The Summer Breeze free concert series continues with The Gourds on Sunday, June 2, at 7:30 pm in Norman’s Lions Park at the corner of Flood and Symmes.
The concert is part of the 4th Annual Luncheon on the Grass, a collaborative arts festival scheduled from 4 to 6:30 pm in Lions Park, presented by the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Firehouse Art Center, Jacobson House Native Art Center, Norman Arts Council, and Performing Arts Studio. Hands-on art activities, live entertainment, and free snow cones are just a few of this year’s offerings.
The Gourds are an American alternative country band that formed in Austin, Texas during the summer of 1994. Band members are Kevin "Shinyribs" Russell (vocals, mandolin, guitar, harmonica), Jimmy Smith (vocals, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, percussion, harmonica), Claude Bernard (accordion, keyboards, vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion), Keith Langford (drums, harmonica, vocals), and Max Johnston (vocals, fiddle, lap steel, mandolin, acoustic guitar, banjo).
In September 2011, The Gourds released their 10th studio album, Old Mad Joy, which was recorded at Levon Helm's studio in Woodstock, New York and produced by longtime Bob Dylan sideman, Larry Campbell. The Gourds have been featured on Austin City Limits and appeared briefly playing their song "Declineometer" in the season one "Homecoming" episode of Friday Night Lights. Their song "Dying of the Pines" was included in the HBO Documentary Unknown Soldier: Searching for a Father.
In March 2013, “All the Labor”, a documentary film about the band that combines candid interviews with live performances, past and present premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX. According to concertblogger.com, the film “presents the audience with the deeper discovery of a band’s genuine relationship with their music. Rather than capitalizing through their music, The Gourds live through their music and the audience won’t be able to leave this film without a sincere respect for that.”
The Gourds mix of roots/Americana/blue grass/rock/bayou among other music influences makes them impossible to fit into a neat classification. They project the alt/indie/roots sensibilities of Austin better than any music group going. Their high-energy live performances and constant touring have earned them the reputation of a band that must be seen to be appreciated.
Bring seating and your favorite refreshments for a great afternoon and evening in the park filled with art, music, and fun in the park!
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 and Kindergarten; Dentists Jamie Belknap, Donna Sparks, and Kristen Wolever at 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.