By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
The Arts Council of Oklahoma City has announced the schedule for the 34th annual Sunday Twilight Concert Series in downtown Oklahoma City. Everyone can enjoy the free, family-friendly summer concerts on Sunday evenings from 7:30 – 9 p.m.
The summer concert series takes place on the Great Lawn Stage at the Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W. Reno from now through Sept. 28.
“We are excited for the Twilight Concert Series to kick off this summer,” said Christina Foss, director of the concert series. “We encourage music lovers from across the metro to bring blankets, chairs, a picnic and enjoy a beautiful evening of entertainment.”
Each week local musicians perform in a broad range of musical styles that will include Reggae, Swing, Latin, Hip Hop, Country, Blues, Jazz, Funk and Soul.
Wendi Schuur, director of Community Relations for Devon, said the company is proud to partner with the Arts Council to present Sunday evening concerts.
“The concert series provides an opportunity for everyone to enjoy the sights and sounds of downtown and outstanding local musicians,” Schuur said. “So many different types of music can be heard throughout the summer, there is something for every age group.”
The series opened its June performances featuring Zoom City and the Kalo band at Bicentennial Park, 500 Couch Dr., outside the Civic Center Music Hall.
Additional concerts are set for Friday, June 13 showcasing Souled Out, and Saturday, June 14, with The Mojo Men. They will be in conjunction with and preceding the deadCENTER Film Festival and will be held at the Great Lawn Stage at Myriad Botanical Gardens.
Starting on June 15, the regular Sunday Twilight concert series continues on the Great Lawn Stage featuring The Wise Guys, Oklahoma City’s popular oldies band.
Kyle Dillingham & Horseshoe Road, will perform their eclectic musical style ranging from Blues to Bluegrass on June 22. And on June 29 the Jeff Mims Band will sooth the audience with soul and R&B selections.
“The band shell stage in the Myriad Gardens is a magical venue, and we promise to give everything we’ve got to create a beautiful and fulfilling shared experience for all who attend,” said Dillingham.
“This will also be a farewell concert for us. We are leaving June 30 for a 2-week US State Department tour of Liberia,” Dillingham added. “The anchor of our tour will be a big 4th of July celebration in Monrovia being put on by the US Embassy. So we may throw in a patriotic song or two at our concert here too.”
Entertainment for July will include Sky Smeed and the Susan Herndon Trio, Brian Lynn Jones & the Misfit Cowboys, The Wurly Birds rounded out by The Salsa Shakers.
A Beatles Tribute by Edgar Cruz will kick off Sunday evenings in August followed by the sounds of Shortt Dogg, Paperscissor, and the Broke Brothers.
September audiences will hear performances by the Justin Young Band, Storyville Scoundrels, and the Empire State Band. Gregory Jerome and a special guest will close the 2014 concert season.
The 34th annual Sunday Twilight Concert Series is supported by the Oklahoma Arts Council, Allied Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and KMGL, Magic 104.1 radio. Pets and glass containers are prohibited.
Arts Council of Oklahoma City is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing the arts and the community together through free or low-cost large-scale downtown Oklahoma City cultural events. They also host a variety of arts outreach activities that impact under-served populations.
For the complete list of performers and more information, visit artscouncilokc.com.