The 2014 Summer Breeze free concert series kicks off with The Giving Tree Band on Sunday, May 18, at 7:30 pm in Norman’s Lions Park at the corner of Flood and Symmes.
It's sometimes difficult to conjure the backroads and nature so often sung about in Americana music. The Giving Tree Band has mastered this quintessential aspect of performing live. People everywhere are discovering The Giving Tree Band, and when they do a bond is established. In addition to appearances at major music festivals like SXSW and Wakarusa, their high-energy standout performances received raving ovations at folk and roots fests such as Philly Folk Fest, and ROMP in Kentucky where the band performed through the night and into the dawn.
The Brothers Fink (E - guitar and lead vocals and Todd - banjo and vocals) are joined by longtime friend Norm Norman, on mandolin, piano, and high harmonies, and the rhythm section of Z and Charlie Karls on drums and bass respectively.
In a genre where honesty is key, The Giving Tree Band gives their audiences their all," writes CityBeat Cincinnati. The Giving Tree Band is not reinventing but simply reuniting rock and roll. With their down-home style, they emphasize the virtue in virtuosity - playing each note with integrity, each part with humility, each song with honesty, and each show with gratitude. The most common word among all who share the experience is "undeniable" in regards to the chemistry on stage, the energy in the room, and the feeling that something special is happening.
Bring seating and your favorite refreshments, and enjoy a relaxing evening in the park filled with great music!
Summer Breeze Concerts are a program of The Depot (formerly known as The Performing Arts Studio.) Summer Breeze is made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council, and from businesses and individual including: Backwoods; Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School and Kindergarten; and Michael Miller. Additional support comes from Dentists Jamie Belknap, Donna Sparks, and Kristen Campbell at Norman Smile Center; Andi Berry, Wyoming Art Therapy; Tom McAuliffe, Don Cies Real Estate; Becca Hewes, Yogalife; and Republic Bank and Trust. David Fries Roofing; Sally Little & Dennis McDonald; Brad and Lisa Raley; 2 Green Chicks; Pepe Delgados Mexican Restaurant; Main Street Veterinary Hospital; The Montford Inn; and City of Norman Parks and Recreation Department also contribute.
For more information contact The Depot at 405-307-9320.