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October 11, 2013

Winter Wind Concert Series set for excellent season

NORMAN — The Winter Wind Concert Series is gearing up for a 10-performance season, with this season’s schedule remarkable for its quality and artistic diversity.

“We’re excited to be bringing back some old favorites and also some new faces,” Performing Arts Studio’s Nancy McClellan said. “It will be first Winter Wind performances for Anne and Pete Sibley and Red Molly.”

The concerts are an intimate listening room atmosphere with generally good acoustics and usually mature audiences who come to hear the performance.

The occasional BNSF locomotive barreling by just yards away has been incorporated into more than one artist’s show with a mimicking harmonica riff or percussive salute. Music is typically of the singer/songwriter variety and includes different styles and genres.

The first concert of the season was hosted Oct. 6 with Ari Hest and his guitar. Hest comes from a musical family and performing is his destiny. Passion is in his voice.

“No matter what I’m doing, aside from sleeping, there’s a soundtrack to it,” he said. “It’s a blessing and a curse, as it drives some people in my life nuts occasionally, but it’s how I’ve been and always will be.”

· Oct. 19 — Kevin Welch plays Winter Wind’s lone Saturday evening show. He’s closely associated with Oklahoma, Texas and Nashville, Tenn.

Welch’s picture could be next to the definition of “red dirt” in Webster’s. His songs have been recorded by top tier country music stars and he tours the globe playing for a fan base developed over nearly four decades.

· Nov. 3 — Audrey Auld will disabuse you of the notion that old school country music with twang-ified accent and sentimental lyrics is dead. Listen to her “I’d Leave Me Too” and you’ll get goose bumps, shout hallelujah and pour a jelly jar full of brown liquor to celebrate. She hails from Hobart, not the one in Kiowa County, the one in Tasmania, Australia.

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