Ponca City, OK

Full Moon Concert Series Begins May 10

TONKAWA — “Outlaw Country,” featuring Chad Harrell, opens a series of Full Moon concerts sponsored by Heart in the Park Committee and Tonkawa Arts and Humanities Council throughout the summer and early fall.

Beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, Harrell will entertain with music from 1970s and 80s country artists such as George Strait, Garth Brooks, George Jones and Waylon Jennings as well as more recent artists.

People enjoy two-stepping and waltzing to his music, Harrell says, and the audience is welcome to dance on the labyrinth or on the lawn during his concert. Admission is free, and patrons are invited to bring their own snacks, lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the evening. Pets on leashes are welcome.

A popular entertainer at the Hideaway west of Tonkawa, Harrell grew up listening to country music and began playing guitar at age 15. “If I heard a song I liked, I would learn it,” he says. He prefers songs that “have feeling. Hank Williams Jr. is one of my favorites.” He still learns new songs he can connect to.

He considers his entertaining career a hobby and began performing about seven years ago when the owner of a karaoke bar heard him and his family singing karaoke. The owner liked his singing, learned that he played guitar and asked him to return as an entertainer. The audience loved his music, and since then he has played many venues in the area, including numerous private parties as far away as Oklahoma City.

Future Full Moon Concerts scheduled are:

Friday, June 9, “Classic Rock, Country & Blues,” Wild Heart

Saturday, July 8, “New Orleans Piano,” Steven Harwood

Tuesday, Aug. 8, “Jazz Classics,” Holly Peart Jazz Combo

Wednesday, Sept. 6, “Singer & Guitarist,” Brad Short

Thursday, Oct. 5, “Incredible Guitar & Voice,” Bat Bennett.

Billed as “Fun for All Ages—and Free!” each concert will begin at 7 p.m. in Tonkawa’s Centennial Park. Although patrons may walk the world’s only heart-shaped labyrinth at any time, a group walk will be announced during the evening to take place under the light of the full moon, followed by the traditional wolf howl.


Chad Harrell, popular “outlaw” country entertainer from Perry, returns to Tonkawa May 10 to kick off the first in a series of Full Moon Concerts sponsored by the Heart in the Park Committee and the Tonkawa Arts and Humanities Council. The free concert begins at 7 p.m. Saturday in Tonkawa Centennial Park, Grand Avenue and Sixth Street. (File Photo by Ken Crowder)

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