henderson. The Cave Singers released their crowd funded fifth album, Banshee, in February 2016.
August 6, Boyd Street Brass
Boyd Street Brass, a 7 piece horn band based in Norman, OK, formed in winter 2013, was modeled after traditional New Orleans street bands, but has since developed a unique and diverse sound, blending funk, swing, Latin, and pop music. In April 2015 their debut album Sup Sucka, was released featuring 14 original songs. The Boyd Street Brass perform a mix of instrumental and vocal tunes featuring Jay Wilkinson, including original songs by Jay as well as covers of other brass bands.
August 20, John Fullbright
Okemah native John Fullbright's 2012 debut release, From the Ground Up, propelled him to the musical forefront. "... a killer debut, pairing sharply worded stories that resonate with confident performances that pop." said The Washington Times. The album peaked at #10 on the Billboard Top Folk Albums chart and was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category Best Americana Album. The Wall Street Journal review of Songs, Fulbright’s 2014 release, says “Songs is a warm, winning and plainspoken Americana album that builds on the authority and charm of From The Ground Up by its clarity and simmering intensity.” Fullbright was selected by members of The Depot as the “Members Choice” Concert for 2017.
Summer Breeze Concerts are made possible, in part, by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Arts Council, from Sponsors Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School and Republic Bank and Trust; from Contributors Tom McAuliffe, Don Cies Real Estate; Dentists Jamie Belknap, Donna Sparks and Kristen Campbell at Norman Smile Center; Andi Berry, Wyoming Art Therapy; Edward Jones; 2 Green Chicks; The Mont; Montford Inn; and from Friends Nancy McClellan, Sooner Carpet Cleaning & Restoration, and Neighbors Bob Schlegel and Becca Hewes of Yogalife. Major in-kind support comes from Norman Parks and Recreation Department.