By Leilani Roberts Ott
Gretchen Mullen of Tulsa isn’t planning on seeing ghosts at The Roxy Theater at 7 tonight, but she’s bringing a few teenagers with her who are counting on it.
Mullen is the assistant to Steve Pryor of Tulsa’s Steve Pryor Band. It’ll find itself the subject of a paranormal investigation when it brings its blues, rock and Red Dirt sound to the theater, which was built in the late 1940s. During concert breaks, the “ghostbusters,” as Mullen called them, will report any activity.
Chris Borthick of Oklahoma City, the team leader for the Oklahoma Society of the Supernatural, brought his team of paranormal investigators to The Roxy in June to see whether it was haunted. His conclusion — yes, it is.
“The last time we were there, there was meter and temperature activation,” Borthick said Thursday. “Because of its ties to entertainment, we’re going to see if the band playing will wake up and invigorate the spirits.”
Pryor is a member of the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame and Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. He and his Stratocaster guitar have shared the stage with B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Albert King, Greg Allman, Dr. John, Johnny Winter and more. He’s toured with the Fabulous Thunderbirds and Paul Butterfield Blues Band besides playing at concerts, nightclubs and blues festivals. Mullen said Pryor contributed to the soundtrack of the movie “The Gun in Betty Lou’s Handbag” along with music for several other TV and film projects.
It will be his first time to share the stage with these ghostbusters. By day, Borthick is an academic adviser at the University of Oklahoma. He searches for spirits on evenings and weekends. He and his team have been featured on TV in “The Haunted” on Animal Planet. He got interested in paranormal activity out of curiosity when he went to a public event.
During Borthick’s last visit to The Roxy, flashlights were turned off and on by request. The team will investigate throughout the theater, including the upper areas, he said.
“There’s going to be good music, definitely an interesting show,” Borthick said.
Mullen said excitement is building for the evening. She loves the theater’s “beautiful” architecture, art deco glass and tile along with its restored seats and neon signs, she said.
“Audience members will have an opportunity to hear both a great concert and a preliminary summary of the results of this unique paranormal investigation,” she said.
If you go
WHAT: Steve Pryor Band with the Oklahoma Society of the Supernatural team.
WHEN: 7 tonight.
WHERE: The Roxy Theater in Muskogee.
COST: $10 at the door.
INFORMATION: (918) 684-6363.