In honor of the Norman Music Festival, the topic for April’s panel was Recording Your First Album. The conversation touched upon various aspects, including finding the why behind your music, mistakes made, and planning tips.
This panel took place at Resonator in Downtown Norman. Hosted by Christian Pearson from OkSessions, Christian is passionate about growing Oklahoma’s music scene.
About The Panelists:
Desiree Yearby was born and raised in Oklahoma City. Desiree started attending local hip-hop shows when she was 16 and chased the feeling she felt there for the last 12 years. When she was 22, she started to attend major music festivals which is where she built a lot of industry relationships. The last 12 years Desiree has thrown showcases, started the blog/site Gotsteeze.net, booked festivals in OKC and Tulsa, became an adjunct professor at the University of Central Oklahoma teaching Social Media Marketing to the School of Contemporary Music.
Sophia Massad is an alternative/indie-rock artist, reigning from Oklahoma City. Her sultry to sassy vocal tones sculpt her unique sound. With her rugged charm, exuberant sense of humor, and absurd performance style, Sophia Massad pours herself into every song. Her musical style, inspired by the Alabama Shakes, Amy Winehouse, and Fleetwood Mac, can be both lawless and poetically honest. Massad’s biting lyrics reveal raw and transparent frustration.
Severin Olsen is the lead singer and guitarist for the band Brooding. Severin has written and recorded music for over 5 years now in a home studio including multiple singles, EPs and albums throughout various bands.
Exporting New Orleans style cuisine to Oklahoma City, Bourbon Street Café (formally Jazmo’z) specializes in seafood, steaks, pasta, and cocktails. With an atmosphere great for both intimate dates and casual drinks along the Bricktown canal, Bourbon Street Café is a fun place to be for any occasion.
Bourbon Street Café is located at 100 East California Avenue in Oklahoma City. For more information, including menu and hours, visit their website at bourbonstreetcafe.com
Welcome to the Plaza Walls explores the history, the challenges faced, and the community benefits of the curated outdoor mural exhibition known as the Plaza Walls in Oklahoma City. The documentary includes interviews with artists, project managers, and supporters.
On Monday, April 15th, the ten year anniversary of Uncovering Oklahoma, the movie will make its premiere at the Tower Theatre! Doors open at 6 pm with the movie starting at 7 pm. In addition to the screening of the documentary, there will be a showing of short films from Quarter Minutes, Plaza Walls merchandise for sale, Q&A session, and a raffle to win prizes. Get your tickets now for $10. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Plaza Walls/Oklahoma Mural Syndicate.
About the Oklahoma Mural Syndicate
The Oklahoma Mural Syndicate is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to advocating and creating public art in Oklahoma. OMS was founded by Brandi Guthery, Dylan Bradway and Kristopher Kanaly — born out of a necessity to fund the Plaza Walls, a rotating mural project launched in Sept. 2015 as an urban revitalization project in the Plaza District of Oklahoma City.
About Uncovering Oklahoma
Uncovering Oklahoma is a travel and interview series produced by Dennis Spielman that uncovers creative people and places throughout Oklahoma. The show started production on April 15, 2009, as a travel show for teens and young adults to show that Oklahoma wasn’t as boring as people thought. Today, Uncovering Oklahoma still keeps that youthful spirit to break the boredom bubble and introduce people to new things they may not be aware of.
Translating from The Chinese Bull in Spanish, El Toro Chino is an adventure in food by fusing together Latin and Asian Cuisine in Norman. Uncovering Oklahoma interviewed Gerry and Jennifer Reardon about their story behind the restaurant and what makes them unique.
El Toro Chino is located at 2801 36Th Avenue NW in Norman. For more information, including hours and menu, visit their website at https://www.eltorochino.com
Born and raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Arianne obtained her B.A. in Chemistry and Biological Anthropology from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH where she was a member of the Division I Women’s Basketball Team. After graduation in 2014, she joined the Chemistry/Biochemistry Ph.D. program at The University of Oklahoma where she is a fully funded “Science, Mathematics, And Research for Transformation (SMART) Department of Defense Scholar” and “Nancy L. Mergler Dissertation Completion Fellow.” Her research is focused on the development of synthetic methods to rapidly and efficiently construct pharmaceutical drug molecules in hopes of making them more affordable for the general population. During her graduate studies, she has won multiple awards and scholarships, with the most notable being the Oklahoma NextGen Under 30 Award for her community impact in the State of Oklahoma. She is passionate about communicating science to the general public and gives scientific talks to teenagers in middle school and high school and also 50+ aged adults who continue to have a passion for learning. Arianne truly believes to solve the diverse set of scientific problems plaguing our society, we must have a diverse set of minds contributing solutions.
The Yes! Science! production team would like thank Walker Terrace for hosting the show in April and Clarity Coffee for providing our audience coffee.
We’re in the process of setting up our April and May shows, so stay tuned for more Yes! Science!
Brielle’s Bistro in Midwest City features made from scratch comfort food, while incorporating a cajun/creole feel. In addition to the cajun menu, Brielle’s Bistro also features classic American items, burgers, a bar, weekend brunch, and breakfast all day.
Brielle’s Bistro is located at 9205 NE 23rd Street, Midwest City. For more information, including menu and hours, visit their website at briellesbistro.com
After developing a passion for sweets from traveling the world, Hema Patel became inspired to open Dolci Paradisoin Oklahoma City. Dolci Paradiso offers guests a broad selection of pasties, including cakes and croissants, cruffins and more, but the primary focus is their gelato.
Each of Dolci Paradiso’s gelato and sorbet recipes are made from scratch in gelato machines handmade in Italy, allowing the flavors to texturize and meld. Additionally, almost all of their ingredients are organic.
Dolci Paradiso pastries at 10740 South May Avenue, Suite 116, in Oklahoma City. For more information about Dolci Paradiso, visit dolciparadiso.com