Category Archives: Out & About

Terminated for uplifting Tiger King Hillbillies

The red and blue divide in America has never been bigger than it is today. Our polarized country clearly can’t see things the same way when it comes to even trivial things like what to laugh about or who is considered a celebrity. I thought there was a slight divide 20 years ago but today it’s miles wide. 

Nowhere has it been as obvious as with a show like Tiger King. My interest in the show was very recent (I binged it in the 2021 Christmas holidays after Season 2 came out) and it propelled me to reach out to the stars of the show thinking it would be a good boost for the entertainment publications I was writing for. I interviewed John Reinke from Tiger King and I believe it was a strong interview which was ultimately thought provoking. For many publications, it was great and I got many compliments for stirring a fruitful discussion. EXCLUSIVE Marc Ang Interviews John Reinke From Tiger King.

But not for one publication. Well initially the editor loved it until her audience reacted like a typical woke cancel culture mob would. Ultimately this cost me a regular gig with them, a Hollywood based entertainment based online paper, which actually opened up a fascinating story for the record. 

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Chris Stapleton: Smooth as Tennessee whiskey

Chris Stapleton brought his All-American Roadshow to Tulsa Friday night, performing in front of a capacity crowd gathered inside the BOK Center. The Kentucky native isn’t known for spectacular showmanship, but connects with his audience solely through his music.

Stapleton is a bona fide country music superstar.

Moving to Nashville in 2001, Stapleton spent a year studying engineering at Vanderbilt University but dropped out to pursue a career in music. A Grammy Award songwriter (five to date), Stapleton has written over 150 songs for artists like George Strait, Kenny Chesney and Luke Bryan.

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Alan Jackson Review

For the first time since the 2020 pandemic, Tulsa’s BOK Center opened their doors for a full-capacity concert as country superstar Alan Jackson brought his Coronavirus-interrupted tour to town. Tulsa audiences love their stars and cheered to show it was well worth the wait.

As the house lights dimmed, giving way to the spotlights, Jackson slowly and deliberately strode onto the stage, picked up his familiar guitar and performed “Gone Country,” setting the stage for a journey through the hits. With more #1 hits than his average set-list, it must be difficult to decide which songs to perform and which ones to leave out.

As Jackson performed while standing at the microphone, the Country Music Hall of Famer leaned against some sort of prop, possibly due to a back or hip issue. However, that didn’t lessen the enthusiasm of his audience. At one point, he walked back and forth across the stage, tossing rolled up t-shirts into the crowd.

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Jurassic Quest migrates to Tulsa

The largest and most realistic dinosaur exhibit in North America is back, bigger and better than ever! More than 100 photo-realistic dinosaurs are ready to delight families when Jurassic Quest® heads to Tulsa’s Cox Convention Center September 10-12. Jurassic Quest is one of the first indoor family edutainment shows to re-launch since March 2020 due to the pandemic.

Jurassic Quest will open with beloved and unique experiences for the whole family including more than 100 life-like dinosaurs, dinosaur themed rides, live dinosaur shows, interactive science and art activities, a “Triceratots” soft play area for the littlest explorers, face painting, bounce houses and inflatable attractions (socks required), photo opportunities, and more. Walk through the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic periods to see the dinos that ruled on land, and “deep dive” into the “Ancient Oceans” exhibit to come face to face with the largest apex predator that ever existed – a moving, life-size, 50-foot-long megalodon! Meet the babies, hatched only at Jurassic Quest: Cammie the Camarasaurus, Tyson the T-Rex and Trixie the Triceratops – and, you may even catch one of our star dino trainers: Safari Sarah, Dino Dustin, Captain Caleb, Prehistoric Nick or Park Ranger Marty!

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Friends remember Don Everly

Don and brother Phil, The Everly Brothers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Don Everly, half of The Everly Brothers duo with his brother Phil, died Saturday in Nashville at age 84. The Everly Brothers are Country Music Hall of Fame members, inducted in 2001, and were instrumental in shaping rock and roll with such global classics as “Bye Bye Love,” “Wake Up, Little Susie,” and “All I Have To Do Is Dream.” The Everly Brothers were also members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry.

The duo left an indelible impact on both the country and rock music community, indicated by heartfelt messages of remembrance shared today:

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