It’s time for another Midtown Songwriter Series, but this time, creator Tyler Hopkins is switching things up at CityPres. Tomorrow’s installment will be the first to feature three bands, rather than solo-performing local songwriters. The same perks apply: all ages, early start time, the magic acoustics of beloved City Presbyterian, absence of smoky haze, and of course, free beer, for a mere $10.
The full lineup on Saturday, June 18, includes elms, Student Film, and Young Weather, with doors opening at 7 p.m. and show starting at 7:30 p.m. Each band will play a stripped-down set and discuss their writing process.
Earlier this week, after a little pre-session scotch and some TLC vocal warmup stylings, Chelsey Cope of elms joined us in the balcony pews at CityPres for a preview of Saturday’s show. This marks elms’ first appearance on a Midtown Songwriter Series lineup, but the band isn’t a stranger to pastor Bobby Griffith’s now musician haven. Elms shot a video for the song Chelsey performed for us, “Tide Me Over”, in various corners of City Pres, most notably, the empty and out of commission indoor pool.
“I’ve known Tyler Hopkins for quite some time. We have played many shows together in the past, so when he asked us to be a part of this, I was quick to say yes. I love what everyone has done for the music community lately, and allowing us to showcase our music in an intimate listening environment,” says Cope.
“With OKC being a smaller city, the venues are pretty limited, especially for singer/songwriters. A lot of bars are geared more towards entertainment in other areas, but happen to have stages. It’s important for people to get to hear their favorite local bands in an environment where they can connect with them on a more personal level. There’s a lot of talent here, and I feel the music can get lost in the noise. Things like Midtown Songwriters Series creates an opportunity to connect with these artists and really hear them out.”
Currently, all of Cope’s band members are involved in other projects as well as elms. They’re dedicating the majority of the summer writing, and hope to get a full-length record started in the fall. Aside from tomorrow’s show, you can catch elms playing at Opolis July 22 with Ramesh Srivastava, formerly of Voxtrot (still has our hearts, despite disbanding in 2010), and Aug. 20 for Heard on Hurd.
Check out Chelsey’s video at CityPres below.
What: Midtown Songwriter Series
When: Doors 7 p.m., show 7:30 p.m.
Where: City Presbyterian at 829 NW 13th
Monies: $10 (includes free beer for those of age who wish to partake)
Another new aspect to the series: an after party. Come to Speakeasy after the show for Ryan Drake’s (of The Spy FM) 90s-00s DJ set downstairs, but first treat yourself to a Midtown Songwriter Series drink special upstairs. And most importantly- dance. If you’re lucky, you’ll see the smooth interpretive dance routines à la long-limbed Tyler Hopkins.