ARCADIA – Singer-songwriter Mary Battiata will present the final “Virtual Barn” concert of the season at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 22, as a fundraiser for the Arcadia Round Barn.
Battiata is based in Arlington, Va., where she teaches art and natural history to special needs students. During her time off from school she tours the country with her music and has appeared regularly at the Blue Door in Oklahoma City. She has performed twice at the Round Barn.
The livestreamed concert can be found on the Arcadia Round Barn Facebook page.
The Round Barn is now open seven days a week, but was still closed due to COVID-19 when the 2021 season of the Virtual Barn series was launched on Jan. 28. Thursday night guests have included Marco Tello, Greg Standridge, Buffalo Rogers, Janice Francis-Smith, Nellie Marie Clay and Miss Brown to You.
“We had a wonderful Virtual Barn series this year that was well-supported by fans of the barn and fans of the musicians,” said Joe Baxter, who coordinates the music at the barn. “Now we are gearing up for a new season of Elm Tree Concerts, which will be three Sundays a month from May 2 to Sept. 26.”
Elm Tree Concert guests will include T.Z. Wright, Rachel Lynch and the Daydrinkers, Cowboy Jones, Gypsy Twang, Terry Ware and the Shambles, Edgar Cruz and a July 4 concert by the Red Dirt Rangers. The concerts are from 1 to 3 p.m. beneath the shade of the giant elm tree on the north side of the barn. Admission is free but donations are accepted. Guests can bring lawn chairs or sit at the picnic tables.
The Round Barn Ramblers, an acoustic string band led by Baxter, performs in the museum of the barn every Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For a complete schedule of live music, check the Arcadia Round barn website and Facebook page.
The Round Barn is six miles east of Interstate 35 on historic Route 66and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
For more information about live music, call Baxter at 405-833-1350.