By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Other | Issue: April 2012
RADIORADIO, the fabulous four-piece rock band from Tulsa.
The Broken Arrow Arts and Humanities Council presents "Oklahoma Originals" on Friday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available online and at the box office at the BAPAC. This exciting presentation will showcase three prominently recognized performers, all from Oklahoma – Grady Nichols, Jenny Labow, and RADIORADIO. The evening will be relaxed in a family-friendly setting.
Saxophonist Grady Nichols’s latest CD, “Destinations,” is a musical vacation. In it, you visit the beach, explore the streets of London, go a little country, hit the west coast, spend time daydreaming, and come back home again. You’ll hear selections from this album with Grady’s “singing” saxophone taking you on a musical journey, touching various musical genres.
Grady is full of surprises with sounds peppered by a driving banjo, pedal steel guitar, steel drums, and string sections that are woven seamlessly into cohesive contemporary jazz/pop settings. He has explained his passion for the saxophone by saying he feels it is a “voice” that can “sing” a lot of styles. The sax has played a key role in some of the most memorable songs in pop music over the last 30 years, and Grady is one of today’s most recognized sax musicians. He delivers great performances night after night for rock, pop, Christian, and country fans.
Jenny Labow was born in Toronto, Canada, and moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma, with her family when she was 12. She played in high school rock bands and eventually joined the iconic band Glasshouse. The band parted ways after recording two albums and playing countless gigs. Jenny then recorded her first solo CD, “Flourish,” which was signed to Renaissance Records. She played Lilith Fair in Oklahoma City that same year. Lilith Fair was one of the most successful touring festivals of the 1990s, featuring a lineup of female solo artists and bands led by women. Jenny’s music was chosen for the independent film “Chillicothe,” in which she also made her acting debut. The film was accepted and shown at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
Jenny Labow, loved and recognized Tulsa musician.
After recording her second album, Jenny moved to Los Angeles to pursue her career in music and film. Jenny’s long-time popularity as one of the most loved and recognized musicians in Tulsa has created a demand that keeps her returning to Oklahoma on a regular basis for live performances. Jenny appears either as a solo act, in a duo, or with a full band.
RADIORADIO is an original band comprised of veteran musicians with a drive to succeed, surpassed only by their talent. The band’s lyrics are both prophetic and sobering. Make no mistake, there is only one RADIORADIO.
This four-piece rock band from Tulsa has a presence and message that command attention. Whether on stage or in the studio, they have consistently delivered for their fans. Although there are lots of good bands crisscrossing America, RADIORADIO has been labeled “special.”
With the release of the band’s second full-length album, “Esprit De Corps,” RADIORADIO employed the 18th-century term for brotherhood, enthusiasm, and devotion along with the iconic fleur de lis. To the band, this symbol not only represented longevity and versatility, but its three petals represented the band, the music, and the fans that make it all possible.
Performances by RADIORADIO have been defined as dramatic and engaging, and they are a worthy part of the three Oklahoma performances scheduled for Friday evening, April 20, at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center Broken Arrow. Make your reservations now and be sure to check online for other exciting performances scheduled for the BAPAC.
This performance was made possible by Broken Arrow Arts Council’s Show Sponsor, Hampton Inn and Clarion Hotels in Broken Arrow; Premiere Sponsor, Broken Arrow Visitors and Convention Bureau; and grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council and Art Works as well as collaboration with the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center.
Saxophonist Grady Nichols performs a variety of musical styles on his instrument of choice.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.