TULSA – When the Oak Ridge Boys perform at 8 tonight at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, the band will be joined by a special guest.
The Cherokee National Youth Choir will perform “The Star Spangled Banner” and “Lean on Me” on Thursday before the Oak Ridge Boys take the stage. The groups will share the stage for an encore of “Elvira,” according to a news release.
“It is a great leadership exercise when our youth get the opportunity to perform on stage with such well-known talent, especially when our youth are performing in Cherokee,” said Chad Smith, Principal Chief, Cherokee Nation, in the release. “This is another opportunity for our youth choir to see the production and witness a performance of such great magnitude.”
Since 1973, the Oak Ridge Boys have released 27 studio albums, including 11 that have peaked in the top 10 of the Billboard country music charts. The band has released 56 singles, including 17 No. 1 hits as well as an additional 15 tracks that have reached the top 10.
Throughout its career, the band has crossed formats multiple times. In 1977, the Oaks sang backup on the Paul Simon hit “Slip Slidin’ Away,” and in 2009, the band covered the White Stripes’ hit “Seven Nation Army” for their most recent release, “The Boys Are Back.” They have performed with legends like Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Bill Monroe, George Jones and Shooter Jennings.
The Cherokee National Youth Choir performs traditional Cherokee songs in the Cherokee language. The choir is made up of more than 50 Cherokee young people from northeastern Oklahoma communities.
Its members are middle and high school youth between 6th and 12th grades. The students compete in rigorous auditions every year for inclusion in the Cherokee National Youth Choir. The Cherokee National Youth Choir is funded solely by the Cherokee Nation and administered through the Cherokee Nation Leadership Group.
The group has recorded nine CDs and received numerous national awards for their music and ambassadorship. To learn more, please visit www.youthchoir.cherokee.org.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa is located off of Interstate 44 at exit 240A. Ticket prices and information on upcoming shows are available online in The Joint section of www.hardrockcasinotulsa.com or by calling (918) 384-ROCK. The Joint box office is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m, Friday and Saturday. All guests must be 21 years of age or older.