Song and dance, words and music: summer arts festivals offer something for everyone | Arts & Theater
The month of June is full of entertainment with festivals that feature local, regional, national and international artists performing everything from contemporary dance to country music, living history to fun for kids, from cool jazz to whimsical violin.
fifth night of summerJune 2-August. 4
Utica Square, 21st Street and Utica Avenue
One of Tulsa’s most popular traditions returns, as the Utica Square mall hosts its annual Summer’s Fifth Night concert series, featuring outdoor concerts featuring an eclectic lineup of local artists offering everything from jazz to rock and country.
The series kicks off June 2 with dance rock band Zodiac, followed by Dixieland jazz from Steve Ham’s Jambalaya Jass Band on June 9.
Longtime Mid-life Crisis Band will play classic rock on June 16, with Denise Hoey & the Boulevard playing pop rock on June 23, and Western Horn & The Hush bringing power funk to the Square on June 30.
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Subsequent acts include Annie Ellicott & the Lucky 7, July 7; country-rock singer Mary Cogan on July 14; Grooveyard, July 21; R&B artist Tony Mason, July 28; and smooth jazz sax master Grady Nichols, Aug. 4.
international dance festivalJune 3-16
Choregus Productions has been bringing some of the world’s leading contemporary dance ensembles to Tulsa for over 15 years, and its Summer Heat International Dance Festival has been a way to introduce new, emerging companies as well as established troupes to Tulsa audiences.
This year, the festival will span three weeks and several locations.
The Limón Dance Company, which has been at the forefront of modern dance in America for 75 years, will present a program of classic pieces and new commissions at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 at the Lorton Performance Center, 550 S. Gary Ave. Company members will also present a talk and demonstration on company history at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 3 at Tulsa Ballet’s Studio K, 1212 E. 45th Place.
A unique blend of contemporary choreography and classic literature will be showcased when Mixed eMotions Theatrix presents “Gatsby,” a comprehensive, site-specific work inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, and performed in what Tulsa comes closest to. a “Gatsby-style broadcast – the historic Harwelden Mansion, 2210 S. Main St. Performances will be at 6:30 p.m. June 8-9.
The festival culminates with the Oklahoma debut of Canadian band Tentacle Tribe, which will blend contemporary ballet, street dance, martial arts and hip-hop in a one-night piece titled “Ghost,” at 8 p.m. June 16 at the Studio K from Tulsa Ballet.
Tickets range from $40 to $75.
Tulsa ChautauquaJune 7-11
Tulsa Historical Society, 2435 S. Peoria Ave.
The old saying goes, “If you remember the 1960s, then you weren’t there.” It was a turbulent decade of war and social upheaval, as well as sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.
All of these things will be discussed at Tulsa Chautauqua 2022, themed “Surviving the ’60s: Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll,” taking place June 7-11 at the Tulsa Historical Society.
Five academics will portray personalities from this momentous decade in “living history” presentations which will take place each evening at 7 p.m., under a large tent on the grounds of the THS.
Joey Madia will appear as Beat poet Allan Ginsburg on June 7, followed by John Denis Anderson as novelist and memoirist Christopher Isherwood on June 8; Karen Vuranch as singer “Mama” Cass Elliot, June 9; A. Theodore Kachel as psychologist and LSD advocate Timothy Leary, June 10; and Randy Noojin as John Lennon on June 11.
In addition to public presentations, each researcher will lead daytime workshops that explore themes and ideas associated with the life and work of their characters.
All Chautauqua events are free and open to the public.
Tuesdays at the parkJune 7-28
Central Park, 1500 S. Main St., broken spire
The Tuesdays in the Park concert series returns to Broken Arrow’s Central Park with four concerts featuring local musicians. Participants are encouraged to bring blankets or folding chairs. Concessions will be available for purchase, with a portion of proceeds going to ArtsOk, the non-profit organization presenting the series.
Food trucks will begin serving at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday evening in June, with performances beginning at 7 p.m.
Pop-rock band Zodiac will be the featured artist on June 7, with jazz saxophonist Grady Nichols headlining the June 14 concert. The Hi-Fi Hillbillies will perform their classic rock show at the park on June 21, and the series wraps up June 28 with HomeSkillet performing some of the best tunes from the 1990s.
OKM Music FestivalJune 9-13
The “Festival formerly known as OK Mozart” returns for its 37th season with an eclectic lineup of shows that will feature everything from bluegrass to jazz, country to chamber music. The festival will also spread its shows to a number of venues, including the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Bartlesville Community Center and the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa.
The festival kicks off June 9 with an outdoor multimedia event at the Tower Center at Unity Square in downtown Bartlesville that will feature performances by the Bartlesville Civic Ballet, Sarah Maud Band and Tulsa Honors Baroque Orchestra, followed by of a performance of the classic Fred The Musical “Top Hat” by Astaire and Ginger Rogers, with songs by Irving Berlin.
The June 10 concert will be “A Night of Country” at the Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve, west of Bartlesville, with lead track Josh Turner, backing his new album “Country State of Mind,” joined by the swing trio western Hot Club of Cowtown and 15-year-old phenom Madi McGuire.
Grammy Award-winning singer Catherine Russell will headline ‘An Evening of Jazz’ on June 11 at the Bartlesville Community Center, while the Amanda Cook Band will perform ‘Bluegrass in the Afternoon’ on June 12 . Both shows are held at the Bartlesville Community Center, 300 SE Adams Blvd.
The festival will conclude with a one-time “progressive classical concert” on June 13 at the Philbrook Museum of Art, 2727 S. Rockford Road.
Two acclaimed chamber music ensembles, the Balourdet Quartet and the Verona Quartet will be presented along with the Tulsa Honors Baroque Orchestra and Tulsa harpist Lorlelei Barton. Performers will present short programs at various locations in and around the museum and Philbrook grounds, with patrons moving from group to group, while enjoying cocktails, canapes and desserts.
Tickets for individual events range from free to $100 per person, and space for some events is limited. Festival-Wide Season Passes offer a 10% discount and reserved seating (where available) for all Main Stage events.
American Heritage Music Festival
Grove Civic Center, 1702 Main Street
The American Heritage Music Festival and Grand Lake National Fiddle Contest will kick off a 2022 summer festival series by Grand Lake Festivals Inc. and the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce.
The festival will coincide with Toes in the Grand weekend at Wolf Creek Park. This will be the third year that the two events have combined for one big family event.
The American Heritage Music Festival begins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 9 with a lakeside dinner, free entertainment and a jam at Snider’s Camp. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
The Grand Lake National Fiddle Competition begins at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 10 at Wolf Creek Park with four divisions for all ages, including an open division where fiddlers will compete for a top prize of $1,000.
Featured musical artists will include Jana Jae, Barry “Bones” Patton, Clint Walker and the Junior Marriott Western Swing Band.
Highway Festival in Henryetta
Nichols Park, 12140 Laurel Road, Henryetta
Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman, who went to high school in Henryetta, is the driving force behind the Highway to Henryetta Festival, a one-day event that will feature artists Blake Shelton, Pat Green, the Josh Abbott Band, Wade Bowen, Stoney LaRue, George Dunham & the Bird Dogs, the Steve Helms Band, Mikayla Lane and Val Mooty.
Presented by AT&T, proceeds from the festival will benefit education and community initiatives in Henryetta.
Greenwood District, Archer Street and Greenwood Avenue
Tulsa’s Juneteenth Festival 2022 will fill the Greenwood district with music, art and information designed to uplift body and soul.
The June 16 festival kicks off with a block party from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. featuring Natalie Lauren, Majeste Amour, David Townsend and Zoe.
Main stage performances on June 17 will be offered by DJ View, Whesli & The Wise Men, Tea Rush & The Wise Men and Koolie High & The Wise Men. A national headliner, to be announced later, is scheduled to perform at 9:10 p.m.
Mainstage performers on June 18 will include DJ View, Alexandria Nicole & TCB, Omaley B, Soul Cool Band and a national headliner at 9:10 p.m.
A children’s zone will be set up at BS Roberts Park, just north of the OSU-Tulsa campus, with activities such as a three-on-three basketball challenge, frozen dancing, jumping rope and Moreover.
Entrance to the festival is free.
Guthrie Green, 111 E. Path of Reconciliation
This year marks the 76th anniversary of the Starlight Band, the region’s professional concert band. The concerts, which take place from 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, are free and family events. Participants are encouraged to bring blankets or portable chairs.
The series kicks off June 14 with “British Rock Royalty,” a concert that will feature the Starlight Concert Band with the University of Tulsa High School Summer Band. The Starlight Jazz Orchestra will perform a program called “The Sixties, Before Everything Changed…” on June 21, while the 145th Army Band, also known as “The Governor’s Own,” will join the Starlight Concert Band for the “Americans We “concert on June 28th.
Mach Schnell, the traditional German marching band from Tulsa, will be the guest artist for the orchestra’s “German Fest in July” concert on July 12. Singer Allison Walden, winner of the 2018 Tulsa Sings competition! competition, will perform with the harmony orchestra on July 19 for “Between the sun and the moon”, the jazz orchestra will close the series on July 26 with “Jazz under the stars”.
Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve, 1925 Woolaroc Ranch Road, Bartlesville
The grounds of Woolaroc transform into a land of arts and crafts, games, live music, inflatables and more for the museum’s annual Kids Fest. While youngsters partake in the entertainment on offer, adults can admire the museum’s unique collection of Western art and memorabilia or stroll through the grounds to spot the domestic and exotic creatures that inhabit Woolaroc. Kids Fest is free with regular admission to the museum, which is free for ages 12 and under (adult admission is $14).