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April 6, 2013

Cimarron Breeze Concert Series slated to begin

STILLWATER, Okla. — Tickets for the 2013 Cimarron Breeze Concert Series are now on sale with the Old Church Center at the Oklahoma Territorial Plaza in Perkins nearly completed.

Six concerts, featuring national touring artists, will be held in the Old Church Center, beginning with Jimmy Lafave on April 25, going through a Woody Guthrie tribute concert July 15.

Individual tickets are $15. A limited number of season tickets are available for $100. The season ticket price includes an artist’s reception one hour before doors open, which also allows season ticket holders a chance to pick the best seats.

Tickets may be purchased at The Perkins Journal, 222 N. Main in Perkins, or by calling 405-547-2411.

David Sasser, chairman of the Oklahoma Territorial Plaza Trust, said he expects the concert series to sell out.

“The Old Church Center will only seat 130 persons,” Sasser said, “making it a very intimate concert setting. Don’t wait too long to get your tickets, it may be too late.”

Local songwriter Monica Taylor will be hosting each of the concerts and play a few of her own tunes along with band members Don Morris and Gene Williams. Taylor has been responsible for putting the concert series together.

“I have enjoyed booking the artists for this series,” Taylor said. “They’re all nationally or regionally acclaimed artists that I’ve known and loved for many years.”

The series begins Thursday with a show featuring one of Oklahoma and Payne County’s favorite sons, Jimmy Lafave, and his band.

Based out of Austin for the last 25 years, Lafave has become well known in music circles.

The Jeff & Vida bluegrass duo of Nashville will perform May 3.

The Red Dirt Rangers will perform May 16, playing songs from their new CD, “Lone Chimney,” produced by the Steve Ripley.

The Claire Lynch Band will perform June 10. The band’s accolades include multiple International Bluegrass Music Association awards, including Female Vocalist of the Year and a couple of Grammy nods. In addition to fronting her own band, Lynch is an acclaimed songwriter whose songs have been recorded by Patty Loveless, Seldom Scene and Kathy Mattea. As a session vocalist, her exquisite voice has graced albums by the likes of Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt.

The Cherokee Maidens will play June 29. Led by Robin Macy, a founding member of the Dixie Chicks, the trio includes Monica Taylor and Jennifer Pettersen.

A Woody Guthrie tribute concert featuring Joel Rafael of Bonsall, Calif., will finish out the series July 15.

“I have a good list of folks I’ve been visiting with for the fall and winter season,” Taylor added.

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