Upcoming 2022-2023 Concerts
All performances will be at the Bartlesville Community Center
How Sweet It Is – The Music of James Taylor
Sunday, October 9, 2022 3:00 PM (Matinee)
Nashville-based Steve Leslie is an awarded singer/songwriter/guitarist. In “How Sweet It Is!” Steve Leslie performs the music of one of his greatest influences, James Taylor, in an authentic and spellbinding concert event. Steve’s warm baritone and exceptional guitar technique will have audiences singing along to James Taylor’s incredible catalog of songs.
Songwriter: Steve has had a professional songwriting career spanning more than twenty-five years with songs recorded by Kenny Rogers, Mark Chesnutt, George Strait, Darryl Worley, Rhonda Vincent, Neal McCoy, Ricky Skaggs, Darius Rucker, and more.
A multiple BMI Award-winner, Steve received a Grammy for the title cut to Ricky Skaggs’ 2004 Best Bluegrass Album of the Year “Brand New Strings.”
Performer: Steve has been playing guitar and singing onstage since he was 15 years old. Recently, Steve has joined some of the best players in Nashville in presenting How Sweet It Is! Steve Leslie Sings James Taylor. As a recording artist Steve has released three CDs, as well as written the music and book for the full-length musical, Umbrella.
Educator: Steve taught Jazz History at Tallahassee Community College, Tallahassee, FL, Songwriting at Belmont University, Nashville, TN, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN, and in 2013 was one of four internationally selected candidates considered for the Chair of the Songwriting Department, Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA. Steve is Senior Faculty Member at Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), and a regular contributor to American Songwriter Magazine. He offers a subscription to his teaching method through this website.
David Osborne – Pianist to the Presidents
Monday, November 14, 2022 7:30 PM
Known as the “Pianist to the Presidents”, Osborne’s credentials are many. The list of White House performances includes Reagan, Bush and Clinton administrations. David has performed numerous times for President and Mrs. George W. Bush in the White House. Osborne is a regular performer for Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter in Plains, Georgia. He created and organized President Carter’s 75th birthday tribute in 1999. Jimmy Carter has said that “David is one of the finest pianists in the United States.” And President Bush said “That boy can play!” at the White House in 2003.
Osborne performs currently at his new home the Bellagio Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. He was a fixture at Caesars Palace for 12 years. He is featured at the Petrossian Bar and The Baccarat Bar at the Bellagio. His music includes romantic, classical, jazz, pop, inspirational, patriotic and Broadway show tunes. Osborne’s music encompasses 22 cd’s currently on sale through the Northstar Music label available at gift stores and Borders Books. His record sales near five million. His latest recording is available at Hallmark Gold Crown Stores, “Simply Romantic”.
Born and raised in Miami, Oklahoma, he received his undergraduate degree from Oral Roberts University. At Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana he studied classical pipe organ and piano performance, with a minor in French. At Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas he completed a master’s degree in keyboard performance and music composition.
A few of Osborne’s more significant recent events include a concert for the American Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation, an interview and performance on TV’s “The 700 Club”, a concert for the Steinway and Sons International convention of worldwide dealers at the Beverly Hills Hotel, a benefit concert at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., two concerts for Mr. and Mrs. Don Hall, CEO of Hallmark Cards in Kansas City and a performance in Las Vegas, playing the Steinway pianos of Vladimir Horowitz, Van Cliburn and George Gershwin at Southern Nevada Music as a part of Steinway and Sons Legendary Instruments of the Immortals Tour.
Sunday, March 12, 2023 2:00 PM (Matinee)
Backtrack is a 5-person a cappella group based in New York City. Their exciting arrangements transform familiar tunes and showcase the top-notch vocal and beatboxing abilities of all of the members. The group takes the stage around the nation at performing arts centers, corporate events, music festivals, schools and more. They infuse heart and humor into every performance and their versatile repertoire including Top 40, Motown, classical, show tunes, original music, and more, ensures that there is something for everyone.
Backtrack is passionate about promoting the arts and helping students find and develop their voices. Backtrack has conducted educational programs at over 100 schools (elementary to college). They offer school assemblies, workshops with choirs, and clinics on topics including beatboxing, group vocal improvisation and DIY music video production.
Backtrack was originally formed to produce YouTube videos, and since its founding, the group has gained over 10 million views and more than 100,000 subscribers. They’ve appeared on NBC, FOX, PBS, Steve Harvey’s daytime show STEVE! And Broadway’s Kinky Boots. They also won New York’s Got Talent Season 6 in 2019, and in December 2020, they made their movie debut in “A Ring for Christmas.”
Awards & Accolades:
- 2019 New York’s Got Talent Season 6 Winners
- 2018 Voices Only (vol. 2) Featured Track
- 2017 Steve Harvey’s Sing Off; Winner
- 2017 International Championship of A Cappella OPEN (Final); Best Beatbox
- 2017 International Championship of A Cappella OPEN (Northeast Semi-final); First Place; Best Arrangement
- 2017 Aca-Challenge; First Place; Audience Favorite
- 2016 YouTube Next Up competition; Winner
Beginnings – The Music of Chicago
Sunday, May 14, 2023 7:30 PM
Beginnings is a tightly woven structure of musical talent that brings to life the original and glorious music of Chicago. They are the Ultimate Chicago Tribute Band. Guitar riffs, hopped up vocal melodies and the famous brass section all make for American music that stands the test of time. Beginnings is a band of great musicians who grew up listening to Chicago and developed a love for bringing that music to life for themselves and Chicago fans everywhere! Beginnings transports audiences through more than five decades of Chicago’s extensive catalog of gold and platinum recordings. They provide family-friendly entertainment for music lovers of all ages.
Beginnings formed in 2002 as a musical tribute to the super-group Chicago. The band makes its home in the New York City metro area and regularly performs for highly enthusiastic and loyal audiences all over the United States. Beginnings performs accurate versions of Chicago’s classic chart-smashing hits (and even a few rare gems) from across their fifty-plus year songbook.
Fueled by world class musicianship and a passion for performance, the band is a live music experience not to be missed. The group’s love of the music and their fans makes for an outstanding and electrifying show every time. Come see the band live, and they promise to “Make You Smile”!