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What to do in Oklahoma on April 11, 2014: Hear Moby and many more at the ACM@UCO Rocks Bricktown Festival

by Brandy McDonnell Published: April 11, 2014

See Moby as well as a host of musical artists with ties to the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma at the fifth annual ACM@UCO Rocks Bricktown Festival starting this afternoon in the Oklahoma City downtown entertainment district.

A Grammy Award-nominated electronic singer-songwriter, Moby will perform a DJ set at the Chevy Bricktown Events Center at 10 p.m., capping off a festival full of fresh, innovative shows that are all free and open to the public. The music starts at 3 p.m. today, with shows at 14 downtown Oklahoma City venues.

ACM@UCO Rocks Bricktown features more than 70 student bands that take over Oklahoma City’s Bricktown district for an afternoon and evening to offer the community a chance to see the talent being developed at the academy.

ACM@UCO CEO Scott Booker and ACM@UCO Rocks Bricktown organizer Derek Brown sat down with my excellent colleague Nathan Poppe to talk about this year’s festival, which for some students can be their band’s first performance in a venue. Booker says the event started five years ago as an experiment for ACM@UCO students to show their friends and family what they had learned during the semester.

“This year is starting to feel like not just a way for our students to play to people,” Booker told Nathan. “It’s starting to feel like our students are becoming big enough for a festival. And that, to me, is a great moment.”

More on Moby

Moby, born Richard Melville Hall, is a multi-talented musician, DJ and photographer, who has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide. He is best known for his electronic dance music work, which gained international attention with the release of his fifth studio album “Play.”

According to, “Moby was one of the most important dance music figures of the early 90’s, helping bring the music to a mainstream audience in both England and America.”

Moby, who gave an ACM@UCO master class Thursday night, also has co-written, produced and remixed music for artists including Michael Jackson, Daft Punk, David Bowie, Metallica and Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips. He has been nominated for multiple Grammy Awards and has been the recipient of other various awards including an MTV Video Music Award and two Billboard Music Awards.

In October, Moby released “Innocents,” his 11th studio album, which features track collaborations with Coyne, Skylar Grey, and Queens of the Stone Age, among other artists.

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Booker is the chief executive officer of ACM@UCO, manager of the Flaming Lips and a certified music enthusiast. Signed records and posters adorn his office walls. Even the metal straw in my glass of water was a gift from Jackson Browne’s girlfriend.

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Booker and ACM@UCO Rocks Bricktown organizer Derek Brown

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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