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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Arts Council OKC's Sunday Twilight Concert Series to live-stream for June

Shawna Russell Band plays during the Twilight Concert Series on the Great Lawn of the Myriad Botanical Gardens Sunday, August 9, 2015. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman Archives]
Shawna Russell Band plays during the Twilight Concert Series on the Great Lawn of the Myriad Botanical Gardens Sunday, August 9, 2015. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman Archives]

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Arts Council Oklahoma City has decided to move its Sunday Twilight Concert Series out of its traditional home in the Myriad Gardens for June’s scheduled performances.

A longstanding downtown Oklahoma City tradition, the Sunday Twilight Concert Series is a free outdoor summer concert series. 

Instead of gathering musicians and fans at the park, the series will be live-streamed next month from the stage of The Jones Assembly.

Due to the current health safety and public gathering guidelines, organizers decided that the first month of Summer Twilight Concert Series would be better enjoyed from home, according to a news release. 

“While we’d love to see the familiar faces of the OKC community fill the lawn of the Myriad Gardens each Sunday, our main goal is to ensure the health and safety of our artists and guests,” said Seth Lewis, Summer Twilight Concert Series projects director, in a statement. “We are thankful for the team at The Jones Assembly for allowing us to take over their beautiful stage so we can continue providing this fun and entertaining series to the community.”

As previously reported, The Jones Assembly last month hosted a live-stream performance by The Wise Guys in honor of Arts Council Oklahoma City’s Festival of the Arts, which was canceled due to the pandemic. 

“We had a very successful live-stream concert from the Wise Guys graciously hosted by The Jones Assembly on what would have been Saturday night of Festival of the Arts. Over 4,000 people watched the show online and that got us thinking what a great alternative location The Jones Assembly could be,” said Peter Dolese, Arts Council OKC executive director, in a statement. 

As previously reported, The Jones Assembly has not yet reopened to the public, but Graham Colton, a partner in the downtown OKC restaurant, bar and concert venue, said in a statement that he and his cohorts are happy to host the live-stream versions of the Sunday concerts. 

“We’re very excited to support Arts Council OKC and host the Twilight Concert Series,” Colton said in a statement. “We’re fortunate to be a place where our guests can once again gather responsibly and also enjoy one of OKC’s top tier concert series from the outdoor patio.”

The Sunday Twilight Concert Series annually runs from June through August. Performers have been confirmed, but the stage location for the July and August shows has yet to be determined, according to the news release.

“We will continue to evaluate bringing the Sunday Twilight Concert Series back into the park safely within the guidelines set by City officials,” Lewis said in his statement. “We’ll work together to do what’s best for all parties involved.”

The series kicks off with jazz and swing music from Talk of the Town Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. June 7. Visit www.artscouncilokc.com/twilight to see the full summer lineup. 

To view the live-stream performances, go to www.facebook.com/ArtsCouncilOKC.

As previously reported,the Arts Council OKC also is live-streaming performances by local musicians at noon weekdays as part of its Art Moves series. Those shows also can be viewed at www.facebook.com/ArtsCouncilOKC.

-BAM 

Related Photos
Shawna Russell Band plays during the Twilight Concert Series on the Great Lawn of the Myriad Botanical Gardens Sunday, August 9, 2015. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman Archives]

Shawna Russell Band plays during the Twilight Concert Series on the Great Lawn of the Myriad Botanical Gardens Sunday, August 9, 2015. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman Archives]

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Brandy McDonnell

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