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Alumni Association set to launch outdoor concert series


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The USAO alumni office is excited to announce the launch of a free outdoor concert series beginning in June. Chickasha native and Oklahoma favorite Travis Linville is set to kick off the Listen Local at the Greek concert series on Friday, June 22, 2018. 

All Listen Local at the Greek concerts will take place on a Friday and begin at 7:30 p.m. at the campus’ Greek Theatre.

“I’m excited to bring back the tradition of live entertainment at 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.”

Linville was born in Chickasha to a musical family. His father was the youngest member of the Linville Family Band in the 1950s, performing at dances, parties, and live on KWCO-FM in Chickasha.

Linville is legendary regionally for his work in the now-defunct Burtschi Brothers and for his behind-the-scenes influence, which includes producing John Fullbright’s first album and teaching guitar lessons to a then nine-year-old Parker Millsap. The Oklahoma Gazette rightly called him a “godfather of modern Oklahoma folk” and noted that his success opened doors for a state teeming with talent. He is both a contemporary and a mentor for other Oklahoma acts like Fullbright, Millsap, Turnpike Troubadours and John Moreland.

Independently, Linville has sold 15,000 albums and played thousands of shows in his 20-plus year career. His ever-evolving repertoire is deeply rooted in songcraft, sly humor and subtlety.

After Linville’s performance on June 22, the inaugural Listen Local series continues with Kyle Reid and his Low Swinging Chariots on July 27 and concludes with The Tequila Songbirds featuring Camille Harp on August 17.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Misti McClellan at mmcclellan@usao.edu.