Co­me­dian Bruce Bruce to bring stand-up act to the Hard Rock

Tulsa World - - Scene - — Jim­mie Tramel, Tulsa World By Jim­mie Tramel Jim­mie Tramel 918-581-8389

Tulsa-based jazz and ex­per­i­men­tal art rock band Combsy has signed with Ho­plite Mu­sic, a na­tional man­age­ment and book­ing com­pany in Ver­mont, the band's founder and front­man, Chris Combs, an­nounced.

“We're look­ing for­ward to work­ing with Ho­plite,” Combs said. “They `get' the band and are ex­cited about the mu­sic. They spe­cial­ize in artist de­vel­op­ment and bring ex­panded mar­ket po­ten­tial and a world of new book­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for us. They have ex­pe­ri­ence and re­la­tion­ships with venues, pro­mot­ers and tal­ent buy­ers that take years to cul­ti­vate. We'll be work­ing to­gether to reach more mar­kets with our mu­sic, while build­ing long-term re­la­tion­ships with fans and pro­mot­ers.”

Combs has been com­pos­ing and per­form­ing mu­sic pro­fes­sion­ally for 12 years, in­clud­ing a 10-year stint with the crit­i­cally ac­claimed in­stru­men­tal pro­gres­sive jazz group Ja­cob Fred Jazz Odyssey.

In ad­di­tion to Combs on gui­tar, lap steel and syn­the­siz­ers, Combsy fea­tures Josh Raymer on drums, Aaron Boehler on bass and Olivia McGraw on vi­olin and vo­cals. Combsy's 2017 self-ti­tled de­but was re­leased on Tulsa's in­de­pen­dent Hor­ton Records la­bel and is avail­able in dig­i­tal, CD and vinyl for­mats.

Mud­dfest com­ing to Brady Theater

A Mud­dfest con­cert event fea­tur­ing Pud­dle of Mudd plus spe­cial guests Saliva, Trapt and Sav­ing Abel & Tantric has been an­nounced at the Brady Theater.

Tick­ets go on sale at 10 a.m. Mon­day, Jan. 14, for the March 22 show.

Tick­ets are $28.50-$32.50. For tick­ets and in­for­ma­tion, go to bradythe­ater.com.

Bruce Bruce is tak­ing his unique style of com­edy on the road and will make a March 7 stop at The Joint in­side Hard Rock Ho­tel & Casino Tulsa.

Tick­ets, which start at $25, are avail­able on­line in The Joint sec­tion of hardrock­casino­tulsa.com or by call­ing 918-384ROCK. The Joint box of­fice is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon­day through Thurs­day and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Fri­day and Satur­day.

Bruce Bruce's com­edy can be traced to when he was work­ing as a chef after high school. He would en­ter­tain cus­tomers with his hu­mor while cook­ing bar­be­cue dishes. He also worked as a Frito-Lays sales­man and did ev­ery­thing from shelf place­ment to per­form­ing his com­edy sets dur­ing cor­po­rate meet­ings.

Bruce Bruce hosted BET's “10th An­niver­sary Comic View” for two sea­sons, as well as “Com­ing to the Stage.” He went on to star in his own “Com­edy Cen­tral Presents” spe­cial, which he fol­lowed with the re­lease of his one-hour com­edy spe­cial DVD, “Bruce Bruce Live” (2003), and more re­cently on “Losin' It” (Show­time 2011).

You can find Bruce Bruce on Syfy's “Su­per­sti­tion,” “Show­time at the Apollo (2018),” his re­cent DVD re­lease, “Losin' It: Live from Bos­ton,” “Shaquille O'Neal's Com­edy All Stars” (Show­time 2018) and in con­stant re­runs of BET's “Comic View.” He is also ap­pear­ing in the soonto-be-re­leased “Un­der­cover Brother 2” later this year. For more in­for­ma­tion on Bruce Bruce, visit bruce­bruce.com.

AMY HAR­RIS/ In­vi­sion via AP

Wes Scantlin of Pud­dle of Mudd per­forms dur­ing the Rock On The Range fes­ti­val at Colum­bus Crew Sta­dium in 2011 in Colum­bus, Ohio. Pud­dle of Mudd is head­ling Mud­dfest at the Brady Theater.

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