Matt Stansberry & The Romance

The Ponca City Arts & Humanities Council presents Matt Stansberry & The Romance. Friday, Feb 23, 2018 - 8:00PM - Concert starts at 8:00, doors open at 7:00. Free admission.



The Poncan Theatre Capital Campaign 

Greetings from the Poncan Theatre,
The Historical Poncan Theatre, 501(c)3, was built in 1927 and added to the National Register of Historical Places in 1985. Next year, 2017, the Poncan will be celebrating its 90th birthday and is very much alive and serving the community. This beautiful venue is a large asset to the community and hosts a variety of shows such as live theatre, movies, concerts, wedding, conferences, Bison / Bison Film Festival, Ponca City Concert Series, Ponca City Arts & Humanities and Evan's Children's Academy of Performing Arts.

The theatre was closed from 1985 to 1994 due to financial difficulties. During this time there was consideration of tearing down the theatre and making it a parking lot. A large group of Ponca citizens, who had a love and passion to see the Poncan remain a part of the community, united together and with their gifts of goods and money and also many gave endless hours of hands-on labor, the Poncan was re-opened in 1994. Since 1994 it has remained a highly sought after venue for a variety of events.

It has been approximately 22 years since the last renovations took place at the theatre. Due to the continued use of a 90 year old building, there have been some repair issues that greatly need some attention for the Poncan to remain such a beautiful part of our community.

As we approach the 90th anniversary of the Poncan Theatre we are making plans for a great year of entertainment and making sure that many generations to come get to enjoy this facility.

We are inviting you to be a donor in making sure that the Historical Poncan Theatre will be a part of the Ponca City Community for next 90 years. The theatre is a 501(c)3 and all donations are tax deductible. A commitment has been made to the Poncan Theatre that all donations will be matched dollar for dollar.
Thank you for your consideration,
The mission of the 1927 Historical Poncan Theatre is to help enrich the entertainment of persons / families and to broaden their appreciation of the arts.


If you have any questions please call The Poncan Theatre box office at 580-765-0943.

Updated: October 9, 2016


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Matt Stansberry & The Romance


Matt Stansberry & The Romance is a 9-piece, American Rock ‘N Roll band based in Oklahoma City. The band is comprised of The Romance Rhythm (bass, drums and keys), the 23rd Street Horns (trumpet, trombone and saxophone) and is fronted by the group’s songwriter and bandleader, Matt Stansberry (vocals and lead guitar), the soulful powerhouse, Ms. Myra Beasley (vocals), and sibling-harmony, hype-man, Joe Stansberry (vocals and rhythm guitar). The group has developed their own sound by blending American popular music, Blues, R&B, Soul and Funk. Early influences include Buddy Holly, James Brown, The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix. The group is known for their dynamic live shows, which have included extended, 3-hour, non-stop performances.

The Romance has released two studio recordings, both successfully fan funded through Kickstarter campaigns (Let’s Brighten It Up, debut EP released Summer 2012 and Crash Landing, debut LP released Summer 2014), two exclusive singles (Heartbreaker, released Spring 2016 and The Good Life, released Summer 2017), and a live, in-studio, 3-song EP (Sun Studio Session, released summer 2016) recorded in one evening at the historic Sun Studio in Memphis, TN.

In addition to releasing an EP from Sun Studio, the band was featured in a PBS Sun Session segment, which is airing nationally throughout 2017 on PBS affiliates. The Romance has been actively touring in the Midwest and Southwest since 2014, steadily growing their fan base in new markets; including Chicago, Memphis, Austin, St Louis, Kansas City, Dallas, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Wichita and Tulsa. The Romance has shared the stage and performed with Wanda Jackson (“Queen of Rockabilly”, Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame inductee), The Bar-Kays (Stax Records session band), and most recently this year with Gary Busey (Academy Award nominee) and Shawn Stockman (Boyz II Men). Notable performances include the New Year’s Eve Guitar Drop on Beale Street in Memphis, the Oklahoma Governor’s Inaugural Ball, a SXSW official showcase, Summer Sounds headliner in Cedarburg, Wisconsin and the first act to perform on the new Jones Assembly stage in Oklahoma City.

Their upcoming release, Future Love, is the band’s third studio album which was successfully crowd funded through a Kickstarter campaign that raised over $26,000 – more than their two previous campaigns combined. Recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis, Future Love covers some new territory, and the band exhibits their inherent funk and soul roots on songs like “In the Future”, “You Got Me Singing Hallelujah”, “Sexy” and “Show Me Some Love”, while the band digs into their classic rock ’n roll roots with “Girl Crazy” and "Crazy Boy”. Closing out the 8-song LP, Matt’s songwriting shines on “Good Love” and the album ender, “Top of The World”.

The new album will be available as a joint release with Stansberry’s new solo album, Past Heartache, Present Hope. The joint release is entitled Past Heartache, Present Hope & Future Love. 




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