Norman Music Festival
Thursday-Saturday, downtown Norman
Saturday’s Main Stage sees more indie rock and less diversity than in previous years, with Oklahoma City instrumental wunderkinds The Non; San Franciscan garage-rocker Ty Segall; Austin, Texas-based indie-dance crew Foot Patrol; and New York City’s harsh/beautiful indie rockers The Walkmen all gracing the spot.
If you are looking to get your face melted, there’s hardly a better substitute for the Lost Ark of the Covenant than the heavy dose of rock bands you can spot all over the festival grounds. The Pretty Black Chains (11 p.m. Friday, Blackwatch Stage) will provide a straight-up blast of Led Zeppelin goodness.
For those attracted to music that favors melody over aggression, Opolis hosts surefire bets The Gentle Art of Floating (9:45 p.m. Thursday) and The Neighborhood (12:30 a.m. Friday). Austin’s Football, etc. (6 p.m. Friday) will bring a breezy, ’90s emo-influenced take on pop music to Opolis, while Bill & Dee’s hosts Thirteen Stars (8 p.m. Thursday), The Electric Primadonnas (10 p.m. Thursday) and Tulsa’s Scales of Motion (6 p.m. Saturday). The Rockettops’ pop will be part of the ACM@UCO student band showcase 9 p.m. Friday at Red Room, while ecstatic pop-rockers Hush Hush Commotion will headline The Brewhouse at 12:01 a.m. Saturday.
Prefer your Jesus wearing a tuxedo T-shirt? Yeah, you like to party, and there’s a slew of sweet sounds sliced thick. If it’s hip-hop, Sooner Theatre hosts several stellar rap acts on Saturday, including Josh Sallee (noon), Algebra (2 p.m.) and Jabee (4 p.m.). Pop singer Jacob Abello and electro act Chrome Pony will keep the party bumping all night long during their 1 a.m. slots on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, on the Blackwatch Stage. For a shot of old-school revelry, there’s the brassy and soulful Wurly Birds (7:30 p.m. Friday, Opolis), while Resident Funk (4:30 p.m. Saturday, Bluebonnet) should, indeed, bring the funk, as will Pidgin Band (3 p.m. Saturday, Jägermeister Stage). Jam band Montu will bring flashing lights and dance-inspiring grooves to the 7 p.m. slot Saturday on Jägermeister Stage as well.
Fans of the acoustic guitar will have no shortage of acts to hear. Michelangelo’s Coffee & Wine Bar, 207 E. Main, hosts four acoustic stages in three days, while Bluebonnet Bar features folksy rockers each day of the festival. Daniel Walcher (6 p.m., Brewhouse), recent Oklahoma Gazette Woody Award-winning Emerging Artist Ryan Lawson (7 p.m., Sooner) and Ali Harter (9:30 p.m., Opolis) are can’t-miss Friday shows, while Dustin Prinz and Anna Kinder (noon, Michelangelo’s), Beau Jennings in a rare Oklahoma performance (1 p.m., Jägermeister Stage) and Norman bluegrass outfit The Whiskey Trio (4 p.m., Dreamer Concepts) need to be on your Saturday schedule.
your best snarl to the loaded list of punk bands thrashing NMF all
three days. On Friday, Guestroom Records plays host to a full day of
garage-rock bands, like gnarly The Boom Bang (5 p.m.), teen-punk duo
Skating Polly (3:40 p.m.) and Austin’s Dikes of Holland (7:55 p.m.). The
females behind John Wayne’s Bitches will pack quite a wallop at 7:30
p.m. Friday at Bill & Dee’s, as will The Dead Armadillos (12:01 a.m.
Saturday, Bluebonnet) in a decidedly more countrified manner. Austin
psych-punkers White Denim dip in at 10:30 p.m. Friday at Opolis, and the
ghostly The Purple Church will spook listeners 9 p.m. Thursday at Bill
& Dee’s. Vintage act Broncho takes the stage 11 p.m. Saturday at the
WHAT THE HAPS?
It’s not all music at NMF. Burlesque artists Miss CoCo Lectric and Miss Ruby Joule of Austin troupe The Jigglewatts will perform Saturday with Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears and run a kissing booth on Friday and Saturday. Joule also graces Friday’s Latin stage, just across from the Spectacle Stage, which will feature Prairie Folk Circus, an acrobatic yoga and magic show, and more performing arts. Saturday’s Ashtanga Yoga Studio Stage will feature live painting throughout by Atalya Gavriela. If you’re into the cinematographic arts, Music Video Picks contest’s top 10 will be screened at Form and Function Lab (7:30 p.m. Thursday, 123 E. Main upstairs), Dreamer Concepts (8 p.m. Thursday) and Gray Owl Coffee (7:30 p.m. Friday).