NORMAN — It’s almost here! Some of the top local and national indie bands will rock Main Street when the Norman Music Festival celebrates its fifth year on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The three-day event will take place on over a dozen local stages and includes headliners Portugal. The Man on the festival’s Main Stage and Hayes Carll on its Jack Daniels stage.
For the past few weeks, I’ve been dedicating one of my Wednesday Video Spotlights to bands that will play this year’s festival, and this time, it’s all about the headliners.
The festival will be in downtown Norman, on Main Street in the Arts District, extending from the 300 block of E Main Street and the 100 block of W Main Street.
Last year’s attendance topped out about 35,000 on the event’s third night. To accommodate the growing audience, the Main Stage will be located at Main Street and Porter.
In addition to headliner Portugal. The Man, the Main Stage lineup includes Stillwater’s Other Lives (fresh off a support tour with Radiohead), self-proclaimed American rock band Red Wanting Blue, the Weekend Hustler, the Tulsa-based Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Oklahoma City’s Modern Rock Diaries and Norman’s Rainbows Are Free and Crown Imperial.
The Norman Music Festival’s Jack Daniels Stage includes nationally known artists Hayes Carll, Alejandro Escovedo, the Giving Tree and the Possum Posse, as well as locally based artists Parker Millsap, The Damn Quails, Krystal Keith, Camille Harp and John Calvin.
The Dustbowl Arts Market will be an added attraction on Saturday in the 100 block of Main Street, featuring the work of local and regional artists and handmade vendors. Photography, jewelry, prints, screen-printing, clothing, accessories and textiles will be among items for sale.
The festival is free but organizers say one of the easiest ways to support the festival is through a VIP pass. Fans can mingle with the bands in VIP lounges, gain access to the VIP stage pit, enjoy complimentary food and beverages and a special edition T-shirt. VIP passes are $60.
The Norman Music Festival’s Event Team is looking for volunteers to help out. For more information, go online to normanmusicfestival.com.