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Alumni Association to launch free summer concert series


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The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma’s Alumni Association is excited to announce the launch of Listen Local at The Greek. This series of free outdoor concerts will be held on a Friday in June, July and August at 7:30 p.m. at the campus’ Greek theatre.

Listen Local will kick off on June 22 with Chickasha-native and Oklahoma favorite Travis Linville. 

“I’m very excited to bring back the tradition of live entertainment to the Greek theatre and couldn’t be happier to have Travis as our very first show,” said Misti McClellan, director of alumni development. “This concert series provides an opportunity to connect with our local alumni and other friends of the university in the Chickasha community. Pack a picnic, bring a blanket or lawn chair, and spend a Friday evening with your family, friends and some great music.”

Born into a musical family, Linville has sold 15,000 albums and played innumerable shows in his career of more than two decades. His ever-evolving repertoire is deeply rooted in songcraft, sly humor and subtlety. The Oklahoma Gazette has called him a “godfather of modern Oklahoma folk” and noted that his success opened doors for a state teeming with talent. His behind-the-scenes influence includes producing John Fullbright’s first album and teaching guitar to a then nine-year-old Parker Millsap.

After Linville’s concert, the inaugural Listen Local series will continue with Kyle Reid and the Low Swinging Chariots’ joyful mix of original swing tunes and classical New Orleans and gypsy jazz on July 27. The Tequila Songbirds, a freewheeling group of musical sisters featuring Kierston White and Camille Harp, will close out the series on August 17.

For more information, visit usao.edu/listenlocal or contact McClellan at 405-574-1320 or mmclellan@usao.edu.