George Lang: Did Gentlemen of the Road set the stage for OKC to host its own music festival?

Assistant Entertainment Editor George Lang chatted with readers Thursday about pop culture, the Grammys and local music. Below is an unedited transcript of the chat.

BY GEORGE LANG Modified: January 30, 2014 at 2:51 pm •  Published: January 30, 2014

Assistant Entertainment Editor George Lang chatted with readers Thursday about pop culture, the Grammys and local music. Below is an unedited transcript of the chat.

NewsOK 12:26 p.m. Hey everyone! George will be logging in at 1 p.m., but you can start submitting your questions now.

He'll be talking about pop culture, local music events, etc. It's up to you, really.
George Lang 12:56 p.m. We'll start this thing up in a few minutes -- throw any questions at me about music, movies, TV, whatever. I'll be ready.
George Lang 1:00 p.m. Okay -- let's do this. I'm George Lang with NewsOK and The Oklahoman. Anything's on the table about this weekend and beyond in entertainment.
Nick 1:00 p.m. Best Grammy performance?
George Lang 1:03 p.m. Hands down, it was Daft Punk. Look, the academy and the producers of the show are looking to put interesting people together, and I think that pairing Stevie Wonder with the robots, Nile Rodgers and Pharrell was kind of genius.
George Lang 1:06 p.m. It's interesting, I think the Grammy producers show their hands a little bit when they certain performances are splashier than others. Obviously the Macklemore/Ryan Lewis/Mary Lambert performance of "Same Love" was gigantic, but the presence of Stevie Wonder on the Daft Punk thing was their "tell," to use a poker term.
George Lang 1:08 p.m. Wonder is kind of what you'd call "Grammy royalty." There was a time, especially around "Songs in the Key of Life" in '76, that Stevie won Grammys for absolutely everything. He's well-loved by Grammy voters, and I think that his appearance said that there was going to be a robot coronation on Sunday.
George Lang 1:09 p.m. Now, on the downside, there was that Robin Thicke/Chicago business. My 8-year-old son, who had never heard a Chicago song in his life before Sunday night, said it sounded like "cheesy carnival music."
George Lang 1:12 p.m. As for disappointments, there's always the abject horror of having CBS and the Grammys interrupt a great performance by Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl and Lindsey Buckingham for ads for Hilton and Delta Airlines. Come on! It ticked off Trent Reznor, and understandably so.
Matt 1:13 p.m. Anything of interest opening at movie theaters this week or soon?
George Lang 1:16 p.m. Next week is Monuments Men, which is based on the work of Robert Edsel (he has family here in Oklahoma City, btw), is from George Clooney, and it's about the military team that was in charge of recovering art and antiquities in the wake of World War II. It's got Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Clooney, Matt Damon. It looks awesome -- can't go wrong with that one.
George Lang 1:19 p.m. On Saturday, I'm going to a morning screening of The Lego Movie and I'm taking my son. This might not be high art, but it's directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who did the "21 Jump Street" movie in 2012 -- they're kind of the go-to guys for taking unusual properties and making them good. You've also got Will Arnett, Chris Pratt and Elizabeth Banks doing voicework, so this will likely be a step up from the average "Ninjago" episode.
George Lang 1:21 p.m. As for this weekend, it's pretty dire on the movie front. By most accounts, "Labor Day" is not up to Jason Reitman's usual standard -- he did "Up in the Air," "Juno" and "Young Adult." Elsewhere, there's "That Awkward Moment" with Zac Efron and Michael B. Jordan, and that's apparently no great shakes, either, even though Jordan is a superstar in the making.
Lindsay 1:21 p.m. Do you think we'll ever have a music festival in OKC like the one in Norman?
George Lang 1:22 p.m. I think it's going to happen. This is not based on any science or actual knowledge of any moving and shaking, but I am basing it on what's been happening lately.
George Lang 1:23 p.m. Think about what went down at Guthrie's Cottonwood Flats last September. Gentlemen of the Road was a huge success, and I think promoters are likely looking at a way to replicate that on a local level.
George Lang 1:25 p.m. Will it be in Bricktown? Or will it be a supercharged H & 8th Night Market? Could it be in the Plaza District? My guess is a weekend downtown event could definitely work, but it couldn't spill out into weekdays.
Guest 1:26 p.m. When is Oklahoma going to start selling liquor, wine and high ABV beer in grocery stores?
George Lang 1:28 p.m. The closest we got to it was when Whole Foods went in a couple of years ago -- my understanding was there was a huge push on the part of several interested parties to make it happen, but it didn't materialize. But there are many more forces aligned against such a move.
George Lang 1:29 p.m. I don't think that this particular regulation as it stands can last forever, but it's in the interest of a few pretty powerful lobbies to keep it status quo.
Guest 1:29 p.m. Hopefully with Costco potentially coming to town they will help push it through.
George Lang 1:32 p.m. It could happen with a potential Costco incursion into the OKC market, but think about it: all mass retail places in OKC -- Walmart, Sam's Club, Target -- all carry at least wine in most other states.
George Lang 1:32 p.m. I don't know if a single retailer can make the difference. We'll see.
Guest 1:32 p.m. Will OKC ever get a Trader Joes?
George Lang 1:33 p.m. Man, I hope so. Whenever I'm in a market that has one, I stock up. Love that place.
Guest 1:34 p.m. Have you heard anything about a new movie theatre opening in Edmond off I-35 and Covell?
George Lang 1:34 p.m. Not yet, but I'll check it out. Come back next week, and hopefully I'll have an answer. Thanks everyone -- this has been great.