I've mentioned it previously, but the time is finally here for UTW's annual SXSW essay contest. Once again, we've got 2 golden badges to the music conference and festival and all you've got to do is tell us why you should be Urban Tulsa's guest reporter at the greatest showcase in the land.
Start writing now and plead your case in 500 words or less, including your selection of which local band you'd have represent T-Town in Austin.
The deadline for submissions is February 19, so you've got a little time, but don't let it pass you by. If you're a live music fan, it doesn't get any better than Austin in March.
Get to Work
Yes, it's that time again: Hard Work Records is back to present the latest edition of its music and art showcase, Hard Work Winter, at Mooch and Burn this Friday night, February 2.
The evening's line-up includes Stevedore, Lilim, Red Headed Step Children, Callupsie, The Secret Post, and the return of Unwed Sailor.
Doors open at 7pm and DJ's B, Lynn K, Robbo, Nutter, Jessy James and Electrobutcher will be spinning discs before, between and after the band performances and the works of silk-screen and poster artist Denny Schmickle will be on display as the party runs until 2am.
Admission is only $5 at the door, making it a great deal for six DJs and six bands, including the chance to catch Unwed Sailor in the midst of its winter tour schedule.
If you caught Upside when they were in town last Saturday night, you probably heard Midwest Kings mention the "My Big Break" show and contest coming up this weekend. I had to do a little digging to find out what's up, but basically it's a talent show/battle of the bands type thing with contestants vying for a $5,000 cash prize and the opportunity to record a three-song CD.
The whole thing is down to the final round, culminating in the grand finale and public performance this weekend at the Union Multi-Purpose Activity Center (UMAC for short). There are eight finalists in four categories: Jennifer Gouskos and Nichole Gatzman (Female Vocal), Paul Amstutz and Marlon Brent (Male Vocal), Picture Perfect and The Witaker Sister (Duo or Group), and MidWest Kings and One Night Scam (Band); but only one will win it all.
Personally, I'm clueless as to who these people are, outside of local bands MidWest Kings and One Night Scam. (I did discover that Jennifer Gouskos is also a Miss Oklahoma contestant, however.) You can find out a little more about the whole thing at www.mybigbreakcontest.com and then stuff the ballot box for your favorite of our local bands. Vote by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, with "My vote for Midwest Kings!" in the subject line (or email@example.com and "My vote for One Night Scam!").
Whichever your preference, it's time to get busy and frontload the ballot box to send our local boys home with the $5,000 prize to spend on gear, recording time or beer (or maybe all three). You guys helped The Red Alert go to the Vans Warped Tour last summer, so surely you can help another real band beat out the American Idol wanna-bes. What's a couple of minutes and a few more pointless e-mails?
The final showdown is this Saturday night, February 3, at the UMAC. Tickets are $10 and the show starts at 7pm, with doors opening at 5:30pm.
Crooked X will also be performing, hot on the heels of winning the first round of "Living Room Live, Kids' Edition" on CBS' The Early Show.
Bringing Texas to Tulsa
Thurs., Feb. 1 sees a couple of emerging, Christian indie-rock acts visit Green Country. If you've got it in you to make a little drive out to Claremore on a week night, it will be more than worth your time and effort to see Nevertheless at The Tree. These guys are the latest act on Flicker Records and you'd be wise to catch them now before they show up in the "Buzz Bin" on MTV2.
I've got the give the guys over at DoomRocket credit: they may love their hardcore bands, but they're willing to diversify their palette for a good, rising band. Expect to see Nevertheless make its breakout move within the next year.
Tickets are $10 and The Sweet Surrender, The Forward and Edinberg will open the show, which starts 7pm.
If you're not up for the drive, Edison Glass will be at The Otherside with Before Sunday, Black Swan and Novalogic. The show is Thurs., Feb. 1, at 7pm and tickets are $7 at the door.
Edison Glass was a standout at last summer's DFest and some members of the band attended ORU, which is right down the street, so expect a good turnout for this show.
Friday night's schedule is pretty packed this weekend, starting with the aforementioned Hard Work Winter showcase, but that's not the only game in town. If you're looking for something a little mellower, Steve Lidell will be at the recently remodeled and reopened 8OneEight Lounge and MidWest Kings are doing an unplugged show at Boston's on February 2.
The Pinkeye is hosting the night's big "Rawk Show" with Emberson, The Pilot Phoenix, Tear-Outs and Hollywood Harlot on Friday evening. Cover is $7 and the show starts at 7pm.
Interestingly enough, Texas is coming to Tulsa this weekend with not one, but two Austin bands playing in town on Friday night.
The Everyday People has been together as a band since only 2005, but the band's live show quickly gained it a reputation as the "best band in downtown Austin".
The group is now touring behind its eclectic blend of rock, funk and soul (think a smoother version of Maktub) and stopping in at The Continental on February 2.
Everyday People's new CD, Catch Me, comes out on March 9 so catch the band now while cover is only $5 and get a preview of the new material. Next time the group comes through town, they'll be playing a larger room with a higher cover.
Saturday night is just as busy as Friday, even without the "Big Break" battle royale at the UMAC. If you're out in Broken Arrow, you may already know that The Blend (the coffee-house on Main Street) is hosting live music every weekend. This Saturday night, February 3, featured performers are Priscilla Kioko and My Solstice (with Brandon Davis and Dustin Howard), playing an acoustic set. Music starts at 7:30pm.
The highest profile show of the weekend is easily Bela Fleck and the Flecktones at the Cain's Ballroom on Sat., Feb. 3. The Flecktones recently nabbed two nominations for next week's Grammy Awards: "Best Contemporary Jazz Album" and "Best Pop Instrumental Performance" and continue to prove its no fluke with their live shows.
Tickets are $27.50 in advance or $30.50 at the door and the show starts at 8pm. There's no opening act, so expect a very cool, extended performance.
If you're into the dance and DJ thing, Los Angeles spinner DJ Graham Funk is in the midst of a national tour and will be stopping in for a one night stand at Suede on Saturday. That's your chance to stop in and see what all the fuss is about.
Down at the corner of 18th and Boston, Mercury Lounge hosts The Dempseys while Sam and the Stylees play Boston's on Saturday night. Both shows have a $5 cover.
Just across the street, Phil Marshall (previously of Fanzine) will be playing at Liquidz, in support of his latest CD, Providence?
Phil's myspace page lists band members for his stateside shows as Tulsa stalwarts Dave Percefull, Monte Anderson, Josh Center and Corey Mauser, so you know it'll be a killer show. Cover is $5 and the band goes on at 10pm.
Finally, the release party for The Effects' new EP/CD will be at The Otherside on Sat., Feb. 3. Unless things have changed, my understanding is that this is the five-song EP that the band recorded last summer with Jeff Saltzman, who has produced The Killers, The Sounds, and The Black Keys, amongst others.
Anyway, Tulsa's young rock-stars continue to tear up the Midwest, but are making a stop for a home-town CD release celebration this weekend. Philip Zoellner, Anchondo, Red Light Knights and Falling Together will fill out the evening and doors will open at 7pm.
Tickets are $8 in advance at Vintage Stock and Starship or $10 at the door and the new EP will be available for an extra $1 with your ticket. Viva le Rock!
Midweek is rather quiet, as usual, but it's still worth going out if you know where to look. Phil Marshall is hanging out in T-Town for a few days, so he'll follow up his big "rock show" with an acoustic gig at Crow Creek Tavern on Tuesday evening, February 6.
Then, on Wednesday night, Mary Cogan sits in for a night of music at Vintage 1740 and Tulsa's latest jazz siren, Annie Ellicott, holds down her weekly gig at Lola's from 7 to 10pm. If you're out and about, be sure to pay the ladies some respect.
That's about it for this week. Make sure and get out and enjoy one (or more) of the great live shows we've got in town over the weekend. You know what they say: use it or lose it!
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