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21+ SHOW

Oklahoma ∕ Almighty American / When We Land

Thursday, September 7, 2017

7:30 pm




With a distinct voice and clear direction, Oklahoma borrow elements from Indie Rock, Pop, & Alternative to share their perspective on life’s reoccurring themes. Oklahoma’s song writing confronts & indulges neurosis, while interweaving voices underline each song’s sentiments. Oklahoma were invited to open for Jimmy Eat World after their song “Sharp Dressed Love” won the hearts of the band during their Integrity Blues tour stop in Minneapolis, MN. Their debut LP, featuring members of the Avett Brothers, Dashboard Confessional, Eve 6, Romantica, & Jeremy Messersmith’s band, is slated for a Fall 2017 release.


With a deep appreciation for the songwriting greats of his father’s generation, drummer-turned-guitarist Michael Gay has set out to leave his own mark with Almighty American. “I’ve learned a lot about empathy through songwriting,” Gay told City Pages. “I try to do the story justice and not always go for the easy rhyme.” His approach to songwriting pairs with a classic Americana sensibility and feel to breed earnest songs with melodies that stick with the listener. Influences such as old literature, cowboys, and the open road can be heard and felt throughout his debut full-length album, Somewhere Ride, available now.


When We Land began as a creative expression for Jesse Baxter (guitar, vocals). Jesse was exposed to music early in life. Starting the violin at the age of four, he was initially captivated by melody. Later on, he developed a passion for creating music of his own. He would go on to write and record songs whenever an idea came to him. Jesse started to get an identity as a songwriter and a direction for a band. He began arranging some of these ideas in 2015 with Tim Torabpour (drums), Jeff Meyers (lead guitar, bg vocals) and Steve Fregard (bass).