October 19, 2015
A homegrown three-man band from Oklahoma’s very own red dirt will be starting the annual Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20, in Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Herod Hall Auditorium.
The year was 1988 and from a two-story, five-bedroom place in Stillwater dubbed “The Farm,” Brad Piccolo, Ben Han and John Cooper formed “The Red Dirt Rangers (RDR).” For the last 27 years the band has been performing not only at The Farm but all over the country. Years before the band existed, Piccolo, Han and Cooper were an integral part of The Farm’s musical brotherhood. They traded songs and licks with the likes of Jimmy LaFave, Tom Skinner and Bob Childers, as well as Cross Canadian Ragweed, Jason Boland and the Stragglers and Stoney LaRue.
“We would keep on coming in, every weekend, and whoever was playing music at the time, we’d just chime in,” recalled RDR lead guitarist and vocalist Han.
RDR members include guitarist and vocalist Piccolo; Cooper on mandolin, percussion and vocals; Han as lead guitar and on vocal; Randy Crouch on the fiddle; Don Morris on the bass; and Rick Gomez on the drums.
Season tickets are available until the first show, for $20 for students and $40 for adults.
Tickets to individual performances will be sold on an “as available” basis at $15 for adults and $10 for students with ID.
The reserved seating section at each concert for season ticket holders will be held until five minutes prior to the performance.
Contact Kimberly Weast, chair of the Department of Fine Arts, at (580) 327-8462 or firstname.lastname@example.org, to purchase tickets or pick them up at Holder Drug, the NWOSU Bookstore in Alva, Graceful Arts Center or Rialto.
Entertainment scheduled next in the concert series lineup is singer Jeff and comedian Stacy Pederson on Dec. 1; on Feb. 16, 2016 is the jazz band Justin Pierce Jazz Quintet; and last in the concert series is the Celtic-hit band RUNA on March 8, 2016.
The Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series is supported by the Alva Tourism and Convention Development Committee, the Oklahoma Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Charles Morton Share Trust.
Posted on Mon, October 19, 2015
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