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Arts festival kicks off in Oklahoma City's Paseo district

The 37th annual Paseo Arts Festival began Saturday and runs through Monday. More than 80 visual artists and dozens of live music acts are featured in Oklahoma City's historic Paseo Arts District.
by Adam Kemp Modified: May 25, 2013 at 8:21 pm •  Published: May 26, 2013
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Standing in the midst of the Paseo Arts Festival with his accordion in hand, Timothy Granger was getting compliments and tips Saturday.

The 14-year-old Oklahoma City boy plays polka — a brand of music he never expected to like on an instrument he never expected to make him any money.

“I never thought about polka,” Granger said. “I was a country music fan, but I don't get very much country on the accordion. I don't know how it would sound.”

The annual festival, which continues through Monday in the historic Paseo Arts District, features more than 80 visual artists and dozens of live music acts.

Granger said the Paseo is the perfect place for him to get some live music experience.

“This is my second year to play the festival,” he said. “It was just on a whim at first. I just started playing and it was a big success.”

He only knew three songs last year — “Dark Eyes,” “Four Green Fields” and “The Anniversary Song” — but he has built up his repertoire so polka fans can stay and listen longer.

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by Adam Kemp
Enterprise Reporter
Adam Kemp is an enterprise reporter and videographer for the Oklahoman and Newsok.com. Kemp grew up in Oklahoma City before attending Oklahoma State University. Kemp has interned for the Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette and covered Oklahoma State...
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