The Links Launches New Dance Party Residency 'Drama Club' at Tulsa's Riverside Studio
Logan Bruhn and Tyler Sexton, Tulsa-native producers, songwriters, and instrumentalists, are launching their own project of original dance music. They have racked up over 15 million streams producing music for other artists and are the hosts of Tulsa’s latest dance party series at the historic Spotlight Theatre, also known as the Riverside Studio, starting Aug. 11.
Their first tracks as ‘The Links’ were released on all streaming platforms last month, with distribution support from AWAL. ‘Odell’ and ‘Lightyears’ were recorded and produced in Tulsa at Bruhn’s private studio. These tracks feature bright, upbeat production with dance rhythm and summer-inspired lyrics.
Bruhn and Sexton have earned notoriety and over 15 million streams through their work with Oklahoma artists Josh Fudge, Lexi Onyango, Lincka, STEMS, and more. They have collaborated with Fudge as songwriters, producers, and touring band members and have played legendary stages like Red Rocks and Austin City Limits. Next month, they will take the stage at Lollapalooza for the first time.
Tyler Sexton tells ASLUT that the Links residency will be unlike anything audiences have experienced from the duo, “When we work with other artists on their projects there’s almost a fragility and a certain framework that we have to adhere to to make sure the artist feels fulfilled. With ‘The Links,’ it’s pretty self indulgent and we feel more of a sense of freedom to explore what we want personally.”
‘The Links’ is their more personal creative outlet that celebrates their love for dance music and club culture, and it's the perfect vehicle for them to experiment with new ideas and get people moving out on the dancefloor.
“Our sessions have a special vibe to them, that has to do with our focus on strictly making dance music. The goal is very simple when we bring friends in to collaborate on ‘The Links.’ We just make music we know we would love dancing to. We are chasing a really clear feeling, and everyone in the room can tell when we have something that works, Bruhn tells us.
The duo has announced ‘Drama Club’, a dance party residency at Riverside Studio 1381 Riverside Dr., which will kick off on Friday, Aug. 11, at 9 p.m. Future dates have not been announced, but the duo plan to host ‘Drama Club’ on a regular basis.
“I hope people leave Drama Club feeling confident and uplifted. I want it to be a place where people leave their insecurities at the door and feel completely free to be themselves,” Logan tells ASLUT.
The duo wants the event is intended to build community around free expression and dance music and to create a safe and inclusive club experience where all are welcome.
‘Drama Club’ is one of the first new event series announced for Riverside Studio in decades. The theater is mostly known for its weekly production of ‘The Drunkard’, which is advertised as ‘America’s longest-running play’, and Spotlight Children’s Theatre.
John Beasley, President of the Board of Directors for Tulsa Spotlighters, Inc., which operates Riverside Studio, said they are excited to bring a new generation into the space.
“We are striving to revitalize Riverside Studio with new events and programs, and ‘Drama Club’ is a great way of doing that,” Beasley said. “We’re excited to work with The Links and hope this becomes a successful event, bringing a new crowd and youthful energy into one of Tulsa’s most historic and iconic venues.”
‘Drama Club’ is a collaboration between The Links, Riverside Studio, entertainment company Pop House, visual artists Logan Miller and Austin Tanksley, and queer artist community Studio 66 and ASLUT. Tickets cost $10 and are available at the door or can be pre-purchased here.