By ROB W. ANDERSON
To end 2012 on a high note, the local music scene is warming up for some December shows, ranging from mellow singer-songwriters to high-energy stage performances.
Local musician Jade Sohns will perform at the Iguana Cafée tonight at 7, while another Tahlequah singer-songwriter, John Fite, will perform a 7:30 p.m. show at The Branch on Friday.
Tulsa musician Steve Pryor will also play a Friday gig, starting at 9:30 p.m. at Brewdog’s, on West State Highway 51 at Bryant Road, while Outlaw Son will perform at the old Pepsi Co. venue on Saturday night.
Carl Farinelli and the Hole in the Wall Band will play its regular Friday 7 p.m. gig at the Senior Citizens Center, while the Elks Lodge will be hosting a band provided through a holiday event for W.W. Hastings Hospital on Saturday starting around 9 p.m., said event coordinator Connie Parnell.
“It’s open to the public,” she said. “On [Dec.] 15 will have a new band called Crossroads. They’re from around the Sallisaw area. On the 22nd, we won’t have a band due to the holiday. It’ll be karaoke both nights. On [Dec.] 30 and 31, we’ll have Livin’ Country.”
Monica Taylor and Don Morris will perform a 9 p.m. show at The Branch on Saturday, Dec. 8. Taylor, also known as the Cimarron Songbird for her lyrical voice and natural song delivery, has been a guest on Garrison Keillor’s NPR radio show, “A Prairie Home Companion.” Her new CD, “Cotton Shirt,” was put together with help from musicians like Steve Pryor and other Tulsa performers, including Travis Fite and Jerad Tyler, said Taylor.
“The folks who play on it and sing on it with me are mostly my Red Dirt family and my Tulsa family, such as Steve Pryor. Steve plays peddle steel and electric guitar,” she said. “I did most of my recording at Travis Fite and Jerad Tyler’s studio. Jerad was the main producer. It says that we co-produced the disc and it’s true, but his creative ingenuity is amazing and he really knows how to pull stuff out of you.”
Taylor noted her co-producer “pulled out some clear vocals and a way to tell the story” without the need to tweak much past her songbird voice.
“He didn’t use any effects on the voice, so everything that you hear pretty much are my vocals,” she said. “He did maybe one or two things because there’s a lot of instrumentation. Everything really is straight, flat record vocals. Anyone who works in a studio will know that’s kind of hard to do.”
Randy Crouch and his band, Flying Horse, will be featured in a New Year’s Eve show at The Branch, said local musician and music coordinator Joe Mack. The Iguana Cafée will also be hosting live music through the end of the year.
“We’re going to feature The Purpletraders. They’re doing an acoustic set,” Mack said, noting a $10 wrist band will be required to attend the dual-venue event at both the Iguana and The Branch. “Those tickets should be available in advance the week of the show at those venues, but there won’t be any difference in ticket price. It’s $10 in advance or at the door and we encourage people to pick those up if they plan to attend, because it’s going to be a first-come, first-served thing. There’s only so many people we can have in each venue.”
Mack will be performing with Thomas Trapp at The Branch Wednesday, Dec. 19 and with Meandering Orange at The Canebrake near Wagoner Wednesday, Dec. 26.
Other December shows at The Branch include Carter Sampson, on Friday Dec. 21; Joe Baxter, Saturday, Dec. 22; R.C. Edwards, Wednesday, Dec. 26; Jamie Lou, Friday, Dec. 28; and Chris Snyder and Nici Peper, Saturday, Dec. 29.
The remaining December lineup at Iguana includes Nate Jones, Thursday, Dec. 13; Sean Patrick, Friday, Dec. 14; Kelly Anquoe, Thursday, Dec. 20; and Pat Moss, Friday, Dec. 28.
Brewdog’s December list includes Garrett Heck, Friday, Dec. 14; Franke Lee, Saturday, Dec. 15; and Patt Moss with his big band, Monday, Dec. 31.