Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (May 23, 2012)Oklahoma Today magazine will present its 2011 Oklahoman of the Year medal to Mary Beth Babcock on June 13 at Cain’s Ballroom as part of the “Music for the Mother Road” concert sponsored by Tulsa-based company The show will feature performances by Broken Arrow-based singer-songwriter J.D. McPherson and Tulsa band BRONCHO. McPherson, whose debut album Signs and Signifiers was released on Rounder Records on April 17, 2012, was named one of five “artists to know” by National Public Radio in December 2011.“It’s the ultimate hometown show for me,” says McPherson, whose release was called “pure-and-simple party music … harbouring the sort of simple riffs and hooks that easily hop across the decades. ” by the BBC. “It’s Cain’s Ballroom, and it’s in honor of one of my favorite humans, Mary Beth Babcock. It’s a super pro-Oklahoma show—the people that are involved are the people that care about the past and present of Oklahoma culture.”Tickets are $19 in advance and $22 at the door, and sales will benefit the Robots on 66 public arts project, which is helmed by Babcock, owner of Dwelling Spaces in Tulsa’s Blue Dome District. The project will place a 25-foot metal robot by Tulsa artist Chris Wallard in downtown Tulsa as a Route 66 roadside attraction. Tickets are available at the Cain’s Ballroom box office, Ida Red Boutique and Starship Records and Tapes in Tulsa, Reasor’s grocery stores locations throughout northeastern Oklahoma, and online at“My store is on the old Route 66, and I have a passion for Route 66,” says Babcock. “When you have a roadside attraction, like the Blue Whale in Catoosa, people go to see it, and they buy souvenirs and stop for a cup of coffee. It helps stimulate the economy.”Babcock earned the Oklahoman of the Year title for 2011 for what Oklahoma Today called “her enthusiasm for all things Okie, unstoppable creative spirit, and intrepid entrepreneurial drive.” Babcock opened Dwelling Spaces in 2006, and the store, along with the adjoining JoeBot’s Coffee Bar, has become a retail and arts mecca in Oklahoma. Through it, Babcock has helped to provide a launching pad for organizations like Booksmart Tulsa and Tulsa Tough. It was Babcock’s friendship with Tulsa Tough cofounder and CEO Chris Zenthoefer that led to the company’s involvement.“Mary Beth’s energy and passion is contagious,” says Zenthoefer. “She’s Oklahoma’s cheerleader, and she represents so many things that make Oklahoma an attractive place—creative, entrepreneurial, and giving. Events like this remind us why we are proud to be from Oklahoma and we celebrate the unique characters of this land—characters like Mary Beth.”, founded in 2009 as Invisible Bracelet, are the creators of the ICEdot Band. The Band contains a user’s identity and emergency contact information and can be used by emergency first responders to rapidly identify victims and administer proper treatment. The bracelet is popular among competitive athletes. For more information about ICEdot and its services, call (918) 592-3722 or visit 

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