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June 14, 2011 • Issue 10 • Vol. 8

SMOOTH SOUNDS OF SUMMER INSIDE FOOD • SPORTS • MUSIC • FILM • OTS • CRIBS


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June 14, 2011 • Issue 10 • Volume 8

Inside

4 Letters It’s summer so it’s expected that we’ll all have some extra time on our hands. What does that mean for you? Time to catch up on our correspondence.

photo by Devin Dehaven

6 From the Couch Ya know that blue-blooded sport where you hit the dimpled ball into a cup at least 300 yards away? JDM loves it and here’s why.

17 Jazz Hands

Norman’s 28th Annual Jazz in June festival is this month. Turn the page to find out all you ever wanted to know about what’s going on this year.

7 Music

We gave Lady Gaga’s latest effort a listen. During the dance party someone actually wrote something about it.

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13 On the Scene June 14, 2011 • Issue

On the Cover

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If you listen closely, you can almost hear the sultry sounds of that guy’s tuba. Photo by Shevaun Williams

Cribs

12 Calendar You do stuff right? If so, use this handy-dandy calendar to better plan your social season. If you don’t do stuff then I guess this is the end of our relationship.

18 End Notes If you’re looking for a new look, but the same great taste, from the end notes we’re sorry to burst your bubble. You still can’t finish the crossword though.

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• OTS • CRIBS

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Q: A:

Letters

Judging by your last cover, I can see that you guys started summer early. Boo for summer school. — Stephen Indeed. I feel I speak for the staff when I say we aren’t jealous of your struggle. You’ll have a blast! — John Montgomery, Boyd Street editor

May 17, 2011 • Issue

SWEET TIME SUMMER

Who Cares? We’re On Break Thought you guys could sneak by without a feature, huh? I thought that cover was going somewhere! For shame!

– Chucky Well, we were hoping that you all would be too busy moving/graduating/indulging yourselves with the extra free time to notice. Clearly someone was in intersession! Bully for you. Honestly, it was the perfect storm of graduating, staff changes,

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Just Don’t Go to the Convention

As a former Crackberry addict, I commend you on your switch! Let me be among the first to welcome you to the top tier of cell phone owners. You can look down at

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Secret Safe

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babies and just a dash of laziness. I tell you, Chuck, It’s not an easy road that these shoes walk. However, feel free to enjoy the feature in this issue! – JM

screen. I went all out and got the jumbo phone cover. I’m pretty sure I could throw it against a brick wall or shoot it with a small firearm. Don’t think I won’t try. – JM

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flip phones with even more disdain! Also, you’ll have a cracked screen in no time! – Todd It’s not quite as bad now that everyone has a fancy phone, but I did go through a short period of self-loathing. As someone who was strongly against the iPhone at one point in time, I couldn’t help but feel some shame as I was being converted to Apple country. Just punch me in the face. And don’t you worry about me cracking a

Well, spring lasted all of two days and it’s way too hot now. I guess it’s going to be a long, drunk summer at the pool. You all made any drunken mistakes yet? – BW Yes. By my last count it’s seven. Not really, but wouldn’t you like to know! For my staff’s sake we keep it secret and keep it safe. – JM

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From the Couch

A Man’s Game

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ith summer in full swing it also means my golf swing is too. I mostly play in the summer so that only gives me a few months to knock the rust off and get my game back. The way I play golf marries two of life’s greatest pleasures: man time and boozing. Because golf was invented to be played with a group of buddies and as much booze as you need to get your chemical balance correctly adjusted. Then let ‘em fly long and straight. Plus, golf just isn’t as much fun when played sober. And the whole point is fun, right? I also don’t need any girls on the course with me while I’m trying to play. Except for the beer cart girls. Obviously. Because the golf course is a place where you shouldn’t have to worry about what you say and any tree is a restroom. As of press time I’m gearing up for the 3rd annual Servant’s Heart Weekend in memory of Billy Khourie. It’s a really great event to honor the life of a really great guy and it’s all for a good cause. Check out the ad in Boyd Street for details. Enjoy the issue.

John Denny Montgomery III, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher

Super Summer

>> Staff’s Pic

Mast Talk w/ Emily Montgomery

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an you believe it’s already the middle of June? I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but summer is well on it’s way and before you know it, the fall semester will be upon us. So, what should you do before life gets a little more hectic? Obviously, make the most of the the longer days: find a patio and post up. The only thing to beat the heat is an ice-cold adult beverage (or a snocone) and good company. If patios and beer aren’t your thing, try out Norman’s own 28th Annual Jazz in June. This year’s can’t miss festivities are June 23-25. Not sure if jazz is your cup of tea? There’s also really good people watching, and the music is just a bonus. You won’t be sorry!

Editor-In-Chief • John Denny Montgomery III General Manager • Emily Montgomery

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Music

by MattParker

Stuck in My Head

w/Matt Parker

Goblin Book in Rome

The creators of South Park bring their schtick to Broadway, Tyler, The Creator is mostly angry and Danger Mouse goes Western. Broadway Cast The Book of Mormon

>> This is the girl those kids are listening to with their diet sodas and Pac-Man video games right?

Born To Be a Star

Lady Gaga, music’s most eclectic character, is rising even higher with her newest album Born This Way.

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hether you see her as the next Madonna, a performance artist or simply a fad, Lady Gaga is one of the biggest and fastest rising artists today. Releasing her first album in 2008, she has now sold over 13 million albums and recently passed one million downloads on iTunes, the most of any artist. Her video for “Bad Romance” has almost 400 million views on YouTube. She even has more Twitter followers than President Obama, with over ten million. And, all this after only having released one full-length album, The Fame, and an EP, The Fame Monster. But, Lady Gaga recently released her second full-length album, Born This Way, to continued rave reviews. Self-described as “avant-garde electro rock,” Born This Way represents an artist who has come a long way since her debut. While “avant-garde” is primarily used in the loose sense, Gaga’s most recent album, at times, sounds different enough from today’s Top 40 sound to get away with that label. Lady Gaga again proves she can write songs that will definitely break the top ten while still being very different from one another. One of the strongest tracks, “Marry the Night” opens the album. It has a neo-’80s rocker vibe and sounds like it would be played at clubs. On Born this Way, Lady Gaga sounds bigger than ever, and covers a ridiculous amount of territory. She sings partly in Spanish in the Latin-tinged “Americano,” German in “Scheibe” and sings in Italian as well. The title track, intended to be an anthem for equality and self-confidence for this generation, falls short musically, however. There really isn’t much new or interesting to the sound of it. “Judas,” while basically a remake of 2009’s “Bad Romance,” is a radio-ready single that is

destined to be near the top of the charts for weeks. In the middle of the album, some of the songs start to blend together a little and go by unnoticed. This changes near the end starting with “You and I,” Gaga’s take on an ‘80s power ballad. More straightforward rock than anything she’s done before, “You and I” is likely to appeal to an even broader audience than her ever-increasing fan base of “Little Monsters.” For the last song, “The Edge of Glory,” Gaga turns the cheesy ‘80s knob all the way to eleven. Surprisingly, it works for her and is one of the more memorable songs on the album. It’s already in a Google commercial. Some of her critics initially accused Gaga of ripping off Madonna, and she does so on Born this Way in an even more obvious way. Some songs, such as “Born This Way” and especially “Fashion of His Love” sound just like songs Madonna has recorded, only more modern-sounding. Not that her fans seem to care, though. She uses this to her advantage, as the similar-sounding songs come off more as tributes than rip-offs. While her first album, The Fame, primarily introduced the world to Lady Gaga, and The Fame Monster secured her spot at the top of the charts, Born this Way is really her first chance to show her fans who she is. The record has a much higher reminiscence of ‘80s music than anything else she has done so far, and it feels like this is what she ‘s been wanting to do. However, there are plenty of songs that would fit perfectly next to her older music, like “Judas” and “Hair.” It’s hard to believe three years ago no one knew who Lady Gaga was. It seems she’s been in the headlines forever. With the release of Born this Way, Lady Gaga has further cemented her place in the industry. It’s unlikely she will disappear from the top of the charts anytime soon. With over 100 million fans around the world, she’s pretty much set.

>> Broadway and South Park used to seem like an odd combination, until South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone wrote a musical. While not as offensive as some South Park episodes, The Book of Mormon certainly isn’t your grandmother’s musical. Musically, The Book of Mormon doesn’t deviate from other musicals, even directly taking chord progressions from some, like Wicked, for example. It’s everything you’d expect from a musical: big and loud, but soft at times, too. What’s interesting is Parker and Stone don’t really make fun of Mormonism, but have fun with Mormonism. The difference is pretty surprising. —released May 17, 2011 Tyler, The Creator Goblin

>> Tyler is the leader of OFWGKTA (Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All), a growing angry, young hip-hop group consisting of eleven members.

Tyler, the most vocal, has gotten tons of publicity. Many critics praise Tyler, The Creator and his new album as a work of genius, and others condemn it as being anti-gay, misogynistic and ultraviolent. Both parties have a point, and that’s probably what Tyler intends to do with his music. Evolving from the DIY sound of OFWGKTA, Goblin sounds bigger and more polished. Tyler is pretty angry the whole time. However, he turns his aggression into inspired hip-hop, despite its bad taste. —released May 10, 2011 Danger Mouse Rome

>> Inspired by Spaghetti Westerns, Rome is a unique album for Danger Mouse. Previously working in Gnarls Barkley and with Broken Bells, Danger Mouse has created a soundtrack to a nonexistent movie with this album. The music is similar to that found in old Westerns, and it features many of the same musicians that played on those soundtracks, as well as Norah Jones and Jack White. The album isn’t that exciting, unlike some of Danger Mouse’s extensive back catalog, but in a way it’s more rewarding. It’s moodier and more mysterious. —released May 16, 2011 7


College

CRIBS In the Name of Convenience: The crown jewel of their winnings at the O’Connell’s auction.

Party Central Life is good when the party’s always at your place.

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hat do you get when you have five roommates and each one has an allegiance to a different NBA team? The guys who live in the party house on Brookside. Terry Laubacher, communications senior, Andy St. John, criminology senior, Riley Harpole, math senior, Austin Unruh, aviation senior and T.J. Stancampiano, international studies senior live together in a sprawling five bedroom house just minutes from campus. Most of these guys met in the dorms and have maintained their friendship throughout their time at OU. Now, their house is a revolving door of friends for parties and sporting events. “There’s never fewer than three or four people here at any given time,” St. John said. Filled with furniture from various family members and friends, this house has a lot of character. Not only do they have a signed football from the Sooners’ 2000 National Championship team courtesy of Chuck Long himself, their dining room turned pool table room is filled with memorabilia from the O’Connell’s auction. The best piece they acquired? A urinal that now adorns a tree in the backyard for those times when making it inside just isn’t an option. Though two of the roommates have moved out for the summer, the rest of the guys that stuck around Norman haven’t quieted down much. One of their more questionable decisions was a 4 a.m. fireworks show that didn’t go over so well with the neighbors. “They like us more than the tenants before us, though,” Laubacher said.

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Roommate Representatives: Though three of the roommates couldn’t be present, Terry Laubacher and Andy St. John represented their house well.

Double Duty:

Filled with furniture from family and friends, the living room is for gaming and game watching.

Crafty Keg Fridge: These guys

are geniuses! After removing a few shelves from this old refrigerator, there was just enough room left to chill a keg.

Invite

No Need for Fine China: The guys turned their dining room into a pool table room, complete with O’Connell’s memorabilia.

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College

CRIBS Heart of Texas:

Laubacher, like the rest of his roomies, hasn’t forgotten his roots.

It Is What It Is: This table is no stranger to beer pong, but its main purpose is actually ping pong.

Da Bulls: Unruh couldn’t make it but we got a good idea of where his allegiance lies.

Brookside’s Oasis: The guys are lucky enough to have their own pool. This thing sees a lot of action in the summer.

Tour de Norman: Cycling may be St. John’s hobby, but he doesn’t claim to be Lance Armstrong.

Gone Fishin’: Two bedrooms sit empty for the summer but their rightful owners will be back in no time.

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Norman Nightlife

General

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

ABNER’S Pint Night 5 p.m. AUTOGRAPHS HH M-F 3-7 $1.50 Dom. Draft Schooners BISON WITCHES HH 2-7 $1 Domestic Draws $2.50 Beers of Mexico $2.50 Red Stripe $1.50 Blue Moon Bottles BLU [HH 3 p.m.-6 p.m. and 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Daily: $2 Brewhouse Pints; $2 Well Drinks All Day; $2 Mimosas and $3 Bellinis All Day] BREWHOUSE $2 Drafts & Well Drinks BROTHERS $1.25 Bud Light Pints $1.25 Pints $6.25 Shock Top Pitchers & $4.50 Pitchers COACH’S HH 3-6 p.m. M-F: $2.50 Coach’s Ale; $1.50 Dom. Drafts All Day Every Day; $7 Jugs FUZZY’S [HH All Day, Everyday: $2 18 oz. Domestic Schooners] in the raw [HH 5-7 p.m. M-F: $3 16 oz. Domestics; Daily Specials: $1.50 Miller High Life, $2 Sake Bombs, $3 Tecate, Pacifico, Modelo Esp., $4 Skyy Infussions, $4 Patron Shots] JOE’S Check bar for daily specials LA LUNA [HH 3-6 p.m. M-S: $2 Tecate/Corona, $1 BL Draws, $10 Corona Buckets (5), Late Night HH 10 p.m.-close Thurs.-Sat. $2 Tecate/Mod. Especial/Corona] THE LIBRARY [HH 3-6 p.m. and 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Daily: Brewhouse Pints for $2; $3 Pint Specials; $3 Well Drinks All Day] LOUIE’S $3 Well Drinks $1.50 Domestics $1.99 Blue Moon $2.75 Red Stripe LOUIE’S WEST $5 Drink of the Month, $2 Shot of the Month & $3 Beer of the Month. HH: Everyday 3-7 p.m. $1.50 Domestic Bottles MR. BILLS All May: Sm. Tequilla Sunrise $3, Lg. Tequilla Sunrise $4, Lion’s Head $2, Tiger’s Blood $5.75 + Adonis DNA $2, $1.75 Bud Select Bottles, Sauza Hornito Shots $3; Shots: Rumpleminz $2.50, Goldschlager $2.50, S THE MONT See specials at www.themont.com NEW YORK PIZZA [HH Mon.-Wed. 4-9 p.m., Thurs.-Sat. 4-Midnight $8 Blvd. Wheat Pitchers, $6 Domestic Pitchers, $7 Domestic Buckets] [$3 Well Drinks $2 Lion’s Head, $2.50 Tecate & Corona] O ASIAN FUSION [HH 3-6 PM & 1 hour before close: $1.75 Domestics, $3.50 select rolls, 1/2 Price select appetizers] OTHELLO’S See specials at www.othellosnorman.com SEVEN47 All Summer: $4 Red Bull Vodka, $4 Frozen Screwdrivers, $2 Modelo Especial SUGERS $3.50 Pitchers 10-Midnight $3.50 Pitchers from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. TEXADELPHIA [$20 Towers 3-6, $2 Doms. 3-6 M-F ] HH All Day/Night, $2 Domestics $6 Coors Light Pitchers Wheat Wednesdays ($1 off wheat beer)


Thursday

Friday

$2 16 oz. Miller High Life 9 p.m.-close $2 16 oz. Miller High Life 9 p.m.-close $1.50 12 oz. Dom. Drafts Keg Party, $3 Holla 10 - Close $2 Well Drinks Daily

Saturday

Sunday

$2 16 oz. Miller High Life 9 p.m.-close $2 Sooner Schooner Dom. Drafts $2 Domestic Bottles

Bloody Mary Bar 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $11.99 100 oz. Dom. Beer Towers $1.25 Bud Light Pints

Beer Buffet with OU ID

[Biergarten Fridays from 5-Close, Live Music & Specials on Patio] $1.99 Boulevard Wheat $1.99 Blvd. Wheat; $5.99 Pizzas

Goldschlager $2.50, SoCo & Lime $2.50, Lindsay Lohan $2.50

[$1 Coors/Miller Lt., $20 Towers & $3 Blue Moon Big Sexies 6-10] [$3.50 U-Call-It Big Sexy All Day]

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Calendar

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•Anthony Nagid Jazz Quartet •Joshua Bell @ Rose State PAC •Widespread Panic @ BOK Center (Tulsa) •RedHawks vs. New Orleans 4:05 p.m.

*Mike Hosty Solo @ Deli

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•Rick Jawnsun @ O Asian Fusion •RedHawks vs. Albuquerque (double header)

•Camille Harp @ Deli 7 p.m. (FREE!) •Big O Full Moon Party •Scattered Blue @ @ O Asian Fusion 6:30 Brewhouse p.m. •Dustin Prinz @ •The Lonesome Heroes Othello’s 8 p.m. @ Deli •Ghostland Observatory •The Globes @ Opolis @ Diamond Ballroom •RedHawks vs. •RedHawks vs. Albuquerque 7:05 Albuquerque 7:05 p.m. p.m.

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•Mama Sweet @ Deli •Jacuzzi Lifeguards @ Brewhouse •Carrie Weber & Sarah Grote @ Othello’s 8 p.m. •RedHawks vs. New Orleans 7:05 p.m.

•Saucy Gentleman’s Club @ Brewhouse •Eddie Money @ Frontier City •Susan Herndon @ Othello’s 8 p.m. •Osage @ Brewhouse •RedHawks vs. New Orleans 7:05 p.m.

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24 •Hosty Duo @ Deli •Blue Moon @ Othello’s 8 p.m. •Big Brown and the Slim Funk @ Brewhouse •Jazz in June: Jazz Under the Stars @ Brookhaven Village •O Fidelis @ Opolis •Lyle Lovett @ Brady Theater (Tulsa)

•Katie Tracy @ Othello’s 8 p.m. •3rd Annual Billy Khourie Golf Tournament @ Jimmie Austin •Phalonious Funk @ Brewhouse •Jazz in June: Jazz in the Park @ Andrews Park •Cooking with John and Dave @ Brewhouse 10 p.m.

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•Matt Stansberry @ O Asian Fusion •Kasra George & PaPa Win @ Deli

•Juanita Ellington @ O Asian Fusion •Easy Lovers w/ Copperheads @ Deli

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•Travis Linville @ Deli 7 p.m. (FREE!)

•Fierce Bad Rabbit @ O Asian Fusion •The Wurly Birds & O Fidelis @ Deli

•Anita Wilson @ O Asian Fusion •All-Star Jam @ Deli

•The Boom Bang & Hydrants @ Deli

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•Ben Folds @ Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa) •RedHawks vs. Omaha 7:05 p.m.

•Beau Jennings & Brine Webb @ Deli •RedHawks vs. Omaha 7:05 p.m.

*Mike Hosty Solo @ Deli

•RedHawks vs. Iowa 7:05 p.m.

•RedHawks vs. Iowa 7:05 p.m.

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•RedHawks vs. Omaha 7:05 p.m.

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•Evan Felker @ Deli 7 p.m. (FREE!) •RedHawks vs. New Orleans 7:05 p.m.

•Randy Rogers & Wade Bowen @ Riverwind Casino

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•John Calvin @ Othello’s 8 p.m. •Jazz in June Afterparty @ Brewhouse •Jazz in June: Blues Under the Stars @ Brookhaven Village

•Anthony Nagid Jazz Quartet *Mike Hosty Solo @ Deli

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•Steely Dan @ Brady Theater (Tulsa)

•RedHawks vs. Iowa 7:05 p.m.

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•RedHawks vs. Omaha 7:05 p.m.

Coming Soon

•July 19: Def Leppard with Heart @ Zoo Amp. *July 22: Old 97s @ Opolis •July 23: Styx & Yes @ Zoo Amp. •July 24: Ke$ha @ Brady Theater (Tulsa) •August 2: Tim McGraw @ *Matt’s Picks: The shows Zoo Amp. our music editor says you can’t miss.

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BLUES UNDER THE STARS

JAZZ UNDER THE STARS

Murali Coryell Margo Valiante

Larry Coryell 145th Army Big Band

Saturday, June 25 JAZZ IN THE PARK

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JAZZ IN

JUNE orman will jazz it up June 23-25 at its free annual music festival, Jazz in June. Jazz in June is a free, three-day outdoor music festival featuring jazz, blues and all related genre performances. A Norman favorite, this summer weekend is currently in its 28th year, Karen Holp, general manager of KGOU and treasurer of the Jazz in June board, said. The first two nights of the music festival, “Blues Under the Stars” and “Jazz Under the Stars” are in Brookhaven Village, located on West Robinson Street. Jazz in June’s finale, “Jazz in the Park” is at Andrews Park, located on Daws Street by the Norman Public Library. “For those who aren’t familiar with it, Jazz in June is like a big neighborhood party that just so happens to have live entertainment,” Jim Johnson, Jazz in June programming committee chair, said. “Many families use it as an anchoring point for family reunions and a place to meet up with old friends and acquaintances.” Thursday night’s “Blues Under the Stars” will kick off with Austin, Texas sensation Margo Valiante, whose voice has been compared to singing sensations Bonnie Raitt and Pancho Sanchez Patty Griffin, according to the Jazz in June website. Although Margo

Valiante’s music would not be considered traditional blues, her fusion of country, blues and gospel will make an unforgettable opener for this year’s festival, Johnson said. Closing the Thursday evening concert is the critically acclaimed singer/songwriter/guitarist Murali Coryell. Son of Larry Coryell, world famous jazz guitarist and Friday’s headliner, Murali will be joined by his father on the stage Thursday night in a very special performance. “We have a father and son performance. This is the first time we’ve ever had anything like this. They do their own separate projects but don’t often get to play together. I’m definitely looking forward to that,” Johnson said. Friday evening’s “Jazz Under the Stars” begins with the crooning tunes of the 145th Army Big Band who will perform several jazz standards. The headliner, jazz guitarist Larry Coryell, will be joined by his son to play into the summer evening. Saturday night’s “Jazz in the Park” starts off with the Norman North High School Jazz Choir, directed by Tony Gonzalez. And for the very first time, the Norman High Jazz Combo will play between acts in the park gazebo. “It’s a privilege to be able to show off these budding vocalists and musicians,” Johnson said. Afterwards it’s the Jeremy Thomas photo by Devin Dehaven

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Quartet, featuring Jeremy Thomas on the Hammond organ, Mitch Bell on the guitar, Willie Lee Peterson Jr. on the drums and Lee Rucker on the trumpet. With its distinctive Hammond organ and talented members, this group is quickly becoming a local favorite, Johnson said. Closing the 28th Jazz in June concert series is the festival headliner and Grammy award-winning percussionist Poncho Sanchez. Although jazz legend Sanchez is known for playing all sorts of instruments, he is best known for playing the congas. “It’s real Latin, dance flavored music that has soul and a rhythm and blues element that makes it slightly different than the Latin jazz that’s out there,” Johnson said. In addition to the concerts in the evenings, Jazz in June also hosts clinics during the day on Saturday and jams on Thursday and Saturday evenings. The jazz clinics are intimate sessions with Jazz in June artists, where they lecture and demonstrate their music. The clinics will include Jeremy Thomas discussing the Hammond B3 organ, Murali Coryell talking about songwriting, Larry Coryell on the jazz guitar Jeremy Thomas Quartet and Poncho Sanchez on Latin/jazz percussion. The clinics will be at the Santa Fe Depot on Jones Avenue from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. “Maybe you’re a fan of the artists and want to go there and hear them talk a little bit about how they do what they do. Some take it as an opportunity to have a one on one conversation with the artist. Larry Coryell And a lot of people who perform on the instruments that the clinician plays want to get some tips on how to follow in those footsteps,” Johnson said. The Dan Danger Band will lead the jam session at the Brewhouse on Thursday evening after the concerts and the Jeremy Thomas Quartet will lead on Saturday evening at the Santa Fe Train Depot, Johnson said. Any musician who has their instrument and is willing is welcome to sign up to jam at either location. “It’s an opportunity to see the other talent. Jams work. We have a host band that kicks it off and then they stay in the ready to fill in. We try to get everybody to play,” Johnson said. But all these jam sessions, clinics and concerts would not be available were it not for concert attendee’s donations, support and board members’ hard work throughout the years. Jazz in June was originally an event started by the Cimarron Circuit Opera Company as a fundraiser for itself. The first event drew a crowd of a few hundred, which quickly captured the attention of then Norman Arts and Humanities Council and later the radio station KGOU, Johnson said. BS • 18

Soon enough, Jazz in June became its own entity, housing its own committee. One of the reasons the concert series has lasted as long as it has is because of the tremendous hard work and dedication put in by the board members, Holp said. “The board has done a great job of selecting musicians. Even if people came and didn’t know the name of the musician, they listened to some good music,” she said. The board uses a variety of approaches to keep the great music coming every year, Johnson said. Every year at the festival, concert goers have the option to fill out surveys giving suggestions on who they might want to see on future Jazz in June stages. And as Jazz in June has grown talent agencies reach out and give talent lists to the board members for more suggestions. Board members also come in with their own ideas of who they think the community would like to see on the stages each year, trying to keep the selections as varied as possible. One year, Holp recalled, the festival’s music lineup was particularly special because it had been chosen by the dearly departed Jazz in June president and active community member Ken Bernier. Ken Bernier was very active in town. He served on the Jazz in June board and was president of the 2004 concert series. Bernier had helped pick Pequito D’Rivera, the Grammy award-winning headliner for the 2004 series. Unfortunately, Bernier passed away in April 2004, before the conMargo Valiante cert, Holp said. “I remember standing backstage listening to this glorious music. I knew that he was in heaven listening to the music. It will stick in my brain always. It was a great tribute to Ken,” Holp said. In addition to the great music, the event is free and familyfriendly, making it appealing to every kind of crowd. “We hope that the community at large feels a part of the festival and that we can musically explore this genre,” Johnson said. “There is so much jazz in modern day music. A lot of people have fun hearing what’s next.” And the music is only part of the fun, with people often running into high school and college friends, relatives and neighbors at this summer event, Johnson said. Many families bring picnics and sit on lawn chairs outside, while others eat at some of the nearby restaurants and listen in on the music. “There’s a spririt among the board members who are truly doing it for the love of music. We always toast before the concerts that we hope that there’s no rain, that airplanes carrying out-of-town artists run on time, and that the music is sublime,” Holp said.


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heredity DOWN 1. Average 2. 19th letter of the Greek alphabet 3. Part of verb to be 4. Pertaining to hedonism 5. Wild Asian dog 6. Repudiate 7. Illustrative craft 8. Enlisted person in the U.S. Navy 9. Having eyes 10. Monetary unit of Western Samoa 11. Loop 19. Naught 21. Not off 22. Makes brown 23. Egg-shaped 24. Watchful 25. Minor falsehood 27. Passenger vehicle 28. Cut down 29. Son of Jacob and Leah 30. Atop 32. Father 33. Serving to warn 35. Having pockmarks 36. Ocean 37. Hello there 38. Blessed 39. Attitude 40. First man 41. Sleeps briefly 42. Ebony 45. Wrath 47. Alkali 48. Understanding 49. Consumed

*Solution published next issue

The Numbers Don’t Lie* The current issue, broken down for the stat books

>> No. of staffers that have been known to enjoy Jazz in June after 2 a gluttonous, MSG-free run at Panda Garden: no >> No. of jazz hands we expect to see at Jazz in June: 1 >> No. of staffers that got thrown off by the print schedule. Again: 3 >> No. of staff houses that could use a bonafide tree urinal: >> No. of times Lady Gaga, specifically “The Fame Monster” ended 6 up being played around the office this week: wait >> No. of staffers that relate to songs about harems of Latino men: 5 >> No. of superhero movie articles we could have fit into this issue: 12. cases! >> No. of beers we’ll be drinking on a lake/river this summer: >> No. of students who’ve had their summer schooling plans the cool kids derailed by day-drinking, night-drinking or ... drinking:

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