The second annual Winter Wind Holiday Party and Auction will take place on Sunday, November 19th, with music beginning at 7:00 PM. Dolce and K. C. Clifford will perform, with audience members offered the opportunity to bid on an array of silent auction items while enjoying refreshments during concert breaks. Festivities take place in the historic Norman Depot, 200 South Jones. Funds raised benefit Winter Wind Concerts, a program of the non-profit Performing Arts Studio.
K.C. Clifford has an extraordinary voice, but it is her songs which steal the show. They give “hope when hope seems lost, humor when the seriousness of life gets too heavy, and give words to feelings that many of us hold deep inside and can’t seem to express.” says Greg Johnson, owner of Oklahoma City’s Blue Door.
Clifford is an Oklahoma City native who has come back home after having lived in Nashville and Austin for a time. She is gaining additional fans here with each performance. The Oklahoma Gazette twice honored her with their Woody Award. In 2002 she was named Best Songwriter, followed by the People’s Choice Award for Best Live Performer. In May of this year, K.C. was a finalist in the Kerrville Folk Festival Songwriting Competition, and this summer she earned an honorable mention in the Mountain Stage New Folk Song Festival’s pop category. MTV recently secured licensing of two of her songs for placement and use in their shows.
The musical buzz about Dolce begins in Oklahoma and is extending to the rest of the country. Oklahoma City based singer-songwriters Steve and Laura Franklin stay busy playing 80 to 100 shows a year, touring in the Mid-West and on both the East and the West Coasts.
Laura began playing classical violin at age four. She grew up performing with orchestras, and with artists such as Roy Clark, David Gates and the Oakridge Boys. She has since added piano, bass, acoustic guitar and accordion to her repertoire.
Steven became interested in singing and songwriting in his late teens. Inspired by a James Taylor album, he began writing and performing himself, playing acoustic guitar with melodically interesting vocal performances.
Steve and Laura joined together to form Dolce a couple of years ago and were showcased at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in both ‘05 and ‘06. They released Soles of Our Shoes, their first full length album, in June of this year, and immediately hit the road to promote it. They are back home now to share their music with us.
With the outstanding music of Dolce and K. C. Clifford, great food, and interesting auction items, the Holiday Party promises to be a very enjoyable evening. Silent auction items include art, decorative items, and gift baskets containing CD’s of Winter Wind artists together with wine and other fine things.
For Holiday Party or Winter Wind information, contact The Performing Arts Studio at 405-307-9320