Dennis Spielman

The real and imaginative adventures of Dennis Spielman

Chisholm Creek Rooftop Hop

Watch happy hour turn to the golden hour while OkSessions fills the air with live music. For 5 consecutive Tuesday evenings, come out after work to enjoy a variety of food, views, drinks, and music in Chisholm Creek. The Rooftop Hop features jazz, hip-hop, R&B, pop, acoustic, and gospel musicians working together to put on a mini music festival right in one of OKC’s most exciting new entertainment district.

I recorded this video yesterday, which was the second rooftop hop event. I wasn’t able to make it to the first one as I was at Startup Grind OKC. Another filmmaker made a fantastic video of the first night and for a moment a voice inside my head told me that I couldn’t do better than that, but then another voice said, “be different then.” I came up with the idea of doing this five facts video and happy with it.

Due to the weather, my filming schedule got moved around this week. I decided to publish this video today and I have an interview tomorrow that I’ll release on Friday, so you’ll be getting two Uncovering Oklahoma videos this week.

Go check out the Rooftop Hop while you can! The live music for the event can be found at Birra Birra, Chalk, Sidecar, and Topgolf.

3Sixty Restaurant & Bar

Located on the 20th Floor of Founders Tower, 3Sixty Restaurant & Bar provides beautiful views of Oklahoma City in a dinning environment where you can decide on the experience you want.

Monday was my first time visiting this place as I was invited for their two year anniversary party. I had a great time visiting with my other media friends and sampling some of their new menu. I’ll have to go back and try some other items.

3Sixty Restaurant & Bar is located at 5900 Mosteller Drive in Oklahoma City. For more information, including hours and menu, visit their website at

Promoting Yourself Online

The Show Starts Now Studios in collaboration with the Norman Arts Council, MAINSITE Contemporary Art, and OkSessions presents Art & Victory, a free monthly panel discussion series designed for creative entrepreneurs. The topic for May’s panel was Promoting Yourself Online As A Creative Entrepreneur. The conversation focused on promoting yourself as a brand on social media, finding your voice, learning from mistakes, and creative marketing ideas. This broad discussion was for artists, writers, podcasters, filmmakers, musicians, and all creative entrepreneurs hustling themselves.

This panel took place at MAINSITE in Downtown Norman. Hosted by Christian Pearson from OkSessions, Christian is passionate about growing Oklahoma’s music scene.


Tracey Zeeck is a veteran publicist, communications consultant, published author and public speaker. In her role at Bumbershoot PR she does everything from bookkeeping to housekeeping, from writing to pitching to developing high-level strategy for clients. She is regularly working with many moving parts – and with many moving partners – and always keeps everything moving ever forward. Her “everyone matters most” mentality means that she maintains strong working relationships with clients, colleagues and members of the media. In her 25 years in the industry, she’s learned what makes a client newsworthy and she can help make her clients’ stories shine in the ever-evolving modern news cycle. Zeeck works alongside her clients, dreams big, stays on budget, produces great results, and even manages to have some fun along the way.

Jacobi Ryan was born and raised in Lawton, now residing in OKC, has been writing Hip Hop music since 2006 at the age of 16. He’s seen the top spots of the top 40 on his hometown’s radio station, performed over 300 live shows, and is now releasing a new song, podcast, and video every week – all 2019. Among many passions, Hip Hop takes center stage and serves as the nucleus for Jacobi Ryan. His mother a teacher and father a business owner, Jacobi naturally has an entrepreneurial spirit with an interest in all forms of art, business, and empowerment. 

Jacobi’s sound influence has been connected to the likes of Jay-Z, Big KRIT, and J. Cole. He lists his personal influences as Bob Marley, Nipsey Hussle, Jay-Z, Warren Buffett and many other artists, innovators, moguls and revolutionaries.

Hannah Royce is a creative entrepreneur who started her own business at the ripe age of 23. HRCO helped local businesses manage their social media accounts, create content, devise authentic engagement strategies and more. Her passion for people, OKC, and inclusivity led her to creating the women’s empowerment event, Confidence Con, one year after starting her business. ConCon brings together intersectional groups of women and non-binary humans to explore the confidence gap and how we can bridge it with intentional vulnerability, mindfulness, and self-advocacy. She was recently hired by Downtown Oklahoma City Partnership as their Social Media Coordinator where she manages all sub-district accounts within the business improvement district. She also serves as the Secretary and Communications & Programming Coordinator for the newly-formed Oklahoma City Pride Alliance.

I could use your support! Join the show on Patreon with The Show Starts Now Studios. As a patron supporter, you can get early access to new videos, bonus content, ad-free podcasts, and more. I’m working on a podcast version of Art & Victory, which will be available soon as I’m currently submitting it to various providers.

Steak Sandwich with Fries at Ludivine - photo by Dennis Spielman

Ludivine’s New Location

Capitalizing on Oklahoma’s rich agriculture, Chef and Owner, Russ Johnson, opened Ludivine in Oklahoma City’s Midtown District after working in another state at a farm-to-table restaurant. In this Uncovering Oklahoma interview, Russ Johnson and Zack Carol talk about how Ludivine is for everyone and how their new location has helped them expand their offerings.

Last week, I was invited to a media lunch to preview their new lunch menu, which was something they weren’t able to do in their previous location. We sampled pretty much their entire menu, cutting up bites from each dish. Their wagyu burger was my personal favorite, but I liked everything I tried.

Back in 2013, I did a story on Ludivine for Uncovering Oklahoma, which I’ve included above. I’ve been doing quite a few updated stories lately, but there are a bunch of new places I’m trying to get stories with and I’m just waiting for them to respond.

Michael Murphy’s Dueling Piano Bar

Continuing my Bricktown coverage, this week’s Uncovering Oklahoma video featured Michael Murphy’s Dueling Piano Bar, where they bring in some of the most talented piano players from across the country for a request-driven music show. I interviewed owners, John Bartholomew and Bobby Spann, about their nightlife establishment at their new location.

Fun Fact: Michael Murphy isn’t a real person. It’s a fictional character created by the owners.

I did a video about the piano bar nearly ten years ago, which I’ve included above. You can see my progress as a filmmaker if you’re interested. When I learned that they were moving to a new, bigger location, I knew I wanted to do an update video.

Michael Murphy’s Dueling Piano Bar is located at 119 East California Avenue in Oklahoma City. For more information, including hours and reservations, visit them at

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