Oklahoma songwriter John Calvin Abney and his band, having risen toward the top of the musical landscape in Oklahoma and the surrounding region, come to Summer Breeze on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 7:30 pm. Bring lawn chairs or blankets, your favorite refreshments, and settle in to enjoy a free family friendly concert in Lions Park at Flood and Symmes.
John Calvin Abney writes songs “that salute his folk infatuation yet branching out of the pigeonhole just a bit...What’s left is enigmatic, bright blues and rock and roll; landscapes of sounds and instruments put together seamlessly, complete with heady, deeply personal lyrics. He has an almost cherub-like vocal style. The last thing you’d expect is the road experience Abney has amassed,” says No Depression.
During Abney's years of extensive touring, both solo and in a backup role for acts like Samantha Crain, John Moreland, and The Damn Quails, he was constantly observing everyone and everything around him. His ability to retain what he heard and saw, then work with it, has resulted in him becoming one of America’s newest literary songwriters. His songs reflect a joyful appreciation for the human spirit.
While it’s the stories that have become the important thing for Abney, he also understands that they have to be delivered in certain, specific, ways in order for people to want to listen to them. Now we get to rock and roll. According to Abney, “Rock and roll is not characterized by what it sounds like, but what it means to you.” So, when his band is playing full-out rock and roll, his stories and philosophy of life are still subversively working their way into the ears of the audience.
After years of work as a notable sideman, John Calvin Abney now stands front and center on stage as a literate songwriter, an accomplished musician and a great performer. What you get each night is really performance art. And he does everything he can to see that the audience enjoys it.
Summer Breeze Concerts are a program of The Depot, a non-profit arts organization located in the historic and newly restored Norman Depot at 200 S. Jones.
Breeze Concerts are made possible, in part, by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council. Additional support comes from Sponsor: Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School & Kindergarten, from Contributors: Republic Bank of Norman; Dentists Jamie Belknap, Donna Sparks and Kristen Campbell at Norman Smile Center; Tom McAuliffe at Don Cies Real Estate; Hugh and Keri Young; Inter Bank; 2 Green Chicks; The Mont; D.M. Wealth Management, Inc.; The Montford Inn, and from Friends: Edward Jones; Nancy McClellan and Sooner Carpet, Air Duct & Restoration; Bruce & Trisha Bunce, and from Neighbor Bob Schlegel. Major in-kind support comes from Norman Parks and Recreation Department.