Show Buzz by NANCY HERMANN
JACK WHITE: The first-ever collaboration between the BOK Center and the ONEOK Field features the Grammy-winning artist on the field Sept. 17.
Summer is behind us, but fun times continue with more outstanding concerts and attractions.
While the weather is still agreeable, check out the first-ever rock concert at the ONEOK Field. Twelve-time Grammy-winning artist Jack White performs music from his new album, Boarding House Reach, Sept. 17. ONEOK is collaborating with Tulsa, the company that programs and runs the Center for this one-of-a-kind event. The Center and ONEOK Field have achieved so much for our city and for downtown in particular.
Back at the Center, look forward to American Country singer Chris Young, Sept. 15. His big career boost came by winning Network’s “Nashville Star” in 2006.
Fleetwood Mac needs no introduction. The group was founded in 1967 by members Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, for whom the band was named. Over the years, Fleetwood Mac has incorporated various performers, including Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. On guitar for this tour in place of Buckingham is Mike Campbell, formerly with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. New Zealand’s Neil Finn, a superb all-around musician, is another addition. Fleetwood Mac opens its 50-city tour at the Center on Oct. 3!
Who is hotter right now than Bruno Mars? Born in Hawaii into a family of performers (his uncle was an Elvis impersonator), Mars has entertained for most of his life. His 24K Magic album swept the Grammys with seven wins, and he’s sold more than 130 million records worldwide in a handful of years! His 135-city tour stops at the Center, Oct. 11-12. Ella Mai will open for Mars in Tulsa.
Downstream at the River Spirit Casino, look for Billy Currington, Sept. 14, Dwight Yoakam, Sept 20 and Slash with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, Sept. 21. Currington made a name as a solo country artist, and you may have seen him as an opening act for Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum and Tim McGraw. Also performing, the popular country duo LOCASH will make the evening feel like a party.
Dwight Yoakam won the Academy of Country Music’s Top New Male Vocalist award in 1986. He’s one of the most well-known and enduring stars in country music, and he’s also an actor. He had roles in “Sling Blade” and “Panic Room,” among many big-screen films, and more recently on TV in “Under the Dome” and Netflix’s “Goliath.”
Slash is rock music royalty?best known as lead guitarist for Guns N’ Roses. Myles Kennedy is a phenomenal guitarist in his own right, and a gifted singer. He performed with the band Alter Bridge. Stash and Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators have toured together for a few years. Very recently they released a new album, “Living the Dream,” which you will hear cuts from at the Sept. 21 show.
If you’re up for more music, drop by the Brady Theatre for Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters Sept. 21 and the rock band Primus Sept. 23. There’s an extensive roster of concerts upcoming at the nearby Cain’s, including Parker Millsap Sept. 28.
The Joint at the Hard Rock tosses comedy into the mix with comic Anjelah Johnson Sept. 28. Johnson is an internet sensation and cast member of “MADtv.” The Joint hosts country music celeb Clint Black, who performs with the country band Sawyer Brown, as part of The Joint’s continuing Country Gold Series Sept. 30.
What’s entertainment without dance? Join Tulsa Ballet at its South Peoria headquarters for “Creations in Studio K,” Sept. 14-23. Featured will be a return of Alejandro Cerrudo’s inspired “Second to Last,” along with new works created for Tulsa Ballet by choreographers Ma Cong and Jennifer Archibald. The program is the basis of an elaborate first-time collaboration with Philbrook Museum of Art, culminating in a performance on Philbrook’s lawn Sept. 29.
The blockbuster musical “Wicked,” continues its Tulsa run until Sept. 23. Also at the , Chamber Music Tulsa opens its season with the Montrose Trio, Sept. 23. The ensemble combines the talents of consummate pianist Jon Kimura Parker, who has performed with the Tulsa Philharmonic and the Tulsa Symphony. Two former members of the illustrious Tokyo String Quartet, violinist Martin Beaver and cellist Clive Greensmith, complete this extraordinary trio. Their Sunday afternoon concert showcases music by Haydn, Mendelssohn and Arensky.
Families can enjoy the Trust’s Imagination Series opener, “Diary of a Worm, A Spider and a Fly,” Sept. 28. An attention-sustaining rock-and-roll theatre piece, it was inspired by three individual “diary” picture books that have been wildly popular with kids. Black Violin makes a Tulsa appearance on Sept. 29. This duo of skilled and enthralling musicians performs classical, hip-hop, R&B and more. They were named one of the hottest bands at in 2013. In addition, The Second City comedy troupe takes a stage at the on Sept. 29 with “Made in America; Some Assembly Required.” This 60-year-old comedy institution has produced some of the most beloved comics of our time, including Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
Looking ahead to October at the , Tulsa Town Hall begins its season with a former world leader, Mexico’s Vincente Fox. His Oct. 5 talk is titled “Immigration, the Wall, and the Future of U.S. Mexico Relations.”
Along with these entertainment events taking place in and around Tulsa, enjoy TU football. Our home-town university’s team always puts on a blazing-hot show!