More than 20 years ago when the Duncan Arts & Humanities Council became the Chisholm Trail Arts Council (CTAC), they also took over a concert series from the Stephens County Community Concerts Association. The name has changed and evolved to the CTAC Live Concert Series, and the 2019-2020 season’s line up has just been announced.
Darcy Reeves, Executive Director, said the series remains strong thanks in part to the generous support of Oklahoma Arts Council, McCasland Foundation and many local business sponsors.
All concerts are at the Simmons Center unless otherwise noted.
To start things off, CTAC is going hometown strong with Steelwind. Founding members Blake Parks, a Duncan native, and Michael Henneberry have been working together for 10 years. The duo writes all the songs for this bluegrass band. As the years went on they added more members and now the band members include Blake Parks, Henneberry, Becca Harris, Joel Parks (younger brother), Kenny Parks (father), and Adam Davis.
The band’s latest album “Blue,” dropped earlier in July and they said this was one of their more “polished” works according to a previous interview.
“This album we decided to work with a producer, his name is Tyler Garcia. He’s out of 33rd Street Studio in Edmond. He produced the album for us — we took the songs as far as we could take them as far as composing them,” Henneberry said. “He helped us take them to a whole other level — something really cool about this is he doesn’t do much bluegrass. He was able to give us a different prospective on these songs — he also spiced it up.”
The sweet melodies, the soulful sounds and of course more up-beat pieces will start the series off Sept. 26.
Following that in November is the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra. They are considered the “world’s only year-round, professional ensemble re-creating ‘America’s Original Music’ – the syncopated sounds of early musical theater, silent cinema, and vintage dance,” according to their bio.
The creation of the band was by Rick Benjamin who in 1985 made a discovery that would change his life.
“Thousands of turn-of-the-century orchestra scores once belonging to Victrola recording star Arthur Pryor,” the bio read. which lead Benjamin to build his musical career on performing lost American music from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Getting 2020 off to a great start is TAKE3, a genre-bending trio who will take stage in January. The trio will bring “the refinement of a rigorous classical music background infused with rock-star charisma.” You never know pop, jazz, movie themes, or classical jams they might bring out of their repertoire. The show is set to be high energy fun.
Looking to slow down in February for Valentine’s Day is the Andy Meadows Band, singer Andy Meadows with a 10 piece band, reminiscent of old school crooners. Andy’s live show delivers vocals powerful enough to compete with the likes of Harry Connick Jr., Michael Buble and Frank Sinatra. Plus, Andy’s all-star band includes a group of phenomenal musicians who have played with everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Aretha Franklin and Natalie Cole to Faron Young.
To purchase season tickets or renew a CTAC membership, contact Chisholm Trail Arts Council at 580-252-4160.
CTAC memberships included “perks” like a free CTAC concert of choice, free show to Duncan Little Theatre, and a free show to Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra.