Oklahoma City’s newest outdoor venue is opening tonight with an effort to bring a little free music to tornado victims and first responders.
Ska punk band Sublime with Rome is bringing its headlining tour to the new OKC Downtown Airpark, 1701 S Western Ave., at 4:30 p.m. today. Gates open at 3 p.m.
The lineup for the venue’s first show also will include Pennywise, TWIZTID, Kottonmouth Kings and HB Surround Sound.
Tickets are $30, $40 and $55. But a limited number of free tickets has been set aside for first responders and victims of the May tornadoes, said Downtown Airpark President Howard Pollack.
“We want to help lift their spirits,” Pollack said. “We want to give them a day of respite just to get away from the madness and enjoy the music.”
Free tickets can be picked up at the Moore Chamber of Commerce, 305 W Main Street in Moore, and KIRC radio station, 2 E Main in Shawnee, he said. First responders, including police officers, firefighters, military personnel and National Guard members, will be asked to show identification, while tornado victims will need to show their FEMA cards.
The airpark will feature an 80-foot-by-60-foot stage, a 30,000-square-foot entrance tent, two domed tents, a shaded VIP deck with a second stage, water and cooling stations and concession areas, he said. Along with the cooling breezes from the river, the venue will have a great view of the Oklahoma City skyline.
Along with tonight’s Sublime with Rome show, the venue’s first season lineup includes Motley Crue, Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington and Oklahoma City rockers Hinder in concert on Sept. 13 and The Lumineers with Dr. Dog and Nathaniel Rateliffon on Oct. 3. A Latin Music Festival also is planned for fall, he said.
“We’re going to be adding some new shows in September and October, and without giving anything away, they’re going to be incredible shows,” said Pollack, who operated the Zoo Amphitheatre for many years.
“The most important thing is that we’re going to have a lot of fun.”
For tickets and information, go to www.facebook.com/OKCAirpark or www.ticketstorm.com.