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The Scissortail Park Grand Opening Concert featuring Kings of Leon

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300 SW 7th St

Oklahoma City, OK 73109

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The Chickasaw Nation presents The Scissortail Park Grand Opening FREE Concert featuring Kings of Leon!

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Please RSVP at the Register button to let us know you're coming and so you can stay in the loop! Ticket not required for entry and RSVP does not guarantee entry.

Join us in downtown Oklahoma City for Scissortail Park’s Grand Opening Weekend September 27-29th. The weekend will kick off with a free concert on Friday, September 27th for all-ages featuring Kings of Leon and special guests Broncho at the Love’s Travel Stops Stage and Great Lawn.

Gates open at 5 p.m.

The stage is located at the northwest corner of the park at Oklahoma City Blvd and Robinson Ave.

Food and beverages available for purchase.

Visit the Scissortail Park website for more information including FAQs, parking map, and park map.

FAQs:

  • Where should I park?: See the parking and street car map for the Grand Opening here.
  • Will the park be complete? Yes, however, due to the epic rains we had this year, much of the landscaping still needs time to settle into the ground. Therefore, you may see some landscape fencing to protect planted grounds. Please respect these areas by staying behind the protective fencing.
  • Do I need a ticket to attend the Kings of Leon concert on Friday, Sept. 27? No ticket is required for entry. You can RSVP to let us know you’re coming, but registration does not guarantee entry.
  • Is the Scissortail Park Grand Opening free? Yes. All events the weekend of Sept. 27-29 are free.
  • The following items will be prohibited on Friday, Sept. 27: Backpacks, rucksacks, large purses. Any small bags are subject to search. Drones, remote-controlled aircrafts, cars or toys. Lawn chairs, selfie sticks, paper lanterns, fireworks, explosives, professional cameras, SLRs, video cameras, iPads, GoPros, tripods, chains or chain wallets, umbrellas, objects that can be used as projectiles (glow sticks, balls, Frisbees), laser pointers, aerosol cans, sporting equipment (including bats, hockey sticks), tents, musical instruments, bicycles, skateboards, scooters, and roller skates. No outside beverages other than a sealed water bottle or empty reusable, non-glass bottle.
  • Can I bring an ice chest or cooler to the park? Coolers and ice chests are prohibited during the Friday concert.
  • Can I bring a lawn chair to the Great Lawn to watch the performance? No lawn chairs will be permitted on the Great Lawn during the Friday concert.
  • Can I bring my kids to the Friday concert? The free concert is open to the public. Family-centric events will take place on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Can I bring my pet to the Friday concert? No, pets will not be allowed on the Great Lawn during the Friday concert. Service dogs will be permitted.
  • Will food and drinks be available for purchase? Yes. The majority of in-park concessions and vendors will be cash only. ATMs will be available onsite.
  • Can I bring a water bottle? Only sealed water bottles are allowed. You may bring an empty water bottle or reusable water bottle to fill up at water refill stations. Bottled water will be sold inside the Park.
  • How should I act in the park? No fighting, disorderly conduct, or threatening behavior: Any person found fighting will be evicted from the event.
  • Can I sell concessions at the Scissortail Park Grand opening? No, you must be pre-approved through Scissortail Park staff.
  • Can I volunteer for the event? Yes! Please sign up for a shift here or email volunteer@scissortailpark.org with questions.
  • Is the event ADA compliant? Yes. There will be an area reserved for people with accessibility needs. A sign language interpreter will also be available during the concert.
  • Can I fly a drone over the park? No unauthorized drones permitted during opening weekend.
  • How was the Scissortail Park Grand Opening funded? The Scissortail Park Grand Opening was made possible by the City of Oklahoma City, the Scissortail Park Foundation, and its corporate partners for Grand Opening.
  • What is the Park's address? 300 SW 7th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73109

Read more about Scissortail Park here.

Kings of Leon

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Since their debut in 2003, Kings of Leon (Caleb (guitar/vocals), Nathan (drums), Jared (bass) and Matthew Followill (guitar)) have released seven albums (Youth & Young Manhood (2003), Aha Shake Heartbreak (2004), Because of the Times (2007), Only by the Night (2008), Come Around Sundown (2010), Mechanical Bull (2013) and WALLS (2016)), and sold over 21 million albums and over 38 million singles worldwide. The multi-platinum selling band has had five singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, all seven of their studio albums on Billboard’s 200 list and five singles that reached #1 on Modern Rock radio. Their seventh album WALLS debuted in October at #1 in the US, UK, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland and Austria, and top 3 in more than 10 countries, including Germany and Australia. In addition, they have had seven Grammy Nominations, four Grammy Award wins, three NME Awards, two Brit Awards and one Juno Award. They have toured all over the world, selling out top venues and headlining major festivals such as Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and Glastonbury.

Broncho

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Stick your head out the window and sniff the air: there’s a blizzard of badness brewing, and it’s not blowing over anytime soon. Sure, the political leaders, bullies, and other villains of various venoms are dominating the headlines, but these days the list of troublemakers extends well beyond the usual suspects.

From their home base in the Heartland, Tulsa, Oklahoma’s BRONCHO have a unique vantage point from which to survey the sins. Churning out thoughtful, nuanced rock and roll with an art school spirit and a punk rock heart since 2010, the band’s fourth album, Bad Behavior, finds them leaning into their strengths for their strongest effort yet. Following the catchy, playful vibe of previous albums Can’t Get Past the Lips (2011) and Just Enough Hip to Be Woman (2014), as well as the deliberate sonic intent of 2016’s sludgy, moodier art piece Double Vanity, the new record reveals BRONCHO’s fly-on-the-crumbling-wall vision of our moral climate, complete with a reenergized, accessible sound and the charmingly sardonic, smiling-while-sneering delivery of singer and bandleader Ryan Lindsey.

“It’s a reflection of the current world: everybody’s been acting badly over the last few years so we made a record about it,” Lindsey says. “There are multiple ways of portraying something as ‘bad,’ and there are moments of self-reflection throughout the record as though we could be talking about ourselves—but not necessarily. It’s observational, like we’re looking through muddy binoculars from a distance. It’s a blurry mirror image of the times from where we sit.”

Lindsey (vocals/guitar) and the band—Nathan Price (drums), Ben King (guitar), and Penny Pitchlynn (bass)—are a tight unit who have seen their songs featured at influential TV and radio and have toured the U.S. and Europe, including arenas with the likes of Queens of the Stone Age, The Growlers, Portugal. The Man, and Cage The Elephant. In the gritty warehouse district of Downtown Tulsa they have carved out a physical place for themselves, an industrial blank space where BRONCHO can experiment with sounds, performance, visuals, and more. It’s where they recorded Bad Behavior with producer Chad Copelin in the first half of 2018, a controlled process that allowed them to work at their own pace and by their own standards, almost like a secret club.

Bad Behavior slinks and purrs with a sense of lascivious flirtation. Lindsey sings with a mischievous twinkle in his voice, peppering his verses with suggestive uh-ohs and ahhs and at times barely pushing out his words to the point of whispering. Lines like “You caught me in the weekend/You caught me with your boyfriend” (“Weekend”) and “I got a thing for your mother/I got a thing to teach your father” (“Family Values”) match the primal pulse of the songs’ moods and vibes, and their pop sensibilities create a world where T. Rex, Tom Petty, The Cars, and The Strokes collide. “Keep It in Line” chimes along to a driving, pepped-up beat and serves as both the album’s catchiest moment and its closest swerve toward ethical commentary, as Lindsey’s narrator demands to be reminded of his place in the world while attempting to submit to his misgivings. The result is less an act of penance and more of honest reproach, an ultimate judgment that is matched in its directness only by the following track, “Sandman,” an overt yearning for pleasure that Lindsey calls the band’s answer to The Chordettes classic “Mr. Sandman.”

The record is filled with references to religion, sin, drugs, vice, and scandal bubbling just under the surface. It’s a palette familiar to anyone who has ever turned on the evening news, which Lindsey admits was a huge influence on him. “Through the writing process I watched a lot of CNN, and man there’s a lot of bad behavior there,” he says. “Not to mention that there’s a company making money off of people watching their depiction of it all. From an entertainer’s standpoint I get what they’re doing, calling everything ‘breaking news’ and keeping people glued, but taking up that kind of space can’t be good for society. Although it’s pretty fun to watch.”

Can all this unsavory activity exist without taking sides? Lindsey holds tight to his role as a relayer and is comfortable with leaving it to the audience to cast their own lot. “We’re assuming that everybody is coming from a certain set of values, but ultimately that’s impossible,” he says. “There’s a lot of people who think a certain way about the world and aren’t as shocked by these things. Maybe we’re simply trying to start the conversation. The best news is just a report of what’s going on, without bias. This record is a non-biased, non-profit reporting on what’s going on in the world. Part of it’s an exploration in solving those problems, on a personal level and ultimately on a cultural level.” Bad Behavior represents a picture of a band that have crushed their own commercial expectations and are doing what they want to do at their own pace. They’ve cleaned the slate and quietly made a return with urgent, bonafide pop songs. If you want to catch a whiff of Bad Behavior, simply stick your head out the window and breathe.

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Scissortail Park, a MAPS3 project, is a 70-acre urban oasis extending from the core of downtown Oklahoma City to the shore of the Oklahoma River.

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