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The Verve Pipe to headline ‘Wiggle Out Loud,’ Oklahoma’s first Kindie Rock Festival

by Kerry Myers Published: July 15, 2013
The Verve Pipe, an alternative rock band most widely known for its 1997 blockbuster hit single, “The Freshmen,” will headline “Wiggle Out Loud,” Oklahoma’s first Kindie rock festival, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 1, at Bicentennial Park, 500 Couch Dr. in downtown Oklahoma City.
 
Kindie is a musical genre defined as independent rock music for kids and families, or as Wiggle Out Loud founder and Sugar Free Allstars frontman Chris “Boom!” Wiser likes to put it, “music for the whole family, not just for kids.”  The festival is one of a growing number of similar festivals springing-up around the country as the genre gains in popularity.
 
“Our goal is to create an energized environment where families can play and be active together and enjoy great music, and just spend the day in a gorgeous park in downtown Oklahoma City,” Wiser said.  “We’re so honored and excited that The Verve Pipe will be here to help get families moving and grooving this Labor Day weekend.”
 
Wiggle Out Loud is free and open to the public.  The day-long festival will feature live music by touring and local bands on two stages, providing the soundtrack for health and fitness activities and hands-on arts and crafts spanning the park throughout the day. 
 
The Wiggle Out Loud main stage lineup will be: Monty Harper (11 a.m.); Red Dirt Rangers (12:10 a.m.); Jim Cosgrove (1:20 p.m.); Secret Agent 23 Skidoo (2:30 p.m.); Spaghetti Eddie (3:40 p.m.); Sugar Free Allstars (4:50 p.m.); and The Verve Pipe (6 p.m.). 
 
A side stage will feature performances by local kids and student groups, including: 10-year-old Elvis impersonator Brady Shattan; Bulldog Bellringers, a bell choir from Cleveland Elementary; the Granville Community Music School Marimba Ensemble; and Mariachi Fillmore, a mariachi band from Fillmore Elementary.
 
Health and fitness related activities will include: yoga for moms and babies, an obstacle course, dancing, an athletic celebrity pep rally, jump rope challenge, parachute games, boot camp for kids, parent and child yoga, relay races and a hula hoop contest.  KOSU radio will host an iSpy scavenger hunt.
 
Arts and music activities will include a bubble tent, sidewalk chalk, a string pole installation, mural painting and a variety of create-your-own projects.  There will be an instrument playground from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Garage Band from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., a drum circle from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and a Stomp Experience from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
 
Collaborations with local arts organizations will add color and texture to the festival atmosphere, including a mini Deluxe craft fair.
 
Sponsors include: Downtown Oklahoma City, Inc., Metropolitan Library System, Party Galaxy and Rivendell Royalty Corp.
 
Sponsorship opportunities are still available.  For more information contact Chris Wiser at 405-514-5676 or chris@wiggleoutloud.com.
Information provided by: Bumbershoot PR

by Kerry Myers
LOOK Columnist/Blogger (Contributor)
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