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April 11, 2014

Norman Music Festival to fill downtown with sound

NORMAN — In its seventh year, Norman Music Festival is once again packing downtown Norman with the sounds of local, national and international music for three days of entertainment.

Scheduled for April 24, 25 and 26, NMF Chair Steven White said the event has something for everyone.

“If you’re allergic to fun, you might not like it,” White said. “But if you like to have a good time, it’s not a bad event. And it’s free.”

Over the course of the festival, White said over 300 soloists or bands will perform in approximately 15 venues, including genres like rock, reggae, country, folk, Americana, psychedelic, pop, hip-hop and more.

With this year’s headliner — the psychedelic southern rock band The Bright Light Social Hour from Austin, Texas — White said he’s going for an “urban jam party” feeling.

Other bands scheduled to perform on the Main Stage, located at Main Street and Porter Avenue, include Oklahoma City psychedelic folk rock band Horse Thief, Nashville-based rock outfit Diarrhea Planet, French psyche-punk rock band La Femme, Norman blues singer Caleb McGee, and Norman hip-hop group ADDverse Effects.

Though the Main Stage features indie groups, White said it’s a well-rounded lineup that will give fair-goers an opportunity to hear from groups they may not have listened to before.

“It’s great exposure to so much music,” he said.

Jack O’Brien, bassist and singer with The Bright Light Social Hour, said this will be the group’s first Norman performance. They plan on performing a few new songs. But like any other show, the group will start off slow and relaxed and gradually ramp up the energy.

“It’s the most seductive way to have high a energy performance,” he said. “By the end there is crowd surfing and crazy lights.”

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