Southeastern News

Musical Arts series begins Sept. 18 with outdoor concert

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Musical Arts Series begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 18, with Mariachi Espuelas de Plata in concert on the lawn of Morrison Hall.

In case of rain, the concert will be held in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.

All concerts are free and the community is invited. Season sponsors include Southeastern, Cherokee Telephone Company, Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Red River Arts Council, Donna Massey Fund for Music Education, and private donors.

There will be Mexican food for sale and wonderful music performed by the regionally acclaimed group from Dallas.

The ensemble has played for countless events around the Metroplex and in the north Texas/southern Oklahoma region. In addition, the members volunteer their talent and time to help area schools through providing clinics for their Mariachi bands.

Mariachi Espuelas de Plata will perform at Washington Irving Elementary School that afternoon.

Southeastern’s second MAS event is scheduled three days later when The United States Navy Band “Country Current” performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Montgomery Auditorium.

“Country Current” is the U.S. Navy’s premier country/bluegrass ensemble and is nationally renowned for its versatility and eye-popping musicianship, performing a blend of modern country music and cutting-edge bluegrass. “Country Current” has been delighting fans for nearly 40 years with a fun-filled and family-friendly stage show.

The musicians come from diverse backgrounds with extensive high-profile recording and touring experience in music scenes such as Nashville, Tenn., New York City and New Orleans.

In the tradition of country music, each member is a skilled performer on multiple instruments. The band utilizes banjo, acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin, fiddle, electric bass, upright bass, dobro, pedal steel guitar and drums.