OklaHomeGrown Music Showcase Set To Bring Oklahoma Talent to Historic Cain's Ballroom

By: Jura Daubenspeck

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:

Caleigh Trotter of Good Villains. 

Caleigh Trotter of Good Villains. 

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.

Skytown.

Skytown.

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.

Nick Sigman of Nicnos.

Nick Sigman of Nicnos.

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.

Taddy Porter.

Taddy Porter.

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.

-Jura

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Oklahoma's Skytown Head Back Into The Studio & Planning Festival Schedule for 2017

By: Jura Daubenspeck

After a wild summer of shows, festivals, and a debut music video release, acoustic rock group Skytown is set to take on 2017 with an arsenal of soon-to-be-recorded music, tour stops in new cities, and a booked year of music festivals.

Skytown.

Skytown.

Since their inception in 2012, Skytown has established themselves as one of the most unique sounding bands today. The hard-hitting, guitar-driven rock group has deep roots in their hometown of Tulsa, OK, where they consistently yield hundreds of passionate fans to their shows every week at venues like The Vanguard, and The Shrine. In addition, Skytown are no strangers to the wonderful world of music festivals. They have performed at Wakarusa, Backwoods Music Festival, Rocklahoma, East Meets West Battle of the Bands, and the 75th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Their most recent festi performances were at Twister Fest, KATTFEST, and Metro Music Festival. With 2017 on the horizon, festival dates for the coming year are being revealed, and the mad dash for band submission applications begins. So keep your eyes peeled because there’s a good chance you’ll be seeing Skytown at some of your favorite small and large-scale jamborees.

Skytown’s latest release of their “Through Circles” music video, (off of Outshine the Sun) received incredibly positive feedback from fans and new listeners alike. Filmed in their hometown with the help of BLDGBLKS Music Company, Skytown showed the dark and cryptically artistic side to their music with the video. Lucky for fans, the band has about thirteen songs they hope to record in the coming months, and are sure to create another visual piece from one of their new tracks. It’s too soon to tell what vibe they’ll introduce us to next, but if it’s anything like what they’ve been playing lately, it will be damn good rock music with substance. Skytown’s consistently successful releases, diehard fans, and constant desire to create more music make them a band you should definitely check out if you haven’t already.

Stay in touch with Skytown’s announcements and releases on their Facebook and website. And if you’re in the Tulsa area, catch them at their next show at Cain’s Ballroom on November 19th with The Young Vines, Riot Waves, The Capital Whys, and NeoRomantics.

-Jura

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Skytown Brings It Home With "Through Circles" Music Video Teaser

By: Jura Daubenspeck

Oklahoma's Skytown tease their upcoming music video premiere.

Since their release of Outshine the Sun in September 2015, Skytown has been on the move and busy as ever. The Tulsa-grown acoustic alternative rock group, made up of Dale Crain (vocals/lead guitar), Tim Burress (acoustic guitar/vocals), Eliot Cooper (drums), Jason Ford (vocals, acoustic guitar), John Edens (electric guitar), and Dave Williams (bass), have been on the road, with no plans of stopping during the upcoming summer. 

They played Rocklahoma Madness 2015 (Pryor Creek, OK), ShamRock the Rose 2016 (Broken Arrow, OK), and various shows at the Vanguard (Tulsa, OK), Dixie Tavern (Tulsa, OK), Red Brick Bar (Norman, OK), and many others. They were listed as one of TouchTunes’ Breakout Bands and also had one of their songs, “Prizefighter” selected as a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition 2015.

Skytown on the set of their new music video.

Skytown on the set of their new music video.

Outshine the Sun is a spectacular representation of the group’s variety, with some rock ballads, slower-paced tunes, and other hard-kicking hitters. With a vocal palate akin to rust, Dale serves as the storyteller, sharing various tales over solid drum and bass lines, clean guitar riffs, and accentuated electric guitar work.

Listen to Skytown’s Outshine the Sun:

Earlier this month, over the course of 9 days, the guys filmed their newest music video for the track “Through Circles.” The music video and short film are being directed by Joel Rekiel (BLDGBLKS Music Company). The video was shot in Tulsa, and they called upon fans via Facebook and personal text to come join in on the fun and be part of the video shoot and wrap party.

A shot from Skytown's recent music video shoot.

A shot from Skytown's recent music video shoot.

“Through Circles” is one of the more haunting songs off of this album, and as usual, the group does not disappoint in lyrical complexity, touching on topics not quite so obvious to the naked ear. I’ve found myself listening to this song on repeat, trying to figure out what it means. The song has a feel as if someone is reminiscing on a world that was burnt, left to be forgotten, with the remaining population are there to forge on with what’s endured. I dare to say, it hints at a post-apocalyptic world where, as they put it, “There’s a world of another life/And it is coming soon/‘cause we’ve all seen the Jekyll deep in Hyde.”

An eerie scene from the upcoming "Through Circles" music video.

An eerie scene from the upcoming "Through Circles" music video.

It’s one thing to read the lyrics that stuck out to me most, but I think you owe it to yourselves to listen to the song and conjure your own interpretation. And with a music video for “Through Circles” set to be released this summer, we will have a chance to see what Skytown concocted for our viewing pleasure. Check out the teaser for the music video below, and give the rest of the Outshine the Sun album a listen on Bandcamp, Spotify, and Soundcloud. You can also connect with Skytown on Facebook and their website to keep up to date on their latest happenings.

Watch the teaser for Skytown’s “Through Circles”:

-Jura

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Skytown's New "Blackbirds" Music Video Pays Homage to the Fans Who Helped Create It

By: Jura Daubenspeck

Oklahoma's Skytown just dropped a new video. 

BLDGBLKS Band Skytown.

BLDGBLKS Band Skytown.

In 2012, Dale Crain (vocals/lead guitar), Tim Burress (acoustic guitar/vocals), and Eliot Cooper (drums) gathered to write lyrics, record songs, and play at family gatherings and house parties. After playing more and more gigs, the trio began accumulating additional members, including Jason Ford (vocals/acoustic guitar), John Edens (electric guitar) and Dave Williams (bass), to make up the now six-piece acoustic alternative rock band that is Skytown.

Upon performing with their complete lineup, Skytown immediately took hold of their hometown of Tulsa, OK, and they haven’t let up since. They keep themselves busy, booking shows anywhere between 7-8 weeks in advance, and they continue to consistently gain an energetic fan base wherever they play.

This past summer, Skytown played several major music festivals, including: Wakarusa, Backwoods Music Festival, Rocklahoma, East Meets West Battle of the Bands, the 75th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and a few smaller regional festivals. While staying true to their core members, the group often collaborates with new and auxiliary members for some performances.  

a skytown show.

a skytown show.

Skytown has played at various venues across Oklahoma and have shared the stage with the following: All About a Bubble, We the Ghost, Framing the Red, Dellacoma, Black Hole Gypsy, Fists of Rage, Drugs Delaney, Kick Tree, Bruce Flea, Saving Abel, Seven Days Lost, Sage Cook of Elephant Revival, Nashville Pussy, Andy Frasco, Mountain Sprout, and The Floozies.

Their recently released album, Outshine the Sun rings true to their high-energy acoustic rock identity, with each song carrying its own unique feel. I’m a sucker for the ‘swaying in the pub with drinks clinking and beer galore’ rock anthems, so one of my favorite Skytown tunes is “Drove Me to Drink,” whose chorus shouts:

“So we sing one for the whiskey, and one for whores,

and one for the nights shit-faced on the floor.

And one for the cocaine, and one for the blues.

And one to forget all I know about you.”

For the more faint-hearted listeners, fear not: not all of Skytown’s lyrics are this outwardly punk rock, but they all do carry a lyrical punch to them. Many of their songs have a rock ballad feel, with energetic rhythms and choruses that bring everyone together. Other favorites of mine from Outshine the Sun are “Belly of the Whale” and “American Puppet Show.” The combination of Skytown's foot-stomping tunes and their storytelling lyrics make them a band to keep an eye on.

The group recently released a music video for their hit song “Blackbirds,” which features fan-submitted footage from various live performances. It’s a beautiful representation of how these guys rock, so check it out below!

Be on the lookout for more news about Skytown on BolderBeat, and in the meantime, you can listen to their music on Spotify and Soundcloud.

Watch the “Blackbirds” video:

-Jura

Music Video Footage Credits: Rocklahoma footage: Axis Entertainment & Aerovision Productions, Cain’s Ballroom footage: Marshall Baker, The Vanguard Tulsa footage: Kevin Mayfield, Album Release Show footage: Kassondra Green, Edited by BLDGBLKS Music Company.

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An Introduction to BLDGBLKS Music Company!

By: Jura Daubenspeck

BLDGBLKS Music Company is building quite a lot in Colorado. 

BLDGBLKS Music Company is proud to announce our recent partnership with BolderBeat! We are a Denver based music company creating sustainable careers for our clients in the entertainment industry. We specialize in artist development, artist management, guerrilla and digital marketing, social media strategy, content creation, and consultation. Our clientele includes: bands, artists, music businesses, lifestyle brands, and more. 

We are located in a secluded estate in Lakewood, CO, and share the space with The Spot Studios. The mansion-turned-recording-studio is unique in its design and is home to state-of-the-art recording technology. Our team is comprised of experienced artists, engineers, producers, web developers, designers, and event organizers. We know what it is like to be faced with a challenge that seems impossible to overcome, and we work with our clients to create a plan that fulfills their vision.

There is never a dull moment at BLDGBLKS! There are new developments happening with our artists every day, and we could not be more stoked to share them all with you. Check out our artists below:

Amy Kress (Contemporary Electronic Pop): Canadian-born singer/songwriter with a powerful voice. Her debut album Secret Music is a collection of heartfelt soul and humor that makes Amy’s music a unique listening experience. She also just released a video that BolderBeat featured.

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Binsky (Drum & Bass, Jungle, Glitch-Hop): Bending and chopping sounds is what Binsky does best. He visualizes sounds and sculpts them into textured works of art that will keep you moving and grooving. You can listen to his most recent projects here.

Mawule (Futuristic R&B/Soul): Born and raised in Accra, Ghana, a background in gospel choir led Mawule into the music world. His refined ear and ability to communicate messages in a catchy, relatable way are what hold the integrity of Mawule’s music. Check out his discography.

Sam Hozdulick (Indie Blues Rock): This LGBT singer/songwriter’s unafraid voice touches on topics such as love, heartache, and resilience. Sam’s sophomore album is in the works and will be released soon. Check out the single “Good Thing” for a little taste.

Signs and Signals (Pop/Rock Alternative): With heartfelt lyrics and a collective energy that oozes, Colorado's own Signs and Signals are a blast to watch perform live. Their music is fun, high-energy, and is sure to make anyone get up and dance. They’ve also been featured on BolderBeat before.

Skytown (High Energy Acoustic Rock): Hailing from Tulsa, Oklahoma, this rock group mixes clean tones, soothing lead vocals, and funky beats to form a beat impossible not to dance to. Check out the styles of this six-piece here.

The Jacob Cade Project (Hard Rock): This seventeen-year-old rocker derives his influences from Jimmy PageSlash, and Jerry Lee Lewis. His electrifying stage presence and immense guitar talent makes him an artist you ought to keep an eye on. Take a listen for yourself.

So be on the lookout for our weekly Tuesday postings with BolderBeat! We will be bringing you the latest BLDGBLKS news about our artists, upcoming shows, album releases, and promotions. For more information about BLDGBLKS Music Company and the artists we work with, please visit our site.

-Jura

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