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Friday night in the big town: Michael Bolton, Sublime, and New Edition

Greetings, readers. ‘Tis Friday, June 1, and I think you know what that means. Yes, that’s correct. It’s the first FNITBT of June. And, a little known fact about that, but for the past two years, I’ve always been drunk when I write the first FNITBT of June. So just know that I’m having fun while trying not to puke while I debate the necessity of the serial comma in the following paragraphs. It’s a little tradition I like to uphold. Anyway, I have all manner of throwback sorts of activities for you. I bet you won’t even remember most of these acts!

Anyway, here’s your Friday Night in the Big Town.

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June 1: Michael Bolton at the Riverwind

Ah. Mr. Bolton. I assure you, not many people of my generation know much of him except for the following three things. 1. He did the song for the Disney Hercules movie. 2. According to the similarly named character in Office Space, he sucks. And 3. He is really funny in that Lonely Island song about Captain Jack Sparrow. My generation is pretty irreverent and choosy when it comes to the specific elements of pop culture we consume.

Anyway, if you know more about Mr. Bolton than the aforementioned three items, perhaps you should get yourself to the Riverwind. It’ll be an enjoyable experience, and you can laugh at all the cocktail waitresses at the casino who are dressed like show girls. That’s a hobby I have while I’m there. Put a twenty in a slot machine and bet it all for me. If it wins, you owe me, and if it doesn’t, then you’re kind of a sucker.

Friday night in the big town: Rocklahoma, The Paseo Arts Festival, and pool time

Aw yeah, readers! Three-day weekend on the horizon! I’m sure you have all manner of plans for barbecues and whatnot at the lake. It’s Memorial Day weekend and far be it for me to mess with your traditions with a list of three awesome things for you to do this weekend. But I’m gonna do it nonetheless. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, that’s what Friday Night in the Big Town is all about.

So, here’s your Friday Night in the Big Town!

May 25-27: Rocklahoma!

Well, it’s that time of year again, readers. It’s that time where that one dude at your office who still listens to the KATT and keeps his ponytail in immaculate condition drives way the hell out to Pryor to see bands like Creed and Rob Zombie, as if it were still 1997. Secretly I wish I weren’t so terrified of white trash hard rockers because then I would go to this shindig and watch people like it was going out of style. I imagine it would be kind of like watching Joe Dirt, but without the reassuring comfort of knowing that it’s just a bunch of actors and nobody would really wear jorts and a shirt with the sleeves cut off.

So get your camping gear together, readers. I believe there are still tickets on sale and you can camp out and enjoy some of the hardest rocking bands to ever bring herpes to the state of Oklahoma. I don’t know if there is still a Miss Rocklahoma pageant this year (Editor’s Note: There is.), which would be a shame. But everyone’s favorite bands like Ragdoll and S.E.X Department will be there, so the weekend isn’t a total loss. And just beware, this takes place at Catch the Fever Festival grounds. Fever=S.T.D.

Friday night in the big town: K.C., bingo, and pride

What’s up, readers? Happy Friday. Well, at least it would be happy if Patrick had let Tony and I win at trivia night last night. That didn’t happen. I think that even though we average about four correct questions per round that we should be given bonus points. And seriously, we were the coolest table there. It’s like Patrick wants to give all the prize money to nerds. Whatever.

Anyway, here’s your Friday Night in the Big Town.

May 18-19: K.C. Clifford CD Release show at the Blue Door

I want you to go to your happy place, readers. I want you to go there, because I know it involves a lot of live, local music and there’s a BYOB sign on the door. Hey guess what! Your happy place is at the Blue Door this Friday and Saturday for K.C. Clifford’s CD release shows. And yes, it really is BYOB. So grab a case of High Life and head to the Blue Door.

If you’ve never heard K.C. Clifford before then you really need to go! K.C. is a three-time Woody Guthrie award-winning singer/songwriter. So get to the Blue Door and support some local music. I promise you’ll also have a new favorite artist when you’re done. And if you get the chance, will you ask K.C. if she wants to be my best friend? Seriously.

Friday night in the big town: REO Speedwagon, Kimbo Slice, and your mom

Well, it’s that time again, readers. It’s Friday and I’m here to tell you what’s going on in the big town. Now, if you’re like me, then you haven’t drawn a breath in nearly two weeks because, according to my allergy apps, the mulberry is out of control. Anyway, that’s not the major concern. What you need to worry about is the fact that you haven’t bought your mom anything for Mother’s Day, and you have until Sunday to prove that you’re not a worthless embryo that she shouldn’t have carried to term.

Anyway, here’s your Friday Night in the Big Town.

May 11: REO Speedwagon, Styx, and Ted Nugent at the Zoo Amphitheatre

I used to babysit for a family and the husband and wife seemed to be reliving their glory days every Friday when I would watch their kid who I affectionately nicknamed “The Spawn of Satan.” Anyways, they would return home on Friday around midnight and the husband would drunkenly go to the stereo and rock some REO Speedwagon. The Spawn was used to it though because she would sleep right through it.

If you have some glory days to relive, head on out to the Zoo Amphitheatre. REO Speedwagon, Styx, and Ted Nugent will be there, as well as a lot of women in cut off jorts. You can purchase some overpriced beer and slosh through the mud. I imagine it will be humid and gross, that that is exactly the way to kick off the summer of concerts at the Zoo Amphitheatre.

Friday night in the big town: Happy birthday to us, comic books, and Al Green

A happy first weekend in May to you, readers! ‘Tis the time of severe weather and no relief for allergy sufferers in sight. And if you’re a nerd, you’re probably running around today saying “May the fourth be with you!” And we won’t make fun of you for that. I mean, not unless you’re that person that drives the Ford Ranger that’s painted to look like an X-wing with an R2 unit in the bed. Then you can scroll through the archives and read about the OKC Jedi.

Anyway, here’s your Friday Night in the Big Town!

May 5: Cinco de Ogle at the 51st Street Speakeasy

As you all know, we are turning five this month and we wanted to celebrate our birthday like all 5-year olds—at Chuck E. Cheese! I won’t go into much detail, but suffice it to say that three contributors on staff here at TLO are no longer allowed within 500-yards of Chuck E. Cheese’s, schools, churches, or any sort of playground. Yes, it’s sad, but trust me, we regret nothing.

So the folks at the 51st Street Speakeasy decided to cheer us up by throwing us a party. There won’t be animatronic mice, but it’s for the best since Patrick likes to bow up to rodents when he gets drunk. Instead we have Josh Sallee and The Non, both awesome musical acts even if they are less cuddly than Chuck E. Cheese and not as cool as the Rock-afire Explosion. Feel free to get us birthday presents. As you can tell, we really need an AP Manual of Style, a copyeditor, and some original ideas. I didn’t know where to register for those so I thought I’d just tell you here.

P.S. Rumor has it that Josh Sallee is gonna jump out of a large birthday cake and rap happy birthday to us! Maybe!