Country music stars Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley and Merle Haggard will headline OKCFEST 2014, a new summer music festival dreamt up by Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and business leader Fred Hall.
The four-day festival is expected to draw 30,000 people to downtown Oklahoma City in late June, organizers said Thursday morning when plans for OKCFEST 2014 were unveiled.
“Something special is going on in Oklahoma City,” Hall said. “OKCFEST will be a kick-off party to celebrate Oklahoma City’s planned Core to Shore downtown park and new convention center and will give festivalgoers an exciting glimpse of what is possible in the years ahead as this event and downtown evolve together.
“Our event site is literally at the epicenter of these future transformational attractions for our city.”
The festival begins June 26, when renowned jazz vocalist Steve Tyrell and his 8-piece band will kick-off the weekend with an exclusive and independently ticketed Thursday night show for festival underwriters, sponsors and their special guests.
The festival’s first-year line-up resulted from a collaborative effort between Hall and Victor Sansone, the former ABC radio executive and past chairman of the Country Music Association who is serving as a consultant to OKCFEST.
Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Merle Haggard, Randy Rogers, Kix Brooks, Josh Abbott, Casey Donahew and Scotty McCreery will perform on the OKCFEST’s Main Stage on June 27 and 28.
Additional music and other entertainment events on three nearby Myriad Garden stages will be free to the public Friday through Sunday afternoons and evenings, with preferred seating at each stage reserved for those with OKCFEST passes.
One-day and two-day passes for the main stage event area, which will feature food, beverage and unique shopping throughout OKCFEST, go on sale this month one the OKCFEST Festival Website. Tickets are $35 per day and $59 for two-day passes.
“The OKCFEST 2014 is a reflection of the incredible aspirational vision of our business leadership in Oklahoma City,” Cornett said. “The variety of the entertainment offering at the first annual OKCFEST 2014 shows the growing diversity of our community.
“As evident by the big plans for OKCFEST 2014, our city’s national and international standing as a place where arts and culture can flourish continues to grow.”