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Oklahoma City singer-songwriter Marco Tello

ARCADIA – The next free concert is never far away at the Arcadia Round Barn, and Oklahoma City singer-songwriter Marco Tello will launch the 2021 season of music on Jan. 28.

Oklahoma City musician Joe Baxter, who coordinates the music, said Tello’s concert will be the first in a series of “Virtual Barn” performances that will continue through April 22.

“We will resume live performances the minute the weather and the pandemic decide to cooperate,” Baxter said. “In the meantime, some of my best musical friends have agreed to help raise money for the Arcadia Historical and Preservation Society by bringing us livestreamed concerts from 8 to 9 p.m. every Thursday.”

Fans can find the performances on the Arcadia Round Barn website and Facebook pages, where they can also make online donations. Haley Jane Pierce, a Round Barn volunteer and interdisciplinary artist and musician, joins Baxter this year as a technical assistant.

“That’s definitely one of the good things that came out of the Covid-19 pandemic,” Baxter said. “The more I communicated with Haley, the more I realized how much she could bring greater visibility to our music program. And she speaks the language of our musical guests.”

PIerce is the host of “Behind the Barn,” an interview series with musicians who appear at the barn that fans can view on the Instagram page, @thearcadiaroundbarn.

Buffalo Rogers, Janice Francis-Smith, Rachel Lynch, Edgar Cruz and Nellie Marie Clay are also among the 13 musicians who will present Virtual Barn concerts.

The Elm Tree Concert Series will commence in May, from 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays beneath the shade of the giant elm tree on the north side of the barn.

The museum’s house band, known as the Round Barn Ramblers, will become a more regular fixture this year, presenting all the Morning Music concerts from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Those performances will also begin in May, or sooner if the weather allows.

“I put together the Ramblers a couple of years ago, and the band has become really tight and gained a regular following,” Baxter said. “We decided to take the Saturday morning spot where our fans will always know where to find us.”

Joining Baxter in the Ramblers are Curt Morris, Michael Music, Rhone Prather and Kevin McCaleb.

“Our special musical guests will all shift to the Sunday afternoon Elm Tree venue, which is a beautiful and comfortable setting and has proven to be a popular time slot,” Baxter said.

The Round Barn is six miles east of Interstate 35 on Historical Route 66. For more information, call Baxter at 405-833-1350. Currently, only the loft is open due to the pandemic. Donations for the upkeep of the nonprofit museum are accepted online, in the loft and during all concerts.

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