“I came from a generation when we put on shows in basements and didn’t think about paying the bands, but we always did if we had the money,” he said.
With the music industry’s strongest focus in New York City and Los Angeles, Mack said the “No Coast” title is fitting for both Oklahoma’s geographical location and its attitude.
The fest is opening its call to interested bands through Dec. 15.
“We had to piece it together really quick,” he said. “I’m very grateful for the way everything has gone and everyone’s been really supportive of it.”
Grape stomping weekends are Aug. 20 and 27 in preparation for Tres Sueños’ autumn wine festival.
A music complex, an amphitheater, trails and paintball and hydroboarding facilities are included in the venue’s rebranding, scheduled for an Aug. 19 opening.
The Plaza Beer Walk donates a portion of its proceeds to local schools.
“They’re supposed to do an evacuation on a periodic basis,” he said. “In order to facilitate filling the place to somewhat of a capacity, 1,000 or so [people],” a safety festival seemed appropriate.
Other performers at WoodyFest include Annie Oakley, Beau Jennings, The Turnpike Troubadours, John Calvin Abney, Red Dirt Rangers, Ellis Paul and John Fullbright.
Thanks to Credo House, the coffee bar was partially built, so the Kochs renovated and opened in late June.