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Happy Half-Hour Concerts
May 1 | 5:00 pm CDT
An event every week that begins at 5:00 pm on Friday, repeating until May 30 2020
AARP Oklahoma is teaming with Live from Cain’s to present virtual concerts every Friday in May.
The concerts are part of a “happy half-hour” music series. They begin at 5 p.m. and will showcase Oklahoma music artists. The concerts can be viewed at facebook.com/AARPOK.
Though Live from Cain’s is a partner in the venture, performances will not originate from Cain’s Ballroom. Artists will practice social distancing and perform solo from the comfort of their homes or personal studios via Facebook Live.
Live from Cain’s is a nonprofit organization that offers an edgy concept for public radio (produced by Tune in T-Town Productions) and provides music shows free of charge to public radio stations nationwide.
May 1, 2020 – CARTER SAMPSON
Carter Sampson is an Oklahoma born and raised, award winning singer songwriter. She tours nationally and internationally playing both solo and with her trio & band. Sampson won 1st place in the Chris Austin Song Contest at Merlefest and was a top 5 finalist in the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Contest. Sampson has released five studio albums including her newest release LUCKY recorded with Jason Scott in Moore, OK. Sampson’s 2016 release Wilder Side received international attention and was No. 3 on the Euro Americana year end chart for 2016. She is the founder and director of The Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls OKC, a nonprofit volunteer run organization that empowers girls through music education. Carter Sampson’s band includes Kyle Reid (pedal steel & guitar), Mike Satawake (lead guitar) Luke Mullinex (bass) Jack Waters (drums).
May 8, 2020 – PAUL BENJAMAN
Building on the classic Tulsa Sound, the band expands their groove-based genre to include most styles of American music, including rock, funk, country and blues. Totally Tulsa. Since their debut release, the band has toured relentlessly around the Midwest, Rocky Mountain, and Southwest regions, gaining a loyal following along the way. Showcasing a highly-skilled, tight band with Benjaman’s signature guitar licks being the focal point and driving force, their live show is not to be missed.
May 15, 2020 – STEPHEN SALEWON
Stephen Salewon is a multi-instrumentalist and singer and songwriter from Oklahoma with a story to tell about the matters of the heart, these tales are woven into soothing melodies influenced by modern pop, folk, blues, jazz, and African rhythms.
May 22, 2020 – BONNIE BISHOP
By the time Bonnie Bishop released her 2016 album, Ain’t Who I Was, she had already experienced several career moments. First, her idol Bonnie Raitt recorded one of her songs, “Not Cause I Wanted To,” in 2012. Then New York Times critic Jon Pareles named it his Song of the Year, and Raitt’s album won a Grammy. Bishop also got to hear songs she’d penned sung by stars of the hit TV show “Nashville,” while Raitt covered another of her songs, “Undone” on 2016 ‘s Dig In Deep. Since then, Bishop has played at notable music festivals and scenes including Willie Nelson’s annual Luck Reunion and has received rave reviews from critics at Rolling Stone, Billboard, the New York Times, the Washington Post.
May 29, 2020 – KAYLN FAY
Oklahoma songwriter Kalyn Fay has a voice that commands attention. Fay’s been writing and recording her own music for as long as she’s had a story to tell. She’s lived more than her share of life: She’s loved and lost, voraciously pursued higher education, questioned her faith, walked the line between her upbringing and her Cherokee roots, and figured out how to process and express all that through her art. She’s traveled. She’s come back home. She’s left again. When Kalyn Fay sings, you’ll hear her confessions and acceptance, vulnerability, hard-fought lessons, and measured determination. The narrative, the life lived, is hers; the warmth of her voice entrusts her story to those who will listen.