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Ferris O’Brien: DJ, “Spy” Master

Talking about OKC’s champion of the radio waves



Ferris O’Brien

 

For many people, music is a coping mechanism, or at least a way of integrating our experiences with our emotions. For nearly three decades, Ferris O’Brien has been helping Oklahomans do exactly that, as well as shaping the musical tastes of thousands of people around the state.

“My first experience with Ferris was the same as a lot of people,” says Jonathan Fowler, Fowler Auto VP and community arts advocate. “I listened to him on radio in the ’90s. I had started a new school in Oklahoma City and was living in Norman. It wasn’t smooth at first, but eventually got better. Ferris was a big part of that transition for me.”

O’Brien, a Houston native, came to Oklahoma to attend OU, but his first radio job was at KDGE (The Edge) in Dallas. For anyone who loved alternative music – especially punk, post-punk and grunge – The Edge was the brass ring that eluded the Oklahoma City market. It was the music that was exploding all over the U.S., but not in Oklahoma.

“I learned everything I think I know at The Edge,” O’Brien says. “Everything The Spy is – format, additions, rotations – all came from Edge procedures.”

The Spy (KSPI) falls off the tongues of under 40s – and some under 50s – with a sincere affection, as if they are speaking of a good friend. For people like Fowler, The Spy was that friend who helped with life’s transitions and disappointments, as well as provided the musical backdrop to good times and milestones. The friendly voice behind it, and the guru who chose the music, was Ferris O’Brien.

Ryan LaCroix, who hosts the Oklahoma Rock Show on KSPI, met Ferris in 2009, but he had been listening to the voice for many years. “I listened to 93.7 KSPI when I was in high school in Yukon. You could only pick up the signal after the sun went down, but I vividly remember writing down bits of lyrics in my car to find out what song that was I just heard.”

Consolidation of media following the Telecommunications Act of 1996 made it difficult for independent or alternative bands to gain airtime. Around the country, DJs such as O’Brien – shaped in the heyday of ’70s FM radio – continued to fight for independent music. In fact, O’Brien is widely known for championing bands long before they made it big.

“The Spy undoubtedly has the largest collections of songs from The Flaming Lips in the world,” LaCroix says. “Hits, deep album cuts, b-sides, remixes, live versions. It’s incredible. Before All-American Rejects broke big in Stillwater, they used to send him their demo tapes and unreleased material.”

Stillwater was the locus of O’Brien’s kingdom through the ’90s. After 95X in Oklahoma City switched formats (away from alternative to adult easy listening), he accepted an offer to remake Stillwater’s KSPI here. In an incredibly unusual move, he was given creative control.

That transition would lead to The Spy, although the result was not as long-lived as it should have been. O’Brien spent nearly five years retooling KSPI, but in the end, industry consultants recommended a format change – to Britney Spears and other teen-pop icons.

He would spend the next several years playing specialty shows on radio around central Oklahoma, and in 2009, he purchased 105.3 FM. To do so, he had to enter into agreements with Citadel Communications, one of the largest media companies in the world. When the relationship crumbled, Citadel attempted to keep all the branding materials associated with The Spy. O’Brien said one of his proudest accomplishments is besting Citadel and retaining The Spy brand.

From August 2009 through most of 2010, he focused on developing programs, retooling the station, and solidifying The Spy brand. At the same time, O’Brien’s influence continued to shape the music scene in central Oklahoma, both in choices of programming and in helping artists and promoters get non-mainstream music into venues around the state.

Kerry Myers promotes independent artists around the state, and in some cases, even after they relocate. She counts O’Brien as one of her principal mentors. “Ferris has always offered support and guidance to me and my endeavors,” she says. “He’s a true mentor to me and others around the state.”

Singer-songwriter and Elms vocalist/guitarist Chelsea Cope moved to Oklahoma City seven years ago. She is a creative, smart songwriter with an indie rock sound that departs from the mainstream in the best ways possible. In terms of her career since coming to Oklahoma City, Cope gives O’Brien a good deal of credit for providing a showcase for her talent.

“Coming from a state that lacks in the arts compared to other larger cities, he has really broadened the way people think about music,” Cope says. “It’s not just Garth Brooks and Carrie Underwood.”

The final major shift came in late 2010 when O’Brien looked at the station’s ratings. “We figured out that nine of 10 listeners accessed The Spy by means other than radio,” he says. “We decided to try the format online. In December 2010, we went exclusively online.”

Taking an audience – at that time – of nearly 20,000 listeners to an online platform would be a risk for traditional radio, but O’Brien had carved out a non-traditional brand, so the listeners followed. The format worked through all of 2011, and then KOSU called and asked him to bring The Spy back on a part-time basis. O’Brien agreed, and so you can catch those specialty programs on 91.7 FM again from 7 p.m. - 5 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and during morning and evening slots on Sunday – in addition to the virtual airwaves.

“This would never have worked in Dallas,” O’Brien says. “It’s this city, the people – everyone got behind it.”

 

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Where:
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View map »


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View map »


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Website »

More information

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View map »


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Website »

More information

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Where:
Jewel Box Theater
3700 N Walker
OKC, OK  73118
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Telephone: 405.521.1786
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The downtown concert hall keeps pounding out the hits with a return from the energetic rapster.

Where:
The Criterion
500 E Sheridan
OKC, OK  73104
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Telephone: 405.406.7484
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The story of a planned flop that turns out to be a smash hit, Pollard is hoping for a much more straightforward success in this relentlessly comic Brooks adaptation.

Where:
Pollard Theater
120 W Harrison
Guthrie, OK  73044
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Telephone: 405.282.2800
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The diriving force behind podcast Never Not Funny and a veteran presence before and during Conan, Jimmy Pardo is one excellent comedian.

Where:
ACM@UCO Performance Lab
329 E Sheridan
OKC, OK  73104
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Free lunchtime serenades to sonically spice up your Thursdays.

Where:
Downtown Library
300 Park Ave
OKC, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.231.8650
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Internationally known multimedia artist Jeffrey Gibson’s first Oklahoma solo exhibition will feature recent artworks that draw upon his Native American heritage (Choctaw and Cherokee) and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary
3000 General Pershing Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK  73107
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 405.951.0000
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
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The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum will host Power and Prestige: Headdresses of the American Plains. This original exhibition includes nine headdresses from Northern and Southern...

Cost: Admission

Where:
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
1700 N.E. 63rd St
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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Sponsor: National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Telephone: 918-858-4680
Contact Name: Lacey Boone
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A mix of '90s and 2000s rock n' roll and some killer originals. Baker is an engaging, talented singer and guitarist!  No cover, smoke- and vape-free!

Cost: Free

Where:
NOIR Bistro & Bar
701 W. Sheridan Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.637.9389
Contact Name: George Adams
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The OKC Museum of Art screens overlooked treasures and unsung independent films.

Where:
OKC Museum of Art
415 Couch
OKC, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.236.3100
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The OKC Museum of Art screens overlooked treasures and unsung independent films.

Where:
OKC Museum of Art
415 Couch
OKC, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.236.3100
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The Paseo gallery hosts a visually arresting show featuring new works in acrylic by Jon Clarke.

Where:
In Your Eye Gallery
3005 Paseo
OKC, OK  73103
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Telephone: 405.525.2161
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A joint exhibition of Western portraiture and iconography from Oklahoma Hall of Fame artists Mike Larsen and Harold T. Holden.

Where:
OK Hall of Fame Museum
1400 N Classen
OKC, OK  73106
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Telephone: 405.235.4458
Website »

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The writers of Chicago and Cabaret take a stab at a musical whodunnit, as OU theater students embroil themselves in the mayhem.

Where:
Elsie Brackett Theater
600 Parrington
Norman, OK  73019
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Telephone: 405.325.4101
Website »

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A slice of American (and Oklahoman) history retakes the spotlight in this exhibition of works created under the New Deal's Federal Art Project.

Where:
OKC Museum of Art
415 Couch
OKC, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

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Gripping, dynamic, visually engrossing - the cover art of classic Western paperbacks isn't often found in museums, but this exhibition makes a case that perhaps it should be.

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd
OKC, OK  73111
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Telephone: 405.478.2250
Website »

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Say hi to Bali Ha'i as Jewel Box belts out a Rodgers and Hammerstein classic.

Where:
Jewel Box Theater
3700 N Walker
OKC, OK  73118
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Telephone: 405.521.1786
Website »

More information

A photographic collection that's deliberately a bit ... odd, it mines camerawork from the 20th century for images depicting the enigmatically uncanny.

Where:
OKC Museum of Art
415 Couch
OKC, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

More information

The story of a planned flop that turns out to be a smash hit, Pollard is hoping for a much more straightforward success in this relentlessly comic Brooks adaptation.

Where:
Pollard Theater
120 W Harrison
Guthrie, OK  73044
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Telephone: 405.282.2800
Website »

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Broadway performer and man of many talents Todrick Hall shares a personal spin on the land somewhere over the rainbow - don't miss it!

Where:
OKC Civic Center
201 N Walker
OKC, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.297.2264
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Self-billed as the best listening room in Oklahoma, it certainly has some of the best music - check online for updates.

Where:
The Blue Door
2805 N McKinley
OKC, OK  73106
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Telephone: 405.524.0738
Website »

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Multimedia artist Jeffrey Gibson interweaves fiber art, ceramics, video and performance art, painting and elements and influences from his Choctaw/Cherokee heritage for this captivating exhibition...

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center
3000 General Pershing
OKC, OK  73107
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Telephone: 405.951.0000
Website »

More information

They made the West come to life on screen; this photography collection showcases more privtae moments in their lives off camera and behind the scenes. Subjects include John Wayne, Bing Crosby, John...

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd
OKC, OK  73111
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Telephone: 405.478.2250
Website »

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The FAI hosts a collection of beauty from painter and instructor James Coplin.

Where:
Fine Arts Institute of Edmond
27 E Edwards
Edmond, OK  73034
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Telephone: 405.340.4481
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Born in Alaska and a frequent world traveler, Tippeconnic's emphatic visual style is informed by but by no means limited to interpreting his father's American Indian heritage.

Where:
Kasum Contemporary Fine Art
1706 NW 16th
OKC, OK  73106
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Telephone: 405.604.6602
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A veritable flood of creativity in many forms - paintings, sculpture, music, even food - fills downtown in this week of celebration; there's nothing else quite like it.

Where:
Bicentennial Park
500 Couch
OKC, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.270.4848
Website »

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Hearty food, heart-stirring music, plenty of games, competitions and feats of strength - highlights of Scotland's culture take center stage in this annual fest.

Where:
Kirkpatrick Family Farm
1001 S Garth Brooks
Yukon, OK  73099
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Telephone: 405.834.1876
Website »

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Students realize how much they miss their sweet teacher when they misbehave once too often and her substitute is a terror, in theis OK Children's Theatre production.

Where:
OCU Children's Center for the Arts
2501 N Blackwelder
OKC, OK  73106
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Telephone: 405.951.0011
Website »

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The legacy continues as students from the OU School of Visual Arts present their creations in this show celebrating its 103rd annual iteration.

Where:
Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art
555 Elm
Norman, OK  73019
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Telephone: 405.325.3272
Website »

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Music, music and more music - more than 300 bands of every description unite for a sonic tsunami to please the ears of tens of thousands of listeners in this free annual treat.

Where:
Downtown Norman
101 E Main
Norman, OK  73069
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Website »

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The OKCMOA explores the enduring art of Japanese woodblock prints, or ukiyo-e, in this visually dazzling exhibition. Kampai!

Where:
OKC Museum of Art
415 Couch
OKC, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

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Internationally known multimedia artist Jeffrey Gibson’s first Oklahoma solo exhibition will feature recent artworks that draw upon his Native American heritage (Choctaw and Cherokee) and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary
3000 General Pershing Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK  73107
View map »


Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 405.951.0000
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
Website »

More information

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum will host Power and Prestige: Headdresses of the American Plains. This original exhibition includes nine headdresses from Northern and Southern...

Cost: Admission

Where:
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
1700 N.E. 63rd St
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
View map »


Sponsor: National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Telephone: 918-858-4680
Contact Name: Lacey Boone
Website »

More information

Saturday cartoons aren’t just for the children anymore. Share the classics with your crew every Saturday on an Oklahoma River Cruise. Kids 6 and under ride free.

Cost: $15 (free for kids 6 and under)

Where:
Exchange Landing
1503 Exchange Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK  73109
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Telephone: 405.702.7755
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Jade Castle is a singer-songwriter from OKC, who started performing on stage at age 9 and has been obsessed with it ever since. She plays many shows around the metro and has started branching...

Cost: Free

Where:
NOIR Bistro & Bar
701 W. Sheridan Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.637.9389
Contact Name: George Adams
Website »

More information

A mix of '90s and 2000s rock n' roll and some killer originals. Baker is an engaging, talented singer and guitarist!  No cover, smoke- and vape-free!

Cost: Free

Where:
NOIR Bistro & Bar
701 W. Sheridan Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.637.9389
Contact Name: George Adams
Website »

More information

The OKC Museum of Art screens overlooked treasures and unsung independent films.

Where:
OKC Museum of Art
415 Couch
OKC, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

More information

The OKC Museum of Art screens overlooked treasures and unsung independent films.

Where:
OKC Museum of Art
415 Couch
OKC, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

More information

Self-billed as the best listening room in Oklahoma, it certainly has some of the best music - check online for updates.

Where:
The Blue Door
2805 N McKinley
OKC, OK  73106
View map »


Telephone: 405.524.0738
Website »

More information

The OKCMOA explores the enduring art of Japanese woodblock prints, or ukiyo-e, in this visually dazzling exhibition. Kampai!

Where:
OKC Museum of Art
415 Couch
OKC, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

More information

A trip to the amusement park becomes even more tempting with a shimmering set from For King & Country and Stars Go Dim.

Where:
Frontier City
11501 N I-35 Service
OKC, OK  73131
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Telephone: 405.478.2140
Website »

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He's quick with a quip or a song, and thoroughly entertaining overall in addition to being pretty funny - get tickets in advance so you don't have to improvise.

Where:
Riverwind Casino
1544 W Hwy 9
Norman, OK  73072
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Telephone: 405.322.6464
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A three-mile run might not sound so very daunting, but this circuit traverses a grueling variety of obstacles - climbing, splashing, crawling and eventually partying with triumph.

Where:
Lost Lakes
3501 NE 10th
OKC, OK  73117
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Telephone: 413.834.4498
Website »

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They made the West come to life on screen; this photography collection showcases more privtae moments in their lives off camera and behind the scenes. Subjects include John Wayne, Bing Crosby, John...

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd
OKC, OK  73111
View map »


Telephone: 405.478.2250
Website »

More information

Gripping, dynamic, visually engrossing - the cover art of classic Western paperbacks isn't often found in museums, but this exhibition makes a case that perhaps it should be.

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd
OKC, OK  73111
View map »


Telephone: 405.478.2250
Website »

More information

A slice of American (and Oklahoman) history retakes the spotlight in this exhibition of works created under the New Deal's Federal Art Project.

Where:
OKC Museum of Art
415 Couch
OKC, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

More information

A photographic collection that's deliberately a bit ... odd, it mines camerawork from the 20th century for images depicting the enigmatically uncanny.

Where:
OKC Museum of Art
415 Couch
OKC, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

More information

Multimedia artist Jeffrey Gibson interweaves fiber art, ceramics, video and performance art, painting and elements and influences from his Choctaw/Cherokee heritage for this captivating exhibition...

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center
3000 General Pershing
OKC, OK  73107
View map »


Telephone: 405.951.0000
Website »

More information

The downtown concert hall keeps pounding out the hits with a crowd-pleasing show from the Texan post-rockers .

Where:
The Criterion
500 E Sheridan
OKC, OK  73104
View map »


Telephone: 405.406.7484
Website »

More information

The story of a planned flop that turns out to be a smash hit, Pollard is hoping for a much more straightforward success in this relentlessly comic Brooks adaptation.

Where:
Pollard Theater
120 W Harrison
Guthrie, OK  73044
View map »


Telephone: 405.282.2800
Website »

More information

Born in Alaska and a frequent world traveler, Tippeconnic's emphatic visual style is informed by but by no means limited to interpreting his father's American Indian heritage.

Where:
Kasum Contemporary Fine Art
1706 NW 16th
OKC, OK  73106
View map »


Telephone: 405.604.6602
Website »

More information

A veritable flood of creativity in many forms - paintings, sculpture, music, even food - fills downtown in this week of celebration; there's nothing else quite like it.

Where:
Bicentennial Park
500 Couch
OKC, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.270.4848
Website »

More information

The writers of Chicago and Cabaret take a stab at a musical whodunnit, as OU theater students embroil themselves in the mayhem.

Where:
Elsie Brackett Theater
600 Parrington
Norman, OK  73019
View map »


Telephone: 405.325.4101
Website »

More information

Hearty food, heart-stirring music, plenty of games, competitions and feats of strength - highlights of Scotland's culture take center stage in this annual fest.

Where:
Kirkpatrick Family Farm
1001 S Garth Brooks
Yukon, OK  73099
View map »


Telephone: 405.834.1876
Website »

More information

Students realize how much they miss their sweet teacher when they misbehave once too often and her substitute is a terror, in theis OK Children's Theatre production.

Where:
OCU Children's Center for the Arts
2501 N Blackwelder
OKC, OK  73106
View map »


Telephone: 405.951.0011
Website »

More information

Say hi to Bali Ha'i as Jewel Box belts out a Rodgers and Hammerstein classic.

Where:
Jewel Box Theater
3700 N Walker
OKC, OK  73118
View map »


Telephone: 405.521.1786
Website »

More information

The legacy continues as students from the OU School of Visual Arts present their creations in this show celebrating its 103rd annual iteration.

Where:
Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art
555 Elm
Norman, OK  73019
View map »


Telephone: 405.325.3272
Website »

More information

Music, music and more music - more than 300 bands of every description unite for a sonic tsunami to please the ears of tens of thousands of listeners in this free annual treat.

Where:
Downtown Norman
101 E Main
Norman, OK  73069
View map »


Website »

More information

A joint exhibition of Western portraiture and iconography from Oklahoma Hall of Fame artists Mike Larsen and Harold T. Holden.

Where:
OK Hall of Fame Museum
1400 N Classen
OKC, OK  73106
View map »


Telephone: 405.235.4458
Website »

More information

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