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Outdoor music venue to open along Oklahoma River

City officials and music promoters hope a new outdoor music venue along the Oklahoma River will drive more development to the area and link west downtown Oklahoma City with the east side.
BY WILLIAM CRUM wcrum@opubco.com Modified: July 25, 2013 at 9:30 am •  Published: July 24, 2013

“I think it's a great opportunity to see something beginning to happen down here on the river,” she said.

Pollack has another riverside site in mind for a permanent music venue — a modern amphitheater, state-of-the-art with indoor and outdoor stages — to keep music on the river. While Pollack is sketchy on the details, Scott Booker likes the idea.

Booker heads ACM@UCO, the University of Central Oklahoma's Bricktown academy that schools students in the fine arts of performance and production — and in the business of the music industry.

‘Writing on the wall'

Booker also manages The Flaming Lips, the internationally popular psychedelic alternative rock band from Oklahoma City.

“I don't think the music industry would take our market very seriously without this type of venue,” Booker said Wednesday.

Booker said the “writing on the wall” tells him the Zoo Amphitheatre — which is under the direction of a new promotion company this summer — is going away.

The Flaming Lips played the farewell concert last year at the zoo. Now the downtown river district is becoming the hip place to be, Booker said, and musicians and their fans want concerts to be outside in the summer.

“I love the idea that Howie (Pollack) has moved forward on this and is trying to make something happen down there,” Booker said. “I thought he did a great job with the Zoo Amphitheatre. I believe in Howie. He has a vision.”

Back on the river, the party is expected to go on through about the third week in October.

Motley Crue will headline an Airpark show Sept. 13.

The Lumineers — Denver folk rockers who had a hit album earlier this year — are the headliners Oct. 3 at a show Booker plans to catch.

Pollack said he's working on three to five more shows — a classic rock lineup among them.

Thursday's party begins in the green tent at midafternoon and will continue past midnight for fans who want to continue rocking once Sublime with Rome has wrapped up and the main stage has shut down.

“It's not the Taj Mahal but it's the coolest vibe you're going to have,” Pollack said.