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June 14, 2012

Little country, little rock ’n’ roll: Swon Brothers, Signs of Warning play to help OMHOF

More area musicians are stepping up to help the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.

This time it’s the Swon Brothers, a country music duo of singer/songwriters, and Signs of Warning, a youth band that is just starting out.

Signs of Warning will kick things off, opening for the Swon brothers at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame’s Frisco Depot, 401 S. 3rd St. Admission to the show is free, but donations to support the children’s exhibit at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame will be encouraged.

“This is going to be a neat show,” said Jim Blair, OMHOF board president. “You’ve got some young kids who are really kind of starting their musical journey. The Swon brothers — even though they seem like young boys to me — are very well experienced and mature in their musical career.”

Zach and Colton Swon grew up riding their parents’ tour bus and performing as a part of their family’s gospel group since they were old enough to talk — and sing.

“So ever since we were babies, we’ve been on the bus, hearing music and watching live musicians,” Zach Swon said in a media release. “I played instruments earlier on than Colton; he was more the singer and stage performer. I started out on drums at about age 3 and by the time I was 9 or 10, I was playing drums for my parents’ band.”

After leaving the road, the Swon Brothers’ parents formed a family-style variety show in Wagoner, and soon Zach and Colton were charming hometown crowds each week and cutting their musical teeth on everything from Elvis to Frank Sinatra.

The Swon Brothers have released a couple of independent albums with songs including “Oklahoma Lovin’” and “This Close to Gone.”

They possess a country style (think Rascal Flatts meets the Eagles) that’s wide enough to target many aspects of an audience and is proving to be well-received no matter whom they play for.

“I think they’re going to explode real soon,” Blair said. “This is a great opportunity to see them before they take off and are not available to see around here.”

Signs of Warning, a band composed of Muskogee-area young musicians — ages 11-14 — are veterans of John Michael’s Music Rock Camp. Band members include Trenton Dennis on guitar, Millisa Henderson on guitar and vocals, and sisters Jordan and Dakota Roberts on drums and bass.

Their music is classic rock including crowd favorites such as “I Love Rock ’n’ Roll” by Joan Jett.

“It will give you an opportunity to not only support these kids, but kind of see what the younger kids are interested in,” Blair said. “And it also gives something for the younger market to come out to. This ought to be a good event (tonight).”

Muskogee’s SpringStreet bluegrass band started the benefit concert movement in March. A group of musicians in May held a “Y’all for the Hall” concert. At that time, Blair said he hoped the benefit concerts would be done on a regular basis.

In February, the museum announced deep cuts to its paid staff and the temporary closure of the Hall of Fame museum. In late March, the Muskogee Rotary Club Foundation awarded OMHOF a $4,500 grant. In late May, the OMHOF board approved the sale of the old Midland Valley Railroad Building property, pending the approval of the purchaser. That would give the museum a much-needed cash infusion.

Reach Mike Carrels at (918) 684-2922 or mcarrels@muskogeephoenix.com.

If you go

WHAT: Swon Brother in concert with opening by Signs of Warning.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. tonight.

WHERE: Oklahoma Music Hall of Fames’ Frisco Depot, 401 S. 3rd St.

COST: Free, but donations are encouraged.

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