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OKC Central: Downtown Oklahoma City is alive and thriving

Abundance of live entertainment brings life to downtown Oklahoma City.
by Steve Lackmeyer Published: July 17, 2012

/articleid/3693068/1/pictures/1775805">Photo - Cami Stinson and Matt Stansberry perform at Lower Bricktown Live. Photo by Steve Lackmeyer, The Oklahoman
Cami Stinson and Matt Stansberry perform at Lower Bricktown Live. Photo by Steve Lackmeyer, The Oklahoman

Meanwhile, the revamped Myriad Botanical Gardens is drawing hundreds to free evening concerts and outdoor movies. This Wednesday evening don't be surprised to see my kids and I at a showing of “Shrek” on the grand lawn.

Bricktown remains the heart of downtown's bustling entertainment scene, with the local live music scene given a huge boost two years ago with the arrival of the University of Central Oklahoma's Academy of Contemporary Music. The school has given Bricktown a full-time supply of young musicians eager for an audience. It also has a talented crew of faculty who has drawn crowds of its own. One teacher, Cami Stinson, is a popular singer who shared the Lower Bricktown concert stage (hosted every Thursday evening and sponsored by area Chevy dealers) with performer Matt Stansberry.

Even on the hottest days of the summer, outdoor festivals and concerts are easy to find on almost any day of the week. And only when the city is covered with ice on the coldest days are the streets truly deserted.

With gasoline running at $3 or more a gallon and a transformed downtown, it's difficult to imagine why any college student in 2012 would have much of a reason to go to Dallas.

by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter, columnist and author who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's...
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