106.1 The Twister & Spartan College Presents
Alaska and Madi
Tue Mar 14
Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm
This event is all ages
106.1 The Twister is giving you the first EVER “Twister Funnel" sponsored by Spartan College, take your future to a new level!
A once-in-a-lifetime experience! An up-close and personal acoustic performance with Brett Young, LANco, and Tucker Beathard, plus, up and coming artists Michael Tyler and Alaska & Madi.
Tickets are free, but you need to listen to 106.1 The Twister to win tickets or pick-up tickets at our partner locations around town. Visit www.1061thetwister.iheart.com for full details.
Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ will be open and available to ticket holders from 6pm - 8:30pm!
Scheduled acts are subject to change without notice!
Young's soulful vocals and impassioned lyrics are derived from the self-discipline learned form years on the baseball field. When it comes to Brett Young, it isn't so far from a pitcher's mound to a performer's stage, and it doesn't really matter what kind of Big Show you're talking about. One pass through the California native's current sample of songs proves he is in love with love.
"Everyone leaves a trail of 'almosts' and bittersweet memories behind on the road to 'the one'," says Brett. "It happened to me on my journey—it happens to everyone. Now I use those moments when I write music. I guess it is fortunate for me that people most easily relate to heartbreak. I'm an over- emotional, hopeless romantic who feels everything, and that shows in my songs."
A sentimental dreamer, Young makes love look like an art form with songs like "Left Side of Leaving," "Sleep Without You" and "You Ain't Here to Kiss Me." His blue-eyed gaze pierces through the audience, understanding each person's point of view and displaying an unnerving vulnerability as he introduces his music throughout Nashville.
"I grew up with Marvin Gaye, Kenny Rodgers, Tim McGraw— emotionally expressive singers. I like that the emotion carries the songs, where the music is almost secondary," he says. "Van Morrison's 'Crazy Love'—that's just timeless. They influence me; as a songwriter and a performer, I want to connect like they did. And when your audience feels like they can relate, then you have something much more special than a show, or a sale. You have a connection...you truly have a fan."
His Republic Nashville introduction follows a string of previously released recordings that gathered a cult following encompassed in "Caliville" – the world between Young's SoCal roots and Music City coming-of-age. Young's songwriting credits are extensive, having his music appear on shows like Chrisley Knows Best (USA), Real World (MTV) and Kourtney and Kim Take New York (E!). Now in the studio with GRAMMY and CMA Award winning producer Dann Huff, Young is charming his way track by track with an eclectic mix sure to carve a path in 2016.
Not long after making the decision to forgo a baseball scholarship to focus on music, Beathard signed a publishing deal with Big Machine Music and a recording contract with DOT Records. Now he is beginning to carve a path for his own unique and unapologetic sound with lyrics like "Hell no I don't mind turning heads; Hell yeah I'll get by living on the edge; Our point of views may never meet; I don't wanna be you, yeah I know me." Beathard is working on his debut album and is already booked for shows this summer with superstars Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban.
Together, LANco is Brandon Lancaster (lead vocals), Chandler Baldwin (bass), Jared Hampton (keyboards, banjo), Tripp Howell (drums), and Eric Steedly (lead guitar).
Formed in 2012, LANco was born of a chance meeting between Howell and Nashville native Lancaster – each performing in bands at the same festival – just as Howell was readying a move to Music City the same week that Lancaster was returning from college. Once in Nashville, Lancaster met Steedly through mutual friends, while Hampton and Baldwin followed shortly thereafter, with the young band gigging at every opportunity.
Mining a catalog of songs written by Lancaster, the group began to develop its sound. Making the most of Howell’s day job in a carpet warehouse, the guys would slip in at night to rehearse on the little-traveled second level, loading their gear up and down with a forklift until they realized they could safely hide it with carpet between rehearsals.
But it was Lancaster’s side job – working a concession stand at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena – that opened a big door for the band when he spotted producer Jay Joyce at a concert in 2014. A fan of Joyce’s work as producer of such acts as Little Big Town and Eric Church, Lancaster recalls with a smile, “I closed down my hot dog stand and walked up to Jay and just introduced myself.”
The conversation brought an invitation from Joyce for Lancaster to share some songs that he’d written, and shortly thereafter, for a band audition.
“One week we’re playing in a carpet warehouse, and a few weeks later, we’re playing live in Jay Joyce’s studio,” marvels Lancaster, “and he’s like, ‘Okay, we’ve gotta make a record; let’s do this.’”
The first result of their collaboration is LANco’s four-song, self-titled 2015 EP, now streaming exclusively on Spotify, with each song written or co-written by Lancaster.
The EP offers first-time LANco listeners a taste of the distinctive style that defines the band’s music, from production to songwriting.
“It’s country music in a way that hasn’t been done before,” Lancaster observes. “No other band that’s out right now has the production and the dynamics of the music that I think that we have in ours.”
Carrying forward one of the core traditions of great country music, Lancaster adds that you’ll find “aspects of classic country songwriting within the music; we have stories being told.” But even in its storytelling, LANco is carving a lyrical niche, with writing designed to offer “unique perspectives of very universal situations.”
Now looking forward to the release of their upcoming full-length debut album – also produced by Joyce – LANco is among the first acts signed to Sony Music Nashville since the arrival of new Chairman & CEO Randy Goodman. Assigned to the label group’s Arista Nashville imprint (home to Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, and more), the band was an immediate win with Goodman, who offered them a deal on the spot the first time he heard them live.
Indeed, the band’s live performance energy is becoming one of their undeniable calling cards – and a big part of that is being able to engage the audience.
“I want people to not just hear the music, but be a part of the music. All the songs that we’re playing and singing, they’re really talking about people’s lives, and they’re talking about situations that every person’s familiar with, and we’re doing it with a lot of energy and a lot of crowd participation. I always go out in the crowd and sing, and we’re very interactive.
“We are LANco, and so are you.”
Both Alaska and Madi have been involved in music in some form or fashion from a young age. They have both performed in school musicals - Alaska was Liesl in Sound of Music and Madi was Muzzy in Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Alaska is a graduate from Broken Arrow High School and is a voice coach at Legato School of Music. Madi is a graduate from Jenks High School and hopes to one day influence others with her music. Singing a mixture of country, rock, folk, and bluegrass, they describe their music as “Just two girls from Oklahoma living out their dream singing country music!”
After doing a blind audition for The Voice TV show and winning a spot with Blake Shelton’s team they feel very blessed to have such an experienced professional coaching them and moving their music to the next level. So keep an eye out for them and follow their incredible journey!
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