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Norman Music Festival evolves, improves

BY GEORGE LANG Published: April 29, 2012

“I've been in a hibernation mode, trying to write the record and chill out a little bit, so I was a little concerned that people had forgotten about me,” said Chamberlain, who immediately went to Blackwatch Studios after her set to support fellow artists such as Beau Jennings at the studio's outdoor stage.

“It's so much fun to me, because in almost every single show, I know somebody who's playing or there's somebody in the audience I know,” she said. “It's like this huge family connection at every show. Totally different styles in every place, but everyone's such a huge supporter across the board.”

‘It's all a big daze'

Feathered Rabbit lead singer Morgan Hartman, who performed with her band outside Blackwatch on Saturday, said she was happy with the crowd her band attracted and the exposure the festival provides for new bands.

“I think it's amazing, it's wonderful and it's all free,” Hartman said. “It's a wonderful way to get ourselves out to people. I think everybody really liked it — it's all a big daze.”

Fowler said that level of exposure for local artists was one of the main reasons he helped start the festival. More than 200 acts participated in this year's event, many of whom got to play the same stage as nationally known musicians.

Fowler said that one of the greatest benefits of Norman Music Festival is the word-of-mouth it generates for Oklahoma artists.

“To hear these bands come in and say, ‘Oh, I've heard Other Lives,' or ‘I know Broncho — I bought their album,' to hear these bands that are successful and touring and making a living talk about bands from our state — that's where I get the most satisfaction,” Fowler said.