The Thursday lunch hour at the Downtown Library is a mishmash of people; attorneys on break from a trial, moms with children in tow, businessmen eating their brown bag lunches.
Everyone comes to hear live, local music, said Dana Morrow, outreach director for the Metropolitan Library System.
Morrow said the performances support local artists by “giving them the stage where the everyday person can see them.”
The Noon Tunes series of free concerts began a few years ago, she said, and it has changed from a short run of shows to a year-round signature program of the Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.
It started off as a weekly event popular with mothers of young children, Morrow said.
“It's a place where moms can bring their babies, expose them to all kinds of music and nobody tells them to be quiet,” Morrow said. “It's a bustling place.”
Downtown construction has cut the crowds down a bit recently, but Morrow said she expects audience numbers to pick up when Project 180 is complete.
Shows begin at 11:30 a.m. and last about an hour. Artists cover a variety of genres, Morrow said.
“There's going to be something throughout the year that you're going to enjoy because we have such variety,” she said.
The program is funded by grants from the Friends of the Library, Morrow said.
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Upcoming Noon Tunes schedule
• Thursday: Joe Johnson, piano standards.
• May 19: Lisa and Laura, guitar and vocal duo.
• May 26: Dustin Prinz, acoustic singer and songwriter.
• June 2: Sugar Free Allstars, children's funk.
• June 9: Matt Blagg, soul.
• June 16: Stringents, rock string music.
• June 23: Albert Grey Eagle & Unity, American Indian flute and drums.
• June 30: Floyd Haynes, jazz clarinet.
• July 7: Monty Harper, children's music.
• July 14: Karen Khanagov's Strings Studio, classical strings.
• July 21: University of Central Oklahoma Academy of Contemporary Music, contemporary rock.
• July 28: Denver Duncan, acoustic singer and songwriter.