With the February freeze, it’s a good thing we’ve got solid tunes and sweaty concert halls to keep us warm.
The OklaHomeGrown Music Showcase is taking over Tulsa’s historic Cain’s Ballroom on Friday, February 17th with performances by: Taddy Porter, Nicnōs, Skytown, and Good Villains. All hailing from the great state of Oklahoma, this will be the first time all four bands will be performing together on the same stage. OklaHomeGrown's “collaboration over competition” mindset will bring local music back to the fans, offering opportunities for musicians to gain exposure they might not have received before. With no headliner, and no performance order indicated, its set to be an equal representation of talent in one of the top performance venues in the country.
Here’s a little taste of what each band brings to the table:
Starting off in Tulsa as a two-piece, Good Villains was a concept created by drummer Steven Davison and vocalist Caleigh Trotter. As their music began to progress, pianist Felicia Arnhols joined the group, followed by guitarist Ted Scott and bass player Todd Shaver. The band's story-teller theme is coupled by expert musicianship and an eerie sense of childishness, making the group a heavy contender in the "doom-pop" genre. Good Villains are a force reminiscent of the 90s, yet full of the unknown with a ton of imagination.
Tulsa-grown alternative Americana rock group Skytown are about more that just feel-good party music. With clean tones, soothing leads, and memorable hooks, their music keeps the tempo up and the crowds wild. With influences ranging from Black Sabbath to Dropkick Murphys, the six-piece band has concocted their own unique “sonic mash-up” of folk, rock, and balladry. With a vocal palate akin to rust, Dale Crain serves as the band’s storyteller, welcoming listeners into their eerily familiar world of lore. Acoustic guitar duo Tim Burress and Jason Ford’s powerful, yet melodic foundation complements the steady bass rhythms of David Williams, while John Edens’ electric guitar riffs are crisp, complex, and very funky. Finally, drummer Eliot Cooper keeps it tight, commanding the stage even from the back.
Hailing from the heartland of Oklahoma City, Nicnōs, expel elements of rock, blues, funk and bluegrass. Innovators in their craft, Nicnōs have independently released two highly successful albums, performed at major festivals, toured and shared stages with artists such as STYX, REO Speedwagon, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, and The Revivalists. Lead singer Josh Cox is a vocal powerhouse, marrying a brooding blues tone with rock. Electric guitarist Nick Sigman is also a master of tone, seamlessly laying down razor-sharp leads. Bluegrass-rooted fiddler Blake Parks brings a delicate dynamic, adding a melodic rock-fiddle layer that uniquely contributes to the band's sound. High energy bassist Jared Gaiser flawlessly anchors in the foundation, inventively bringing the funk. Jerred Bauer on drums cleverly blends a rock core while infusing hip-hop grooves and fills.
Rock quartet Taddy Porter were formed in Stillwater, OK in October 2007 by singer/guitarist Andy Brewer, guitarist Joe Selby, bassist Kevin Jones, and drummer Doug Jones. After building up a following around the Oklahoma City area, they were signed to Primary Wave Records for the release of their self-titled debut album. Prior to the release, they earned airplay for the single "Shake Me" and had songs such as “King Louie” and “Mean Bitch” featured on the season premiere of the TV series Entourage.
Tickets for the OklaHomeGrown Music Showcase are on sale for $15, which is a great deal to see all of these acts in one room. Get yours here.
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