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Live music spans the county during August

July 31, 2014

By Sheri Gourd, Tahlequah Daily Press, Okla.

July 31--TAHLEQUAH -- Cherokee County has experienced mild weather this summer, but it's about to heat up with an August packed with live music.

The Hole in the Wall Band performs each Friday night 7-10 p.m. at the Tahlequah Senior Citizens Center.

Live bands will perform from noon to 11 p.m. at Falcon Floats this Saturday, Aug. 2. OTRC 2014 features L.M.S., Hoovis, Keenan Kelley, 18 Miles Out, The Forgotten Principles, Bourbon Highway, Gerry and the G Strings, Goodnight Josephine, Prizm, Another Yesterday, One Track Mind, Garret Heck, Ikorix, LittleFoot, and Mijo. Call 918-772-7329 for more information.

River City Players perform the last shows of the 2014 season at the NSU Playhouse during the first weekend of August. "Country Legends" is at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Saturday offers "Golden Oldies" at 2 p.m. and "Superhits of the 70s and 80s" at 7:30 p.m. The box office opens one hour before performance. Contact 918-458-2075 for ticket information.

Stay in downtown Tahlequah Friday for Daniel Franke playing at The Branch at 7:30 p.m. Roots and Lost Things has an 8 p.m. show at The Dream Theatre. Doors open at 7:30 and admission is $5.

For those who prefer to belt a tune, No Wake Zone on Lake Tenkiller and Tahlequah Elks Lodge offer karaoke starting at 9 p.m.No Wake Zone features local and regional music and smoked barbecue. Families are welcome, and ages 12 and under are free. Ticket prices range from $5-$10 at the gate. Prices may change for regional bands.

Robert Wilkes and Mickey Lacey will present stories, songs, and skits from the golden age of Vaudeville tent shows 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 1-2, at The Lobby at Chapel Books. Advance tickets are $15 for adults, and $7 for children under 14. Tickets bought at the door will cost $17. Price includes beverage and snacks.

Harbor Pitstop is four miles down Indian Road in Park Hill, and it features live music Saturday nights. Dorrian cross will perform Aug. 2 at 8 p.m. Saturday at 9 p.m. brings Living Country to the Tahlequah Elks Lodge stage, Jay Falkner to No Wake Zone, and Joe Baxter at The Branch.

Matt Farinelli, John Fite, and Brett Fitzgerald get together to play live music 79 p.m. Tuesdays at The Branch. Then on Wednesday, Aug. 6, KALO will bring blues mixed with rock and R&B to The Branch at 7:30 p.m. FridayTravis McLearen will be at The Branch at 7:30 p.m.

The Oklahoma Son Records Showcase will be held at the Dream TheatreFriday, Aug. 8, at 7 p.m. Artists signed to this new Tahlequah record label and will be performing include Blake Turner, Whiskey Gene and the Bootleggers, White Trash Banditos, Wanted Reputation, and the Austin Cobb Band.

"All the bands are from Tahlequah and this is the label's first showcase," said Matt Farinelli, owner of Oklahoma Son Records. "Tahlequah has always had its own special place and sound in music. We wanted to create a community of bands with similar sounds and a passion for music and Oklahoma."

The Showcase is mainly country, red dirt, and southern rock music. This is an all-ages show. Early tickets available at Paceline Cyclery or over the phone at 918-822-3113. Tickets are $15 at the door.

Carter Sampson, Joe Mack, and Sky Smeed will be on a U.S. tour this summer and play at The Branch at 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9. Also on that night at 9, Austin Cobb will play at Harbor Pitstop and Glam-R-Us at No Wake Zone.

Wednesday, Aug. 13, has Monica Taylor performing at The Canebrake in Wagoner at 7 p.m. and Justin Witte at The Branch at 7:30. Also on Wednesday, Free Kennedy and The Conspiracy will open for Misty Rae Carson during an acoustic show at the Dream Theatre. Tickets are $8 and doors open at 7 p.m.

No Wake Zone continues its open mic nights Friday, Aug. 15. Performing at The Branch at 7:30 p.m. will be Sneaky Pete. Saturday has Hillbilly Vegas at Harbor Pitstop, Terri & the Executives at No Wake Zone, and Chris Combs at The Branch.

The band Fifty Nine South performs at The Branch at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, and 59 Junction reopens the Diamondhead Resort stage Friday, Aug. 22. That Friday also has Tahlequah's Flabbergaster opening up for Hosty Duo at The Dream Theatre and Dirty Creek playing at The Branch.

Downtown Tahlequah will be revved up with live music in Norris Park during Big Jim's Motorcycle Rally, Aug. 22-23. Performers Friday include Critical Mass, Austin Cobb Band, and David Kay Band. The headliner at 9 p.m. is Elvis T Busboy. Saturday features performances by Kim Reynolds, Blake Turner, Free Kennedy and the Conspiracy, and Pat Moss and His Big Band. On the main stage at 9 p.m. will be bluesman Joe Louis Walker. On the river at Diamondhead Resort that Saturday will be Ben Miller Band. And at the lake are Fly County Coalition at No Wake Zone and The Pearson Brothers at Harbor Pitstop.

The Tuesday and Wednesday shows at The Branch start at 7 p.m.Dustin Prinz performs there Wednesday, Aug. 27.

Critical Mass and Paul Benjamin Band perform Friday, Aug. 29, at Dream Theatre, and down the avenue, The Branch has David Castro Band at 7:30 p.m.

Red Dirt Rangers, celebrating 25 years together, will stop at Diamondhead Saturday, Aug. 30. Harbor Pitstop will feature Judge Parker and No Wake Zone will have Crosswords. Free Kennedy will perform at The Branch at 9 p.m.

Brewdog's reopens after its summer hiatus with a Labor Day weekend show on Saturday. Bands performing include Austin Cobb Band, White Trash Banditos, Whiskey Gene & the Bootleggers, Critical Mass, and Flabbergaster.

Information about fall music festivals in the area will be available in future editions of the Daily Press.


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