Round Barn to house upcoming concerts
ARCADIA — Indoor and outdoor concerts will round out the May live music offerings at the Arcadia Round Barn.
Singer-songwriter Amanda Cunningham will provide Morning Music in the downstairs museum of the barn on Saturday. Steelwind Duo will take the outdoor stage on Sunday for the second Round Barn Elm Tree Concert, and singer-songwriter Nellie Marie Clay will be the Morning Music artist on May 25.
Morning Music is from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Saturday. Elm Tree concerts are from 2 to 4 p.m. one or two Sundays a month, and fans should bring lawn chairs. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.
Cunningham began playing guitar and writing songs while attending Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. After graduation, she recorded her first CD of original music and won the Oklahoma Gazette's Woody Award for best singer-songwriter.
After living briefly in Tulsa and winning Red Dirt Female Vocalist of the Year, Cunningham moved to Austin, Texas, and toured from California to Nashville, Tennessee, before returning to live in Oklahoma City. Her newest album is titled “Run.”
Steelwind Duo is made up of Blake Parks and Michael Henneberry, of the Steelwind band. In their 10th year of songwriting together, Parks and Henneberry write all-original bluegrass songs with tight harmonies and soulful instrumentation. Steelwind is scheduled to play this year at the Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival and at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas.
Clay lived and performed in Alaska and Nashville before returning to her native Oklahoma, and she recently moved to Okemah. With a reputation for waltzes, she describes herself as a “truth-teller in three-quarter time.” Her new soon-to-be-released record is a collection of new, old-time songs featuring many of Oklahoma’s top musicians and is entitled “We Got Songs to Sing.”
The Arcadia Round Barn is six miles east of Interstate 35 on historic Route 66 and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about live music, call Joe Baxter at 405-833-1350.