Leave school behind and get to one of these local live music festivals

Summer Breeze
Concert Series
Sunday-sept. 19

The Performing Arts Studio of Norman begins its summer-long music showcase on Sunday. Hosty Duo will kick off the “Summer Breeze” concert series at 7:30 p.m. at Lions Park, 450 S. Flood. The outdoor series runs through Sept. 19 and includes diverse local acts, from Chuck Allen Floyd and Elephant Revival to Dylan Hammett and Jon McEuen. For more information,
visit http://www.thepas.org.

May 28-30
$45 single-day ticket
$150 three-day pass

The small town of Pryor becomes the temporary home of rock during May’s final days. The three-day festival includes modern rockers like Godsmack, Three Days Grace and Buckcherry, to classic acts like Tesla and ZZ Top. Tickets at the gate are $45 for single days, or $150 for the entire weekend. Visit http://www.rocklahoma.com.

Charlie Christian International Music Festival
June 1-6
$20 advance, $30 door

The Black Liberated Arts Center celebrates the 25th anniversary its inaugural jazz and blues festival, which has featured artists like Ralph Ellison, Isaac Hayes and George Benson. This year, 12 jazz, blues and R&B bands from the U.S. and Europe will perform. Smooth New York jazz artist Najee will headline, and the first evening is free. The festival takes place at Regatta Park, 725 S. Lincoln, and the UCO Jazz Lab, 100 E. Fifth in Edmond. Visit http://www.charliechristianfestival.com.

Jazz in June
June 24-26

Normanites known June means jazz. The free, annual Jazz in June festival returns to the Sooner city for its 27th year, with artists like The Bad Plus, Guy Forsyth and Suzanna Choffel. The three-day event starts with a blues celebration under the stars and finishes with two days of jazz. Thursday and Friday’s concerts stage at Brookhaven Village, 3700 W. Robinson, and Saturday’s at Andrews Park, 201 E. Daws. Visit http://www.jazzinjune.org.

Woody Guthrie
Folk Festival
July 14-18

The 13th annual WoodyFest returns to the folk icon’s hometown of Okemah for a concert series celebrating the life and legacy left by the musician and activist. The free, multi-day festival features indoor and outdoor stages, along with kids’ events and community outreach activities. Arlo Guthrie, Terri Hendrix, John Wort Hannam and other national and local artists are set to perform. The festival concludes with the Hoot for Huntington’s, a massive jam session featuring a large cross-section of performers. Visit http://www.woodyguthrie.com.

Rock N America
July 23-25
$125 three-day pass

For three days, 30 bands will descend upon the Zoo Amphitheatre for the inaugural Rock N America festival, a concert that revives 1980s heavies like Scorpions, Ratt, Twisted Sister and Warrant. The festival also includes a midway event area with games, food, vendors and separate party areas. Tickets for the three-day fest are $125. Visit http://www.rocknamerica.com.

Dusk ’til Dawn
Blues Festival
Sept. 4-6
$15 per day

More than 30 blues bands will perform for three days across a trio of stages at the state’s longest running blues festival. This year, the annual concert in Rentiesville, 15 minutes south of Muskogee, has featured well-known Okies like Watermelon Slim and Miss Blues, and national acts like Cedric Burnside, Lightnin’ Malcolm and Joe Louis Walker. Visit http://www.dcminnerblues.com. “Luke Atkinson

photo Guy Forsyth plays Jazz in June.

Luke Atkinson

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