Summer Breeze 2019 opens May 19 with an exciting evening of traditional bluegrass and Western swing music with three time national fiddle champion Byron Berline and his band. Bring seating and refreshments and enjoy a free evening of great music in Lions Park, Flood and Symmes in Norman. The show starts at 7:30 PM.
After moving to Los Angeles in 1969, Berline soon became one of the most popular fiddlers in the music business. Berline's early career included playing fiddle with bluegrass legends such as Bill Monroe, Dillard and Clark and Country Gazette. His long list of performing and recording credits includes The Rolling Stones, The Eagles, The Band, The Byrds, Elton John, Alabama, Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Rod Stewart, John Denver, Earl Scruggs, Emmylou Harris, Tammy Wynette, Mason Williams, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and Vince Gill. He also has extensive television and movie sound track credits and has appeared in Star Trek, Blaze, Back to the Future III, and Basic Instinct.
Berline has recorded seven solo albums including his highly acclaimed “Fiddle & A Song" with guest performances from Vince Gill, Mason Williams, Earl Scruggs and Bill Monroe. In 1996 the album was nominated for two Grammy awards, 'Best Album of the Year' and 'Best Song of the Year'.
Berline returned to his home state of Oklahoma in 1995 where he opened the Double Stop Fiddle Shop in Guthrie for the purpose of "visiting, trading and jamming" with folks who enjoy their music. As a natural progression the band was formed to entertain regularly in the Music Hall above the Fiddle Shop. Byron's band buddies include:
BANJO: Regarded as Oklahoma’s master of the banjo, Billy Perry has been instrumental in the music scene of this state since the age of 13 when he was performing at Springlake Amusement Park in OKC. In following years, Billy often fronted for national and internationally renowned groups in addition to playing in several bands. Billy also plays his dobro and sings lead vocals.
GUITAR: Thomas Trapp grew up in Tahlequah where his childhood was full of all things outdoors, and, since his dad and grandfather are bluegrass style guitarists, music! By the age of 15 he was fully immersed in flatpicking. Thomas won the Oklahoma State Flatpicking Contest in 2008.
FIDDLE/GUITAR: Greg Burgess has been playing guitar and fiddle for over 30 years, starting as a child. Over the years, associations with accomplished fiddlers helped form Greg's fiddling style. Greg has won the Oklahoma State Fiddle Championship numerous times, and has been ranked in the top 10 at a number of national level fiddle contests.
BASS: Richard Sharp is at home on the left-handed upright and electric bass. Richard has stayed busy with more recording sessions than can be listed and has shared the stage with numerous well known musical names. Richard's showmanship and vocal contributions to the band bring a nice variety.
DRUMS: Steve Short began playing drums with his parents' family band at a very early age. Since those days he has recorded and played with every big name imaginable, including three years with Reba McIntyre. Steve is an accomplished recording and sound engineer, and produces the Byron Berline Band's album projects. He is undoubtedly the most popular recording drummer in the area.
The Byron Berline Band is in great demand around the state, as well as surrounding states, and have extended their music through Europe. We welcome them back to Summer Breeze after too long an absence.
Free Summer Breeze Concerts are made possible, in part, by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council, with major in-kind support from Norman Parks and Recreation Department. Norman Smile Center is a Major Summer Breeze Sponsor. Contributors: Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School; Cindy Merrick, Therapy in Motion; Republic Bank of Norman; Tom McAuliffe, Don Cies Real Estate; The Mont; Keri & Hugh Young; Bruce & Trisha Bunce; D.M. Wealth Management; Edward Jones Investments; The Montford Inn; Hitachi; Bluebonnet Bar. Friends include: Monty Kapunkpe; The Winston; The Baked Bear; Laurel Group, LLC; Frank & Suzy Lawrence. Neighbors: Bob Schlegel; Becca Hewes, Yogalife
The Depot is proud to announce the schedule for the 2019 Summer Breeze Concert Series. This will be the 19th year for the free concert series, held in Lions Park, Flood and Symmes. These family friendly concerts, all beginning at 7:30 pm, have long been a favorite summer music feature in Norman. Bring seating, your favorite refreshments, and enjoy an easy, breezy evening in the park with friends and family, listening to a wonderful variety of wonderful musical groups from across Oklahoma, and the US.
May 19 - Byron Berline Band
Summer Breeze 2019 opens with an exciting evening of traditional bluegrass and Western swing music with three time national fiddle champion Byron Berline and his band; Billy Perry, Thomas Trapp, Greg Burgess, Richard Sharp and Steve Short. After moving to Los Angeles in 1969, Berline soon became one of the most popular fiddlers in the music business. He returned to his home state of Oklahoma in 1995 where he opened the Double Stop Fiddle Shop in the town of Guthrie for the purpose of "visiting, trading and jamming" with folks who enjoy their music. As a natural progression the band was formed to entertain regularly in the Music Hall above the Fiddle Shop. The Byron Berline Band is in great demand around the state, as well as surrounding states, and have extended their music through Europe. We welcome them back to Summer Breeze after too long an absence.
June 2 - Adam & Kizzie
Adam & Kizzie Ledbetter, known as Adam & Kizzie, hail from Oklahoma City. They became friends in high school, rapping, singing, and dancing in and after school. Kizzie went off and traveled the world in Disney performances, while Adam performed at home with his Jazz Quartet New Growth. In 2011 they reunited and soon became husband and wife. Sharing their very different musical interests, Adam’s focus expanded from Jazz to Hip-Hop, while Kizzie’s influences stemmed from Music Theatre to Pop/R&B. Their curiosity and ability to draw from Gospel, Jazz, Hip-Hop, and many varieties of Pop music soon found them charting their own unique path. As a duo, they were pushed by necessity to learn new methods, using live looping and layered vocals to create new music. After two acclaimed records, the duo have found the sublime zone that fully expresses what they do.
June 16 - Levi Parham
Levi Parham's music draws on the rich songwriting traditions of Oklahoma, his home state. With influences from the worlds of blues, folk, soul, rock and country music, it's Parham's "soulful, gritty and tender voice” (The Boot) that brings it all together into a sound that CMT described as "enticing" with "a melancholy feel.” In June 2016, Parham released an album titled These American Blues that reached #25 on the AMA charts, and was #1 in the EuroAmericana Charts. In his new album, It's All Good, Parham reminds everyone not to sweat it when faced with the circumstances much out of one's control. "I ain't scared, I ain't worried, I've got friends and they'd be here in a hurry” Parham assures us. Norman friends will without doubt be there for Levi in Lions Park.
June 30 - Making Movies
Singer and guitarist Enrique Chi, founded Making Movies with his brother Diego. Another pair of brothers, Juan-Carlos and Andres Chaurand, round out the Kansas City Latin band. The group’s second LP, I am Another You, is a bold mix of sounds: psychedelia, experimental rock, son cubano, cumbia and various rhythms descended from Yoruba, an African tradition that slaves carried to the New World as part of religious rites that evolved into Santería. Different styles of music have filtered down from common roots. “We are all immigrants” Enrique Chi says. “That kind of lineage affirms my belief that we’re all connected in spirit,” “We all come from tribal African people, if you go all the way back. So to me, the message of the band is part of this whole continuum: that music itself is a vehicle for truth."
July 14 - Seth Glier
Seth Glier attended Berklee College of Music for a year before dropping out to be able to tour full-time. Since then, he has averaged over 200 shows a year, and shared stages with artists such as James Taylor, Mark Knopfler, The Verve Pipe, Edwin McCain and Ani DiFranco during a burgeoning career that has included as a mainstage artist at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and the Kerrville Folk Festival, a Grammy nomination and a pair of Independent Music Awards. Seth Glier’s fifth album, Birds, is steeped in conflict and contradictions. There’s grief and loss, but also strength and resilience; doubt and dismay, but also a sense of optimism as Glier confronts heavy topics and wrestles them into the daylight. Grier will return to Norman with some great electronic additions to his recent rave reviewed Winter Wind performance.
July 28 - Kyshona Armstrong
Kyshona Armstrong started out enabling others to enjoy the healing properties of songwriting. When describing the positions she held during her decade or so in the mental health field, she punctuates each chapter with the same phrase: "That got kinda heavy” and "You've gotta know when to tap out.” So Armstrong got on the college singer-songwriter circuit, blending skills of empathizing and entertaining, and then moved to Nashville in January 2014 Armstrong now embraces repetitive internal rhythms that emerge in some of her songwriting — likening them to both gospel spirituals and the viscerally simplistic utterances of her former patients — and she's delivering her roots-soul originals with articulate warmth and newly claimed authority. Kyshona was such a hit at Winter Wind last year, that she has been invited back, with a backup band, for the Summer Breeze crowd to enjoy.
Aug 11 - Greyhounds
Rising out of the Austin, Texas music scene, the Greyhounds, a duo comprising guitarist Andrew Trube and keyboardist Anthony Farrell, feature a unique sound that mixes R&B, soul, funk, and the Bakersfield country of Buck Owens into a style that has been described as "Hall & Oates meets ZZ Top," and the duo's exciting live shows have earned them a large and loyal fan following. The pair met in the late '90s, and immediately began writing and playing together, placing tunes with artists like Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks while building up a songwriting catalog and gathering new fans with each show. The Greyhounds signed a three-album deal with a reconstituted Ardent Records and released Accumulator early in 2014. Two years later, the group released Change of Pace, a record that emphasized their soulful side.
Aug 25 - Homegrown Volume I
A project inspired by the wealth of musical talent in our own state, Homegrown Volume I will bring together a diverse array of Okie musicians to perform an epic Summer Breeze jam. We've called upon Terry "Buffalo" Ware and Kyle Reid to organize the talent for this show so you know it's going to be good! Stay tuned for more details.