Updated: Jul 28
A monthly rundown of everything you need to know about what's coming out of Tulsa's shittiest little dive bar!
By Dayzie Smith
Welcome to the inaugural edition of Merc Minutes! Read on to catch up on some some of this months featured shows, a merch donation run profiling a cause we care a lot about, a curated playlist from some of the artists rolling through in August and the premiere of our new sessions series, "The Load In Sessions", with this months edition coming from Jacob Tovar with Paul Benjaman.
FIRE IN LITTE AFRICA
With Tony Foster JR., Creo and COMBSY
Friday, August 13th, Doors 8PM
Fire in Little Africa is the story of the passion and resilience of artists in Tulsa, leading the community through music, art and entrepreneurship.
The Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan center are proud to present this album, documentary and podcast in collaboration with the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission. Fire in Little Africa brings together the top rappers, singers, musicians and visual artists in Oklahoma to commemorate the centennial of the 1921 Massacre and introduce Tulsa’s hip-hop culture to a global audience. Get tickets for the show, Friday, August 13th here.
Thursday, August 19th, Doors 7pm
FREE AFTERSHOW w/ Paul Benjaman
Northern Kentucky’s son from across the river, is a soft-spoken man, born to an area that is equal parts Southern hospitality, Northern attitude and Midwestern charm. Raised from humble beginnings of singing in church and learning the guitar from his father, his craft quickly made heads turn and rooms fall silent. But with his departure from home at 18 to venture into the unknown with only his music, this young man soon found himself surrounded by the demons of the world he used to try and sing away.
The stories told are true, not embellished folklore. (”With an almost uncomfortable accuracy — the kind of dark, ominous emotions most people try to bury” – Citybeat Cincinnati). Jeremy will not speak of them – only sing. While he has returned to his humble beginnings and is living an honest life, his experiences must be heard to be believed. They are real, and most importantly, never forgotten.
OH/KY tells the story of the next 18 years of Jeremy’s life, and it’s a damn good story. It has all the things people love to read about. And most of all, it’s a true story that’s been recorded in the most honest way possible. The album was cut over the course of three days in a recording studio located in the small river town of Covington, KY. The group of players on the album are The 55s, a honky tonk band out of The Queen City who lay the foundation so Jeremy’s voice can shine and his story can come to life.
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Cassie Latshaw is a singer-songwriter from the Okie-est of roots. Raised on her grandparents’ exotic animal farm, this monkey girl from Bristow has evolved into a badass musical mama who unnamed sources have described as “pretty good” and “the chick with the big hair.”
By day, Cassie shares her life experience and sweet handmade songs with a playful melodic exuberance. By night, though, her siren-like voice will thrust your ship into jagged rocks as she, with her band of musical heathens, attempts to outstrut Mick Jagger himself.
Her debut album as a solo performer was released in late 2017. Titled Guinevere after her trusty chordstick steed of the same name, this album birthed a fire inside that has since consumed every creative fiber within her and pinpointed where her personal happiness resides.
….. then the world went silent and our forced hibernation took hold. In this time, Cassie created her next album. And now, as the world reintroduces itself, Cassie has something she’d like to share with the Okie community that has always been her rock. More info on Cassie's Happy Hour shows here.
THE GODDAMN GALLOWS
With Rat Boyz,
Saturday, August 7th, Doors 8PM
Spit from the heart of America's Rust Belt, arising from a night of flophouse violence. Drifting across the states, they cemented their sound in Portland, OR and later in Los Angeles, CA, where they lived in abandoned buildings, squatter camps, storage units and shoebox apartments.
In 2007, they left everything behind and spent the next 4 years living out of whatever vehicle would get them to the next town. Building upon their original sound of twanged-out, punk rock gutterbilly (Life of Sin 2004 and Gutterbillyblues 2007), they began picking up stray musicians along the way and adding to their sound; washboard, accordion, mandolin and banjo (Ghost of the Rails 2009 and 7 Devils 2011) creating a sound referred to as "hobocore", "gypsy-punk" or "americana-punk", while never being stuck in any one sound.
Enter 2018 and The Goddamn Gallows have reinvented themselves once again with The Trial. From rockabilly, psychobilly and punk rock, to bluegrass and metal, The Trial infuses disparate sounds into a new strange recipe of seamless genre bending profundities.
The Goddamn Gallows punk metal music is chock full of impromptu antics of the shocking variety and hauntingly eclectic instrumentation, The Goddamn Gallows have made legions of fans with their legendary, live shows. Get tickets to the show, Saturday, August 7th here.
FEATURED MERCH PROFILE AND DRIVE
Merch Deal of the Month:
Each month we have a featured product in which we choose a local cause to donate the profits to. This month we've chosen our Mercury Lounge Rules shirt. Check out the shop here and use code
MERCRULZ at checkout for 20% off any orders over $20.
Featured Cause of August 2021:
N.O.I.S.E. was born in December of 2019 after our board members had been informally involved in an MMIR case. After working closely together, the group began meeting and working with other MMIR families, advocating for MMIR issues, and raising awareness to the public and lawmakers. Finally, we decided to create a formal organization.
Today, NOISE has created a database for MMIR and has several active cases of both missing and murdered Indigenous people. NOISE also collaborates with approximately ten other MMIR groups in Oklahoma and Texas to search for our missing, provide support for victim families, and raise awareness.
MERCURY LOUNGE PLAYLIST AUGUST 2021
Every month we have a curated calendar of bookings we are mega hyped for. We make a new playlist every month so you can learn about the bands coming through and get hyped too. You're welcome!
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PLAY TULSA MUSIC PRESENTS
"THE LOAD IN SESSIONS"
In our newest segment, The Load in Sessions, we will be showcasing local and touring musicians performING live outside before they set up for their live performance inside on stage! This month we present to you Jacob Tovar!