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NMF: The Garage / K.C. Clifford / Foot Patrol / And There Stand Empires

Buffalo burgers, folk, foot fetishes and freakouts

After The Non's fantastic set, it was time for some food and beer. No better time to check out Norman's newest Main Street bar and restaurant The Garage, right? Right, especially since it's freaking awesome. I had a fantastic onion buffalo burger that smacked of "made, like, three minutes ago" freshness. I went cheap on the beer (I will not reveal my shame), but my friend had a Spaten Optimator with his buffalo burger. Yes, it's that kind of place. The atmosphere is excellent, too; I hope that it lasts a long time.

Thoroughly revitalized with beer, water and food, I ventured out to K.C. Clifford's set at Brewhouse. David Broyles of Dr. Pants is married to K.C. Clifford, so I saw him for the second time in three hours. He did not dance. He did, however, play acoustic and electric guitar accompaniment to Clifford's acoustic country and folk songs. Clifford's songwriting is of the Blue Door, catch-every-word variety, so it was a bit out of place at the Brewhouse (she mentioned as much, noting that she'd probably never played at a place with so many TVs before). But her sonorous voice, engaging stories and vibrant songwriting kept people focused on her and not the draft. Her lyrics were some of my favorites at the fest. Highly recommended.

I caught a bit of Foot Patrol's set somewhere in the course of the afternoon, and it was about as weird as I expected a foot-fetish dance band led by a blind keyboardist to be. If you were there, you know what I mean. Funky, dancy, weird. Good horn section, too.

Tulsa's And There Stand Empires was another incredibly memorable set from the fest. If The Non had jazzier roots and a tendency to freak out sporadically, they might be an approximation of ATSE's wild instrumental amalgam.

These songs felt like compositions as opposed to rock tunes; highly technical chops combined with heavy breakdowns made for an experience I will not soon forget. Their control of mood was impressive, making quiet sections just as intense as brutal freakouts that ended in knocked-over equipment. If you're into heady music like JFJO and The Non, but wish they were heavier, ATSE may satiate you. Or if you like two bassists playing at once, like I do.

by Stephen Carradini 05.05.2011 3 years ago
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Go Witt the flow

Thespian and songwriter Alicia Witt hits Oklahoma City to act and sing


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Gazette staff
Currently in town filming the drama “Cowgirls ’n Angels” with Oscar nominee James Cromwell (“Babe”), actress Alicia Witt will swing by The Blue Door on Thursday night.
 
Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Paul revered

After folk musician Ellis Paul needed his fans’ help — and got it — he’s been crafting his finest songs ever in thanks.


Music

Joshua Boydston

Ellis Paul
7 p.m. Friday
The Blue Door
2805 N. McKinley
bluedoorokc.com, 524-0738
$20 advance, $25 door

 
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Rev up

Changing hearts and minds one song at a time, Emma’s Revolution keeps fighting the good fight.


Music

Chris Parker
Emma’s Revolution
7 p.m. Saturday
The Blue Door
2805 N. McKinley
bluedoorokc.com
524-0738
$15-$20
 
Wednesday, April 11, 2012

All is ’bright

Proclaimed Jimmy Webb, 'John Fullbright will be a household name in American music.' Who are we to argue? America, meet Woody Guthrie’s heir apparent.


Music

Joshua Boydston
John Fullbright
8 p.m. Thursday-Friday
The Blue Door
2805 N. McKinley
bluedoorokc.com
524-0738
$20
 
Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Chug along

With 11 albums and 1,000-plus shows behind it, Last Train Home pulls into town to deliver more folk rock.


Music

Joshua Boydston

Last Train Home
7 p.m. Friday
The Blue Door
2805 N. McKinley
bluedoorokc.com
524-0738
$15-$20

 
Wednesday, May 9, 2012

K.C. and the sunshine grand

With a new album and a baby on the way, summer’s looking great for Okie songstress K.C. Clifford.


Music

Joshua Boydston
K.C. Clifford
8 p.m. Friday-Saturday
The Blue Door
2805 N. McKinley
bluedoorokc.com
524-0738
$15-$20
 
Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Moody muse

Critically acclaimed for her folk songs, Ruth Moody practically has music embedded in her DNA.


Music

Joshua Boydston
The Ruth Moody Band
7 p.m. Saturday
The Blue Door
2805 N. McKinley
bluedoorokc.com
524-0738
$15-$20
 
Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Good Grammer

Although half of her folk duo passed away a decade ago, Tracy Grammer made it her mission to keep Dave Carter’s voice alive.


Music

Joshua Boydston
Tracy Grammer
8 p.m. Saturday
The Blue Door
2805 N. McKinley
bluedoorokc.com
524-0738
$20
 
Wednesday, October 3, 2012

’Van go

The Halloween season is the perfect time to sample Caravan of Thieves’ potent brew of gypsy-swing jazz.


Music

Joshua Boydston
Caravan of Thieves
8 p.m. Wednesday
The Blue Door
2805 N. McKinley
bluedoorokc.com
524-0738
$10-$15
 
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
 
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