Tahlequah Daily Press

March 21, 2014

Spring bringing abundance of live music shows

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — A number of popular musical groups are slated for local venues over the next month or so.

The Branch, 505 N. Muskogee Ave., will welcome multigenre singer-songwriter Susan Herndon of Tulsa and John Henry Holthus on Friday, and Joe Baxter visits on Saturday.

Oklahoma Blues Hall-of-Famer Scott Ellison plays March 26, returning April 9 and 23. Sneaky Pete performs March 28 and April 25, and Willyecho is onstage March 29 and April 19.

Doc Fell and Co. play at The Branch on April 2; Carter Sampson and Joe Mack perform April 4; and The Move Trio visits on April 5.

Dave Kay gives a concert on April 11, and Selby Minner performs April 12. Cindy Novello visits April 12 and the Dirk Quinn Band is featured on April 18.

Smokin Crawdadz performs at The Branch on 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.

Brewdog’s, west of Tahlequah on Highway 51 at Bryant Road, hosts Whiskey Gene and the Bootleggers on Friday, and on March 28, Wanted Reputation.

Fifty Nine South performs on Saturday, and Franke Lee gives a show on March 29. Call Brewdog’s at (918) 718-1160.

Chapel Books, 115 E. Delaware St., will host a musical event on April 18-19 at 7:30 p.m.

“We are calling it Crooners,” said Jesse Garnee, co-owner. “There will be a pianist, standup bass player and singer, and they will perform that Frank Sinatra-Tony Bennett style of music.”

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

The Elks Lodge, 18843 Murrell Road, brings in Living Country on Saturday, Crossfire on March 29 and Hammer Down on April 26. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the concerts beginning around 9. Admission is $6.

“We have a big dance floor, so if you like to dance, the Elks Lodge is the place you need to visit,” said Connie Parnell, coordinator of events for the lodge. “The bands are great. These acts are performing at other venues, such as casinos, and opening for acts around the area. Our attendance is really increasing, and we invite everyone to come dance the night away.”

Fridays are karaoke nights at the lodge. Dinner is served from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The weekend of April 19-20, preceding Easter, will feature karaoke on both nights.

The lodge is closed April 12-13 for the state Elks convention. 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 on April 1 at 6 p.m.

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

Northeastern State University continues it Green Country Jazz Series on April 7 at the NSU Jazz Lab. Pianist Scott McQuade performs with the NSU Jazz Ensemble at 7 p.m. Admission is $5.

The Department of Music at NSU has arranged several performances through April. The concerts are free and open to the public.

A recital by Devin Farmer is March 28 at 7 p.m. in the Jazz Lab, Mark Bighley hosts a faculty recital on March 31 at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, and a mixed recital are every Friday through May 2 at noon in the NSU Center for the Performing Arts.

The NSU Jazz Ensemble performs April 7 at 7 p.m., and the Flute Choir plays on April 10 at 7 p.m. Both shows are at the Jazz Lab.

A guest piano recital is given by Michiko Saiki at 7 p.m. on April 14, and a clarinet performance is April 17 at 7 p.m. in the NSU CPA.

The NSU Jazz Combos perform in the Jazz Lab on 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.