Welcome back to another edition of the monthly TLO Metro Music Showcase, where we highlight some of the best live music for you to check out over the next month!
The Showcase is brought to you by our friends at Play It Loud – a web documentary music series produced by Outsiders Productions that profiles Oklahoma musicians. For the second episode of this season, they’re profiling Travis Linville, who talks fake IDs, Willie Nelson and the craft of song:
Without further ado, here are some metro concerts in January that will help get your 2019 off to rockin’ start!
Marcel P. Black
Friday, January 4th
51st Street Speakeasy, Oklahoma City
Although originally from Ardmore, Oklahoma, Marcel P. Black has become one of the top up-and-comers on the Baton Rouge, LA hip hop scene, even being featured in XXL. His style is definitely southern—often compared to Atlanta’s Killer Mike from Run the Jewels—but he’s got his own unique spin. Southern rap tends to be associated with trap and its conventions of glamorizing drug dealing, but Marcel’s focus is social consciousness. Also, he samples Journey’s Who’s Crying Now in the above track, which is pretty sweet.
Samantha Crain, John Calvin Abney and Kierston White
Thursday, January 17th
Tower Theatre, Oklahoma City
Although Samantha Crain cut her teeth playing folk music in Oklahoma, the internationally renowned singer has expanded her style in recent years. Her roots are still intact, but her scope has broadened into lush and polished indie pop. She’ll be sharing the stage with fellow local artists John Calvin Abney and Kierston White at the historic Tower Theatre, for a night featuring some of Oklahoma’s most talented songwriters.
Thursday, January 17th
Chevy Bricktown Events Center, Oklahoma City
Sometimes, I wonder at what point a rapper with ‘Young’ in his name is gonna have to change it. Young Dolph is in his early 30s, so I guess it still applies, but one of these days he’s gonna have to pull a Bow Wow and just go by Dolph. For now, he can do whatever the hell he wants, because he’s one of the most streamed artists out there, and he doesn’t even have a record label. Raised in Memphis, he learned how to hustle at an early age, and it’s paid off.
Friday, January 18th
Grand Casino, Shawnee, OK
Although the Texan soprano came out swinging with some mega-hits on the country charts in the late 1990s, she’s managed to keep up a pretty extensive discography since then. She’s dipped her toes into a few other genres but has mostly stayed true to the country styles that made her famous. Hot off the release of a Hallmark movie (and soundtrack, to boot), LeAnn should be in top form for her Oklahoma tour stop.
Saturday, January 19th
40 West Bar & Grill, Yukon, OK
If you read this site regularly, you know we love dad rock. The Shocker Boys seem like the ultimate, final form of that genre. But they’re not just content playing covers of songs they loved in their youth—oh no! This band of cheetah-printed, spandex-clad rockers have taken cues from the mash-up culture trend and perform mutated versions of heavy metal classics, like the above Judas Priest/Kiss covers. As a bonus, Shocker Boys have content like this on their YouTube channel:
Corrosion of Conformity
Sunday, January 20th
Diamond Ballroom, Oklahoma City
My favorite thing about this show is that two of the headliners have been featured on Beavis and Butthead. There were so many bands I’d see them riff on that I discovered, later on, to actually be pretty good. Corrosion of Conformity has been around since 1982, formed in the early years of hardcore punk, and eventually incorporated stoner metal and southern rock influences. They are most likely one of the favorite metal bands of your favorite metal bands, so grab a PBR and see Ray Ray in the pit.
When Particles Collide
Thursday, Jan 24th
Resonator Institute, Norman, OK
Two-piece groups are the most efficient way to convey rock and roll. With just a duo, there’s less room for overwrought, pretentioustry-hard concepts or musicianship. They can keep it stripped down, simple and pure, while maintaining a close chemistry that has no room for in-fighting or ‘artistic differences.’ And who better to personify that vision than a married couple?
Saturday, January 26th
Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City
We like to give voice to some obscure, risings stars in these concert calendars, so here’s one who may be new to you. After toiling away as a child actor—appearing in a minorly successful group in the late 90s/early 2000s—he went out on his own with a solo career. This young fella might be on his way to breaking through in the mainstream, so this is your chance to say you got to see JT before he blows up the charts.
Sunday, January 27th
Tower Theatre, Oklahoma City
Hey, you! Yes, you…the sad kid sitting in the back, wearing all-black and an ankh necklace. Or the middle-aged person who used to be the sad kid in all-black, whatever. You’ve still got that Bauhaus shirt in the back of the closet, no matter how many moth holes have gutted the fabric. Peter Murphy, the English singer of Bauhaus, will be getting moody and spooky for your pleasure—live in OKC. You’ll want to lace up that old pair of Docs for this one.