CU@SC season kicks off with Johnny Cooper in concert

graphic of logoCameron University's CU@SC (CU at the Simmons Center, Duncan) series for the 2010-11 season kicks off with a toe-tapping concert featuring Red Dirt rocker Johnny Cooper on Saturday, September 11. The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the Simmons Center Theatre in Duncan. Admission is $10 in advance and $15 at door. Cameron students, faculty and staff receive one free ticket with current Cameron ID. Tickets can be purchased at the Simmons Center box office or by calling 580-252-2900. The concert is made possible through the assistance of the Oklahoma Arts Council.

photo of Johnny CooperHailing from Wichita Falls, Texas, Johnny Cooper's musical interest was sparked by watching live performances of a southern rock, country and blues hybrid called Red Dirt. Inspired to develop his own take on Red Dirt Music, he started performing at family gatherings, frat parties and small bars throughout Texas and Oklahoma at the age of 15 and released his first live cd one year later. A studio album, airplay, radio promotion, a distribution contract and agent soon followed.

Today's Country Magazine raves about Cooper's latest CD, FOLLOW, citing Cooper's individual style as "a fresh sound that has the ability to expand through multiple genres."

Gifted with a rich emotive voice that illuminates his lyrics, Cooper says the disc “is another chapter of my life, every song is a short snippet of all the things I have encountered in the past few years, good times...bad times...and everything in between. I believe the music has evolved because I have evolved...the older you get the less and less you are scared to try new things, branch out and test your limits.”

CU@SC will continue on December 10 with a Victorian Holiday Tea hosted by Dr. Vivian Thomlinson at the Simmons Center Chisholm Hall at 5 p.m. In 2011, CU@SC will feature the 2011 Cameron Student Art Exhibit Preview and Reception, Dr. Hyunsoon Whang in concert, a Children’s Concert presented by the Cameron University Percussion Ensemble, and a combined performance of the CU Percussion Ensemble with the Centennial Singers.

For more information about Johnny Cooper in concert and other CU@SC events, contact the CU School of Liberal Arts at 580-581-5506.

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August 18, 2010

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