Wednesday Video Spotlight: New trailers for “Man of Steel,” “Star Trek into Darkness,” “Lone Ranger” and “R.I.P.D”
In this Video Spotlight, check out the new trailers for the eagerly awaited upcoming films “Man of Steel,” “Star Trek into Darkness,” “The Lone Ranger,” “R.I.P.D.,” “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “Iron Man 3.”
Watch Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star Russell Westbrook and basketball legend Walt “Clyde” Frazier contrast their fashion-forward sensibilities in this extended “Style Points” ad for Levi’s 501 Jeans.
The campaign includes a chance to tweet a photo of your 501 style with #501Westbrook for a chance to win a meet-and-greet and private styling session with the OKC point guard.
For more information, go to www.espn.com/levis501.
The Thunder are in the midst of their final regular season game tonight at Chesapeake Energy Arena vs. the Milwaukee Bucks. The game is airing on Fox Sports Oklahoma.
Wednesday Video Spotlight: Jimmy Wayne shares songs and stories about his childhood and Meet Me Halfway walk
Three years after his Meet Me Halfway walking tour, Jimmy Wayne is still walking the walk.
I first met the country singer in 2010, when he passed through Oklahoma City on his almost 1,700-mile Meet Me Halfway walk from Nashville, Tenn., to Phoenix, Ariz. He took the walk to raise awareness of the plight of homeless teens, particularly those who age out of the foster care system.
“It was the most incredible journey of my life. I wouldn’t take a step of it back,” It was the hardest thing that I’d ever tried to do physically,” Wayne said last month during an Oklahoma City stop.
“That walk, without even realizing, helped me more than anything else has ever done. Just mentally, it just cleanses your mine. It just really does.”
As a teenager, the North Carolina native experienced homelessness firsthand. His single mother was an alcoholic who married a violent abuser shortly after her she finished her second prison term.
His stepfather soon ended up on the run from the law with Wayne and his mother in tow, and one night in Pensecola, Fla., they abandoned the 13-year-old boy at the bus station. He was on his own.
Last month, Wayne, 40, spoke and sang songs about his troubled childhood and his uplifting walk at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. He was the inspirational performer at the ZORRO (Zeroing in on Resilience and Recovery in Oklahoma) Summit organized by the Oklahoma State Department of Metal Health and Substance Abuse Services and the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.
These days, Wayne’s performances feature the singer, his guitar and his songs as well as his stories from his childhood and his walk.
He will return to Oklahoma City to perform Saturday at Bids for Kids, a benefit for Citizens Caring for Children, and Sept. 13 at Angels of Destiny, a fundraiser for Deaconess Pregnancy & Adoption Services.
To read my new feature on Wayne, click here.
Since I really enjoyed reconnecting with the singer, I’m putting him in this week’s Video Spotlight, which includes my 2010 interview with him.
What: Bids for Kids.
Benefiting: Citizens Caring for Children, a nonprofit agency helping to meet the needs of children in foster care.
When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club, 7000 NW Grand Blvd.
Information: 753-4099 or http://cccokc.org.
What: Angels of Destiny.
Benefiting: Deaconess Pregnancy & Adoption Services, a nonprofit care-oriented adoption agency.
When: 7 p.m. Sept. 13.
Where: National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63.
Information: 949-4200 or www.deaconessadoption.org.
As previously reported, Sunday was a big night for Tishomingo’s country music power couple, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert.
Shelton co-hosted the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards and performed solo, in the star-studded opening number that included his bride and the closing number featuring R&B legend Stevie Wonder.
Lambert won a leading four trophies, including one she shared with her husband, and performed twice, counting the show opener.
In addition, Checotah native Carrie Underwood belted her latest chart-topper, and Owasso resident Garth Brooks teamed for the first time with fellow ACM Artist of the Decade George Strait.
To read my live blog of the ACM Awards, click here.
And check out these video clips of the Oklahomans performing during the show:
Norman native Vince Gill and Owasso resident Trisha Yearwood are among the venerable country and R&B artists featured in Universal Music Group’s new compilation series “Ballad.”
In this Video Spotlight, we’re compiling a few of the Grammy winners’ ballad videos.
Here is the track listing for Gill’s “Ballads” CD:
- I Still Believe in You
- Look At Us
- When Love Finds You
- Let’s Make Sure We Kiss Goodbye
- If I Didn’t Have You in My World
- The Only Love
- What They All Call Love
- Nothing Like a Woman
- Whenever You Come Around
- You and You Alone
- When I Call Your Name
And here is the track listing for Yearwood’s “Ballads”:
- How Do I Live
- Thinkin’ About You
- Maybe It’s Love
- Walkaway Joe
- I Need You
- The Nightingale
- Down on My Knees
- When We Were Still in Love
- You’re Where I Belong
- A Lover is Forever
- I Would’ve Loved You Anyway
- The Song Remembers When
Rascal Flatts and Journey are teaming up again this summer, with plans to co-headline a one-night only concert in Hershey, Penn., on Aug. 1 at Hersheypark Stadium. The show will go on sale Friday. The Band Perry and Cassadee Pope are the special guests.
Superstar country band Rascal Flatts, which includes Picher-bred guitarist Joe Don Rooney, and platinum-selling pop-rock band Journey, which includes Oklahoma-born guitarist Neal Schon, first performed together on the 2012 CMT Music Awards when they closed the show with the megahit “Don’t Stop Believin’.” The bands also participated in the critically-acclaimed episode of the “CMT Crossroads” series during Super Bowl XLVII.
“We had a blast performing with Journey!” said Gary LeVox, lead singer for Rascal Flatts, in a news release. “Our respect for them as musicians deepened through the television shows we did together that talk soon lead to wanting to do more. We are very excited about this concert.”
“Our most recent performances with Rascal Flatts were awesome,” added Schon in the release. “They’re great guys and great musicians, and we’re looking forward to this show.”
Rascal Flatts is the best-selling country vocal group of the past decade, and with the No. 1 debut of the trio’s latest album, “Changed,” they have the distinction of being one of only four acts to have seven consecutive studio albums debut in the top spot on the Billboard Country Albums chart during the Soundscan era. Since their musical debut in 2000, the band has sold more than 21 million albums, 25 million digital downloads and delivered 14 No. 1 singles to the top of the charts. Rascal Flatts is also the most awarded country group of the past decade, earning over 40 trophies from the American Country Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards, American Music Awards, Country Music Association, People’s Choice Awards and more.
Since its formation in 1973 in San Francisco, Journey has earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 gold and platinum albums. The band’s “Greatest Hits” album is certified 15-times platinum, bringing Journey into the elite club of diamond-certified album holders. Journey was awarded the prestigious “Legend of Live Award” at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards in honors of the band’ssignificant and lasting contributions to live music and the touring business, and in acknowledgement of their commitment to the fans and the art of performing live. 2011 also marked the 30th anniversary of the band’s seminal anthem, “Don’t Stop Believin’,” which was honored as the top-selling digital classic rock song in history by Nielsen SoundScan. The group received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005.
Live Nation is tour promoter and additional information can be found at www.livenation.com .
I previously shared a few video clips from the bands’ “CMT Crossroads” concert, and here are a few more:
As previously reported, Tulsa-based pop-rock trio Hanson was the musical guest Tuesday on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” where they performed their bouncy new single “Get the Girl Back.” Check out the performance in the last segment on Tuesday night’s episode, posted above.
The band of brothers recently announced the release of their new album and world tour. Titled “Anthem,” the new record will be released on June 18. The North and South American leg of the “Anthem World Tour” begins July 18 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and ends Nov. 20 in Charlotte, N.C.
On Tuesday, the band released the new album’s lead-off single, “Get The Girl Back,” along with launching the presale of the highly anticipated album and the onsale of the North and South American leg of their world tour, including deluxe album and ticket bundles. For more information, go to www.hanson.net.
To see the official, super-fun music video for “Get The Girl Back,” featuring Kat Dennings (“2 Broke Girls”) and Nikki Reed (“The Twilight Saga”), click here.
The video is a narrative tale that features the band performing in a packed club backed by an old-school brass section that accentuates the retro aesthetic of the song. “Anthem” was produced and written by the band and was mixed by Tom Lord-Alge. According to a news release, it features a more guitar-driven sound, pulling from a series of harder hitting rock and R&B influences from James Brown to early Michael Jackson, and AC/DC.
This year marks the 21st anniversary of Hanson. The brothers – Isaac, Taylor and Zac – have been nominated for multiple Grammys, released five studio albums, spawning a string of hit singles, including their 1997 No. 1 smash “MMMbop,” and have sold more than 16 million albums worldwide.
Wednesday Video Spotlight: The Flaming Lips perform, talk about “Look…The Sun is Rising,” from “The Terror”
Oklahoma City-based psychedelic rockers The Flaming Lips just finished playing the “Late Show with David Letterman” in support of their upcoming 13th studio album, “The Terror,” due out in the U.S. on April 16.
I’ll be posting video of tonight’s Letterman performance once it becomes available, but in the meantime, check out frontman Wayne Coyne’s talk about the opening track “Look…The Sun is Rising,” as well as the band performing the song at last month’s South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. As an added bonus, check out the Lips’ full Warner Sound set at The Belmont at SXSW:
As previously reported, Oklahoma native Kristin Chenoweth paid homage to “The Dames of Broadway — All of ‘Em!!!” during a special “Live from Lincoln Center” concert televised Sunday on PBS.
Check out these unaired clips from the show of the Tony- and Emmy-winning actress/singer performing “Dance: 10; Looks: 3″ from “A Chorus Line” (in which she introduces her parents, who still live in her hometown of Broken Arrow, and tells a funny story about winning a role in the famed musical) and “Edelweiss” from one of her favorite musicals, “The Sound of Music.” Also, view the full-length version of her performance of “Somebody, Somewhere” from “Most Happy Fella.”
To see the broadcast of “The Dames of Broadway — All of ‘Em!!!,” click here.
Chenoweth will appear tonight on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” airing at 10:35 p.m. weekdays on NBC.
In addition, she will appear on “The Talk” at 1 p.m. Friday on CBS.
She plays a self-absorbed businesswoman taken hostage by her frustrated teenaged daughter (Olesya Rulin) in her latest film, the outrageous comedy “Family Weekend,” which is due in theaters March 29 but already available on video on demand.
Watch Kristin Chenoweth performs full-length "Somebody, Somewhere" on PBS. See more from pbs.
Watch Kristin Chenoweth performs full-length "Somebody, Somewhere" on PBS. See more from pbs.
Wednesday Video Spotlight: Kristin Chenoweth answers Rapid Fire Questions in the Hot Seat before her “Live From Lincoln Center” broadcast Sunday
In this video, Oklahoma City University alumna Kristin Chenoweth sits down for a “Rapid Fire Questions” Q-and-A with “Live From Lincoln Center” to promote Sunday’s PBS broadcast of her one-woman show: “The Dames of Broadway… All of ‘Em!”
The Broken Arrow native’s “Live From Lincoln Center” performance will air at 7 p.m. on PBS (that’s OETA here in Oklahoma).
During the televised concert, Chenoweth will be joined by Mary-Mitchell Campbell and Richard Jay-Alexander in a cavalcade of the greatest hits from Broadway shows like “42nd Street,” “The Most Happy Fella,” “Carousel,” “Show Boat,” “Wonderful Town,” “The Music Man,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Funny Girl” and “Hello, Dolly!”
On Friday, look for my column previewing the show.