G. Love & Special Sauce @ Cain’s Ballroom

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G. Love @ Cain's Ballroom

The minute G. Love came on stage at Cain’s Ballroom on March 24, it became apparent the night would be special. Backed up by the Special Sauce, Jeffrey Clemens (drums, vocals), Mark Boyce (keyboards), and Timo Shank (string bass), they started out the night with “Milk & Sugar,” a light-hearted love song from Fixin’ To Die, G. Love’s newest album. That song set the tone for the show, a light and fun showcase of refined musicianship from years of experience and a lot of soul.

The first three songs that night were from the new production, which is full of hits. The audience sang and foot-stomped along, with a familiarity that doesn’t come easy after only a month of the album release.

Continue reading for more about the show, the photos, and a special meeting.

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The Avett Brothers in OKC @ Bricktown Center

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Words and photos by Anna “Hashbrowns” Vernon.

Fresh off winning Best Duo or Group at the Americana Awards, The Avett Brothers performed last Sunday for a packed house at the Coca-Cola Bricktown Events Center in Oklahoma City. The stage looked much the same as 8 months ago, back wall covered with the artwork of I and Love and You, the keyboard draped with Emotionalism — but with the addition of a large stuffed tiger head sitting on an amp, and a rather emotionally bland drummer (although Scott still uses the kick-drum and Seth the hi-hat cymbal). The opener was pretty delicious in their own right, so you’ll be hearing more about Grace Potter and the Nocturnals soon.

The brothers utilize an instrument that most bands have, but generally don’t think twice about. Their voices. The glorious harmonies sung with and without accompaniment just isn’t being done much – outside of acapella. It is special with these two because they blend so perfectly, for obvious reasons. Their up-bringing by a father who loves to (and still does) sing good ol’ gospel and bluegrass is apparent, though they certainly have a style all their own. Bob Crawford (bass) often joins in, as does cellist Joe Kwon at the top of his lungs – though without a mic. The passion the four of them exhibit on stage is continuous. The emanating intensity and subsequent reaction of the crowd make the shows feel like a spiritual experience, especially when the crowd is familiar enough to sing-a-long, which the Avetts encourage. Read on after the jump.

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John Mayer @ BOK Center | Tulsa, OK

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John Mayer @ BOK Center

Words and Photos by B “Café con Leche” Gutierrez.

I love John Clayton Mayer.

I’ve liked his music ever since I first heard him on the radio, but I didn’t fall in love with him as a musician until I had the chance to see him live on Feb. 1, 2007. In fact, before that show in 2007, I had no idea he was such great guitarist. That show elevated him to a completely new level for me. It was not just about cute lyrics and beautiful break-up songs anymore. It was about his passion for music and his glorious guitar riffs (oh yes, I said glorious.)

I knew he was playing in Tulsa on Sept. 3, but I wasn’t planning to attend the show. At least I wasn’t, until I saw the live broadcast of his Sept. 1 show at Colorado’s Red Rocks. That’s when I remembered how great he is and realized how much I’d regret it if I missed out on the Tulsa show. After all, it was just a two-hour drive and a ticket that wasn’t in my budget. But I had to do it. So I bought my ticket the day before the show and got on the road after leaving work on Friday.

Read the rest of the review and see more photos after the jump.

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