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Free Tulsa Music Festival bringing nearly 200 bands today and Saturday to historic Blue Dome Arts District

by Brandy McDonnell Published: July 27, 2012

Free Tulsa Music Festival Tulsa, OK

TULSA – Oklahoma’s largest homegrown music festival returns to downtown Tulsa today and Saturday with the Free Tulsa Music Festival.

The third annual festival is free to the public, and more than 20,000 are expected to attend the two-day festival, according to a news release.

Free Tulsa is taking place in the historic Blue Dome Arts district. It will feature nearly 200 bands on multiple indoor and outdoor stages.

“What sets Free Tulsa apart from all other music festivals in the state is this one is dedicated to showcasing performers who have ties to Oklahoma,” said founder Marcos Matheos in the release. “Free Tulsa is a fun, free and family-friendly event that allows people of all ages to enjoy local music while visiting our many great local businesses.”

Notable acts on this year’s lineup include OK Sweetheart, Taddy Porter, Broncho and Ester Drang. It also will remark a return for headlining art rockers Colourmusic of Stillwater, who have gone almost nine months without playing live shows and spent six months in a recording studio.

Colourmusic co-founder Ryan Hendrix told The Oklahoman‘s Conner Rohwer that the band plans to debut new songs from its yet-to-be-released “purple” album during its Free Tulsa set. He described the album as the sequel to their 2011 release “My ____ Is Pink.”

“I feel uncomfortable because there are so many awesome bands from Oklahoma that will be there,” Hendrix said of performing at Free Tulsa. “Just being in front of people that I know and respect makes it that much harder.”

To read more of Conner’s great interview with Colourmusic, click here.

Free Tulsa brings thousands of visitors to downtown Tulsa, generating a positive economic impact to locally-owned restaurants and retail businesses.

Free Tulsa will include more than 30 vendors and a hot dog eating contest, which will take place on the main stage at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

For more information, including festival safety tips courtesy of EMSA, the sign-up form for the Jim’s Never on Sunday Hot Dog eating contest and a map of the festival grounds, go to

Free Tulsa is a free two-day music festival founded by Matheos in 2010. The event is organized by Under the Belfry and is sponsored by This Land Press, the McNellies Group, Joe Momma’s, EMSA and Boxog.


Free Tulsa Music Festival

Who: Colourmusic, OK Sweetheart, Taddy Porter, Broncho, Ester Drang and more than 160 other local and state bands.

Where: Blue Dome District in Tulsa.

When: 6 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.

Admission: Free.



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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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