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‘Something Positive for the Cosmos’

While I don’t want to give anything away, I need to call attention to a bonus track on Stoney LaRue’s brand-new CD, Onward, that’s liable to give chills to any longtime follower of the Oklahoma-born Red Dirt music scene. Called “High Time,” it’s a languid call to revisit the friends and the joys of the past – in spirit, an...

Fun For Everyone

Wet and wild fun is planned Aug. 31-Sept. 2 at OKC’s Riversport Rapids, with whitewater rafting, yard games, rides on the Big Water Bull and food from the Big Water Grill. Sundays are the perfect opportunity to head to Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown OKC for the Twilight Concert Series starting Aug. 4 with Red Dirt music from Wight...

‘A Black Hole… in a Good Way’

It happened in the early ’90s in an Oklahoma music store. John Cooper of the Red Dirt Rangers was chatting with the proprietor when the latter, who was both a musician and music historian, asked him how long the band had been together. “At that time, I think it was five or six years,” Cooper says. “And I said: ‘We’re...

Going Solo in the Red Dirt

It’s hard to believe that a new CD and LP – The Brad James Band at Fellowship Hall (Horton Records) – is the first-ever solo offering from the Tulsa guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. As he puts it, “I guess you could call it kind of a debut.” The operative term there is “kind of.” For nearly three decades, beginning with...

Festival Season

Germanfest, hosted by the German-American Society of Tulsa (gastulsa.org), runs May 3-5 at the GAST House. Offerings include authentic performances and music, plus food, drink and kids’ activities. Tulsa International Mayfest (tulsamayfest.org) is back May 17-20, this time in the Arts District. This annual tradition features local and national bands, food vendors and plenty of art for sale. Stick around downtown...

Red Dirt Quirkiness

Around Town While the film festival circuit doesn’t truly take the winter off (Sundance was in the frigid cold of Utah in January), projectors start to heat up once spring rolls around. March features the return of the Red Dirt Film Festival, taking place March 1-3 in Stillwater. This is an indie fest distilled to its essence, packed full of films...