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Newport Folk Festival programmers like to close their lineups on a note of uplift; to send fans to the exits feeling elated and moved. On that front, they couldn't have done much better than the great Mavis Staples, whose titanic career has spanned more than 60 years. From her time in the best-selling gospel family band The Staple Singers through her role in the civil rights movement, she's been a face of change and a voice behind some of the most powerful songs in modern history.

Norman Native Performs Mozart With OKC Phil

Feb 28, 2014
Robert Muller

Grammy-nominated and Norman native, harpist, Yolanda Kondonassis performs with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic at 8 p.m. March 1 at the Civic Center.

The program will features Kondonassis performinig Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp in C Major, K.299 with flutist Marina Piccinini. The program will also include Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 both under the direction of Joel Levine.

Kondonassis says performing for a “hometown” crowd is fun because she sees friends and others she knows.

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Gary Burton: Tiny Desk Concert

Nov 9, 2013

In 1963, the jazz pianist George Shearing, an enormously popular act in his day, made an album that was unusual for him. He asked his new, 20-year-old vibraphone player to write an album of contrapuntal, classical-music-inspired compositions, and recorded them with a woodwind quintet atop a jazz rhythm section. It's out of print now, but Out of the Woods received good reviews, and it remains an early career highlight for its young architect, Gary Burton.

On this edition of All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton share a brand new song from Beck. The new cut, called "Gimme," is the third single he's released since June and by far the strangest (i.e., best) of the bunch. None of the songs will be on the new full-length record Beck hopes to release before the end of the year.

The Avett Brothers
Courtesy of the artist

It hasn't even been 11 full months since The Avett Brothers released The Carpenter, the North Carolina band's most recent collection of poignant and infectious, bluegrass-inflected folk-rock. And, given the lengthy touring cycle that each major album release generally spawns — the Avetts of last month's Newport Folk Festival with songs from The Carpenter — fans had no reason to expect new music this year.

John Fullbright Music

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter John Fullbright burst onto the music scene in 2009 with an album recorded live at The Blue Door in Oklahoma City. He became even more well known in 2012 when he released his album From the Ground Up. He performs this Sunday as the opening act for Norman’s Summer Breeze Concert Series