Mike and the Moonpies with Jackie Straw at the Burford

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Mike and the Moonpies will perform in concert Dec. 17 at Burford Theatre in Arkansas City.

Mike and the Moonpies will perform in concert Dec. 17 with opener Jackie Straw in the latest of a concert series sponsored by VJ Wilkins Foundation.

Mike and the Moonpies released their sixth studio album, “Cheap Silver and Solid Country Gold,” in 2019. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios with help from the London Symphony Orchestra, it’s Mike and the Moonpies’ most adventurous record to date — an album that diversifies the band’s honky-tonk roots by adding lush strings, cinematic arrangements, and collaborative songwriting to the mis. Inspired in part by the classic “countrypolitan” music of the 1960s and early 1970s, these songs find frontman Mike Harmeier channeling the smooth delivery of crooners like Frank Sinatra, backed by a band of road warriors who all played a major role in the songs’ constructions.

While geographically, they’ll always be a Texas band, Mike and the Moonpies have spent years expanding their reach far beyond the Lone Star State. Musically, they’ve grown into much more than that and have traded the two-steppin’ twang of their earlier years for a diverse sound that’s both fresh and familiar.

“Every time we’ve taken a step forward, it’s a result of us refusing to become stagnant,” Harmeier said. “We left our dancehall residencies years ago because we wanted to expand our touring beyond Texas. We updated our approach with Mockingbird, then went back to a more traditional sound — in a 1970s, Johnny Paycheck-inspired way — with [2018’s break-out album] Steak Night at the Prairie Rose. 10 years into our career, we’re still finding our voice… and we’re realizing that maybe it’s not one voice, but a collection of voices.”

Harmeier is joined by his longtime band: Steel player Zach Moulton, guitarist Catlin Rutherford, bassist Omar Oyoque, keyboardist John Carbone, drummer Kyle Ponder, and producer/collaborator Adam Odor.

Burford Theatre Arts is thrilled to be bringing that collection of voices to the Burford stage as a part of the concert series sponsored by the V.J. Wilkins Foundation on Dec. 17 with their opening act, Jackie Straw. Jackie started out in the Denver music scene with all-girl band Pistols in Petticoats. She cut her teeth playing bluegrass nationally, and soon transitioned to a new project in the Denver area, Jackie & The Racket. During the pandemic, Jackie changed pace & is now based out of Nashville, rebranding again to her most authentic self, Jackie Straw. She is continually blending genres and bringing psychedelic country music with her authentic sense of sass to her fans

Doors will open at 7 p.m., and the show will begin at 8 p.m. with Jackie Straw, Mike & the Moonpies to follow. This concert will have concessions and bar. Advance tickets are $10, available for purchase online atwww.burfordtheatre.com/events. General admission tickets will be $15 at the door.

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