2017 Main Stage Concerts, Woolaroc Concert, 2 Free Concerts
Michael Martin Murphey, Wilson Phillips, Chris Mann, Bartlesville Symphony and Tulsa Symphony headline
On June 8, “High Stakes” cowboy crooner Michael Martin Murphey lights up the Bartlesville Community Center accompanied by the world-class Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra. Best known for the hit “Wildfire,” real-life rancher Murphey has topped the pop, country, bluegrass and western music charts.
On June 9, the harmony-rich sound of Wilson Phillips, a vocal trio comprised of sisters Carnie and Wendy Wilson and Chynna Phillips, comes to the BCC. The songs, “Hold On,” “Release Me” and “You’re in Love” topped the billboard charts in the ‘90s and their debut album became a Grammy-nominated smash hit. They recently appeared in the comedy, “Bridesmaids,” singing “Hold On.”
Classically trained, golden-voiced Chris Mann, who starred in “The Phantom of the Opera” in its North American tour, takes to the BCC stage on June 10 accompanied by the Bartlesville Symphony. Since his 2012 stint on NBC’s “The Voice,” his career has skyrocketed with two albums topping the Billboard charts, two PBS television specials, and the starring role in “Phantom.”
On the afternoon of June 11, the festival is honored to present the world premiere of composer Jerod Tate’s Muscogee Hymn Suite, commissioned and performed by the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra. Tate, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, breathes new life into five traditional Creek hymns, not only restoring the original melodies, but adding orchestration to the pieces.
On June 16, head out to Woolaroc for the crowd-pleasing picnic-style performance. Wear comfortable clothes, bring dinner and a lawn chair, and enjoy Disney classics performed by the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra. The traditional fireworks over the lake will cap the evening. Gates open at 5:30. Pre-events include Native American dancing and Children’s Musical Theatre.
Kick-Off Street Party
The nine-day festival kicks off Thursday evening, June 8, with a free street party from 5 to 7:45 p.m. at Silas Street and Price Tower, featuring the 145th Army Band, followed by western blues band Honey Blue. Kids will enjoy sidewalk art, bouncy house, Captain Armando, and Gypsy Glitter. Copper Restaurant & Bar will provide a beer garden as well as soft drinks and food for purchase.
Concert Under the Stars
At 7 p.m. June 11, enjoy a free Concert Under the Stars at Sooner Park with entertainment by Modern Oklahoma Jazz Orchestra, a popular Oklahoma band. While enjoying the sounds of cool jazz on a hot summer night, patrons can enjoy cocktails purchased at a cash bar and savor food from local food trucks.