Beneath Heather's “sweet, soulful vocals” (Portland Press Herald) and “nimble fingerpicked guitar” (Dispatch Magazine) lie narratives of vulnerability, strength, and wanderlust, drawn from her extensive touring. These are the sort of songs that take you on a journey and haunt you all the way home.
Styka started writing and performing as a teenager, honing her craft among Chicago’s folk community. At the age of 28, Heather Styka has performed for over a decade, released four full length albums, and has toured from coast to coast. She was a 2015 New Folk Finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival, and has performed at the Folk Alliance International and FARM conferences as an official showcase artist.
Her 2011 release, Lifeboats for Atlantis, hit #3 on the FOLK-DJ charts. After moving to Maine for two years, Styka released While This Planet Spins Beneath Our Feet (2014), which charted for four months on FOLK-DJ.
Styka’s latest release, The Bittersweet Tapes (2016), was recorded in Tulsa, Oklahoma on a four track recorder with sparse, ethereal production by John Calvin Abney. With “Intricate finger picking, perfect melodies, and heartbreakingly beautiful lyrics,” The Bittersweet Tapes retains an unfiltered immediacy. “In this raw and intimate portrait of life, disguised as a collection of songs, Heather Styka has truly created a masterpiece… A writer with this kind of vision and ability doesn’t come along very often” (Chris Darby, Independent Melody).
With training both as a poet and an actor, Heather Styka is equal parts wordsmith and entertainer. Colored by a quirky sense of humor and peppered with confessional storytelling, Styka’s live shows are intimate and candid as late night conversation. Styka is currently writing a new album and collaborating on multiple upcoming projects. There’s no telling where this young troubadour is headed next, but if Heather Styka’s songs are any indication, she’ll be getting there with fierce and fearless honesty.
Winter Wind Concerts are made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council, the Oklahoma Arts Council and by Depot Contributors: Cindy Merrick, Therapy in Motion; Tom McAuliffe, Don Cies Real Estate; Lohmann's Good Things!; Republic Bank and Trust; The Montford Inn; and Native Spirits Winery. Additional support comes from Friends: Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School and Kindergarten; Nancy McClellan; Tom & Mary Cay Woodfin; Keri and Hugh Young, and Neighbors: Bill and Janelle Powers; Danna Primm; Dale Wares, Wares Properties; The Grider Family; and Norman Music Institute.
The Depot will soon move our concerts inside to the intimate setting of our Depot home at 200 S. Jones. Winter Wind and Whistle Stop Concerts will follow close on the heels of Summer Breeze beginning in October and continuing into April.
We are pleased to announce we're continuing our collaboration with Jazz in June, Inc., co-producing four concerts highlighting America's rich musical traditions.
Tickets for individual concerts may be purchased on-line, by visiting The Depot at 200 S. Jones, or by phoning 405-307-9320.
Online tickets: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=depot
Ticket packages (Pick 5 and Pick 10) available here: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?subscription=depot
Our events page has short bios and videos for each artist:
|Oct 2, 2016, 7:00pm||John Fullbright (SOLD OUT!)||$25|
|Oct 13, 2016, 7:00pm||Tony Lucca & Alex Dezen w/ Christian Lopez*||$20|
|Oct 16. 2016, 7:00pm||Susan Gibson||$20|
|Oct 30, 2016, 7:00pm||Kevin and Dustin Welch (SOLD OUT!)||
|Nov 6, 2016, 7:00pm||Kim Richey||$20|
|Nov 20, 2016, 7:00pm||Slaid Cleaves (SOLD OUT!)||$25|
|Dec 4, 2016, 7:00pm||Sam Baker||$25|
|Dec 18, 2016, 7:00pm||Victor & Penny^||$20|
|Jan 8, 2017, 7:00pm||Caitlin Canty (Performance Cancelled)||$20|
|Jan 15, 2017, 7:00pm||The Hot Nut Riveters^||$25|
|Jan 29, 2017, 7:00pm||Heather Styka||$15|
|Feb 12, 2017, 7:00pm||John Gorka||$20|
|Feb 22, 2017, 7:00pm||Emily Scott Robinson and Caroline Cotter*||$15|
|Mar 5, 2017, 7:00pm||Jake Armerding||$15|
|Mar 12, 2017, 7:00pm||The Brother Brothers||$15|
|Mar 19, 2017, 7:00pm||The Claudettes^||$20|
|Apr 2, 2017, 7:00pm||Adam & Kizzie^||$20|
* Whistle Stop Concert
^ Winter Wind and Jazz in June Concert
The Depot accommodates audiences of 100, allowing a more personal interaction between audience and artist. The concerts feature outstanding established artists, excellent sound and complimentary refreshments in a lovely, gallery setting.
Concerts and other events at The Depot are made possible in part by grants from Norman Arts Council and Oklahoma Arts Council, and by generous donors and businesses in the community.