Edmond’s monthly Heard on Hurd returns with local artists
EDMOND – The Citizens Bank of Edmond’s Heard on Hurd will be returning to downtown Edmond from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday. More than 40 local food trucks and pop-up shops will line the streets of downtown Edmond with concerts of local music throughout this highly anticipated family event.
Citizens kicked off the event in 2013, and Heard on Hurd drew over a million attendees to downtown Edmond, resulting in an economic impact of over $ 35 million. The event is scheduled for every third Saturday, from June to October.
“We are delighted to celebrate our return to ‘normalcy’ as we kick off our eighth season of Heard on Hurd,” Citizens President and CEO Jill Castilla said in a statement. “When we launched Heard on Hurd in 2013, our goal was to reinvigorate downtown Edmond and fill empty storefronts with thriving small businesses. The impact has surpassed our wildest dreams, as downtown Edmond is now filled with amazing shops, restaurants and experiences. Based on all of the calls and messages this year, we expect to exceed our largest single event attendance of 55,000. ”
This season’s music showcase will launch with BedTime at 6 p.m., Jacobi Ryan at 7:20 p.m. and The Imaginaries at 8:40 p.m.
Heard on Hurd’s musical programming for the coming months:
- July: Jabee, Alyse, The True CW
- August: Lincka, Ckai Dawson, La Grande Nouvelle
- September: Maris, Stephen Salewon, Chloe-Beth
- October: Hotel nights, Original Flow, Salli
Additional entertainment for Saturday’s season opener will include Alissa Snider’s aerial acrobatics, street games on Broadway and Princesses Character Connections in the lobby of Citizens Bank of Edmond, 1 E First.
The nonprofit presented by June Heard on Hurd will be the Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma, an organization that provides support and resources to families and promotes acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.
To learn more about the event, visit www.facebook.com/heardonhurd.
Toby Keith and Rascal Flatts to receive ACM honors
Norman country music star Toby Keith and hit band Rascal Flatts, which features guitarist Joe Don Rooney, of Picher, will receive special Academy of Country Music awards at the 14th annual ACM Honors on August 25 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
Keith was chosen for the ACM Merle Haggard Spirit Award, an award given to a singer-songwriter who continues the legacy of the country legend and 20-time ACM Merle Haggard Award winner by following his own path, creating great songs and embodying The Spirit of the Witch through authentic performances and great storytelling.
Joe Galante and Rascal Flatts were chosen to receive the ACM Cliffie Stone Icon Award. This award is given to a country music artist, duo, group or industry leader who throughout their career has advanced the popularity of the genre through their contributions in multiple facets of the industry such as songwriting, recording, production, touring, film, television, literary works, philanthropic contributions and other goodwill endeavors.
Other AMC Honors recipients include Dan + Shay, Luke Combs, Lady A, Ross Copperman, RAC Clark, Loretta Lynn, Gretchen Peters, Curly Putman (posthumously), Hillary Lindsey and “Country Music” by Ken Burns.
For more information visit www.ACMcountry.com.
Darci Lynne Farmer performs with puppets on ‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’
Oklahoma City singing ventriloquist and season 12 winner of “America’s Got Talent” Darci Lynne Farmer appeared this week on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” where she sang with her new puppet husband, Ivan.
Darci Lynne and the purple creature surrounded a superb cover of “Faith” by Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande.
For digital exclusivity, the Originally from Oklahoma, who recently made his film debut in Chickasha, also sang BB King’s “Let the Good Times Roll” with his bluesy Oscar mouse puppet.
Toby Keith nominated for Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
Oklahoma country music star Toby Keith is among 12 exemplary music lovers who are 2021 nominees for the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
The new group will be among those honored at the Nashville ’50/51′ Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala on November 1, at the Music City Center, alongside the organization’s previously named Class of 2020: Steve Earle, Bobbie Gentry, Kent Blazy, Spooner Oldham and Oklahoman Brett James.
“We were forced to postpone our 50th anniversary celebration last year, so this will be our ’50/51′ party – celebrating two years and two courses in a special double-sized event,” said Mark Ford, Executive Director of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. in a report. “We congratulate all of this year’s nominees and look forward to next month when we announce who will be inducted as members of the 2021 class.”
Keith is nominated in the Songwriter / Artist category alongside Brad Paisley, Shania Twain and Phil Vassar.
The 2021 nominees in the Songwriters category are Rhett Akins, Buddy Cannon, Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson, Mary Ann Kennedy, David Malloy, Frank J. Myers and Tia Sillers.
For more information, visit https://www.nashvillesongwritersfoundation.com.
Tower Theater launches “Don’t Call It a Comeback Summer Concert Series”
To celebrate the return of live music and the resilience of the great state of Oklahoma, the historic Tower Theater will present a month of free concerts starting July 16 and culminating with the hall’s 85th anniversary celebration on August 7.
The “Don’t Call It a Comeback” summer concert series will feature performances by local, regional and national acts on the Tower Theater and Ponyboy stages. Tickets will be provided to the community at no cost.
The series lineup includes Husbands, Hey Steve, The Texas Gentlemen, Vandoliers, Jason Scott, Thunder Jackson, Ottoman Turks, Brothers Griin, Audio Book Club, Swim Fan, Lincka and more.
For more information, visit https://towertheatreokc.com.
Grayson Hamm releases sultry summer single “Just the Two of Us”
Soak up the sultry, summery vibe of Oklahoman’s new single Grayson Hamm “Just the Two of Us”.
Hamm, who has released material with previous bands Hookup and Space4Lease in the past, is one of a small roster of groups based on OKC, local lo-fi power-pop duo Husbands reunited via Cowboy 2.0 Records.
I’ve been told that Hamm is working on new, more exciting material, so stay tuned for that.