OMA Summer Jam 2018 is an exciting experience for guitar, bass, drum, voice and keyboard from beginner to advanced students. Modeled after our highly successful Live Performance Workshop classes, OMA Summer Jam is a six week, ensemble, rock band style, experience that will inspire students to take their talent to the next level. Students interact with the OMA faculty and receive weekly class instruction that will culminate into a live gig at Cain's Ballroom, a popular and historic downtown live music venue. This summer experience is one of a kind and not to be missed.


'School of Rock' becomes reality at Summer Jam concert

You may have missed one of Tulsa’s most entertaining concerts of the year. Who was on stage? A bunch of young folks you probably haven’t heard of — yet. Think “School of Rock.” “School of Rock” was a 2003 movie starring Jack Black as a substitute teacher who uses classroom kids to form a rock band. It was a musical comedy. This, on the other hand, is serious stuff. The 2017 Oklahoma Music Academy Summer Jam concert was staged last week at Cain’s Ballroom. The OMA Summer Jam is something like a rock band summer camp for young singers and musicians. Students (beginners and advanced) get coaching from OMA staffers in preparation for an end-of-term rock festival featuring “bands” that were pieced together during the six-week session. The Summer Jam concert is held annually at Cain’s Ballroom, giving youths a chance to perform in front of friends and family members at a venue that oozes history. Put it on your resumes, guys and gals: You played Cain’s Ballroom, right there under the “home of Bob Wills” sign.

Slight correction: They didn’t just play Cain’s Ballroom. They rocked Cain’s Ballroom, covering tunes like Radiohead’s “Creep,” Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze,” the Beatles’ “Come Together,” Free’s “All Right Now,” Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone,” TLC’s “Waterfalls,” AC/DC’s “Dirty Deeds,” Tom Petty’s “Running Down a Dream,” the Black Crowes’ “Hard to Handle,” Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Kind of Man,” Kansas’ “Carry On My Wayward Son” and Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name.” Review? The concert was free, but I would’ve paid to see it. (I’ve paid for worse.) Many of the young people sounded like professionals, or at least budding professionals, which aligns with the mission. The OMA site ( says the Summer Jam experience is meant to inspire students to take their talent to the next level.

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