Hosty DuoThe ever popular Hosty Duo will take the Summer Breeze 2016 stage on Sunday, August 7, at 7:30 pm. Bring seating, your favorite refreshments, and enjoy a free evening of lively musical entertainment in Lions Park, Flood and Symmes.

“Guitarist extraordinaire, songwriter of many insights, droll but wry vocalist, pedal bass player and between song patter and joke specialist” Mike Hosty, joined by two piece drummer Mike “Tic Tack” Byers, entertain as the Hosty Duo. Hosty simultaneously tears through gritty slide leads, blows harmonica or Kazoo, and uses a foot pedal to stomp bass lines. His guitar collection includes an eight string instrument that allows him to thump three bass strings with his thumb while he fingerpicks the remaining five.

Hosty Duo is “one of Oklahoma's most cherished contemporary live music acts for fans of blues, rock, hilarious songs that often reference the state, and music that can bound from polka and disco to country and right back to rock in the span of a two-minute Hosty spiel in between tunes during a show.” -- Oklahoma Music Guide Volume II.

The Duo plays about 250 dates each year through consistent touring in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Colorado. They were featured on the Jimmy Kimmel show during the show's coverage of the Okie Noodling Festival in Pauls Valley. Hosty has been playing since 1990. Byers joined him in 1995.

For additional information about this and other programs at The Depot, phone 307-9320.

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; Interbank; Backwoods; Edward Jones; 2 Green Chicks; The Mont; and Montford Inn; and from Friends: Nancy McClellan; Sooner Carpet, Air Duct and Restoration; Bruce & Trisha Bunce; Brad & Lisa Raley; and Neighbor Bob Schlegel. Major in-kind support comes from Norman Parks and Recreation Department.

Summer Breeze Color LogoThe Depot is proud to announce the musical lineup for the 2016 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 22, The Dusty 45s

The Dusty 45s deliver their rockin', high energy music at full throttle, keeping fans on their feet and begging for more. The group melds styles ranging from country twang to jump blues and surf to R & B, even adding Dixieland and jazz elements. Infused by a passion for American roots music in all its varied forms, The Dusty 45s blur the line between genres to create a sizzling sound that is entirely fresh and uniquely their own.

June 5, Orquesta D'Calle

Orquesta D'Calle will have you on your feet dancing to their high energy Latin music.

June 19, WE DREAM DAWN

WE DREAM DAWN began as an Elephant Revival side project and quickly grew from its small-town Midwestern/Rocky Mountain roots and blossomed into a unique, earthy blend of dreamy electric folk music. Hailing from rural Oklahoma and Kansas the band — Sage Cook (guitar and vocals), Aera Fox (bass) and Weston Hill (drums) — is busy representing rural America in a whole new light. After leaving Elephant Revival, Sage has taken to not just growing his own food but his own new sound, one definitely worth checking out.

June 26, Brandy Zdan

Although Brandy Zdan calls her new, self-titled album her full-length “debut,” there’s no mistaking this seasoned singer-songwriter for any kind of rookie. For the better part of the last decade, the native Canadian — now living in Nashville, TN— has garnered acclaim as half of the gothic folk/roots duo Twilight Hotel, with two albums, 2008’s Highway Prayer and 2011’s When the Wolves Go Blind, nominated for prestigious Juno Awards (Canada’s Grammy), as a formidable multi-instrumentalist (touring and recording with the Americana all-girl band the Trishas), and even as a solo artist (with LoneStarMusic hailing her 2013 Lone Hunter EP as “a one-woman tour de force.”) But according to the artist herself, all of that was merely a prelude to the aptly-titled Brandy Zdan, the most focused expression of her musical identity to date.

July 10, Kyle Reid and the Low Swingin' Chariots

Kyle Reid leads the Low Swinging Chariots, in a joyful revelry of original swing tunes that draw from New Orleans, Gypsy Jazz, and Western Swing traditions. Reid’s original tunes sound at once familiar yet new and exciting, blending elements of these classic American forms with contemporary attitude. The low sonorous quality of Reid’s voice is well balanced by the hot accents of the rhythm section and the sweet melodies of the brass section.

July 24, Brave Combo

Trying to describe Brave Combo’s music requires a pretty extensive vocabulary – at least when it comes to musical styles. For the past three decades the Denton, Texas based quintet has perfected a world music mix that includes salsa, meringue, rock, cumbia, conjunto, polka, zydeco, classical, cha cha, the blues and more. They are America’s Premier Dance band and a rollicking, rocking, rhythmic global journey — offering what one critic recently wrote, “Even if you come for the party, you’ll leave with something of a musical education.”

Aug. 7, Hosty Duo 

The Hosty Duo are Mike Hosty, an outstanding guitarist and songwriter, and Michael Byars, a world-class drummer. Their setup is simple, but their individual talents make this two-piece band sound twice its size. Hosty simultaneously tears through gritty slide leads, blows harmonica and or Kazoo and uses foot pedals to stomp bass lines. And “Tic Tac” Byars puts it all in a rock-solid groove. Their superb style of bluesy roots rock combines with imaginative songs about nights spent in jail or dinosaurs or affairs of the heart to make one of the most entertaining shows anyone could hope to see.

Aug. 21, The Mulligan Brothers

The Mulligan Brothers met playing in bars in Mobile, Alabama and their name means second chances. Their second album, Via Portland, is being played on radio stations across the country and The Mulligan Brothers are listed in the Alternate Root Magazine's Top 50 of 2015--So Far. The music is still a blend of alt-country, blues, and folk that sounds like the Lumineers with a hot fiddle and the song writing of Townes Van Zandt, but Via Portland is a smoother album with more harmony and background vocals and dynamics in the instrumentation.

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; Backwoods; 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.