Where: The Stone Church 4225 W. 5th St. Tulsa, 74127 Time: Doors open at 6pm and show starts 6:30pm Suggested Donation: $18 at the door and DOS and $15 in advance and through PayPal. Click button below to make donation through paypal. RSVP required, as seating is limited. Your paypal donation will serve as your RSVP. If you plan to pay at the door, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org Food: We will provide some finger food and beverages for this event, but any food contribution from you would be much appreciated. Also, feel free to BYOB
The Austin-American Statesman wrote “Wendy Colonna is not just a singer-songwriter, she’s a force of nature.”
Since 2000, Wendy has released eight acclaimed studio albums, a live album and DVD. She’s produced several award wining songs for advertisements, a yoga DVD for traveling professionals and musicians, and is co-owner of Austin’s beloved intimate private venue, “Tips Concerts.”
Originally from the gulf-coast of Louisiana, Wendy has called Central Texas home since 2000. Wendy’s songs echo swampy, soulful tales of loss, mortality, joy, reclaimed innocence and celebration. Her resonant, signature, grit-infused-honey voice can moves from a sweet whisper to a full-on bayou-soul-shout without skipping a beat.
Wendy’s eighth studio album, No Moment But Now” was released in 2017. Tracks from “No Moment But Now” were simultaneously featured on Apple Music’s “Hot Tracks” and “Breaking Singer Songwriter playlist, as well asSpotify’s “Fresh Folk” playlist. Wendy garnered critical acclaim from multiple outlets including the New York Times (describing her music as “ethereal”), received a 2016 Black Fret Major Grant and she was selected as a 2017 Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Finalist.
In 2018, Wendy was honored to work as music director and a featured performer at TedX BartonSpringsWomen. In 2017, Wendy was invited to lend her uplifting songs to to the Austin Women’s March where there were 60,000 in attendance. She was also invited to emcee and perform Austin’s Earth Day Festivities. Wendy has had the honor of sharing the stage with legends like Mavis Staples, Delbert McClinton, Keb Mo and more.
Since 2014, Wendy has been writing and producing original, beautiful custom songs for advertisement. Most notably, Wendy’s Coca-Cola song, “A Happy Song” topped AdWeek upon its debut and SWLA Tourism’s “My Southwest Louisiana Home” took home several ADDY awards.
She currently spends most of her time raising three awesome youngsters, performing with her bandmates in the Austin area, coaching artists and small business owners, co-writing powerful anthems with leaders in nonprofit and corporate world. Twice a year, she tours across the US. Sometimes with her incredibly talented singing step-children in tow. They’re known to do really amazing a-capella tunes on the spot like this one by Hozier and this Louis Armstrong classic.
Dustin Pittsley & Jesse Aycock "A Song For You" Lambrosco'z Tulsa, OK
DUSTIN PITTSLEY & JESSE AYCOCK
Dustin Pittsley and Jesse Aycock have played in several bands together over the years, but these days each has his own musical pursuits. Pittsley fronts the blues-rock band that bears his name and Aycock has been touring nationally with Americana band The Secret Sisters, playing steel guitar for the Paul Benjaman Band, and continuing to write and perform his own tunes.
But any discussion of Tulsa music, particularly the New Tulsa Sound, must eventually lead back to the auspicious pairing of these two musicians, and the dual showcase they created around 2005 called Higher Education. That showcase’s long-running regular gig at McNellie’s has been pointed to by several of the musicians featured here, as well as longtime fans of the local scene, as a turning point for the current Tulsa music landscape.
“All these musicians started showing up,” Pittsley says. “Paul (Benjaman) would get up and play some tunes, Beau (Roberson) would play some tunes. We just tried to make it really open to a lot of musicians.”
Aycock credits that shared sense of openness and inclusion with a kind of sea change in the general vibe among those musicians.
“Until that time, it seemed like everyone was always competing for gigs,” says Aycock. “But with Higher Ed, everyone started playing together a lot more often and it became much more of a community.”
Pittsley adds: “And that community of people just kept showing up, and gradually that became the New Tulsa Sound group. We didn’t plan it that way. That’s just kind of how everybody came together.
“And we all really stuck together.” -BY BY MATT CAUTHRON • WITH CONTRIBUTIONS BY JARROD GOLLIHARE Tulsa People
Addendum: Jesse Aycock has also been a member of Hard Working Americans and toured with Elizabeth Cook.