STILLWATER, Okla. — Monica Taylor Johnson is known as the Cimarron Songbird and hosts the Cimarron Breeze Concert Series.
1 What is the Cimarron Breeze Concert Series?
The Cimarron Breeze concerts are monthly ticketed shows featuring the best in folk, bluegrass, roots, Americana music . . . and Red Dirt. The Songwriters Showcases are concerts held most months featuring regional acts.
Both concert series are in the old Methodist church that sits amongst a dozen other territorial era structures in the Oklahoma Territorial Plaza on the north side of Perkins.
An artist interview is at 6:45 p.m. The shows begin at 7 p.m. and end by 9:30-10 p.m.
2 How did the Cimarron Concert Series start?
David Sasser, owner of the Perkins Tag Agency and The Perkins Journal, approached me last year about booking a series of concerts and hosting the shows in the Old Church Center.
KICKER designed the sound system for the building to host concerts and Wilson Electric created professional lighting. I called up folks that I knew and have played with across the country. We’ve had Claire Lynch’s bluegrass band, Kevin & Dustin Welch, John Fullbright, Byron Berline to name a few. I travel and play music for a living, so it’s a juggling process for me ... but I love hosting these shows!
3 When are the shows?
The 2014 Cimarron Breeze Concert Series will feature:
April 26: Jimmy Lafave & Night Tribe
May 24: Bill Hearne and Terry “Buffalo” Ware and John Mastin
June 26: Tom Skinner & The Science Project Band
July 14: Tim Easton & Megan Palmer
July 25: Red Dirt Rangers 25th Birthday Concert
The 2014 Cimarron Songwriters Showcases include:
April 10: Carter Sampson, Joe Mack, and Buffalo Rogers
June 12: Rick Reiley & The Dustbowl Brothers
August 15: Chuck Dunlap
Sept. 4: Kyle Reid & John Calvin Abney
There are three extra ticketed shows:
May 8: Award winning songwriter Wil Maring and Kentucky state mandolin champion Forrest O’Connor
Aug. 23: My western band trio of harmony and yodelin’ girls – the Cherokee Maidens & Sycamore Swing
Sept. 25: Multi-instrumentalists The Jared Tyler Band