Carrie Nation & The Speakeasy, a high-energy "Brass 'n' Grass" sextet from Wichita, open the 2018 Summer Breeze season with a free concert at 7:30 pm Lions Park, Flood & Symmes. Bring blankets or lawn chairs, your favorite refreshments, and enjoy a family friendly evening of free music in the park.
The band, whose sound has been described as “...a stagecoach in overdrive”, has brought their eclectic blend of bluegrass, ska, punk, and dixieland to packed clubs, basements, and festivals across the US since their inception in the spring of 2007.
Carrie Nation and The Speakeasy has built a solid following playing 47 states and 5 countries with their energetic live show and ability to fit on the bill with acts ranging from bluegrass to rockabilly, punk to ska. As the banjo rolls over rhythmic guitar, breakneck mandolin solos melt into blaring trombone and trumpet lines, while the standup bass and feed-bucket-trap-set churn out driving rhythms that carry the force of a Kansas freight train.
Summer Breeze Concerts are made possible, in part, by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Arts Council. New portable stages this year were funded by a grant from The Kirkpatrick Foundation. Major in-kind program support comes from Norman Parks and Recreation Department. Corporate and individual funding comes from Sponsor: Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School & Kindergarten, from Contributors: Cindy Merrick, Therapy in Motion; Republic Bank of Norman; Tom McAuliffe at Don Cies Real Estate; Hugh and Keri Young; InterBank; Dentists Kristen Campbell and Donna Sparks, Norman Smile Center; 2 Green Chicks; The Mont; D.M. Wealth Management, Inc.; Hitachi; and The Montford Inn, from Friends: Edward Jones Investments; Laurel Group, LLC; Bob Schlegel; The Baked Bear, and from Neighbors: Becca Hewes, YogaLife; Nancy McClellan; and Bruce & Trisha Bunce.
The Depot is proud to announce the schedule for the 2018 Summer Breeze Concert Series. This will be the 18th 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, the US and Canada!
May 20 - Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy
A high-energy "Brass 'n' Grass" sextet from Wichita, KS, this band, whose sound has been described as “...a stagecoach in overdrive”, has brought their eclectic blend of bluegrass, ska, punk, and dixieland to packed clubs, basements, and festivals across the US since their inception in the spring of 2007.
June 3 - Jacob Tovar and the Saddle Tramps
Jacob Tovar is a man from a different era, a different time. With a gentleman’s handshake, a booming voice, a contagious smile, and a quick wit, this Tulsa, OK performer effortlessly connects with all walks of life through his sincere songs of country, western, and old-fashioned honky tonk. He’s played with Junior Brown, Bill Kirchen, Wayne Hancock and many other respected artists. The Saddle Tramps are Seth Lee Jones - slide guitar and Cooper Waugh - electric guitar, with Jacob Tovar handling acoustic guitar/vocals.
June 17 - Handmade Moments
Handmade Moments is a folk-jazz duo from Arkansas whose music is reminiscent of 20s dance hall hits mixed with current themes. Although modern and fresh, Joel Ledford and Anna Moss’s songwriting contains a subtle and humble vibe that wins over any crowd with its infectious grooves and jazzy rhythms. The Moments, as they are sometimes called, have built a solid reputation for the intricate interplay between their acoustic instruments and their impressive vocals to make an all together new sensation. "Experiencing a Handmade Moments show is kind of like enjoying a spoonful of political discourse wrapped in local organic bacon and deep fried in hemp oil — and it’s all silky." - Nick Brothers, Free Weekly
July 1 - Brandy Zdan
Brandy Zdan has been performing since she was 15 and spent nearly a decade making gothic-folk music as one half of the Juno Award-nominated Twilight Hotel in her native Canada. When she moved to the States, landing in Austin, she joined the all-girl Americana outfit, The Trishas, where she acted as lead guitarist and utility player (lap steel, accordion), before moving on to a solo career. She could now be described as a multi instrumentalist Pop-rocker! "One woman tour de force" - Lone Star Magazine. "Fetching pop/rock melodies" - SPIN
July 15 - The Mulligan Brothers
The band's sound is a combination of familiar genres that ends up not quite fitting in with any of them. The instruments are acoustic and a fiddle is featured, but they're not a bluegrass ensemble. The arrangements are stripped down, but they're not quite Americana. Their lyrics are heartbreakingly intimate, but they're not quite folk. Songwriter Ross Newell contributing lead vocals and guitar, Ben Leininger on bass and vocals, and Greg DeLuca on drums and vocals, together with recently added “sister” Melody Duncan on fiddle, gently weave heartfelt tales of loss and love, blending imagery in their stories as the band easily offers fluid sound.
July 29 - Caleb McGee and the Underdogs
Caleb McGee is a blues singer who approaches his genre with a punk rock ethos. Caleb McGee & the Underdogs, long-time regular performers at the Deli, have traveled to Memphis, TN for the International Blues Challenge, reaching the semi-finals; and have played Norman Music Festival and Jazz In June. Every Monday night, Caleb hosts open mic night at The Bluebonnet Bar in the Walker Arts District in Downtown Norman. The Blues/R&B/Roots Rock & Roll Band Members include Justin Logan - Drums, Vocals, Michael Rose - Bass, David Leach - Keys, Matt Hargis - Lead Guitar and Caleb McGee - Vocals, Rhythm Guitar.
Aug 12 - Delhi 2 Dublin
Delhi 2 Dublin is a Canadian world music group formed in 2006 in Vancouver. They play a fusion of Bhangra, Electronic, Funk, Dub Reggae, Hip Hop, Celtic music and a mash up of other genres. Since 2008 their touring has grown from mostly Canadian dates to a growing US and international presence. Their first tour outside North America was in Taiwan in August 2009. They have since played all over the world while continuing to play larger North American festivals such as Electric Forest (MI), Shambhala (BC), Calgary Folk Festival (AB) and the Santa Cruz Music Festival (CA). The band also keeps up quite a recording pace, producing a new album bi-annually and a remix album alternating years.
Aug 26 - Harpeth Rising - Members Choice
Harpeth Rising is three classically trained musicians playing original music, as intricately arranged as a string quartet, lyrically rooted in the singer/songwriter tradition, and wrapped in three-part vocal harmonies reminiscent of both Appalachia and Medieval Europe. Building from the tonal depth of the cello (or is it a bass?), layer in the shimmering sounds of a violin and the strikingly natural addition of banjo to create a sound at once familiar and impossible to categorize. Unapologetic genre-benders, Harpeth Rising fuses Folk, Newgrass, Rock and Classical into something organically unique: Chamberfolk.