Monthly Musical Tributes at the Power House Bar

Monthly Musical Tributes at the Power House Bar

Flowers for Moz — The Smiths Tribute Show

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One of the most popular recent broadcasts on KOSU the SPY FM’s Oklahoma Rock Show was their all Roger Miller program. When local musician Jerrod Beck heard it this past , he approached his friend, singer Gabriel Knight Hancock, with an idea. “What if we did a live Roger Miller cover show?” Hancock was on board, but it soon became apparent to both musicians that the show could, and should, be larger than the 2 of them.

Aaron Tomasko & Rachel Brashear (I) — The Smiths Tribute Show

Aaron Tomasko & Rachel Brashear (I) — The Smiths Tribute Show

In a short time Beck and Hancock organized a benefit show at The Plant Shoppe, an Oklahoma City (you guessed it) plant shop known for hosting shows and workshops. The lineup grew to 8 additional musicians and raised significant funds for shop owners Jen Semmler and Chad Grubs, who had suffered financial duress after their child was born prematurely.

As with a certain potato chip brand, 1 show proved not to be enough. Within a span of 4 months, Beck has organized 3 more tribute shows, this time on the Power House Bar’s patio stage. First came a John Prine tribute, then a Smiths tribute, and, this past , a tribute to the late Oklahoma singer-songwriter J. J. Cale.

Kinsey + Audience — The Smiths Tribute Show

Kinsey + Audience — The Smiths Tribute Show

The shows are about paying tribute, but they are also about building community among musicians locally. We encourage every artist involved to collaborate with one another. […] It’s about having fun and it’s about growing as artists.
Jerrod Beck

Mercury Photo Bureau was on hand to document the Smiths and J. J. Cale shows; to see the Smiths photo gallery, click the button at the article beginning. We’ll update this page when the J. J. Cale coverage posts.

Building Community

Regarding the series’ mission, Beck said, The shows are about paying tribute, but they are also about building community among musicians locally. We encourage every artist involved to collaborate with one another. Most times these local musicians and songwriters are busy doing their own shows and don’t get to see one another perform. The tribute shows create an opportunity for reunion and mutual appreciation for various styles of local song craft. It’s about having fun and it’s about growing as artists.

Other musicians who have performed in the shows include:

Cheers! — The Smiths Tribute Show

Cheers! — The Smiths Tribute Show

The series returns on to The Plant Shoppe with a tribute to singer, songwriter, and activist Nina Simone.

About the Featured Photograph(s)

Note

M-mount lenses do not provide aperture information to the camera body, either electronically or mechanically. Therefore, f-stop settings are approximate, and are probably wildly inaccurate. For what it’s worth, I usually shoot with my lenses wide open.

  • Flowers for Moz
  • X-T1
  • ISO:800
  • 55mm
  • 1/500s
  • ƒ/2.8
  • 35° 27.799′ 0″ N 97° 31.9729′ 0″ W
  • Aaron Tomasko & Rachel Brashear (I)
  • X-T1
  • ISO:6400
  • 16mm
  • 1/60s
  • ƒ/2.8
  • 35° 27.799′ 0″ N 97° 31.9729′ 0″ W
  • Kinsey + Audience
  • X-T1
  • ISO:800
  • 16mm
  • 1/15s
  • ƒ/2.8
  • 35° 27.799′ 0″ N 97° 31.9729′ 0″ W
  • Cheers!
  • X-T1
  • ISO:1600
  • 55mm
  • 1/30s
  • ƒ/2.8
  • 35° 27.799′ 0″ N 97° 31.9729′ 0″ W

Gallery: The Smiths Tribute Show

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