Saturday 26 Jul

Planting the seed

Chelsey Cope’s new band, Elms, is as earthy and native to Oklahoma as the trees that are their namesake. The soulful folk four-piece’s debut EP, Parallel Lines, was recorded at Bell Labs Recording Studio in Norman and is on its way in September. But the band has already given us a tease, with its first single, “Burn,” going live on SoundCloud on July 14.
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Commercial rock

Center of the Universe Festival featuring Capital Cities, Young The Giant, AWOLNATION & more
Downtown Tulsa 

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Mack truckin’

9 p.m. Friday 
Kamp’s Lounge 
1310 NW 25th St. 

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Chevy cruisin’

Chevy Woods with Kevin Gates & more
9 p.m. Sunday 
Vibe Night Club 
227 SW 25th St. 

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Rock steady

7 p.m. Saturday
Frontier City
11501 N. Interstate 35 Service Road
Free with park admission 

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Various artists — Woody Guthrie at 100!: Live at the Kennedy Center

Zach Hale June 25th, 2013

Few 20th-century figures were more influential than Woody Guthrie. The folk icon and Oklahoma native has a legacy and scope that span the musical stratosphere, predating and inspiring genres from country to punk rock.

One look at the artists featured on Woody Guthrie at 100!: Live at the Kennedy Center — a concert album/DVD recorded on what would have been his 100th birthday — and his far-reaching impact is clear. Who else could influence both Old Crow Medicine Show and Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello to the same degree that Guthrie did?

Tribute albums like this can be tricky, however. So often these things become more about those covering the songs than the one who actually wrote them, and there are definitely moments here where the re-imagining of a Guthrie classic distracts from the weight of its original.

That said, there are some really beautiful updates: Ani DiFranco’s “Deportee” cover and Roseanne Cash’s take on “I Ain’t Got No Home” are tenderly bare-bones, much like Guthrie’s were. Joel Rafael’s “Ramblin’ Reckless Hobo” sounds almost exactly like pre-electric Bob Dylan — a testament to the profound influence Guthrie had on the voice of a generation.

Likewise, Woody Guthrie at 100! is, for the most part, careful not to forget the reason it was assembled in the first place. Even with such a reputable ensemble, the deep-seated impact of Guthrie’s legacy is its ultimate takeaway, succeeding as a portrait of the consummate American artist, both in sound and perspective. —Zach Hale

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