April is usually when we experience spring showers, warmer weather, and a number of music concerts. Even though we’re currently experiencing wet winter weather instead of sunny, blue skies, the shows must go on.
Shawn Mullins takes the stage at the Santa Fe Depot in Norman this Thursday. This singer-songwriter is best known for his 1999 chart-topper “Lullaby,” but he brings songs from his most recent album, “Light You Up,” to this tour. Nine of the 11 songs were co-written, including the song the album is named after. Chuck Cannon, co-writer of “Light You Up” and friend of Mullins, opens the act. When I interviewed Mullins, he was excited to get on stage with Cannon. “We do all kinds of stuff together on stage, which is a blast,” said Mullins. The show starts at 7:00 p.m.
After getting your singer-songwriter fix on Thursday, why not check out a culturally blended concert on Friday morning? Shesh Besh is an Arab-Jewish ensemble comprised of three Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra members and four musicians from Israel’s Arab community. The group received the European Medal of Honor for its promotion of tolerance in 2007. This concert will keep you on your toes as the artists blend music of the East and West, including music by Mozart as well as renowned Jewish and Arab composers. The “Program of Peace” begins at 10:30 a.m. in Edmond’s Armstrong Auditorium.
But if you’re looking for a throwback to the 1970s, you can’t do better than “Le Freak” or “Good Times,” can you? Chic featuring Nile Rodgers headlines a student band music festival this Saturday, and although Chic doesn’t perform until 9:00 p.m. in Zio’s parking lot, there’s plenty happening before then. The Academy of Contemporary Music from the University of Central Oklahoma presents ACM@UCO Rocks Bricktown starting at 3:00 p.m. Grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants in the area, and listen to more than 60 student bands perform at over 14 venues.
If you’re in the Norman area on Saturday night, folk artist Iron & Wine plays on the University of Oklahoma campus. Samuel Beam is a singer-songwriter who might be most recognized for his song “Flightless Bird, American Mouth,” which was featured in the movie Twilight’s prom scene. Beam performs at 8:00 p.m. on the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s East Lawn.
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