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April 27, 2014

And the bands played on...

Norman Music Festival hits high note once again

NORMAN — Weather predictions for Saturday that had officials concerned severe storms could interrupt the seventh annual Norman Music Festival turned out to be a false alarm. The party raged on through the weekend with little interruption from the breezy spring weather.

Located in the historic arts district of downtown Norman, the Norman Music Festival is a free, independent music festival spanning three days. This year’s festival included the Oklahoma Film & Music Office’s Panel Discussion, “Oklahoma Music in Film and TV.”

The Oklahoma Film & Music Office also hosted its annual V.I.P. Music Mixer on Saturday at Astronomics. Guests connected with other artists and met representatives from the Oklahoma music industry.

The music festival highlights artists from a variety of  genres. This year’s festival  featured Caleb McGee, Horse Thief, La Femme, ADDverse Effects, Dead Meadow and Bright Light Social Hour.

Over the course of the festival, NMF Chair Steven White said more than 300 soloists or bands had been scheduled to perform in approximately 15 venues, including genres like rock, reggae, country, folk, Americana, psychedelic, pop, hip-hop and more.

This year’s headliner — the psychedelic southern rock band The Bright Light Social Hour from Austin, Texas — gave the festival an “urban jam party” feeling, White said.

Combined with a kids area hosted by Republic Bank, a carnival by Lions Club and various street performers, White anticipated this year’s event would attract 70,000 people.

The large-scale event included partnerships with the city of Norman, Norman Chamber of Commerce, Norman Downtowners Association and many businesses and restaurants.

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