“With the neighborhood just north of 36th street being Crown Heights, I thought incorporating 'Crown' in the name--coupled with ‘Jewel’ from the Jewel Box Theater group--would help associate the Amphitheater with the neighborhood and church property,” said Jim Moody, founder of 79th Street Sound Stage and one of the amphitheater show curators. Moody, along with Jennifer Maynord of Cellar Door Music Group, has been brought on by First Christian Church to coordinate music within the amphitheater. Moody serves as an overall sponsor for the venue and is bringing in national & regional acts, while Cellar Door Music organizes the local music events.
“Edgemere Under the Stars,” is the most recent local show series that kicked off on September 2nd and will run through November. The shows take place every first Wednesday of the month and offers a full evening of music, food trucks and even beer tasting. Belle Isle agreed to serve as the main beer sponsor for October 7th, with RoughTail and Anthem Brewing being supporting sponsors. Attendees of the free 5:30-8:30pm event can offer donations to enjoy beer from these breweries, while listening to music by The Dulcets and Ripple Green.
Following the music series event, music award winner, Mike Farris, will grace the Crown Jewel stage on Sunday, October 18th. Farris won an Americana Music Award for Best New & Emerging Artist, a Dove Award for Best Traditional Gospel Album of the Year and a 2015 GRAMMY® award for Best Roots Gospel Album. He was also a featured performer in 2011 at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 16th Annual American Masters concert honoring Aretha Franklin along side such acts as Lauryn Hill, Chaka Khan, Cissy Houston, and Ronald Isley.
Sunday, October 25th the amphitheater will feature the quirky-humored, Western-based group, Riders In The Sky. The Riders have had a long history of musical success, including inductions into the Grand Ol’ Opry, the Western Music Association’s Hall of Fame, the Country Music Foundation’s Walkway of Stars, and the Walk of Western Stars. They have also had two Grammy wins and are nationally recognized on many platforms.
“I had the opportunity to utilize the restored Amphitheater, and these kinds of family friendly shows seemed to be a perfect fit,” concluded Moody, presenter of both Sunday night shows. Tickets for Mike Farris and Riders In The Sky can be found at www.okcsoundstage -- doors open at 7:00pm, shows begin at 8:00pm (3700 N. Walker Ave., OKC 73118). Information on all upcoming Crown Jewel Amphitheater events can be found at www.cellardoormusicgroup.com