Tower Theatre teams up again with COOP Ale Works to host a monthly concert series supporting Oklahoma City’s music scene. January's COOP Showcase features performances by critically-acclaimed, local artists Samantha Crain, John Calvin Abney and Shawnee native Kierston White on Thurs., Jan. 17 at Tower Theatre in Oklahoma City. Local embroidery artist, Sam Smith, will display her artwork in the Tower lobby. Tickets are on sale now.
Samantha Crain is a Choctaw singer, songwriter, poet, producer and musician from Oklahoma. She is a two-time, Native American GRAMMY Award winner and her discography has been critically-acclaimed by media outlets such as Rolling Stone, SPIN, Paste, No Depression, NPR, PRI, The Guardian, NME, Uncut and others. She has toured extensively other the past 11 years nationally and internationally, presenting rollicking, folk-rock shows with a band and intimate, folk-leaning solo performances. Crain has toured with The Avett Brothers, Langhorne Slim, First Aid Kit, Neutral Milk Hotel, Murder By Death, The Mountain Goats, Brandi Carlile and many other bands and artists.
For the past decade, John Calvin Abney has made a name for himself as a solo artist and sought-after sideman. He’s toured as lead guitarist for fellow Oklahoman John Moreland, recording with him on his last two acclaimed albums, and in between, the prolific Abney found time to add another impressive record to his own catalog (2016’s “Far Cries And Close Calls”), supporting the release with a run of solo shows during a whirlwind year filled with as much struggle as success. Abney’s newest full-length, “Coyote,” draws from this tumultuous time, fearlessly staring down distance, isolation and fading love, as well as loss, fear and disassociation from the self.
Kierston White is a singer, guitarist and songwriter from Shawnee, OK who performs solo and with trio The Tequila Songbirds (Camille Harp, Elizabee). She is part of a new generation of Oklahoma songwriters giving fresh legitimacy to the craft. The occasional heavy vibrato of her voice quivers with the sensibility of a broken heart breaking forward through the fog and mist of lost love and new freedom. White released her first and only album in 2014 and looks forward to a new record in 2019.
Local visual artist, Sam Smith, is currently a vendor at DNA Galleries in the Plaza District, where she sells various quirky embroidery pieces. She also creates and sells personalized commissioned embroidery work and is the host of the podcast Odd Artist. Her work can be found scattered throughout various homes and businesses in the Oklahoma City area.
The COOP Showcase is Thurs., Jan. 17 at Tower Theatre in Oklahoma City. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at www.towertheatreokc.com, calling 405-70-TOWER, or by visiting a Tower Theatre Box Office, located at Citizens Bank of Edmond and Tower Theatre.
Tower Theatre is Oklahoma City’s most iconic, live music venue, located at 425 NW 23rd Street in historic Uptown 23rd. For more information about the COOP Showcase, upcoming events at Tower Theatre and to purchase tickets visit http://www.towertheatreokc.com.