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ADA, Okla. – The McSwain Theatre’s Jae L. and Crossover will pay tribute to The Grand Ole Opry with a special show 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the historic theater, 130 W. Main St., Ada.


The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, is a near-century old showcase of country, bluegrass, folk and gospel music. It is the “show that made country music famous,” as the Opry’s current slogan states. The show has drawn thousands of visitors from around the world with icons such as Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks and Ada’s very own Blake Shelton.


The McSwain Theatre will offer similar sights and sounds with classic country songs and iconic melodies performed by guest artists, including: Bo Posey, Wetumka; Lela and Michael Dalby, Anadarko; Stan Green, Edmond; Cathy Lake, Runaway Bay, Texas; and local artists Chandler Elliott, April Davis and Kenn Hancock.


For ticket information, contact the McSwain Theatre at (580) 332-8108 or online at . Follow theater updates on Facebook at  or on Twitter at .




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As part of its goal to be a cross-cultural unifier for area residents, the Gathering Place is tribes and Indigenous artists from across the region for the inaugural Oklahoma Tribal Celebration.
Planned in conjunction with the Greater Tulsa Indian Affairs Commission, the free event is scheduled for Nov. 9 from 1-6 p.m.
“We want to really embrace Tulsa’s Native heritage,” Gathering Place Executive Director Tony Moore said, acknowledging the park’s location on Muscogee (Creek) land. “We want to make this an annual event.”
Among the confirmed participating tribes are the Cherokee Nation, Chickasaw Nation, Choctaw Nation, Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Osage Nation, Otoe-Missouria Tribe, the Quapaw Tribe and the Sac and Fox Nation.
Each participating tribe gets a section of the park to put their traditions and culture on display however they see fit to provide an immersive experience. In order to provide a more intimate experience, the celebration will not cover the park’s entire 66.5 acres, but will instead be set up in a loop to allow attendees to travel seamlessly from one tribe’s area to the next.
In addition to arts and crafts, storytelling, stickball, cooking demonstrations and documentary screenings are planned for the afternoon. Film screenings will be at the Boathouse and art installations will be set up closer to the beach area along the Arkansas River. On the culinary side, in addition to two food trucks, Nico Albert, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and the executive chef at Tulsa’s Duet Restaurant, will be offering a special menu for the event at the park’s restaurant, Vista.
The evening will feature a Native fashion show and a concert on the QuikTrip Great Lawn from DJ Feenix, local hip hop group Wotko, Crow blues guitarist Cary Morin the Levi Platero Band and the Southwest Blues Rockers.
“In the midst of fun, it’s a cultural sharing event,” Moore said. “This is going to be a respectful presentation for our Native neighbors. It is not a political event, but we do want to incorporate some social consciousness into a blended day of fun. If we have a young child leaving the event who is now more aware of our state’s rich tribal history, then we met our goal.”
This marks the second year that the Tulsa park has brought in programming in conjunction with Native American Heritage Month. As part of its 100-day concert series in honor of its grand opening, the Gathering Place hosted A Tribe Called Red in November 2018.



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ICBS Show announces key speakers for the annual event

The ICBS Show will open its 13th year in Norman with speakers from the U.S. Small Business Administration and a national government contracting legal firm.

Shawn Pensoneau, assistant administrator for the SBA’s Office of Native American Affairs, will open the event Aug. 20, followed by Matt Moriarty, partner at Koprince Law, and Robb Wong, associate administrator in the SBA Office of Government Contracting and Business Development.

ICBS Show participants will learn new strategies for doing business with all levels of government. The summit, in Norman on Aug. 20-21, will provide networking opportunities and presentations and panels featuring experts in government procurement. Businesses will be able to gather the business intelligence needed to increase their share of the government market and access government agency buyers and policy leaders, prime contractors and tribal procurement representatives seeking to expand their vendor pools.

The ICBS Show is organized each year by Oklahoma’s two procurement technical assistance centers, the Oklahoma Bid Assistance Network and Tribal Government Institute.

“The show is focused on networking,” said Carter Merkle, one of the event’s organizers. “It is valuable for businesses to meet potential buyers and competitors as they seek ways to capture more business and team with others to perform larger contracts.”

Registration is online at

In addition to keynote sessions, participants will have the opportunity to attend breakout sessions conducted by Albert Garza, General Services Administration supervisory small business specialist; Wendy L. Clark, Oklahoma Central Purchasing vendor specialist; and Rhett Davis, SBA Region 6 small business advocate for Region 6.

The summit will also include an exhibition hall filled with businesses, tribes and government agencies talking to summit participants about the public marketplace.

For more information about the event, visit

OBAN, Oklahoma’s PTAC, offers business counseling through 12 local technology centers across the state. OBAN locations and contact information are available at TGI is a Native American PTAC providing counseling and services to tribal enterprises and native owned companies within the service areas of the Southern Plains and Eastern Oklahoma regions of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Information regarding TGI is available at

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ICBS is a business summit designed to meet the needs of government contractors seeking new business opportunities or new partners to meet contract requirements. This procurement technical assistance center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency. To learn more about ICBS visit

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