Flowers for Moz

Musical Tributes at the Power House Bar

The Tribute

You Can‚Äôt Go Skating in a Buffalo Herd ‚Ķ But You Can Sing about It

One of the most pop¬≠u¬≠lar recent broad¬≠casts on KOSU the SPY FM‚Äôs Oklahoma Rock Show was their all Roger Miller pro¬≠gram. When local musi¬≠cian Jerrod Beck heard the show last June, he approached his friend, singer Gabriel Knight Hancock, with an idea. ‚ÄúWhat if we did a live Roger Miller cover show?‚ÄĚ Hancock was on board, but it soon became appar¬≠ent to both musi¬≠cians that the show could, and should, be larger than the 2 of them.

Aaron Tomasko & Rachel Brashear (I)
Aaron Tomasko & Rachel Brashear (I)‚ÄČ‚ÄĒ‚ÄČThe Smiths Tribute Show

In a short time Beck and Hancock orga¬≠nized a ben¬≠e¬≠fit show at The Plant Shoppe, an Oklahoma City (you guessed it) plant shop known for host¬≠ing shows and work¬≠shops. The lineup grew to 8 addi¬≠tional musi¬≠cians and raised sig¬≠nif¬≠i¬≠cant funds for shop own¬≠ers Jen Semmler and Chad Grubs, who had suf¬≠fered finan¬≠cial duress after their child was born pre¬≠ma¬≠turely. As with a cer¬≠tain potato chip brand, 1 show proved not to be enough. Within a span of 4 months, Beck has orga¬≠nized 3 more trib¬≠ute shows, this time on the Power House Bar‚Äôs patio stage. First came a John Prine trib¬≠ute, then a Smiths trib¬≠ute, and, this past Sunday, a trib¬≠ute to the late Oklahoma singer-song¬≠writer J.J. Cale.

Kinsey + Audience
Kinsey + Audience‚ÄČ‚ÄĒ‚ÄČThe Smiths Tribute Show

Mercury Photo Bureau was on hand to doc­u­ment the Smiths trib­ute and the

Building Community

Regarding the series‚Äô mis¬≠sion, Beck said, The shows are about pay¬≠ing trib¬≠ute, but they are also about build¬≠ing com¬≠mu¬≠nity among musi¬≠cians locally. We encour¬≠age every artist involved to col¬≠lab¬≠o¬≠rate with one another. Most times these local musi¬≠cians and song¬≠writ¬≠ers are busy doing their own shows and don‚Äôt get to see one another per¬≠form. The trib¬≠ute shows cre¬≠ate an oppor¬≠tu¬≠nity for reunion and mutual appre¬≠ci¬≠a¬≠tion for var¬≠i¬≠ous styles of local song craft. It‚Äôs about hav¬≠ing fun and it‚Äôs about grow¬≠ing as artists.

Cheers!
Cheers!‚ÄČ‚ÄĒ‚ÄČThe Smiths Tribute Show

Also appearing:

The series returns on 20 November to The Plant Shoppe with a trib¬≠ute to singer, song¬≠writer, and activist Nina Simone.

Gallery

Gallery: The Smiths Tribute Show

About Chris J. Zähller

International Man of Mystery. Cocktail Nerd. Occasionally designs websites. Sometimes snaps a picture or two.

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