By: Value News | Category: Other | Issue: June 2008
Springstreet offers audiences their unique style of bluegrass music, featuring influences from country and gospel, on June 24.
Are you tired of staying in every night and watching television? Do you want to find a way to spend your warm summer evenings outdoors? Then check out the 2008 season of Tuesdays In The Park, northeast Oklahoma’s premier free outdoor concert series. With an eclectic and talented line-up, Broken Arrow is the place to be every Tuesday evening in June.
The season kicks off June 3 with gospel night, featuring 4 For One. The Mid-Life Crisis Band performs on June 10 with an evening of rock ’n’ roll. June 17 brings the genre-bending country sounds of Brian Capps. The season concludes June 24 with two amazing bluegrass performers – Rockin’ Acoustic Circus and Springstreet.
Rodney and Dana James and Randy and Daneile Brown form 4 For One, a local gospel group with a wide musical reach. In 1996 the quartet committed to a ministry of music after meeting at their church. The group has performed concerts across a five-state area and recorded numerous albums.
It took almost 30 years and major careers in-between before five Tulsa-area musicians formed one of the grooviest acts in northeast Oklahoma. Featuring Carl Raynes, John Doughtery, Steve Parkhurst, Steve Lee, Jim Stunkard and Dr. Charley Stewart, the Mid-Life Crisis Band is ready to rock Tuesdays In The Park. The band covers music of the Beatles, Van Morrison, the Eagles and other rock ’n’ roll artists from the ’60s and ’70s.
Brian Capps, performing June 17, seamlessly blends the genres of country, rock, blues and rockabilly.
According to music critic Roy Kasten, Brian Capps “smashes the barriers between country, rock, blues, and rockabilly.” Capps is one of the most vital singer and songwriters to emerge from the thriving Ozarks music scene. His versatility allows him to play music clubs, casino stages, theaters, festivals, and even the Grand Ole Opry. Committed to keeping the classics alive while bringing fresh new music to life, Capps can play a rock ‘n’ roll club one night and a country theater the next and have fans of all ages and walks of life lining up for both shows.
Roaring out of Oklahoma with a ferocious energy and musicianship that belies their years, Rockin’ Acoustic Circus has become one of the most exciting new acts on the music scene. Already a favorite on the regional festival circuit, the Circus is now poised to go national, taking their fresh acoustic blend of bluegrass, country, swing and more to a whole new audience. The band is made up of mandolinist Sterling Abernathy, banjoist Carson Clemishire, fiddler and vocalist Eric Dysart, upright bassist Zac Hardin, cellist Emma Hardin, vocalist and guitarist Emalea Hudgens, and guitarist Rick Morton.
Springstreet got its start in 1990 when banjoist Mike Williams, mandolinist Steve Carroll and guitarist Dan Nieto met at a bluegrass festival in Langley, Oklahoma. Shortly after, Mike and Steve went to Eureka Springs to watch the legendary Bill Monroe perform. Just outside the music hall was the street sign “Spring Street,” and the name seemed to fit perfectly. Eighteen years later, the band continues with their distinctive sound and unique style of bluegrass.
All concerts begin at 7 p.m. at Central Park, 1500 South Main, in downtown Broken Arrow. The concerts are free and open to the public. Concessions are available, and various drawings will be held for prizes. In cases of inclement weather, the shows will be moved to North Intermediate High School Auditorium at 808 E. College.
Sponsors for the season include the Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Windstream Communications, Arkansas Valley State Bank, the Public Service Company of Oklahoma and Broken Arrow Parks & Recreation.
For more information about Tuesdays In The Park or the Broken Arrow Arts Council, visit the official website at www.artsba.org, or call (918) 259-4300, extension 258 or 244.
Gospel group 4 For One will kick off the season of Tuesdays in the Park on June 3.
The Mid-Life Crisis Band performs classic rock ’n’ roll songs from the ’60s and ’70s on June 10.
Rockin’ Acoustic Circus, one of the most exciting new acts on the acoustic music scene, performs June 24 at Tuesdays In The Park.