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23Feb

Blue Water Highway

Blue Water Highway in Oklahoma City on Feb 23rd at VZD's!

Blue Water Highway runs just outside of Freeport up towards Galveston along the Texas Gulf Coast. This is the part of the world where the cultures of Texas and Louisiana collide in a unique melting pot steeped in the traditions of the people of both states. It is here, in the town of Lake Jackson, TX, that Zack Kibodeaux and Greg Essington became high school friends after Zack witnessed Greg playing Billy Joel's "Piano Man," and immediately enrolled in piano lessons himself. Their partnership included performing in musicals and local coffee shops, until the friends went their separate ways after high school. Greg headed to New York City to pursue a degree in music technology. Zack went to Texas State in San Marcos to study vocal performance, specifically opera. Soon, Zack was writing songs and sending them to his friend in New York. Finally, he coaxed Greg back to Texas to form the band he had been hearing in his head. Although they had landed in their adopted hometown of San Marcos, when it came time to name the band the first thing that came to mind was the landmark back home on the coast. The two dubbed the band, Blue Water Highway Band, and began to create a sound as unique as the region they came from.The band tours across the US on a regular basis and continues to define themselves as a live act built on excellent musicianship, great songs, and that signature three part harmony that sets the band apart from their peers. They recently finished a new record that will be released in early 2018 with the producer known and Machine. The new record explores new sounds and musical landscapes while remaining true to their roots along the Blue Water Highway. Non-smoking, all ages.

Root bounded music, with contemporary drive.” – Cindy Cashdollar

   

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25Feb

Donavon Frankenreiter

Donavon Frankenreiter's new album, "The Heart," officially marks the start of the singer-songwriter's second decade as a solo recording artist. It's been over ten years since the release of his self-titled debut, and in that time he has grown, not only as a musician, but also as a man. He's raising a family and nurturing two creative careers-one onstage, one in the waves-but on top of all that, he's still learning what makes him tick. And so, naturally, he named his album after his ticker.  

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03Mar

Sophia Massad with Guys on a Bus

Sophia Massad

As creator of Oklahoma City Vocal studios, SOPHIA MASSAD’s musical career started when she began studying Ease of Speech technique in 2009. Growing up around a musical family, she was exposed to the world of music at a young age and discovered her love for music. She began performing at the age of twelve at various venues such as the Oklahoma Centennial Rodeo Opry, American Kids Inc, among other such as local festivals and fairs in and around the state.  As a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist today, you will find her performing at your local coffee shop, bars, music festivals, or theater with her pop-folk sound, guitar, loop-pedal, keyboard humor, and even ukulele, accompanying pure and heartfelt vocals. You can also find her fronting an OKC Math rock band, The So Help Me's, as their singer and keyboard player. After her first single release in 2013, Sophia continued her development as an independent artist and released her freshman EP, contributing as a writer and co-producer, also playing piano, guitar, and ukulele on the project. She released another single in February of 2016, titled “Apollo" and is currently writing for her next project. With an Associates Degree from the University of Oklahoma she is now attending the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma in downtown Oklahoma City, majoring in Vocal Performance and Music Production. 

Guys on a Bus

Guys On a Bus is a rising indie rock band from Joplin, MO. In 2016, they were placed on nearly 100 indie and college radio stations in the span of just 2 months. They followed up their college radio success by landing three showcases at SXSW (Austin, TX) in March of 2017. By the end of 2017 they will have played in nearly half the of states in the continental US. On any given night, Guys On a Bus brings an upbeat experience to their crowd. From their tight four-part harmonies, reminiscent of the Beach Boys, to their simple pop/ rock choruses, in the neighborhood of Maroon5, Guys On a Bus bring a wide variety in their original songs (9 of which are available on most streaming services). Their primary fanbase consists of people in college and high-school, but they have loyal fans spanning over four generations. Audiences from diverse backgrounds are drawn to this young group’s passion and drive that comes across most in their live shows. The group’s unique type of upbeat music and lyricism will turn casual listeners to fans by the end of a set. You may not know them when they first walk on stage, but by the end of the night audience members will find Guys On a Bus’ songs stuck in their heads. Listen once and you will want to hear more. Don't miss out on a night of fun music with even better people! Doors at 7 Show at 8 $5 online $10 at door  

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15Mar

Albert Cummings

Someone Like You, the latest album from master guitarist, master builder, and fan favorite Albert Cummings, marks his return to noted roots label Blind Pig Records. The Massachusetts native learned the requisite three chords on the guitar from his father, but then switched to playing banjo at age 12 and became a fan of bluegrass music. In his late teens he encountered the early recordings of Stevie Ray Vaughan and was floored by the virtuosity. While in college in 1987 he saw Vaughan perform and he returned to the guitar with a newoutlook and resolve. The whiz-kid carpenter began his ascent to masterful blues rock guitarist at age 27, with his first public performance on guitar. Soon he was on the Northeast blues circuit with his band, Swamp Yankee. In 1998 he walked into a Northeast Blues Society open jam, which led to Cummings’ winning the right to compete in the Blues Foundation’s 1999 International Blues Challenge. The following year Albert released his debut recording, The Long Way. Bluesprint magazine said it was “a barrage of guitar pyrotechnics that calls to mind a grand mix of the styles of past masters like Albert King, Freddie King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimmie Hendrix.” That in turn opened up an opportunity for him to work with Double Trouble, the late Stevie Ray Vaughan’s rhythm section. So taken with Albert’s fire and passion were bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Chris Layton that they volunteered to play on and produce his solo debut recording, 2003’s self-released From the Heart. Recorded in Austin, Texas, it featured Cummings fronting Double Trouble (including Reese Winans) in their first recording project since Stevie Ray’s passing. No less a giant of the blues than B.B. King dubbed Cummings “a great guitarist.” Cummings' soulful and explosive approach to blues and rock caught the attention of Blind Pig Records, which signed him to a multi-album deal. On his label debut, True to Yourself, released in 2004, Cummings was again joined by bassist Tommy Shannon. Recorded by producer extraordinaire Jim Gaines (Santana, Stevie Ray, Buddy Guy), the album rocks hard from start to finish. The all-original release showcased Albert’s rapidly developing songwriting chops and deeply emotional vocals as well as stunning guitar pyrotechnics, leading Guitar One to exclaim, "He attacks his axe with unbridled ferocity and deep soulfulness... his depth and expression are matched only by his terrifying technique and tone." Soon tours and shows with blues legends B.B. King, Johnny Winter, Buddy Guy and others brought Albert’s music to a much larger audience. All Ages, Non Smoking, General Admission, Limited Seatin

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10Apr

Tab Benoit

An Evening with Tab Benoit
The Legendary Tab Benoit is a 3 times Grammy Nominated, 4 times Blues Music Awards "Entertainer of the Year" and 5 times "Contemporary Male" Blues Music Award Winner! Reserved seats includes Dinner. Dinner includes: VZ's Caesar Salad Chicken Parmesan with smoked gouda Price includes Choice of Tea or soft drink, Taxes and Gratuity. Full Bar available.

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