The Norman Transcript

September 28, 2013

Festival ready to groove Norman

By Hannah Cruz
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — The longest-running human rights music festival is scheduled for noon to 10 p.m. Sunday in Andrews Park, 201 W. Daws St.

Founded by University of Oklahoma students in 1986, Groovefest offers free activities like live music, a variety of speakers on human rights issues and arts activities as a way to highlight human rights needs and successes. This year is the 51st Groovefest.

Groovefest coordinator Aimee Rook said events like Groovefest help highlight diversity and encourage tolerance and acceptance.

“Engaging in music and events like this fosters a sense of community,” she said. “The mission is to promote community through art and human rights awareness.”

The 2013 stage lineup includes Lion Bandits at noon, Morningstar Band with Wes McMichael at 1 p.m., Jane Mays at 2 p.m., Paseo Streetwalkers at 3 p.m., Bungalouski at 4 p.m., Pidgin at 5 p.m., Michael Todd and the Wind Frontier Band at 6 p.m., The Tequila Songbirds at 7 p.m., Osage at 8 p.m. and headliner Jahruba and The Broke Brothers at 9 p.m.

Speakers include Habitat for Humanity at 2:45 p.m., Poet RR Woody at 3:45 p.m., Zakk Flash at 4:45 p.m., Amnesty International at 5:45 p.m., GEARR — Reproductive Justice at 6:45 p.m., Poet David Slemmons at 7:45 p.m. and Diversity and Inclusion at 8:45 p.m.

Food and art vendors also will be on site. A variety of human rights organizations also will have information booths set up. For more information, visit groovefest.org or find Norman Groovefest on Facebook.