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OK Mozart and Original Artist Agency Present: An Evening with The Vespers
By Tourism Industry Partner
Bartlesville, Ok – OK MOZART MUSIC FESTIVAL and Original Artist Agency are excited to bring to Bartlesville one of the most refreshing sounds in the music industry today.
"I am ecstatic to work with OK Mozart to help bring great original music to varying venues throughout the community," said OAA founder Cris Cunningham. "We have highly talented acts coming to Bartlesville every Saturday night, but rarely do we have an opportunity to host musicians playing the next level of venues across the country. This will be a special evening of great music."
The Vespers. It’s two sisters, two brothers, four friends, eleven instruments, one fun little folk band. However you do the math, The Vespers are a force to be reckoned with. In the spring of 2010, the newly formed group from Nashville released their debut album, Tell Your Mama, which has been received greatly by critics and fans alike. The indie release even managed to sneak on to a few top 20 lists before the year’s end. The critics have hailed the band as “magnificently unforgettable” and “fresh and infectious”. “I was just about knocked off my stool”, exclaimed Angie Santiago of No Depression.
While The Vespers don't officially classify themselves as a Christian band, one listen to their lyrics proves that this is a band made up of Christians. Their songs are filled with hope and faith and are a great indication of how they live their lives - with integrity and goodness, and based in the lessons of the spirit.
As all will concur who have had the privilege to hear them perform, this is the band to watch and, most certainly, to listen for.
This perfect union of sound has been in the making for years, though just never before the fearsome foursome as it stands today. Callie and Phoebe Cryar have been honing their craft for many years, having been brought up in a musical family and having the luxury of being born and raised in a city ripe with undiluted talent. Their vocal exchange and pure harmonies have been described as “two angels”, “ghostly and haunting”, “honey sweet” and “serene”. Accepting no side note to their vocal prowess is their expansive instrumental skills. The sisters travel with guitar, ukulele, banjo, electric bass, accordion, and mandolin in tow knowing full well how to wield each one effectively. As a duo, Phoebe and Callie recognized that all was not complete in the band they had dubbed The Vespers. A bottom end was to be desired. So as the story goes, at a campfire jam one night, the girls met musical eyes with two long-locked boys who were doing their own thing around Music City.
Taylor and Bruno Jones knew instantly that that campfire jam was a fateful event. After a single show combining Taylor’s percussion and Bruno’s acoustic bass to the sisters’ sound, the band was set. The boys’ “tight and creative rhythm section” is grounded in the earthy volume of the gritty southern rock and lowdown blues that they were exposed to at a young age. That raw approach to the music and to the live stage show was the missing ingredient to The Vespers’ overall approach that is said to be “reminiscent of hearing the words ‘I love you’ for the first time.”
“We are excited to be partnering with the Original Artist Agency. This is the first of our year- round house concert series and The Vespers is the perfect group to kick this off! Special thanks to Mark and Debbie Haskell for the use of their space and providing the drinks, and a thank you to Frank and Lola’s for providing the food. The arts are continuing to grow in Bartlesville and The Vespers is going to be a concert you do not want to miss!” said Shane Jewell, Executive Director of OK Mozart.
Tickets for The Vespers are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and will include complimentary appetizers, beer and wine. The Vespers will perform Sunday, September 25, 5:30pm – 8:30pm at Mark and Debbie Haskell’s Downtown Space in Bartlesville: 115 Frank Phillips Blvd. Bartlesville, OK 74003
For more information on The Vespers or to purchase advance tickets for the event, visit the OK MOZART Festival office at 415 South Dewey in Bartlesville, or call 918-336-9800. Tickets can be purchased by phone using a credit card.
The OK MOZART International Festival takes place every June in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and is made possible through the support of the Oklahoma Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Allied Arts & Humanities Council of Bartlesville, ConocoPhillips, ABB, Accenture and individual, corporate and foundation patrons throughout the USA. This year OK MOZART was nominated by the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits for the Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence Award. The American Bus Association selected the OK MOZART Festival as one of the Top 100 Bus Tour Events in North America for 2011.
In addition to its internationally-acclaimed classical and chamber music concert series, OK MOZART presents a variety of performing arts, including dance, jazz, pops and Broadway show tunes, as well as a full program of related cultural events throughout the annual ten-day Festival. These include many daytime Showcase Events -- mini-concerts, talks and tours. The OK MOZART Festival is produced by OK MOZART, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
For more information on the Festival, visit www.okmozart.com. To learn more about patron
benefits and sponsorship opportunities, call the OKM Festival office at 918-336-9900.
OK MOZART Festival
415 South Dewey Ave.
Bartlesville, OK 74003
Tom Brown, Public Relations Director
Tel: 918-336-9900 / Fax: 918-336-9525