Blackwatch Studios, a recording studio at 107 W Comanche in Norman, developed a devoted clientele thanks to superb sound and a desire to give regional bands a place to record professionally for a reasonalble rate.
At third annual Norman Music Festival in April 2010, the studio set up a stage in its back alley to host 10 bands and solo artists on the festival's first night, including singer-songwriter Beau Jennings and the Fort Worth, Texas, rock band The Burning Hotels. It was the first year Blackwatch set up a festival stage, but word of mouth spread quickly about the high quality of performers allying themselves through friendship and music with Blackwatch."Our motives in doing the stage definitely weren't advertising-based, really," said Blackwatch co-owner Jarod Evans. "It was more about how we really believe in the community here. We love what Norman Music Festival has done, and just wanted to be a bigger part of it."Evans said the rise of the festival, and the success he and co-owner Chad Copelin have seen with their studio, are indicative of the quality of bands and singer-songwriters working in Norman."I don't think we would have blind faith in a community that didn't exist," he said. "The fact that we're as invested as we are in the music scene is a testament to the talent that is here."-- George Lang