TULSAMUSIC.net TOP 5 : 11/5/12
Monday, November 5, 2012
1. Grace Potter & the Nocturnals + Rayland Baxter
8pm | Wednesday November 7 | Cain's Ballroom | all-ages | $28/$30/$39
If you haven't seen Grace Potter & the Nocturnals yet, you're missing out on multiple levels. Not only is Potter one of the hottest women in rock & roll, she's got a voice that can alternatingly melt your your heart with soul and snarl with a distinct rock ferocity. Although the band started out with more of a jam band vibe and turned more commercial with the group's last, self titled album, Potter and her compatriots have found a balance with her latest album; The Lion, The Beast, The Beat, incorporating a little soul, a little rock and even a few dance beats as the group continues to expand its palette. The last time Potter was here, she was splitting the bill with Robert Randolph. This time, the stage is hers and she's a commanding presence, so you can expect a great show that covers all corners of the rock spectrum. Rayland Baxter opens the show.
2. Bravo Delta + Swampfox + Distant Lights + Admiral Grey + Hey Dollface!
8pm | Saturday November 10 | The Shrine | 21+ | $8/$10
Whenever Brandon Davis returns to town, it's occasion for his fans to rejoice and welcome an old friend. When it's with his latest project, Bravo Delta, however, it's game on. This is the band that has allowed Davis to find his balance between hard rock and melodic sensibility and still revolve around introspective lyrics. Add guitarist Andy Ingraham (also a Tulsa native) to the mix, and you've got a homecoming show by one of the best independent melodic hard rock bands you'll find. This one's a full bill with Distant Lights and Admiral Grey joining for the fall tour and local openers Hey Dollface! and the return of Swampfox to cap things off. If you love hard rock, you won't want to miss this one.
3. Fiawna Forte + Honeylark + Kyle Reid
10pm | Friday November 9 | Soundpony | 21+ | FREE
We already know that Fiawna Forte always brings a great show, so Friday night at Soundpony is undoubtedly a safe bet. what really makes this show intriguing, however, is the Tulsa debut of Honeylark, featuring Natalie and Ryan Houck (formerly of Green Corn Revival). The new project's initial single, "Afternoon", strikes a fine balance between country and Americana roots and indie-pop sensibility, promising this could be one of the most intriguing and creative projects to come out of Oklahoma this year. The song is also a duet with Forte, which all but guarantees this pairing will share the stage for at least a song - and likely be one of the best nights of music that the Soundpony crowd experiences this fall. As an added bonus, Kyle Reid opens the night.
4. Jerrod Neimann + Tyler Farr + Sean Patrick McGraw
8pm | Thursday November 8 | Cain's Ballroom | all-ages | $23/$27/$34
Jerrod Neimann may seem like the flavor of the month, but once you dig into his latest album, you'll find that he's more in tune with his country roots than you might initially think. With his latest album, Free the Music, he takes pieces from each era of country music's history and melds it together to create something fresh, pulling it all into the present. Now, the question is, can he make it all work in the live venue? Considering his strong touring history, it's safe to be he can. Now headlining his own tour, Neimann brings the "Free the Music" tour to the revered Cain's Ballroom with opening acts Tyler Farr and Sean McGraw.
5. Jackson Browne + Sara Watkins
8pm | Saturday November 10 | The Joint | 21+ | $60-$70
The Joint always seems to hook some intriguing shows and this week is no different. This time it's a night with Jackson Browne as he digs deep into his catalog of songs to explore what now stretches into four decades of songwriting and hits. In a rarity for shows at The Joint, Browne is also bringing along a "Special Guest" to open the show, so make sure to arrive early and check out singer/songwriter Sara Watkins to open the evening and be prepared to soak in a plethora of songs and stories from Browne before the night is over.
BONUS: Deadman Flatts
10pm | Saturday November 10 | Mercury Lounge | 21+ | $5
You didn't really think a week could slip by without Mercury Lounge making its presence known, did you? Even on a week with big shows, Reggie and his crew consistently pull in bands that you know will guarantee a good night out. This Saturday night, it's the return of Deadman Flats for an eclectic night of bluegrass, attitude and alcohol fueled revelry that will cap you weekend off right.