Legendary Disco Band Chic Headlines 'ACM@UCO Rocks Bricktown' Live Music Event April 13

Nile Rodgers

April 4, 2013

Media Contact: Adrienne Nobles, Assistant Vice President for University Relations, University of Central Oklahoma, (405) 974-2103, anobles@uco.edu

(Editor’s Note: A complete list of venues, bands and performance times is included at the end of the release, along with a link to a photo for publication.)

LEGENDARY DISCO BAND CHIC HEADLINES ‘ACM@UCO ROCKS BRICKTOWN’ LIVE MUSIC EVENT APRIL 13

The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) will invade Oklahoma City’s Bricktown district with more than 60 student bands in 14 venues as a part of its fourth annual “ACM@UCO Rocks Bricktown” event, featuring free live music throughout the district starting at 3 p.m., Saturday, April 13.           

Legendary disco-era band Chic featuring Nile Rodgers will headline the event with a performance at 9 p.m. on the main stage in the parking lot east of Zio’s restaurant.

Best known for hits like “Le Freak” and “Good Times,” the band is also widely sampled in various hip-hop hits, like the first-ever multi-platinum rap song, “A Rapper’s Delight” by the Sugarhill Gang.           

Rodgers is a music industry powerhouse in his own right, producing and collaborating with some of the biggest names in the business, including Diana Ross, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Madonna, and, most recently, Daft Punk. He’ll share his industry experience with ACM@UCO students as a part of a master class Friday, April 12.           

“This event celebrates both our graduating students and our partnership with the community,” said Scott Booker, ACM@UCO CEO.           

“We are intent on keeping this event free and fun. Nile Rodgers will offer the crowds a familiar beat to dance to, but we also encourage everyone to discover new sounds from our students.”           

Among those new sounds is a collaborative project between ACM@UCO students and The Flaming Lips’ Steven Drozd, called The Mutating Cell Ensemble. They will perform at 11 p.m. at the ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan.           

The ACM@UCO opened its doors to its first class of students in August 2009 on one floor of the Oklahoma Hardware Building in Bricktown on Flaming Lips Alley.  Since then, the program has grown to fill three floors of the building and the ACM@UCO Performance Lab, also in Bricktown.       

Based on the successful model from the original ACM in Guilford, England, the ACM@UCO is an innovative music program unlike any other in the U.S., offering an industry-based, “real world” educational experience for those interested in a career in contemporary music.         

The ACM@UCO offers two-year associate degree programs in bass, drums, guitar, keyboard, music business, music production and vocals, with the option to pursue a Bachelor of Applied Technology degree. 

Admission to all venues is free for the “ACM@UCO Rocks Bricktown” event.  Presenting event sponsors include the Oklahoma Chevy Team Dealers and Wells Fargo Advisors, along with co-presenting sponsors Brewer Entertainment, This Land Press, Downtown OKC, Inc., and 92.5 KOMA FM.

A current line up of bands and venues is below, with more information and updates available at acm.uco.edu or on the ACM@UCO Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ACM.UCO.

ACM@UCO Annex (25 S. Oklahoma, 1st Floor)
7-7:40 p.m. – Audio Eden
8-8:40 p.m. – Plastic Apollos
9-9:40 p.m. - Siloh
10-10:40 p.m. – Before The Aftermath
11-11:40 p.m. – Angels On Eyelevel
Midnight-12:40 a.m. – Atrus
1-1:40 a.m. – Kali Ra

ACM@UCO Performance Lab (329 E. Sheridan)
5:30-6:10 p.m. – Aluma
6:30-7:10 p.m. – Moongiant
7:30-8:10 p.m. – sonicviolence
8:30-9:10 p.m. – Tallows
11 p.m.-midnight – The Mutating Cell Ensemble (Directed by Steven Drozd of The Flaming Lips and featuring ACM@UCO students)

Bricktown Brewery (1 N. Oklahoma Ave.)
6-6:40 p.m.  – Josh Qualls
7-7:40 p.m.  – Emily Northcutt
8-8:40 p.m. – Kyle Crow

Bricktown Candy Co. (100 E. California)
TBA – BoxingTheStars
TBA – Echo Bones
TBA – R.e.A.L.
TBA – WeKilledTheLastSuperhero
TBA – IndianGiver

Brix (27 E. Sheridan)
7-7:40 p.m. – Rachel Brashear
8-8:40 p.m. – Chelsey Gonzalez
9-9:40 p.m. - Casey Smith

Capt. Norm’s Dockside Bar (105 E. California)
TBA

Chevy Stage (Lower Bricktown)
4-4:40 p.m. – The Hitt Boyz
5-5:40 p.m. – We Were Fiction
6-6:40 p.m. – Good Culture
7-7:40 p.m. – Brave
8-8:40 p.m. – Oklahoma Cloud Factory
9-9:40 p.m. – Hydrogen
10-10:40 p.m. – Chateau
11-11:40 p.m. – Fos

Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2 S. Mickey Mantle, Outside Main Entrance)
3-3:40 p.m. - Bowlsey
4-4:40 p.m. – Season Spent
5-5:40 p.m. – The Puritans
6-6:40 p.m. – Safety Second
10-10:40 p.m. – The Heavy Thems

Guestroom Records (25 S. Oklahoma, 1st Floor)
4-4:40 p.m.  – Shyer Studios
5-5:40 p.m. – Eureeka
6-6:40 p.m. – Ashford
7-7:40 p.m. – Sebastian Rommel
8-8:40 p.m. – We Are Zen
9-9:40 p.m. – Angry Beards

JJ’s Alley (212 E. Sheridan)
10-11 p.m. – Kailea Dull
11:10 p.m. -12:10 a.m. – Bold McCoy
12:20-1:20 a.m. - BeThisBell

Main Stage (Parking Lot East of Zio’s)
7:30-8:30 p.m. – TBA
9-10:30 p.m. – Chic featuring Nile Rodgers
10:45-11:25 p.m. – TRAVI$ TRAP$
11:30 p.m. -midnight – The WuWus

Nonna’s Purple Bar (124 E. Sheridan)
4-4:40 p.m. – Hayden Bedwell
5-5:40 p.m. – One Time
6-6:40 p.m. – Three Men and a Lady

Tapwerks (121 E. Sheridan)
9-9:25 p.m. – ZG
9:30-9:55 p.m. – SouthBound Productions
10:20-11 p.m. - TBA
11:20p-midnight – Stay The Course
12:20-1 a.m. – So Called Savages

Whiskey Chicks (115 E. Reno)
9-9:40 p.m. – Them Apples
10-10:40 p.m. – Allyson Bold and the Italics
11-11:40 p.m. – The Broken Okies
Midnight-12:40 a.m. – Kaitlin Butts

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Editor’s Note:  Download art for publication with this release at www.uco.edu/photo/NileRodgers.

Cutline: Legendary disco-era band Chic featuring Nile Rodgers will headline the ACM@UCO Rocks Bricktown live music event Saturday, April 13. More than 60 student bands from the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma will perform at 14 venues throughout the Bricktown district. Admission is free.