What are you ...? with Tim Landes, local music lover and Cherokee Nation PR guru
BY JENNIFER CHANCELLOR World Scene Writer
Thursday, January 10, 2013
1/10/13 at 12:03 PM
If there's a musical or sports event happening in Tulsa, it's more likely than not that Tim Landes is in the audience. Heck, this PR man helps run the show at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa and has worked for Cherokee Nation Entertainment and Cherokee Nation Businesses for five years.
In fact, he's the senior public relations specialist and oversees PR for all eight Cherokee Nation Casinos. Including nearly every concert at The Joint and many outside of it, he hit at least 60 concerts last year.
Landes also has helped promote and build an array of local projects, including Free Tulsa music festival, a political campaign, local Pi Pizzeria & Craft Beer (coming soon) and Tulsa Glassblowing School. He's lived in midtown Tulsa since 2007 and moved here after graduating from Oklahoma State University in 2006. Yeah, he's that "upwardly mobile" mover and shaker youth that Tulsa's becoming so well-known for. Let him tell you why he loves the area:
... most proud of regarding your Cherokee heritage?
If it wasn't for the services the Cherokee Nation has provided my great-grandma Opal for as long as I can remember, she wouldn't be going as strong as she is in her 90s. I'm extremely proud to work for a company that's main goal is to help better the lives of so many people in northeast Oklahoma.
... hoping happens in Tulsa in 2013?
I hope the number of people who invest in the community continues to grow. Whether it's opening or supporting local establishments and/or volunteering for local events and nonprofits.
... listening to right now?
2012 was a great year for music. I have a lengthy playlist that includes Delta Spirit, Bruce Springsteen, Frank Ocean, Grizzly Bear, Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala, M. Ward and many more. Also on constant heavy rotation are Other Lives and Colourmusic, which are made up of extremely talented, creative people who have been friends since college.
... loving most about Tulsa?
The youthful optimism and ambition. Tulsa more and more feels like a young, upbeat city that is trying really hard to become something great. It's fun to watch the evolution. I'm also blown away by the large amount of creative people in our city, whether it's music or art.
I currently have two staples. For breakfast it's Dilly Deli at least once a week. For dinner, it's Wednesday night pizza at Leon's.
... most looking forward to in Tulsa in 2013?
It seems like there is a something new opening every week. I try hard to support local businesses as much as possible, so I'm looking forward to checking out what opens its door this year.
... drinking, and where?
If I'm downtown, I'm probably drinking a beer at Bar 46. If not there, I'm more than likely watching a game at Bull and Bear or Leon's.
Twitter is going in the background as I type this. I'm a news junkie. I love to read books and subscribe to numerous magazines. I'm currently reading Bruce Springsteen's biography ("Bruce"). It's really good.
... hoping to accomplish, personally, in 2013?
At the top of the list is becoming a husband in April. Last year I dove into photography, so I hope to continue learning and getting better at it. There are a few other things like finally launching a website I've been tinkering with for a couple of years. I like to stay busy.
... making for dinner?
I love to cook. Tonight, I'm thinking about making a homemade pizza.
Original Print Headline: What are you ... ? with Tim Landes, local music lover and Cherokee Nation PR guru
Tim Landes, a local public relations specialist who works for The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, has helped promote Free Tulsa music festival and is a local foodie and frequent concertgoer. MICHAEL WYKE / Tulsa World