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Saturday August 25, 2018 7:00 pm
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"Play It Loud" is an original music series that follows award-winning independent filmmaker Adam Hampton as he explores Oklahoma's vibrant music scene with an eclectic lineup of the state's rising artists and musicians.
Visit Playitloudshow.com for more info on the series.
"Play It Loud - LIVE” is a live concert event featuring season one artists Tj Mayes, Casper Mcwade, Carter Sampson and Levi Parham on the Grand Event Center Stage.
Ticket proceeds from this event will support the Red Dirt Relief Fund.
The Red Dirt Relief Fund, Inc., is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has provided more than $75,000 to 48 music people in 20 Oklahoma cities and towns since its inception in 2012. Recipients' situations range from loss of property due to wildfire and tornado to loss of work after accidents or medical emergencies.
TJ Mayes is a Roots, Rock & Roll singer and songwriter, TJ Mayes drives an electric mix of Rockabilly, Blues, & straight up Rock & Roll. His music is R&R of today not music of the past.
His first Wild Record will be release Dec 1st 2015, it is a fantastic mix of R&R, Blues, some Rockabilly and a lot of soul.
TJ Mayes is from Shawnee Oklahoma, there must be something great in the water in Oklahoma as so many fantastic musicians have come from this great state.
TJ is a fantastic singer and plays a super mean guitar, he writes fantastic songs, songs filled with love anger, passion, and even a bit of a heartache...yes, he writes songs about life.
Casper McWade and his HonkyTonk Rebels are no strangers to country music. Although from different diverse backgrounds this quartet has always shared one common thread….The love of true homegrown country. These boys don’t follow suit with the “Nashville” standard nor do they claim to be part of the “Red Dirt” scene. These boys simply put it out there the way it was meant to be done. As a child Casper was introduced to REAL country and Gospel music. His mother sang in a gospel group and his grandmother was a songwriter. It was Bob Wills and Waylon Jennings who influenced him the most however. Drummer Grant McCray grew up between Nashville and Oklahoma. His father is a Singer/Songwriter still today. Fiddler/Utility man David Short “Shorty” has been on stage with such country greats as Willie Nelson,The Oak Ridge Boys and many,many more. He toured with David Allan Coe as his fiddler for awhile as well. Bassist Josh “Skeeter” Johnson hails from Pearl, Mississippi. He moved to Oklahoma in 2009 where he quickly found his place among the Rebels. 2012 marked their first TEXAS radio release “Long Way From Home” that has been very well recieved thus far. The band has been deemed a”Dancehall Favorite” in many areas around Texas and Oklahoma. With lyrical content that will have you ready to party your boots off, to a sad song sure to have you wiping your eyes. Casper and the boys continue to win over audiences around the globe.
The Oklahoma City-based artist is blessed by a musical family legacy that includes talents like Roy Orbison.
Her journey as a naturally independent, free-spirited musician has seemed almost predestined at times. At age 15 she began experimenting with sound as a way to pass the time; now her creativity has matured into the dedicated and passionate performance that makes her a favorite female vocalist.
“I’m pretty much the same me working on the same goals … maybe a little more grown up. I think I am more confident than I was when I first started playing. I’ve always been brave, but I’m more sure of myself now,” Sampson exuded.
As a relatable artist, her empowering music appeals to a wide range of folks, who are incredibly and admirably loyal to her and her work. She’s the founder and director of Oklahoma City’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls, which always partners with nonprofit organizations that empower girls and women through music education. The inspiring artist also averages about 220 shows annually – in areas like Oklahoma and Arkansas, as well as Colorado, New Mexico and Texas. But as the self-penned ‘Queen of Oklahoma,’ Sampson’s red boots are happiest when they’re on her home turf.
A native of McAlester, Oklahoma, Parham ' s music draws on the rich songwriting traditions of his home state. "Perhaps it' s something in the [Oklahoma] water -- the same iron-heavy tap drink that Woody Guthrie sipped on as a young man -- that leads to an inherited sense of melody, " said The Bluegrass Situation. "Whatever it is, Levi Parham has it.”
With influences from the worlds of blues, folk, soul, rock and country music, it' s Parham ' s " soulful, gritty and tender voice” (The Boot) that brings it all together into a sound that CMT described as " enticing " with " a melancholy feel." In June 2016, Parham released an album titled These American Blues that reached #25 on the AMA charts, and was #1 in the EuroAmericana Charts for 2016. No Depression called it " a must have in any music aficionado’s collection " while Elmore Magazine called it " a remarkable feat of musicianship ". The album marked Parham’s third release, following up his 2014 EP Avalon Drive and his 2013 debut An Okie Opera.