special to pop
Bob Childers, the Godfather of Red Dirt Music and a core presence at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival for the past ten years, will be honored July 8 at a pre-festival tribute show at Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa. Several of the many artists influenced by Childers -- who passed away in April -- will gather to celebrate his life and music in song. Performers include Jimmy LaFave, The Burns Sisters, The Red Dirt Rangers, Mike McClure, Jason Boland, Joel Rafael, Stoney LaRue and Tom Skinner. Tickets are available at www.gettix.com.
Organizers of the festival announced earlier that Judy Collins would make her festival debut this year and that the 2008 festival would also include a special Phil Ochs Song Night performance. Confirmed performers for the Ochs tribute show, emceed by Ochs' sister Sonny Ochs, include John Gorka, John Flynn, Sean Flynn, David Amram and Joel Rafael.
The 11th Annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival will be July 9-13 in Okemah -- Guthrie's hometown -- 90 miles east of Oklahoma City. The festival celebrates the life and musical legacy of one of America's greatest folk music songwriters and troubadours. The festival concludes on Sunday with the Hoot for Huntington's ?-- a hootenanny backed by members of the house band under the direction of Norman musician Terry "Buffalo" Ware. There's always lots of spontaneity, usually with a surprise performance or two, and festival regulars know not to miss this relaxed event.
For information about sponsorship opportunities, a detailed schedule of events, and other information, visit www.woodyguthrie.com.
special to pop
Rihanna heats up the stage in Oklahoma City
When Rihanna and her Diamonds World tour came to Oklahoma City Tuesday, it was a cold and blustery evening. It was the first signs of winter this year in the state.
Beyonce energy overtakes Oklahoma City fans
Most performers know how to put on a show. The good ones even know how to put on a concert.
Then there are the special few who know how to make their time in front of their fans an experience.
New Kids on The Block delight Oklahoma fans
It was billed as “The Package.” A concert that featured three separate tours of boy bands from the ‘80s and ‘90s was folded into one package deal.
Roger Moore's Bond had serious fun
"I never do this," David Horowitz, a public relations executive for ABC, said as he picked up British actor Roger Moore at Kennedy Airport. "Can I have your autograph for my son?" It was 1986, and Moore was in New York City to do some publicity for the network. A year earlier, he had starred, at age 58, in "A View to a Kill."
Foreign Policy: Battlestar Galactica got space warfare right. Finally.
Last month, Small Wars Journal managing editor Robert Haddick asked whether new technology has rendered aircraft carriers obsolete. Well, not everyone thinks so, especially in science-fiction, where "flat tops" still rule in TV shows like "Battlestar Galactica."
Eighth-grade NPS musicians to perform
Norman Public Schools will present its 8th Grade Orchestra Festival at 7:00 p.m. Thursday at Nancy O’Brian Center for the performing arts.
Turn Down The Heat Tour closes out the Summer
Ken Talton wants it to be a giant date night. One in which people will get dressed up for a night on the town and enjoy some good music from the past and today.
That is the premise behind Summer Jam Music Fest III’s “Turn Down The Heat Tour.”
A guide to the movies
OPENING IN HOLLYWOOD THIS WEEK
Upcoming show at Depot Gallery
Seven members of the art faculty of St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee will display their prints, paintings and photographs in the Depot Gallery next weekend....
Sharing the Art with Norman
Sometimes, when Sue Schofield is painting, she listens to music. Other times, it’s TV news. Still, at times, she is so absorbed in what she’s doing she hears nothing at all. And then there are days she only hears the gentle hum of the ...
- More Entertainment Headlines
- Rihanna heats up the stage in Oklahoma City