John Fullbright and his band will kick off the 2013 Summer Breeze free concert series on
Sunday, May 19, Sunday, June 9, at 7:30 pm in Norman’s Lions Park at the corner of Flood and Symmes.
Fullbright is a young man who finds love, beauty, and pain in the here and now, and skepticism and disdain for those who would take advantage of the dreams of those hoping for a better world. Firmly rooted in a variety of musical styles, he draws on what has come before, but without imitation. Forget labels when you listen to John Fullbright. He is not folk, not Americana and not pop, but possibly the best fusion of them all.
He burst upon the Southwest music scene in 2009 with a stellar live album recorded at the Blue Door, the legendary venue in Oklahoma City. From his home in Okemah, Oklahoma, Fullbright had already honed his songwriting and playing skills to a degree that he was a favorite at festival campgrounds before he was even out of high school. In the 2012 Grammy-nominated From the Ground Up, Fullbright traverses an emotional and musical terrain that is extremely broad, showing equal acuity with tender ballads and songs that make you want to drive faster with the windows rolled down. In December he received the 2012 ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Lyric Award for his song "Moving". Fullbright's sense of place has strongly influenced his lyric writing, and he credits his Oklahoma home and memories as inspiration for writing the words that flesh out his sensitive and brooding blend of folk, country and blues. In addition to being a gifted lyricist, Fullbright is also a brilliant vocalist and an exciting multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, harmonica, piano, and accordion. For the Summer Breeze concert he will be joined by Giovanni “Nooch” Carnuccio III on drums, Terry Buffalo Ware on guitar, and David Leach on bass.
Bring seating and your favorite refreshments, and enjoy a relaxing evening in the park filled with great music!
Summer Breeze Concerts are produced by the Performing Arts Studio and are made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council, the Oklahoma Arts Council, and from businesses and individuals including: Michael Miller; Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School; Jamie Belknap, DDS, Norman Smile Center; Andi Berry, Wyoming Art Therapy; and Republic Bank and Trust. Additional support comes from David Fries Roofing; Tom McAuliffe - Don Cies Real Estate; Old Republic Title Company of Oklahoma; Dale Wares - Wares Properties; Mike Goodman & Karen Furman; Sally Phillips & Dennis McDonald; The Earth Natural Foods & Deli; The Montford Inn; and City of Norman Parks and Recreation Department.
For more information contact The Performing Arts Studio at 405-307-9320.