Friday, July 31, 2009

Update on the AAR Front

Fixing AAR
Director of Exhibits Jeff Moore fixing the AAR panel.

Just thought we'd show you that yes, history is being made every day! Remember our previous entry about the All-American Rejects on the Today Show? Well, later that day we updated their panel in the exhibit to show that "Gives You Hell" had indeed made it to #1.

Thanks Tyson, Nick, Mike, and Chris!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Dfest 2009!

Well Rock and Rollers, Dfest in Tulsa has come and gone, and we here at the History Center were there to document every music-filled, jam-packed minute of it. While our crack team of videographers caught interviews with some of the industry’s shining stars and up-and-comers during the conference, we sold a few copies of Another Hot Oklahoma Night: A Rock and Roll Story and got out some information about the amazing exhibit that you still need to come see down here at 23rd and Lincoln. In the evenings, we videoed and photographed the local bands making good on the various stages and watched the crowds go wild (including yours truly!) for the headliners like Blue October, Cake, and the Black Crowes.

Dfest 2009
Colourmusic kicked off the festival Thursday night with a great performance at the IDL Ballroom.

Dfest 2009
During the day we talked to folks about the exhibit, sold the book, and conducted interviews for the upcoming documentary and for the oral history collections.

Dfest 2009
We took every opportunity to get our name out there, including the provided art wall!

Dfest 2009
Crocodile had a great show Friday night!

Dfest 2009
I found a cool, new-to-me band: Gogol Bordello.

Dfest 2009
The crowds were lovin' it! Here they are cheering on Blue October.

Dfest 2009
And there were lots of up-and-coming Oklahoma bands, like Head Over Hills from Claremore.

Dfest 2009
Great trip for research and some amazing music! Thank you, Dfest!

Dfest, founded by Tom and Angie Green, has become the largest music conference and festival in the Midwest. It is a place for new talent to learn the skills necessary to make it in the industry and a showcase for up-and-coming bands from across the country and right here in Oklahoma.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Sign It Like a Rock Star

On Thursday, July 16, the Oklahoma History Center launched Another Hot Oklahoma Night: A Rock and Roll Story, the companion book to the Center’s Rock and Roll exhibit. We celebrated with a book signing featuring the cover artist, several of the 16 authors, and even a couple of members of the early Punk band Debris, featured in the book, showed up and signed their pages. The Hosty Duo provided some great music, folks got a chance to go through the Artists Gallery of Another Hot Oklahoma Night: A Rock and Roll Exhibit, and a good time was had by all!

Overhead view
Overhead view of the book signing line.

Signing my first book!
Signing my first book!

Line for the Book Signing
Chatting with the friendly folks in line.

Hosty Duo
Hosty Duo providing some awesome tunes.

Get your copy of Another Hot Oklahoma Night: A Rock and Roll Story, great for your coffee table or, according to some radio DJs, for your bathroom ;-) Books are available at the Oklahoma History Center, and we’ll be out at Dfest this weekend in Tulsa with copies available!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Oklahoma History Center on the TODAY Show!

This morning on the TODAY Show, Kathie Lee and Hoda took some time out to chat with the All-American Rejects, who will be featured in the Toyota Concert Series up in New York this weekend. In their chat, Nick made mention of his visit up to the Oklahoma History Center with his parents to see Another Hot Oklahoma Night: A Rock and Roll Exhibit and talked a bit about the band's reception in Oklahoma.

Thanks for the mention, guys! We'll be sure to update "Gives You Hell" to a Number 1 :-)