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Hanson at One Direction Concert

Harry mentions 3 things they love about Tulsa






There have been many theories batted about Sugarscape HQ as to why Harry Styles hasn’t let Lou Teasdale chop his mop for a while. Most likely explanations include his hair being full of secrets and a top secret new L’Oreal campaign alongside Cheryl Nandos-whatsherchops.

But never in a milli did we suspect the whole thing was part of a bid to replace Zac of popular 90s-and-still-about-today band Hanson. It’s happened though, people, and our Harreh’s been hanging out with Taylor and Isaac Hanson backstage in Tulsa *blasts MMMBopunannounced, gets deathstares from Helen in HR*.

Making all our 90s fangir dreams come true in one pic, Harry hung out with Taylor and Isaac Hanson backstage at the lads’ Where We Are gig, and to be honest all we can say on the matter right now is ‘Mmmbop, ba duba dop, ba du bop, ba duba dop, ba du bop, ba duba dop, ba du’.

And ‘yeah yeahhh’.

Oh, and Harry also mentioned them on stage a bit and everybody seemed to be loving it.

So first Niall’s in 5SOS, now Harry’s in Hanson. Gruel.

What d’ya reckon? How would we feel about Zac Hanson replacing Harry in 1D? HMM. Comments please…



Hanson creates playlist for Philbrook Downtown’s pop art exhibit

Tulsa World

For Philbrook Downtown’s new exhibit on pop art of the 1970s, curators wanted an audio element to go with the vibrant visuals on the wall.

And who better to curate a playlist of pop music than a bunch of musicians.

“There are some seminal things that happened in the ’70s for me: Billy Joel and Jackson 5,” said Isaac Hanson of the Tulsa-native pop-rock group Hanson. Theirs is the first playlist to be featured for the exhibit.

“Fever & Flash” is now open at the downtown branch of the Philbrook, 116 E. M.B. Brady St., which features works by Robert Rauschenberg, Saul Steinberg, Larry Rivers and more, including works from one of the pop art movement’s most well-known contributors, Andy Warhol.

Other artists announced Wednesday as part of the playlist collaboration include The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne, Samantha Crain and JD McPherson. A new playlist will be added about every other week featuring selections from a different artist through March.

Guests are invited to explore the exhibit, bring headphones, plug them into a smartphone with Spotify and listen to the music of the era as they take in the art from the time for a more immersive experience.

“We wanted to see how we could get new media into the exhibit,” said Jeff Martin, online communities manager at Philbrook. “When I think of pop art, it’s hard not to think of music, as well.”

Hanson’s playlist includes songs from Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, Three Dog Night, the Bee Gees, Queen and Jackson 5.

Wednesday’s event was also part of the Philbrook Downtown’s monthly Art Recess program, where leaders in the art world hold discussions about their area of expertise. Wednesday’s program featured Eric Shiner, director of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

The next Art Recess event is set for Oct. 22. It features Tulsa-native Heather Langenkamp, who starred in “A Nightmare on Elm Street.”



Isaac Hanson

Isaac Hanson of the group Hanson runs down his top 10 list of pop songs from the 1970s at the Philbrook Downtown on Wednesday the announcement that Hanson and other Oklahoma artists will curate playlists for the “Fever & Flash” exhibit. TOM GILBERT/Tulsa World


Isaac Hanson of the group Hanson runs down his top 10 list of pop songs from the 1970s at the Philbrook Downtown on Wednesday the announcement that Hanson and other Oklahoma artists will curate playlists for the “Fever & Flash” exhibit. TOM GILBERT/Tulsa World

Isaac Hanson

Isaac Hanson of the group Hanson runs down his top 10 list of pop songs from the 1970s at the Philbrook Downtown on Wednesday the announcement that Hanson and other Oklahoma artists will curate playlists for the “Fever & Flash” exhibit. TOM GILBERT/Tulsa World

Hanson bring Mmmhops brew to Epcot

Orlando Sentinel 

Sept. 28-29: Hanson

Remember MMMBop? Hanson also has Mmmhops, and the beer is coming to Epcot
Hanson bring pop and hops to Epcot
Hanson have been making road trip-friendly pop for more than 15 years, but they’re not drinking it anymore. The trio that gave us “MMMBop” back in ’97 is still touring, and they’re bringing their craft beer with them during their stop at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival next week.

Yes, they have a craft beer. Plenty of bands have a hot sauce, but Hanson not only has a beer, they have a sense of humor. Their American Pale Ale is called Mmmhops, and it’s been available primarily in the band’s home stomping grounds of Oklahoma since its release last year. The beer will be on sale at the Food & Wine Festival (the only place you’ll find it in Florida), and during a meet-and-greet with the band. Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson will host a beverage seminar at 10 a.m. next Monday (Sept. 29), then sign and sell bottles of Mmmhops at Epcot’s Festival Center until 11 a.m.

How’s the beer? I haven’t had a taste yet, but my collegaues Dewayne Bevil and food editor Heather McPherson got a few sips in during their visit to Epcot last week. “Very drinkable” and “a great starter beer,” says Heather.

Oh yeah – Hanson will also be playing music. Their “Eat to the Beat” concert performances are at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Sept. 28-29. Concerts and the signing are free with park admission.

ARTS: Andy Warhol, Hanson, Philbrook — together at last

Tulsa World


Images from Andy Warhol’s “Little Red Book,” part of the exhibit “Fever & Flash,” now on display at Philbrook Downtown.

Philbrook Downtown will bring together members of the pop band Hanson and Pop Art icon Andy Warhol when it hosts its monthly Art Recess program, beginning noon Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the facility, 116 E. M.B.Brady St.

Art Recess presents leading figures from the world of art, culture and design in live conversation via Skype. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch to enjoy along with the program.

Wednesday’s event will feature a conversation with Eric Shiner, director of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

Philbrook Downtown is currently showing the exhibit, “Fever & Flash,” an exhibit of Pop Art that includes some of Warhol’s silk-screened prints, along with an album of Polaroid photographs by Warhol that was recently gifted to Philbrook’s permanent collection by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

These images from 1972 document a social gathering of a group of friends, including the artist himself. While Warhol celebrated the glamorous set, his chosen title for the series, “Little Red Book,” was an ambiguous reference to the manifesto by Chinese communist leader Mao Tse-tung.

In addition, the event will feature a special announcement from the band Hanson that relates to the “Fever & Flash” exhibit.

Doors open at noon, when the Hanson announcement set for 12:20 p.m. The conversation with Shiner will begin at 12:30 p.m.

In recent months, Taylor Hanson has been working to create a number of community partnerships in Tulsa, including “The Conversation With…” series and “Food on the Move,” helping to combat hunger in Tulsa and the region.

Admission is free, and those attending will be able to view the “Fever & Flash” exhibit afterward.

For more information: 918-749-7941,

Fake Music-Video TV Shows We Wish Were Real TV Shows

Yahoo Music

4. Tinted Windows, “Kind of a Girl”

The one fake episode of the fake UHF show Rock After Dark starred a supergroup featuring Taylor Hanson, Smashing Pumpkins’ James Iha, Cheap Trick’s Bun E. Carlos, and Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schelsinger. Incredibly, Tinted Windows was a real band!

Taylor Hanson, former U.S. ambassador kick off new “The Conversation With…” event on hunger

Tulsa World


The impact that conversations and community can have on social issues — from their role in bringing an end to apartheid to how that same approach can be used to combat local problems such as hunger — was the focal point Friday of the inaugural “The Conversation With …”

The event, held at the Tulsa Country Club, featured rock musician Taylor Hanson as presenter and a guest of honor, former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa Edward Perkins.

“One of the things we hope to do is inspire new ideas,” Hanson said. “Our hope is that we will be led to an idea built on collaboration that can benefit hunger in Tulsa. That idea is the very beginning of the discussion because hunger is the gateway to so many things.”

As the first black U.S. ambassador to South Africa, Perkins was given a unique assignment by President Ronald Reagan to help dismantle apartheid without violence and to make sure Nelson Mandela was freed from prison.

To do so, Perkins said, he went into the various South African communities and urged them to join together to make change.

“We very quickly learned that if we were going to have any success in South Africa, it had to be a community effort,” Perkins said. “I thought it would be useful to get the communities to come out against apartheid en masse.”

Perkins recalled visiting houses of worship from many faiths as well as both the white and black communities, where the residents were in equally bad conditions, urging them to form bonds.

“We cultivated leaders in those communities,” he said, adding that Mandela sent him a letter of encouragement stating that the community approach was the correct approach. “He said ‘We are a rainbow nation and everyone has to work together.’ ”

“The Conversation With …” was also a fundraiser for the Iron Gate soup kitchen and a chance for Hanson to highlight a new collective partnership called Food on the Move, which is designed to take healthy and affordable food into food deserts.

Hanson said that the idea stemmed from talking with Perkins and Connie Cronley, executive director of Iron Gate, about community capitalism, or the commitment to the community by its members from businesses, nonprofits and government.

“We talked about ideas that could come to bear to face hunger differently and that brought the concept of looking at the food deserts that are spread across the city and connecting them with the community,” he said.

Perkins, who most recently served as executive director of the University of Oklahoma’s International Program Center, added that strong communities make strong nations.

“If we have kids who don’t get an education or who don’t get enough to eat, we will have a weaker nation because of that,” Perkins said. “Hungry children do not exhibit their best skills. They do what’s necessary to exist.”

From Backstreet Boys To Dream Street: The Surprising Real Stories Behind Famous Boy Band Names


Boy bands have really odd names when you think about it. Which “back street” are the Backstreet Boys from? Do they even have back streets in Orlando, oh excuse me, I meant O-Town. What’s with that extra apostrophe in ‘N SYNC? And what the hell does BBMak mean anyway? Now that the excitement of the summer tour season has died down, we’ve got plenty of time to obsess over such things. We decided to go past the frosted tips of the story and find out how these boys – Backstreet or otherwise – got their names. Those names that you and your friends screamed over and over all night long at their concerts (and still do when their reunion pulls into town). Certain origins are obvious and make sense while others are guaranteed to have you scratching your head in confusion. Find out the true stories behind the most famous boy bands of all time and impress your friends with levels of fandom usually reserved for stalkers. Don’t judge!

Name: Hanson
Back story: Hanson is band members Taylor, Isaac and Zac’s family name. Fun fact: There are 7 Hanson siblings in total.

Happening Now: The Conversation With (Taylor Hanson)


New Taylor Hanson project to spark community discussions to better Tulsa

Tulsa World

Taylor Hanson is a man on a mission to make his hometown of Tulsa even better.

His next big event is called “The Conversation With …” which will feature former U.S. Ambassador Edward Perkins as guest of honor from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday in Tulsa.

Perkins will speak, and Hanson will be the moderator.

And it is Perkins upon whom Hanson wants to shine the light — all while raising awareness of hunger and donations for downtown Tulsa’s Iron Gate soup kitchen.

“What’s cool is that my passion for this really came from wanting to honor Ambassador Perkins,” Hanson said.

Perkins was the first black U.S. ambassador to South Africa and was given a unique assignment from former President Ronald Reagan to dismantle apartheid without violence.

Perkins most recently served as executive director of the University of Oklahoma’s International Program Center.

“What Ambassador Perkins adds to ‘The Conversation With …’ is from the point of view of being a statesman and building relationships and taking on challenges. There’s really no one with greater experience in doing that,” Hanson said. “Statesmanship all starts in the community. You have to really understand the person on the other side of the table.”

As the principal organizer of the summit along with several partners, Hanson’s goal for the pilot event and those to follow is to start a community conversation and raise money for a local charity.

This year’s event examines the issue of hunger in Tulsa and Oklahoma and features a new collaborative partnership backed by Hanson, Food on the Move.

The plan is for “The Conversation With …” to feature a different core issue and charity each year. And the goal is that a partnership focusing on that core issue comes out of the event each year, he said.

“It’s kind of a unique gathering. The first goal of ‘The Conversation With …’ is to create an ongoing, forward-looking summit that really invites a cross-section of Tulsa’s community, with the only criteria being that everybody there is really invested in the long-term growth and success of Tulsa and of Oklahoma,” Hanson said.

Seats for the luncheon and lecture are $150 each.

Individuals or groups may also purchase seats to donate for others to attend. A table of 10 for the luncheon and lecture is $3,000.

The proceeds go to Iron Gate, which served meals to more than 300,000 people last year.

Organizers asked that the location of the event not be released publicly.


Coup De Main Magazine

t’s 2014 and HANSON have now existed as a band for 22 years (and counting). They’ve survived transitioning from being signed to a major record label to creating their own independent label, outlived Tamagotchis and Jack Dawson in the ‘Titanic’, and now in their third decade of existence the band of brothers are finally here in New Zealand for the very first time.

The band are currently touring in support of their ninth studio album, 2013’s ‘Anthem’, which middle brother TAYLOR HANSON says of the title: “We have always been in awe of the ability music has to engage people, whether it’s a song that makes you want to dance, or a song that inspires you to take action for a cause. We want this record to be the anthem for all of those moments.”

Coup De Main talked to Taylor about his thoughts on the music industry, the importance of fans and innovation, and the upcoming revival of Tinted Windows…

Hanson will be as long as we continue to have passion for it, and as long as our fans feel that they’re taken care of enough to continue show up and be with us – let’s hope that is as long as we’re around.

CDM: I was watching your ‘Strong Enough To Break’ documentary this morning, and it seems crazy that over a decade later, record labels are still using the same bullying tactics as their business-model.
TAYLOR: History has proven that it’s very hard to find people that are interested in putting themselves at risk. Even when industries are dying, people do whatever they can to not risk their own self-preservation. What’s happened in the business, is there’s not a lot of innovators, not a lot of people who are trying to come up with a new way and take some chances. In a lot of ways, the way we’ve run our business – since we’ve started our label – it’s very natural. It’s not really about trying to be against something, it’s really about continuing to support our music and our fans. Since we started the label I think it is interesting, you would think that almost ten years later that you would see some real innovation or some change in the main music business, but you haven’t seen much, and I think that just tells you that people with a certain kind of power are reluctant to let it go and even when they see it dying and changing, you still see resistance to the future. What’s really interesting about where we’re at with music now, is that people are buying music, they’re trading music, they’re streaming music – but they’re doing it more than ever, they’re consuming music more than ever. People still want to come see shows and they still want to buy merchandise and they still want to be a part of music, I think there’s still so much potential for how to go into the future. The way we’ve done things with being self-contained has definitely become more and more of a new industry standard, it’s become something that people realise they have to do.

CDM: I really admire that you guys stuck up for yourself. One of the quotes that stood out to me from the documentary was when one of you said: “It’s such a bummer that we even get made bad guys, just because we want a say in our music.” That’s ridiculous!
TAYLOR: It’s true. All the way back through history, art and business have always kind of collided. It’s not new to think that you have a vision and then you have somebody with dollars that wants to spend money and market it, and they collide. But the thing that we try and make the point about with our story, we never did music that we didn’t care about. The reason we left our old label was ultimately there came a new company, they began to do things that they do with almost everybody – which is just to make it falsely safe, by doing what everybody else is doing. That caused us to head in a direction potentially that wasn’t who we were, so we left the label to be our own company not to change, but to stay the same and to stay true. What’s exciting is that there’s a lot of fans that have more of a sense of what’s gone on in the business and the potential possibilities that are there, than there ever have been before.

CDM: Nowadays, the major record labels are only signing bands on 360 deals. Do you think that would have affected your perspective if you were starting out as Hanson now in 2014? 
TAYLOR: 360 deals are a desperate reach to control a changing business that does not speak to a long-term vision at all. A 360 deal basically means that they’re taking a piece of all the areas of a band’s business, without any real commitment to actually spend money to promote those areas of their business. So, “Hi I’m a record company, I’m gonna take a piece of your t-shirts, I’m gonna own your website, I’m gonna control your fan club, I’m gonna take a piece of your touring.” Historically, record companies just owned the music itself and they gave a percentage to the band because they paid for it. But if we’d cut a 360 deal in the past, our band would be very different, and our career would be very different. I think artists going into the future really need to know that there’s no one-press button that’s gonna get you success. You’ve just gotta realise that what’s awesome about being an artist is that you have something people want, have something that’s powerful, something that connects with others that’s very primal, and to be confident enough to take that seriously and not give it away.

CDM: Is Hanson forever? 
TAYLOR: Nobody knows what’s forever. We’re very humbled by the relationship we’ve been able to have with fans. We’ve had people follow us for a long time, we’ve also had people discover our music three albums in, or four albums in. That allows you to look out at the room, and you see all these different people – different times in their life, different ages. Hanson will be as long as we continue to have passion for it, and as long as our fans feel that they’re taken care of enough to continue show up and be with us – let’s hope that is as long as we’re around.

CDM: Could you ever see yourself writing songs for other people? Or signing more artists to your 3CG Records label in the future?
TAYLOR: Definitely writing songs – producing people is something we want to do. We’ve actually been doing it now. It’s such a great outlet to sit and work with somebody for their project – you take on a whole different way of looking at music. You know that ultimately someone else has to sing it, stand on stage, perform it and share it – so it’s really actually pretty invigorating to sit and help someone else capture what they want to share with people.


CDM: I absolutely love the Tinted Windows album. ‘Dead Serious’ is such a jam. Is there going to be another record? 
TAYLOR: Actually, there is going to be more Tinted Windows stuff. We’re working on some writing actually probably next month.

CDM: And then you’ll have to come here and play a show! Now, that we’ve had a Hanson show…
TAYLOR: The other guys in Tinted Windows would love to come to New Zealand. It’s a really fun project; it’s an honour to get to play with those guys. There is some process going on now to make a new album.

CDM: Have you and your brothers started thinking about the next Hanson album yet? 
TAYLOR: We are thinking about the next Hanson album. I think the main thing we have on our mind is we just really want to be really creative about the way we release the next record – we want to reach as many places as possible. It’s no accident that we’re finally here in New Zealand, there’s a lot of reasons why we haven’t come before, but we’re here very much on purpose, because we’re looking at the whole world and thinking about fans we have in different places and we’re saying to ourselves it’s rare we to get to reach people in these different areas. We want to bring our music to those people as much as possible.

CDM: It’s wonderful that your band can sell out a show here in New Zealand, when you’re not even represented by a local label – it’s just all on you guys!
TAYLOR: It is amazing, and we’re very in awe of the possibilities of what could come later too.


HANSON’s latest album ‘Anthem’ is out now – featuring the single, ‘Get The Girl Back’. Click HERE to purchase now via iTunes.