House Concerts Unlimited, The Artery and Red Dirt Relief Fund are pleased to announce that we will begin offering live music in as Covid safe an environment as we can possibly create. Our first show will be outdoors at Patio 201 (please click below for details) and features the always entertaining and authentic bluesman Watermelon Slim.
Date And Time Sat, October 17, 2020 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM CDT **
This is a ticketed event, and parking will be provided with a printable parking pass(es) (up to 2),which will be emailed to you after you purchase your tickets. Parking will be located in the American parking lot at 2nd and Detroit.
Food will be available to order from a number of local participating restaurants. Please no outside food or drinks!
Masks are required to enter. Masks must be worn at all times when you are away from your table.
Masks may be removed when sitting at your table while eating and drinking.
Distanced and partitioned Tables will be provided for groups of 6, 5, 4, 3 and 2.
We have taken a lot of precautions to make this event as safe and as enjoyable as possible for our attendees, and will continue to do our upmost to ensure that everyone has a good experience.
Heaters will be provided for cooler evenings.
Every Patio 201 performance will be assigned a "rain out date(s)”, typically these shows will be reassigned on the following (but are not limited to) Sunday afternoons or evenings.
If this Saturday event gets rained out, Watermelon has agreed to perform the next day, Sunday, October 18th.
This will be our maiden launch of this new concert space from which we hope to bring you many more shows, most of which will showcase our local Oklahoma talent, and as you know, we have plenty.
One could make the case that Watermelon Slim is local. Although he presently hails from Mississippi, he spent many years living a rural life in Oklahoma, raising watermelons. Yep, that's right. Thus his name, "Watermelon Slim."
“The most exciting and authentic blues performer I’ve heard in years.” A.W., Paste Magazine
2x Winner: 2008 Blues Music Award Band of the Year and Album of the Year 2x Winner: 2006 & 2007 MOJO Magazine’s #1 Blues Album of the Year Winner: 6th Annual Independent Music Awards Blues Album of the Year
ARTIST BIO: An ever-expanding career of ramshackle grandeur. Bill “Watermelon Slim” Homans has built a remarkable reputation with his raw, impassioned intensity. HARP Magazine wrote “From sizzling slide guitar…to nitty-gritty harp blowing…to a gruff, resonating Okie twang, Slim delivers acutely personal workingman blues with both hands on the wheel of life, a bottle of hooch in his pocket, and the Bible on the passenger seat.” Paste Magazine writes “He’s one hell of a bottleneck guitarist, and he’s got that cry in his voice that only the greatest singers in the genre have had before him.”
Slim was born in Boston, his father was a progressive attorney and freedom rider and his brother is a classical musician. He was raised in North Carolina listening to the housekeeper sing John Lee Hooker songs. Slim attended Middlebury on a fencing scholarship but left early to enlist for Vietnam. While laid up in a Vietnam hospital bed he taught himself upside-down left-handed slide guitar on a $5 balsawood model using a triangle pick cut from a rusty coffee can top and his Army issued Zippo. lighter as the slide.
Slim first appeared on the music scene with the release of the only known protest record by a veteran during the Vietnam War. The project was Merry Airbrakes, a 1973 protest tinged LP with tracks Country Joe McDonald later covered. In the following 30 plus years Slim has been a truck driver, forklift operator, sawmiller (where he lost a partial finger), firewood salesman, collection agent, funeral officiator and at times a small time criminal. Due to aforementioned criminality, Slim was forced to flee Boston where he had played peace rallies, sit-ins and rabbleroused musically with the likes of Bonnie Raitt. Recently Raitt singled out Slim to her audience as a living blues legend during a summer 2009 performance.
From Boston Slim landed in his current home state of Oklahoma farming watermelons – hence his stage name. Somewhere in those decades since Vietnam Slim completed two undergrad and a master’s degree, started a family, painted art and joined Mensa, the social networking group reserved for members with certified genius IQs. When he’s not on tour Slim loves to fish and garden.