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Jimbo Mathus

Tower Theatre Oklahoma City

Friday, June 18, 2021 8:00 PM

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Jimbo Mathus will perform live at the historic Tower Theatre in Oklahoma City on June 18, 2021, with special guest Jesse Aycock.

NOTICE: FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR GUESTS, ARTISTS, AND STAFF FACE COVERINGS WILL BE REQUIRED TO BE WORN PROPERLY AT ALL TIMES UNLESS SEATED. IN AN EFFORT TO ENFORCE SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES OVERALL CAPACITY HAS BEEN REDUCED BY 80% (204 MAX) AND ALL TICKETS TO THIS SHOW ARE SOLD IN GROUPS OF 2, 4, & 6. PLEASE BRING GUESTS YOU ARE COMFORTABLE WITH TO FILL PURCHASED SEATS. UNUSED SEATS WILL NOT BE REFUNDED.

DOORS 7 PM / SHOW 8 PM
SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES

For the safety of our guests, staff and community, this show features limited seating and social distancing expectations, in addition to increased cleaning and santizing measures.

- Maximum capacity reduced by 80% (204 People)
- All employees and guests required declare any symptoms
- All employees and guests required to wear PPE Face coverings (Guests may remove face covering only while seated)
- TICKETS SOLD ONLY IN GROUPS OF 2, 4, & 6. Tables and Rails on the Floor and Grouped Seats in the Balcony.
- Box Office is closed – all sales online and no-contact ticket verification
- No counter service. All service will be provided by Tower Theatre Staff to tables or chairs.
- All guests for an event must be registered and contact info provided. We do this for contact tracing purposes in the instance of a known viral presence
- Tower Theatre continues to reserve the right to remove anyone from the building for any reason including but not limited to following PPE and Social Distancing rules.
- Gathering and standing around is generally prohibited. Groups may be asked to separate or distance themselves if Tower Theatre Staff deems necessary.
- Elevator limited to 1 guest
VENUE INFO

- Free parking lot directly south of the theatre across 23rd street
- Full bar inside venue
- No weapons of any kind are allowed in the building
- Visit our website for more information!
JIMBO MATHUS

JIMBO MATHUS has blazed a singular path as a singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer and shaman for 40 years. Founder of New Orleans swing band Squirrel Nut Zippers, he has recorded and released more than 300 songs. A body of work that is a testament to his hoodoo craftsmanship and to the sounds, sights and spirits of his inspirations in the Deep South.

In the mid-1990s, Mathus' frequent trips back to Mississippi led to his meeting Jim and Luther Dickinson, which resulted in Mathus writing and recording "Play Songs for Rosetta", a benefit project to aid Mathus' childhood nanny, Rosetta Patton, daughter of the near mythical Mississippi musician Charley Patton. This rekindled Mathus' interest in Mississippi music and set him on a new path. During this time, Mathus also began recording and producing on his own. Simultaneously, Mathus was gaining recognition for his blues guitar knowledge through his work with blues legend Buddy Guy. Mathus toured with Guy off and on from 2001 to 2003. He also recorded with Guy on his album Sweet Tea, and the Grammy winning album Blues Singer.

Mathus has performed hundreds of shows in the deep South, mostly in Mississippi. He became a regular and favorite performer at Morgan Freeman's Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale. Several of his songs have found their way into film and television, most notably “Hiway at Night” and “Fallen Angel” (House of Cards), “Haunted John” (Shameless) and “Butcher Bird” (Ray Donovan).

His latest album Incinerator, which debuted in Spring 2020 on Mississippi’s Big Legal Mess Records, is the epitome of that art - an incendiary reflection of his world in music. Incinerator was recorded in a burst of inspiration in Water Valley, Mississippi’s Dial Back Sound. Produced by Bronson Tew and Matt Patton, bassist of Drive by Truckers.

In 2021, a collaboration with Andrew Bird led to the album These 13. Released to critical acclaim and high praise, the duo were once bandmates in Squirrel Nut Zippers. “Up until meeting Jimbo, all my musical heroes were dead,” Andrew Bird said in a statement. “Jimbo was anything but and just oozed musicality of a kind I thought was extinct."

JESSE AYCOCK

As a versatile multi-instrumentalist, Tulsa’s Jesse Aycock is an in-demand sideman who has lent his talents to several national acts over the years, traveling the world as a member of Hard Working Americans and supporting tours for musicians Elizabeth Cook and The Secret Sisters. With this self-titled release, Jesse stands center stage with thirteen beautifully executed songs, highlighting his significant gifts as a singer-songwriter.

Fans of Jesse’s previous solo efforts will recognize this soulful artist’s signature blend of masterful musicianship, poetic lyricism, and thoughtful songwriting, and they won’t be disappointed with the album’s exploration of Jesse’s myriad influences. The lovely, mournful “Sadder Than a Sunset” reflects his acoustic, country-folk roots, while “Past Life” rocks a deep topic with an upbeat pop sensibility and “Under The Gun” swirls with a psychedelic refrain.

“I’ve been working on many of these songs over the last few years, but I could never land on something until they finally took shape. A handful came together very recently. I wrote ‘Second Chances Better Luck’ late one night and had it demo’d with parts and lyrics by sunrise. There were a few songs I was still finishing up as we were tracking them, which was a new experience for me. Luckily, I have faith in the creative process and great friends to work with in the studio. I find that when you let things happen organically, that’s when magic happens,” Jesse says of the songwriting process. “Overall, I think this album is a little more personal and vulnerable than my previous albums. That’s partly why I decided to release it as self-titled. I think for the listener, it’s still abstract enough to find your own meaning.”

Jesse plays guitar, steel guitar, keys, and even Mellotron on his latest album. He’s joined by good friends and fellow Tulsa musicians drummer Paddy Ryan, bassist Aaron Boehler, and keyboardist John Fullbright. Jason Crosby contributed keys and strings to several tracks, and Lauren Barth, Allison Moorer, and Jason Weinheimer, the record’s co-producer and engineer, contributed background vocals. The album was recorded at Weinheimer’s Fellowship Hall Sound in Little Rock, Arkansas, with additional tracks recorded at Paradise Studios in Tia Juana, Oklahoma (Leon Russell’s former recording compound on scenic Grand Lake.)

In addition to his time with Hard Working Americans, The Secret Sisters, and Elizabeth Cook, Jesse has also toured with Scott Hirsch, John Fullbright, Travis Linville, and Samantha Crain. During his career, he’s shared the stage with musical luminaries like Tedeschi Trucks Band, Widespread Panic, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, John Moreland, and Ian Moore.

Previous solo releases include 2005’s Life’s Ladder and 2010’s Inside Out of Blue. Twenty-twelve’s Flowers & Wounds was recorded at Leon Russell’s legendary Church Studio in Tulsa. Jesse’s longtime and sorely missed friend and former bandmate, Neal Casal (Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Hard Working Americans), played guitar and George Sluppick (CRB, JJ Grey & Mofro) supplied drums, with additional contributions from David Hildago (Los Lobos) and Tulsa legend Jimmy Karstein.

After a long and difficult year, Jesse Aycock is a light at the end of a dark tunnel for listener and musician alike.

“Making this record was healing, difficult and beautiful. I’d been through a challenging year, filled with loss and heartbreak. When everything around you seems to fall apart, you have to lean into something,” says Jesse. “Music has always been that for me. Recording these songs helped ground me.”

Tower Theatre

425 NW 23rd St
Oklahoma City, OK 73103
United States (Directions)