Friday’s Music


Cody Canada & The Departed.

Giving you the music a day early:

Former Cross Canadian Ragweed frontman Cody Canada released his first album outside of Ragweed back in June 2011. Titled This Is Indian Land, the new work is not only a collection of tunes by various Oklahoma songwriters who over the years have influenced Canada, but also the first tracks with his new group, Cody Canada and The Departed. And it’s Cody Canada & The Departed who are coming to Rev Room, bringing their music which is very much in the Red Dirt vein such as Ragweed but with more of a rock ‘n’ roll punch. No word on an opening act, but the music starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $10 in advance and $15 day of for the 18-and-up show.

The Wakarusa Music Festival is coming back to Ozark in late May and early June for four days of music. Thousands of fans will attend. Hundreds of bands will play the festival, and one of those bands will be either War Chief, Ben Franks & The Bible Belt Boys, Starroy, Culpepper Mountain Band or Chillyrose. The five bands are playing Stickyz as part of the Waka Winter Classic, with the band receiving the most votes from the audience being selected. Cover is $5 and each patron will receive a ticket for voting on their favorite band at any time during the night. The music will begin at 9 p.m. with War Chief’s set, and each band will play for approximately 40 minutes with a new band at the top of the hour. And the music? Well, come and check it out, but it’s everything from jamband to funk to Southern rock to folk to gospel … well, you get the picture: good music.

The Harlem Globetrotters are the only basketball team that can out NBA the NBA. And what we mean by that is the famous traveling basketball team is not only talented and competitive, but also the flashiest squad of basketball players since the legendary original Dream Team. Basketball is more entertainment than sport, and the Globetrotters know how to dazzle crowds with their electrifying ball handling, ball spinning and dunking. The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to Verizon Arena. The doors open at 6 p.m. with the game beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the Verizon Arena Box Office for $21.75, $30.75, $33.75, $38.75, $71.75 and $108.75, or through all Ticketmaster outlets with all those nasty little Ticketmaster fees added. Groups of 10 or more receive up to $8 off each ticket in select seating areas. Special discounts are available for Scout groups and military personnel.

It’s not strictly jazz that Rodney Block & the Real Music Lovers play, and that’s why they are one of the best bands around. Jazz is cool, and jazz is great, but Block and the boys throw in a little R&B, soul, funk and even hip-hop into their jazz. Check out Rodney Block & the Real Music Lovers as they present a night of music titled The Return of Jazz at The Afterthought. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $10. Several guest artists are also being promised.

Here’s Cody Canada and The Departed with their “Staring Down the Sun”:

Staring Down the Sun