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Aaron Newman Wants Smokefree Environments

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Aaron Newman and the OK Caravan are a Folk/Americana based group that formed in 2013. Aaron has shared the stage with several big names, including Stoney Larue, Jason Boland, and the Steve Miller Band.

Now that Aaron has completed his self-titled album with Mike McClure and Brightman Music, he continues to play shows regularly around Oklahoma. As a musician, he understands the health risks he faces by playing in venues that allow smoking. “I play music in bars 4 nights a week,” Aaron explains. “I am a non-smoker but put myself at risk with my job. It would be nice to work in a smokefree environment!”

You can help support Aaron by liking him on Facebook where you can catch his upcoming shows and learn more about his album.

Gregg Standridge is “done with smoking bars”

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Gregg Standridge has become a music legend in Oklahoma. Based out of Norman, this singer and songwriter has a Master’s Degree in Classical Guitar Performance, which gives his writing a slightly different twist.

With influences in folk rock, traditional country, bluegrass, and jazz, Gregg knows the importance of smokefree venues: “Although singers can ‘gut out’ a performance in a bar where smoking is allowed, they can’t give you the best performance. When I have chosen to play in these situations (very rarely), the next day is pretty rough on my lungs and throat.”

A performer since the age of 14, Gregg currently performs solo and duo shows in the OKC area with the Sunday Flyers and also offers private lessons in guitar, mandolin, and bass from his private studio at the Norman Music Institute in Norman, OK.

With over 30 years of performing experience, Gregg did have to take a break to battle cancer. “Being a throat cancer survivor, I am lucky to have my voice at all. Even as I write this out, I have to question my own common sense in even going to a smoking bar. I think I am going on record now, and saying I am done with them!”

Read more about Gregg on his website.

Hunter Thomas Supports Smokefree Venues

Despite his young age, Oklahoma City native Hunter Thomas already has quite the following in the music scene. With a laid back attitude, Hunter likes to make his country music shows fun and original, and has influences like Randy Rogers Band, Jason Boland, and Gary Allan.

With a steady stream of shows, Hunter knows how important his health is: “I play three hours of acoustic show by myself, and the smoking bars take a toll on my vocal chords. Let’s go smokefree!”

You can follow Hunter on his Facebook, where he posts his upcoming shows.

Willow Way Supports Free The Night

FreeTheNight_1200x900_4 (2)Based in Oklahoma City, sisters Melanie and Jenn started their indie-folk band, Willow Way, in January 2014. Co-writing, sharing lead vocals, and playing guitar, mandolin, and banjo, these sisters jumped feet first into their local music scene as they performed at popular venues around the city. With Melanie on harmonies and Jenn on lead vocals, the girls released a 2008 album, “Irish Fisher” through Lunacy Records. Their 2015 E.P., Chasing Ghosts, is available for purchase on their website.

In just a few short years, Willow Way has hit the Oklahoma music scene in a big way, getting to perform at the historic Will Rogers’ Lobby Bar, Picasso’s on Paseo, The Oklahoma City Arts Festival, Paseo Arts Festival, Bricktown’s “Rock The Boat” Festival, Oklahoma Live (KSBI TV) and more.

Melanie says the group thrives at venues that are smokefree: “We appreciate the work Free the Night does. As a vocalist, it’s my priority to take care of my vocal chords, and even secondhand smoke can begin to take a toll. I value businesses and organizations that recognize the positive impact a smoke-free working environment can hold for music artists.”

Help support Oklahoma musicians by following Willow Way on their Facebook and Twitter.

Inner Circle Vodka Bar Club By Storm


Tulsa’s Inner Circle Vodka Bar Goes Smokefree
Oklahomans show up in storming numbers to thank local bar for going smokefree

Tulsa, OK – The newest addition to the Brady District, Inner Circle Vodka Bar, is now proud to be smokefree.

After opening early in 2015, the Inner Circle Vodka Bar has quickly become known to Tulsa residents as the ‘go-to’ location for a unique cocktail infusion.

Officially smokefree since May 1, 2015, the owners of Inner Circle, Jacob Harper and Andy Cagle, want customers to enjoy the artful infusions in every aspect. “We at Inner Circle really want to provide our guest with the best possible experience,” Cagle explains. “Making the decision to be a smokefree environment ensures a refreshing and comfortable bar for all guests, plus a pleasant and healthy work environment for our employees.”

In celebration of Inner Circle’s decision, Tulsa residents will show up in storming numbers on Thursday, May 28 to spend money at the bar as part of Free The Night’s Club By Storm. Club By Storm empowers Oklahomans to storm bars and clubs in support of a venue’s decision to become a smokefree establishment.

“We’ve had an incredibly positive reaction to this campaign from Oklahomans,” said Kathleen Thomas, Free The Night campaign manager. “There really is overwhelming demand for smokefree bars and clubs. We’re excited and proud to support Inner Circle’s decision to go smokefree, and hope other bars will continue to reach out to us to help with the transition towards a healthier nightlife.”

Supporters of Free The Night cite numerous reasons for supporting smokefree bars and clubs, including concerns about exposure to secondhand smoke, smell, and respiratory distress. Across the board of those involved in the bar business, demand for smokefree is growing.

Patrons Steph and Arielle, both of Tulsa, say they “Won’t visit bars that allow smoking. It burns our eyes and hurts our lungs. It also smells!”

Bartender Tammie from Tulsa says “Smoke is hard on the eyes, clothes, and breathing.”

Todd Plunkett, a regular bar musician in Norman says “As a musician, smokefree bars are important to me. It is a shame to have to sacrifice my health for my passion.”

Club By Storm will take place on Thursday, May 28, 2015 from 5:30pm till 9:30pm at Inner Circle Vodka Bar, 410 North Main Street in Tulsa. More information can be found at

The Fur Shop

Located in the historic Blue Dome District of downtown Tulsa, The Fur Shop is known to locals as a favorite neighborhood bar and live music spot. Open 7 days a week from 4 PM to 2 AM, The Fur Shop has something for everyone to enjoy. Come check out the table games, Tulsa’s local food trucks, and the indoor and outdoor performance stages.

Smokefree since it’s opening, The Fur Shop is proud to say they offer every available Oklahoma brewed beer as well as an array of cocktails. You won’t find a place in Tulsa that better showcases local Oklahoma at its finest.

Follow them on Facebook and Twitter, and check out their website to show your support for their decision to be smokefree and to hear about their latest parties, specials, and musicians.

Peloton Wine Bar and Cafe

FTN_PELOTON_WEB_AD_001 At Peloton Wine Bar and Café in Oklahoma City you can enjoy a drink and meal on the breezy, covered patio or inside the relaxed, rustic café. Located “Off the Alley,” Peloton has something for everyone with their diverse menu featuring over 20 beers, 50 wines, and a variety of foods to compliment your drink.

The Peloton Wine Bar and Café is Automobile Alley’s first bicycle-friendly wine bar and café and is open 7 days a week. Smokefree since they opened, one of their friendly staff is always happy to prepare fresh, made-to-order food or help you pick the perfect drink.

Peloton Wine Bar and Café also hosts wine tastings and socials, as well as private parties. For their hours, menu, and event calendar, head on over to or like them on Facebook at

Brother’s Eatery and Pub

FTN_BROTHERS_PRINT_WEB_01Looking for an place to spend your evenings smokefree in Norman? Head to the Brothers Eatery & Pub in the popular Campus Corner! Owned and operated by Keith Allen, Brothers has been serving quality food in a fun atmosphere since 1983.

Proudly smokefree, Brothers is a 21 and up bar/pub conveniently located between Campus Corner and Downtown Norman. With an assortment of drinks, as well as live music, this is a great go-to for everyone.

You can visit Brothers and see their rich historical building anytime Tuesday through Saturday, 4PM to close, and learn more about their venue at their website:


Apothecary 39

Apothecary 39 is Oklahoma City’s favorite upscale LGBT bar for happy hour. Located on the historic 39th street, this upscale lounge is welcoming to all people over age 21 with something for everyone to enjoy, from handcrafted cocktails to local beer and a wide wine selection.

Owners Craig and George made Apothecary 39 officially and completely smokefree and vape-free on February 27, 2015, and are happy with the warm reception from customers. The clean air allows customers to enjoy the intimate atmosphere, which often includes upbeat jazz or piano music, without the worry of secondhand smoke exposure.

Open 6 days a week, this lounge will remind you of a Prohibition era speakeasy with comfortable furniture, friendly staff, and a luxurious ambience. Stop by after work or before a big show to relax and indulge in a champagne cocktail!

Follow them on Facebook ( to show your support for their decision to go smokefree and to make sure you hear about the newest drink specials!

Venue Shrine

Shrine - Tulsa Voice - Online AdVenue Shrine is one of Tulsa’s top choices for live music, hosting local and touring bands every weekend. Proudly smokefree since it opened, the Shrine boasts a rotating list of quality shows, covering musical styles from rock and blues, to Americana, metal and more. With its large stage, spacious outdoor patio, full-service bar and relaxed, open layout, this is the place to be if you’re looking to enjoy a great night of music and drinks.

Whether you like your music hard-rocking or laid back, the Shrine has something for you! Grab your friends and head on down to the corner of 18th & Boston.

For a full list of upcoming shows and to purchase tickets online, visit