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Scissortail Street Street Competition and BATTLE OF THE BANDS

Blue Ox Dining Group has partnered with Quickie-Mart skate shop and ROCK 103 to host a two day street competition, Oct. 11-12 in Downtown Tulsa. The inaugural competition, expected to be the only one of its kind in the area, will feature skate and fixed gear bike competitions and races, a street art competition, and a battle of the bands.

 

TOP 4 BANDS:

Spank 7pm

Benny's Little Weasel 8pm

Absence of Ink 9pm

Dead End Drive 10pm 

This event will benefit Rise & Shine, a local neighborhood improvement project.  The event, located between Frankfort and Greenwood on 3rd St. at the south east end of The Blue Dome District, will kick off at 6pm on Friday night and will feature a skate demonstration, free skate lessons, and a midnight ride. Area DJs will perform in the skate area throughout the evening.  The battle of the bands and street art events also begin on Friday night with round one of the ten-team contest and a live street art demonstration by Tulsa’s best artists.

The event will also feature vendor booths and local food trucks. The skate and street art competitions will begin at 10am on Saturday morning and will continue throughout the day. The Battle of the Bands Finals will be Saturday night on the ROCK 103 Stage and will be followed by a performance from the popular local band, SocietySociety.  

The event is the evolution of the former Joe Momma’s Back to School Battle of the Bands, an annual event hosted by Joe Momma’s, a local pizza establishment and first restaurant concept by Blake Ewing, founder of The Blue Ox Dining Group.  “We really wanted to take it up a notch this year and felt like street art, skating and fixed gear bike riding were all complimentary to our battle of the bands. We called the guys at Quickie Mart and they were enthusiastic about partnering. This will be a great event for a worthy cause.” said Ewing.  

Proceeds will help fund Blue Ox dining’s community building effort, Rise & Shine, which held its first neighborhood cleanup effort in The Pearl District in August.  For more information about the event schedule or about participating in the event, either as a sponsor, street artist, skateboarder or cyclist visit scissortailsc.com or Scissortail Street Competition on Facebook.  If you have questions, contact event coordinator, Megan Wilson at 918.949.3860.  Quickie Mart is a local skate shop located at 53rd and Peoria and the Blue OxDining Group is a Tulsa based restaurant and entertainment group, with several concepts located in the downtown area.

 The event will be located in front of and on the grounds of the former Midland Valley Train Depot at 520 E 3rd. Street.  Sponsors include Blue Ox Dining Group, Quickie Mart, ROCK 103.3, Joe Momma’s, Valcour Studio, The Hunt Club, Joe Momma's, BackAlley Blues and BBQ, Urban Tulsa, Okie ToneRecords, The Dog House, Vans Core Skate, DC, Globe, Volcom, Knowledge Skateboards, Endurance Skateboards, and Red Bull.

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Professor Alex Bradford -- Black History Month 2012

He was a multi-talented gospel composer, singer, arranger, and choir director who was a great influence on artists like Little Richard, Bob Marley, and Ray Charles and helped bring about the modern mass choir movement to gospel. Born in Bessemer, Professor Alex Bradford attended the Snow Hill Institute in Snow Hill, Alabama, where he acquired the title “Professor” while teaching as a student.

Dr. Bradford moved to Chicago in 1947 where he worked briefly with Roberta Martin and toured with Mahalia Jackson, then struck out on his own with his own group, “The Bradford Singers, followed by another group, The Bradford Specials. He recorded his first hit record “Too Close to Heaven” in 1954 which sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc.

In 1961 Bradford joined the cast in "Black Nativity", based on the writings of Langston Hughes. He appeared in Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope, for which he won the Obie award, in 1972. He died in 1978 as the musical Your Arms Too Short to Box with God was in production. Bradford's music continues to provide a compelling message with much of his music available for digital download on iTunes.

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