There's no question that Tulsa's Utica Square, on 21st Street between Utica and Yorktown, is a beautiful place, even when my then-15-month-old son did his little break dance last year on its freshly manicured lawns that, as marked, are not to be walked upon.
Oh, well. Whatareyagonnado. It's still a beautiful, peaceful place for live music, trampled grass or not.
If you're tired of the Thursday night bar scene, consider heading to Utica Square this week for a change. The 2010 season of Summer's 5th Night, the Utica Square outdoor summer concert series, will start at 7 p.m. this Thursday, May 20.
Kicking off the season will be Light Opera Oklahoma, Tulsa's very own opretta and classical musical comedy company.
If the classics aren't your thing, dig out your calendars and block off next Thursday, May 27, from 7-9 p.m. Mid Life Crisis, a T-Town based classic rock band, will be rocking the socks off Utica Square that night.
UPDATE//See photos of the Mid Life Crisis gig here - and get ready to be blown away by imagery of a sea of humanity.
Other acts this season include Admiral Twin (June 10), the Red Dirt Rangers (July 8), Earl Clark (June 3) and the master of romance himself, Grady Nichols (Aug. 26). Here's a full schedule.
Plus, Summer's 5th Night attendees are eligible for drawings and giveaways. And there's dancing. And picnic dinners. And soft breezes to cool your skin as you sprawl across your favorite blanket, loosing yourself in the music and some of the best scenery that Tulsa has to offer.
Sorry. I've been writing a romance novel, and I switched gears rather involuntarily back there. Happens to the best of us.
Not really on the romance novel. I prefer to stick to the real smut - you know, blogging.
This all sounds like high-quality entertainment, right? Like the kind of fun honest people are happy to pay for? Well, guess what. It's free. But you knew I was going to say that, didn't you?
See you all there.