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Lawton’s own Ashleigh Overbyplaying the role of Ayviohas big news coming from a “little office”.
That’s because his video is in the mix to be included as a “standout entry” on NPR’s 2022 Tiny Desk Concerts Playlist.
Ayvio said he had wanted to submit a song for the competition since 2019 but “due to life” he was unable to submit until this spring. He did it with a bang with the original song “Grow Up” written specifically for the contest.
“I wanted to sing something honest and transparent, describing my musical journey so far,” he said. “I wanted it to be catchy, upbeat and optimistic, while explaining the frustrations of setbacks, the impending fear of running out of time, and the feeling of being inadequate.”
In a video produced by Jason Elbert of ProMotion Media Group, Ayvio and his Ayviators: Ayvio, vocals; Keith Powers, Kemesha Anderson and Stephanie Overby, vocals; Kahlia Patton, keyboards; Richard Deloney, congas; and Deonte Freeman, drums; handle the instrumentation and backing vocals for this song produced by Andrew “FYU-CHUR” Jackson. Ayvio credits Elbert for the quality of the video, apparently out of instinct.
“I had a meeting with Jason and drew the vision for the video,” he said. “He was responsible for not only creating great visuals, but also capturing and mastering the audio.”
Elbert lent his acting skills to play the out-of-touch teacher, Mr. Eugene, according to Ayvio. The Respected Guardian is performed by Moses Oatman, a recording artist who whistles the melody from the original recording of “Grow Up.”
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Ayvio said the video was first posted in the Tiny Desk 2022 community video and later featured in the ‘Entries We Love’ blog on the NPR Music site. It has grown steadily and since being posted on March 6, has garnered over 3,750 views on Tuesday of this week.
From there, Ayvio’s video was featured on NPR Music’s Twitter account and Instagram stories. It only grows.
“This is all pretty dope because they have over 7,000 entries from all 50 states, DC, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands,” he said. “Only about 75 entry videos were added to the YouTube playlist and featured on their Twitter and/or Instagram. Only about 50 videos were featured for the Entries We Love blog.
The contest winner will travel to NPR headquarters in Washington, DC to perform their own Tiny Desk concert. This includes an interview on NPR Music’s All Songs Considered show and a headline on the Tiny Desk 2022 competition roadshow. Judging by the comment stream from those watching the video, Ayvio & The Ayviators have a very good photo of this incredible opportunity.
The winning work will be announced in May.
With the partnership of Staging Productions and management and owner Stacy Votruba, you could say it’s not your mother’s guitar bar.
The local venue, 1816 SW 11th, has been a stable live venue for country music for years. In the past, performances have branched out to include a special performance of “Toxicity” from System of a Down by Nacho Cart and even drag shows.
Now, Guitar Bar is home to lineups of “musical mashups” from a variety of performers and styles. From classic country and comedy to classic rock and heavy metal, this place is open to you to experience the range of styles, according to Terry “T-Bone” Thornton. He, Francis “Franky Furious” Balliet and Matt Ferrell have joined forces as Staging Productions and Management with Votruba to provide a stage for every style.
“So the idea of putting the guitar back in the Guitar Bar was not a new concept,” Thornton said. “The problem was how and when to pull the trigger, so to speak.”
Ferrell approached Votruba to bring stand-up comedy to the club and, Thornton said, she thought the venue could become something more. They joined forces.
“Our mission is and always will be to grow entertainment throughout the Texoma region,” he said. “We understand that we are all in this together.”
On April 1, Staging Productinons and Management resumed bookings. With a regular lineup of performers on Friday and Saturday nights, “Franky Furious” took over karaoke hosting duties on Tuesday nights. More things are coming, Thornton said. Details are often updated on the Guitar Bar Facebook page.
Thursday nights offer open mic nights but with perks for performers, Thornton said. It is a question of exposing all the talents, but above all of bringing out new talents.
“We also believe that open mics provide opportunities for other artists to gain ground in venues for possible booking,” he said. “Of course, the main reason for open mics is to get the chance to play with other artists in the area.”
Featured artists are promoted and, Thornton promises, the results are “always a fun and memorable time.”
For live music weekends, variety is the spice of life, according to Thornton. Dani Carson is performing tonight and Drivin’ South Band will headline Saturday. On May 13, Jack Tidwell performed and the next night the king of hick hop himself, Knuckles. Later, Ralph Spears & The Coalition, Brothers DuPree, Matt Ferrell and Friends and the Kim Hunter Band will take the stage to end May.
Starting out as a 15-year-old punk rock kid, Ricky Razor has accumulated 20 years of experience and wisdom as a performer and promoter. Now he dedicates his YouTube channel to sharing what he knows in hopes of helping launch burgeoning musicians.
“I learned a wealth of knowledge about punk rock and metal ways of starting bands, booking shows, recording, touring, designing and commissioning merchandise, organizing and promoting music events , creating websites and online promotions, producing music videos and everything in between,” he said. rock/metal.”
Razor knows a thing or two from touring with Day of the Sick before he graduated from high school. From his projects that followed, including Shark Repellent and now Titan Metal, he has a wealth of knowledge to share. It’s something he’s been doing one-on-one at shows since the early days.
“I’ve had discussions with quite a few young people over the years about, say, how to host their own shows or how to find musicians to start a band,” he said. “A light bulb went on over my head and I thought, ‘Maybe I should put this information somewhere easily accessible to everyone.’ And the idea for this channel was born.
Always more than this or that, Razor has worked in film and video production. When the spark struck, he said he finally pulled the trigger. He wants to help others and as he grows he hopes to enlist others with their experiences and expand the knowledge with the next generation ready to go further.
“If my background can help a musician form their own band and give them a solid base to work with, I’ve done my job,” he said. “In addition to my own experiences, I would like to have guests from other musical groups, sound engineers, promoters, etc. on the show in the future to also give their advice and experiences.”
Apache Casino Hotel Event Center Manager Lee Bayless’ offer with the Quiet Riot Ticket Contest is already paying off for some lucky readers. The jackpot is a pair of free tickets to the Quiet Riot May 14 concert.
All you have to do is visit the Apache Casino Hotel Facebook page this week or next and type in the keyword in the post which is different every week. First you need to read the column.
This week’s keyword is: RUDY ROCKZ.
Shannon Baez and Granny Tide were the winners of the first week. Each will receive a pair of tickets to the Quiet Riot concert at 7:30 p.m. on May 14. Two other winners will be chosen, Saturday and the day of the show.
Tickets, starting at $25, are also on sale at the casino cage or online at www.apachecasinohotel.com. Must be 21 or older to win and attend concert.