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April 17, 2014

Dream, Brewdog’s to host music festivals

TAHLEQUAH — One sign of spring’s arrival is the scheduling of music festivals, and 10 bands will visit a Tahlequah venue May 24, the Saturday before Memorial Day.

Brewdog’s, west of Tahlequah on Highway 51 at Bryant Road, throws its Brewfest bash with a host of local talent. Bands and musicians scheduled to appear include Whiskey Gene and the Bootleggers, the White Trash Banditos, Wanted Reputation, Garrett Heck, Austin Cobb, Flabbergaster, Jimmy Blythe, Joes Red Barn, Fifty Nine South and InfiniteSound Supply. For information, call Brewdog’s at (918) 718-1160.

More immediate is Thursday’s Songwriters Showcase at the Dream Theatre, 312 N. Muskogee Ave. Featured artists include Jarred Rhodes, Jimmy Blythe, Matt Farinelli and Blake Turner. The show begins at 7 p.m. and admission is $5 at the door. For information, call (918) 530-2205.

The Branch, 505 N. Muskogee Ave., welcomes Cindy Novello on Wednesday, the Dirk Quinn Band plays on Friday and Willyecho visits on Saturday. Oklahoma Blues Hall-of-Famer Scott Ellison plays on April 23 and Sneaky Pete is onstage April 25. Smokin Crawdadz performs at The Branch April 26, and N8 Jones is a guest April 30. Weeknight shows begin at 7:30 p.m., while Saturday concerts start at 9 p.m. Admission to most shows is free. The Branch can be contacted at (918) 456-1500.

The Elks Lodge, 18843 Murrell Road, hosts Livin’ Country on Saturday and Hammer Down April 26. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the concerts beginning around 9. Admission is $6. Saturday concerts next month include the White Trash Banditos, May 3; Fortunate Sons, May 10; Barefoot Kickers, May 17; and Livin’ Country returns May 31. Fridays are karaoke nights at the lodge. Dinner is served from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The weekend of May 23-24, preceding Memorial Day, features karaoke on both nights. For information about shows at the Elks Lodge, call (918) 456-9358 or (918) 708-2684.

Iguana Cafée, 500A N. Muskogee Ave., holds a Pickin’ and Poetry open mic night May 6 at 6 p.m.

Chapel Books, 115 E. Delaware St., hosts its Crooners musical event April 18-19 at 7:30 p.m. A pianist, standup bass player and singer will perform what Chapel co-owner Jess Garnee called “a Frank Sinatra-Tony Bennett style of music.”

During Memorial Day weekend, Chapel books hosts musical performances by Roberta Wilkes and John Fite, May 23-24.

“They play multiple instruments and will perform in our lobby,” Garnee said. “We are calling them evenings of ‘Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better.’”

For information, call Chapel Books at (918) 822-0578.

Gospel music is the feature when Cookson United Methodist Church hosts Music on the Corner from 5-8 p.m. May 17. There will be performances by Paid In Full, the Mark French Band and Fifty Nine South. The church is at the corner of Highway 82 and West Cookson Bend Road. Those attending are invited to bring lawn chairs. Concessions will be available and admission is free. For information about Music on the Corner, call (918) 457-5717 or write to Cooksonumc@gmail.com.

The Hole in the Wall Band with Carl Farinelli gives a concert each Friday at 7 p.m. at the Tahlequah Senior Citizens Center, 230 E. First St.

The Department of Music at Northeastern State University continues a series of public performances through May 3. The concerts are free to the public. Mixed recitals are every Friday through May 2 at noon in the NSU Center for the Performing Arts. A second mixed recital is at 2 p.m. on May 2. A clarinet performance is April 17 at 7 p.m. in the NSU CPA. The NSU Jazz Combos perform in the Jazz Lab April 23 at 7 p.m. A recital by Nekanabaskaka James is April 24 at 6 p.m. in the Jazz Lab, and Becca Yates holds a recital in the Jazz Lab on April 25 at 7 p.m.

The Communiversity Band performs April 27 at 7 p.m., the University/Community Chorus gives a concert at 7 p.m. on April 29, and the Jazz Combos play on April 30 at 7 p.m. The three shows are in the NSU CPA. NSU’s Wind Ensemble holds a concert on May 1 at 7 p.m. in the NSU CPA. The season ends with a performance by the University Singers on May 3 at 7 p.m. in the NSU CPA.

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