Orquesta D'CalleThe June 5 Summer Breeze 2016 concert will have a Latin flair with Orquesta D'Calle, characterized by an effervescent charisma, choreographies, and interaction with the audience. Music begins at 7:30 pm. Bring seating and refreshments to Lions Park, Flood and Symmes, and enjoy an evening of free family musical entertainment.

Orquesta D'Calle is an eight piece band that embraces styles from traditional Cuban music to the newest styles of commercial Latin music. Led by Cuban pianist, bassist and composer Raul Reyes, the group is rich with multicultural diversity. Band members from Puerto Rico, Aruba, Mexico, Cuba and the United States create a distinguished sound influenced by the mixture of colorful cultures. Reyes brings an authentic sonority to the music by adding original arrangements and compositions to the repertoire.

The idea of forming Orquesta D'Calle arose in 2013 after many of the members accompanied the world-known artist Tito Puente, Jr. The same group, most of which are UCO professors or alumni, also had the opportunity to perform with the Puerto Rican singer Maelo Ruiz, one of the most respected artists in the salsa industry.

Orquesta D'Calle was finally founded officially in June 2015 by Raul Reyes in response to a need for expanding Afro-Caribbean culture and music in the Oklahoma Area. Lead singer Rafael Gonzales, who has won many awards as a soloist, including on the TV show “MDF” in Miami, joined in September 2015 completing the group.

Despite the band being practically new, its members have a wealth of experience, and it has been very successfully received in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Texas. Orquesta D'Calle just finished its first single, a salsa version of “Bailando”, one of the biggest hits in commercial Latin music popularized by Enrique Iglesias. The single was recorded, mixed, and mastered in several music studios, including Congahead Studios in New York.

Come tap your feet to the Latin beat!

Summer Breeze will continue with a concert by WE DREAM DAWN on June 19. All Summer Breeze concerts begin at 7:30 in Lions Park, Flood and Symmes, and are free. To learn more 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 Sponsor Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School: from Contributors, Republic Bank and Trust; 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; InterBank; The Mont; Montford Inn; and from Friends Nancy McClellan; Bruce & Trisha Bunce; Sooner Carpet Cleaning and Restoration; Becca Hewes, YogaLife; and 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.