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Norman Depot's 2019 Summer Breeze Concert Series to feature Byron Berline Band, Adam & Kizzie, Levi Parham and more

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Oklahoma City husband-and-wife music duo Adam & Kizzie [Photo by Rudolph J. Tolar Jr.]
Oklahoma City husband-and-wife music duo Adam & Kizzie [Photo by Rudolph J. Tolar Jr.]

NORMAN - The Depot has announced the schedule for the 2019 Summer Breeze Concert Series at Norman's Lions Park.

This will be the 19th year for the free concert series at the park, located at Flood and Symmes. The family-friendly concerts, all beginning at 7:30 p.m. Sundays, have long been a favorite summer music feature in Norman. 

Concertgoers are encouraged to bring seating and their favorite refreshments and enjoy an easy, breezy evening in the park with friends and family listening to a variety of musical groups from across Oklahoma and the United States

THE SCHEDULE:

May 19: Byron Berline Band

Summer Breeze 2019 opens with an evening of traditional bluegrass and Western swing music with three-time national fiddle champion Byron Berline and his band: Billy Perry, Thomas Trapp, Greg Burgess, Richard Sharp and Steve Short.  After moving to Los Angeles in 1969, Berline soon became one of the most popular fiddlers in the music business. He returned to his home state of Oklahoma in 1995 where he opened the Double Stop Fiddle Shop in the town of Guthrie for the purpose of "visiting, trading and jamming" with folks who enjoy their music. As a natural progression the band was formed to entertain regularly in the Music Hall above the Fiddle Shop; although the shop burned down in February, Berline is continuing to make music and working to reopen. The Byron Berline Band is in great demand around the state, as well as in surrounding states, and have extended its music through Europe. 

June 2: Adam & Kizzie 

Adam & Kizzie Ledbetter, known as Adam & Kizzie, hail from Oklahoma City. They became friends in high school, rapping, singing, and dancing in and after school. Kizzie went off and traveled the world in Disney performances, while Adam performed at home with his Jazz Quartet New Growth. In 2011, they reunited and soon became husband and wife. Sharing their different musical interests, Adam’s focus spanned from jazz to hip-hop, while Kizzie’s influences stemmed from musical theater to pop and R&B. Their curiosity and ability to draw from a variety of music soon found them charting their own unique path. As a duo, they were pushed by necessity to learn new methods, using live looping and layered vocals to create new music. After a series of acclaimed records, the duo have found the sublime zone that fully expresses what they do.

June 16: Levi Parham

Levi Parham's music draws on the rich songwriting traditions of Oklahoma, his home state. 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 No. 25 on the AMA charts, and was No. 1 in the EuroAmericana Charts.  With his new album, "It's All Good," Parham reminds everyone not to sweat it when faced with the circumstances much out of one's control. "I ain't scared, I ain't worried, I've got friends and they'd be here in a hurry” Parham assures us. 

June 30: Making Movies

Singer and guitarist Enrique Chi, founded Making Movies with his brother Diego. Another pair of brothers, Juan-Carlos and Andres Chaurand, round out the Kansas City Latin band. The group’s second LP, "I am Another You," is a bold mix of sounds: psychedelia, experimental rock, son cubano, cumbia and various rhythms descended from Yoruba, an African tradition that slaves carried to the New World as part of religious rites that evolved into Santería. Different styles of music have filtered down from common roots.  “We are all immigrants”  Enrique Chi says. “That kind of lineage affirms my belief that we’re all connected in spirit,” “We all come from tribal African people, if you go all the way back.  So to me, the message of the band is part of this whole continuum: that music itself is a vehicle for truth.

July 14: Seth Glier 

Seth Glier attended Berklee College of Music for a year before dropping out to be able to tour full-time. Since then, he has averaged more than 200 shows a year, and shared stages with artists such as James Taylor, Mark Knopfler, The Verve Pipe, Edwin McCain and Ani DiFranco during a burgeoning career that has included performing as a main-stage artist at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and the Kerrville Folk Festival, earning a Grammy nomination and garnering a pair of Independent Music Awards. Glier’s fifth album, "Birds," is steeped in conflict and contradictions. There’s grief and loss, but also strength and resilience, doubt and dismay, and a sense of optimism as Glier confronts heavy topics and wrestles them into the daylight. Grier will return to Norman with some great electronic additions to his recent successful stop Winter Wind performance.

July 28: Kyshona Armstrong 

Kyshona Armstrong started out enabling others to enjoy the healing properties of songwriting. When describing the positions she held during her decade or so in the mental health field, she punctuates each chapter with the same phrase: "That got kinda heavy”  and "You've gotta know when to tap out.”  So, Armstrong got on the college singer-songwriter circuit, blending skills of empathizing and entertaining, and then moved to Nashville in January 2014. Armstrong now embraces repetitive internal rhythms that emerge in some of her songwriting — likening them to both gospel spirituals and the viscerally simplistic utterances of her former patients — and she's delivering her roots-soul originals with articulate warmth and newly claimed authority. She was such a hit at Winter Wind last year, that she has been invited back, with a backup band, for the summer Breeze crowd.

Aug 11: Greyhounds 

Rising out of the Austin, Texas, music scene, the Greyhounds, the duo of guitarist Andrew Trube and keyboardist Anthony Farrell, create a unique sound that mixes R&B, soul, funk and the Bakersfield country of Buck Owens into a style that has been described as "Hall & Oates meets ZZ Top." The duo's live shows have earned them a large and loyal fan following. The pair met in the late 1990s, and immediately began writing and playing together, placing tunes with artists like Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks while building up a songwriting catalog and gathering new fans with each show. The Greyhounds signed a three-album deal with a reconstituted Ardent Records (by this point officially called Ardent Music) and released "Accumulator" early in 2014. Two years later, the group released "Change of Pace," a record that emphasized their soulful side. 

Aug 25: Homegrown Vol I 

The Summer Breeze 2019 season ends with a show that's unlike any the series has featured before. Norman has a deep pool of musical talent, and The Homegrown Vol I house band, hosted by Terry Ware and Kyle Reid, will fill the stage with singers, songwriters and musicians from the long list of artists who call the Norman area their home. More details will be released about this special show throughout the summer. 

For more information on Summer Breeze and other The Depot programs, go to www.normandepot.org

Free Summer Breeze Concerts are made possible, in part, by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council, with major in-kind support from Norman Parks and Recreation Department. Dental Design Studio is a Major Summer Breeze Sponsor. Contributors: Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School; Cindy Merrick, Therapy in Motion; Republic Bank of Norman; Tom McAuliffe, Don Cies Real Estate; The Mont; Keri & Hugh Young; Bruce & Trisha Bunce; D.M. Wealth Management; Edward Jones; Bluebonnet; and Norman Smile Center.  Friends include: Monty Kapunkpe; The Winston; The Baked Bear; Laurel Group, LLC; Sooner Carpet Air Duct & Restoration; and Dale Wares.  Neighbor: Bob Schlegel.   

-BAM 

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Oklahoma City husband-and-wife music duo Adam & Kizzie  [Photo by Rudolph J. Tolar Jr.]

Oklahoma City husband-and-wife music duo Adam & Kizzie [Photo by Rudolph J. Tolar Jr.]

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