This is a band that can play anywhere. Iceland. Pizzeria basements. A cramped stairwell of a church.
In anticipation of their show Saturday at City Pres, Horse Thief piled into one of the church’s stairwells for a stripped down rendition of “Come On”, track 10 from their sophomore release, “Fear in Bliss”. It’s always a crowd pleaser, even if the crowd capacity is that of three friends, legs dangling, watching from the stair platform above.
Pastors Bobby Griffith and Doug Serven were again more than welcoming to a group of musicians holing up in their place of worship, even with a meeting going on feet away in the sanctuary. This weekend’s performances will make four shows they’ve played host to (one Midtown Music showcase and two Midtown Songwriter Series showcases), and judging by past turnouts and their growing reputation for being fervent supporters of OKC’s local music scene, you’ll probably continue to see City Pres’ name advertised as a venue for some of our city’s established and emerging acts.
“We think that art is the engine of culture and want to accommodate as best we can,” said Griffith. “We recognize that a lot is happening in Oklahoma City and believe our role is to be generous with our space and welcome folks to sit, listen and enjoy the artists in a unique setting.”
Doors open at 7 p.m., with Denton-hailing Pageantry kicking things off first with some glorious pop-gazey lo-fi magic. Local artist Chad Mount, who we sat down with last May, will provide an undoubtedly fitting sensory experience with custom live visuals to compliment the evening’s music.
You also need to know that this show is free. So, it would behoove you to be there, especially considering they will be playing in the much larger sanctuary space.
Date: Saturday, Jan. 24
Time: Doors at 7 p.m.
Where: City Pres – 829 NW 13th St.
Cost: FREE. It. Is. Free.
Ages: All of them
Video by Josh Robinson