The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

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April 27, 2013

Sounds of the scene: Growing live music presence puts Enid on the map

ENID, Okla. — Enid is known around the state for a number of things, but its growing live music presence is starting to put the city on the map among musicians and music lovers across the state.

Cara Carson, whose husband Scott is a musician, said there is live music most nights in Enid, not just on weekends. Tuesday and Wednesday nights, Q-Spot, 221 W. Cherokee, features live music with local and area musicians. Thursday nights, there is live music at Jack’s Barn, 909 W. Oak and Third Thursday at the Turpin Theatre in the Gaslight Theatre. There also is the monthly First Friday performances at the Turpin, Carson said.

A number of other venues hire local talent, including Rodeo Lounge, Last Honky Tonk, Fugly’s and Club 30. Most clubs in Enid feature some live entertainment on weekends.

Indian Creek Village Winery in Ringwood also presents live entertainment on Sunday afternoons.

Live music has developed over the last three or four years, Carson said. There are even several recording studios in Enid and many of the bands have recordings available.

“There are lots of good cover bands, but there is a big push for original music,” she said.

Scott Carson and guitarist Billy Beck play acoustic, electric and dobro together. They play rhythm and blues, rock, bluegrass and country — all colliding into one, Cara Carson said.

“Enid is on the map, but local people are still learning about it. Enid is a musician’s town,” she said.

Carson said Enid venues generally pay well and the crowds are appreciative.

Multiple venues

Musicians want to come to Enid and play, and there are a number of events that bring them here, including Fling at the Springs and Jazz Stroll. This year, Jazz Stroll will be held Friday during the Tri-State Music Festival and will feature some Tri-State musicians. There will be bands from across the state, Carson said.

The Oklahoma Film & Music office has a list of all the venues in Enid, and Main Street Enid also maintains a list. Main Street Enid was an early supporter of the local music movement, Carson said. The organization got on board early and helped support some of the music events while they were getting started.

Local musicians Riley Jantzen and Jake Morrise have a band called Black Canyon, which performed on a film that was recognized during the deadCENTER Film Festival in Oklahoma City. Carson said Enid has a history of musicians, from Michael Hedges to Kyle Dillingham and Leona Mitchell.

A group of Enid musicians, including Scott and Cara Carson, Sylvan Reynolds, Stacey and Kay Sanders, along with Park Avenue Thrift, are bringing acts into Enid that may not be seen outside Austin, Texas. The annual “Running of the Rats” charity event also has brought known talent to Enid, she said. Enid Farmers Market also features live music.

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