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A GUIDE TO NORMAN MUSIC FESTIVAL
THE SWORD Norman Music Festival had not yet been blessed by the thunder of a true metal band, so to dive in headfirst with The Sword is a bold and epic choice. While the metal act formed in Austin, Texas, in 2003, lead singer and guitarist J.D. Cronise had been writing and recording music for years. But with the addition of guitarist Kyle Shutt and drummer Trivett Wingo (bassist Bryan Richie would join a year later), The Sword was born and ready to conquer the world. The band found success relatively quickly. An appearance in 2005 at SXSW attracted the attention of hard-rock label Kemado Records who subsequently signed the band. The Sword released its debut album “Age of Winters” in 2006 and hit the road, supporting acts ranging from Clutch to Lamb of God. The band’s true break came when its single “Freya” landed on the “Guitar Hero II” tracklist. The Sword continued its success with its sophomore album “Gods of the Earth” and another appearance in the Guitar Hero series, this time on “Guitar Hero: Metallica” with its single “The Black River.” The band had the opportunity to open for Motorhead at 2010’s SXSW and just finished its third record that will be released later this year. Metalheads may not have had much of a reason to show their faces at Norman Music Festival in the past, but there is little excuse for no shows at this year’s festival. Granted, we may well be hearing The Sword clear across town with a little of the noise spilling down I-35. Bring your earplugs; you are going to need them. -JB
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LEON RUSSELL The crusty old cornerstone in the frame of Oklahoma rock ‘n’ roll and blues, Leon Russell was born in Lawton, went to high school at Will Rogers in Tulsa and has rubbed elbows with more great musicians than most people get to see in concert in their lifetime. Now he’s returning to central Oklahoma for a well-deserved and highly-anticipated Saturday night headlining slot at the Jägermeister Stage. Russell oozed through the ’60s as a session musician, touring and recording with just about every great rock and blues name of the era. His resume is composed of every great rock ‘n’ roll band that ever blended the genre with folk, country, blues or traditional R&B at the time, including The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, George Harrison, The Band and Willie Nelson. Name your dad’s favorite band and Russell could probably tell you drinking stories from nights on the town with names like Jagger, Starr, Gaye and Winwood. Now releasing on his own record label, Leon Russell Records, the patron saint of boozy rhythmic beauty tours nonstop as part of a five-piece set playing shows nightly for lifelong fans. His signature twangy voice has aged well, like a fine whiskey. Expect the unexpected from Russell’s Saturday set. His catalogue is deep and wide and full of plenty of classic covers of songs he helped to record or write. I’m praying for a rare Bob Dylan cover, “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.” -MC
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Thursday, April 22, 2010
WHO TO SEE
WHERE TO GO
GRAY STREET Latin Stage
Spoken Word Stage
Little Rockers Kid Stage The Opolis Michelangelo’s Coffee
Bill and Dee’s Stage
MAIN STAGE Brewhouse Stage
Red Room Stage
Sifitng through a lineup of over 170 bands can be tough work. Add in a host of nationally-known artists and things get even harder. But don't forget, Norman Music Festival is about local music, art and community. Do your part and make it a mission to see as many local musicians as you can. Here are just a few that may peak your interest.
The Daily’s Life & Arts Editor, Joshua Boydston, shares his plans for this year’s Norman Music Festival
SUNDAY Noon — Pick self up off sidewalk, rush home, take shower, head back to festival in time to catch Gentle Ghost kick off the main stage performances. 1 p.m. — Catch Mayola gettin’ its crazy on after the Ghost, then listen to Jack White-enthusiasts The Red Alert over at Blackwatch. 2 p.m. — Support the food venders, then nod my head to the smooth-as-silk flow of Jabee. 3 p.m. — Pretty Black Chains. That is all. 4 p.m. — Witness Fiawna Forté getting a little rowdy — gal style. 5 p.m. — Continue my dose of awesome girl musicians with Those Darlins — whose set at Opolis I sadly had to miss. 6 p.m. — Cap off the female power hour(s) with the beautiful sound of Sheree Chamberlain ... then get to The Sword to let my testosterone levels return to normal levels. 7 p.m. — Watch the assuredly epic combination of The Non with Cloud Collision Orchestra in what may very well be my favorite performance of the festival. 8 p.m. — Attempt to avoid the grating Electric 6, probably begrudgingly enjoy it, or otherwise sprint over to Eagle Claw (!?) to the keep the epicness going strong. 9 p.m. — Stillness may be my move as I am entranced by Dirty Projectors for the next hour and a half. 10 p.m. — Attempt to break trance, fail miserably, continue to stand still. 11 p.m. — Finally wake from hypnosis, rock out with BRONCHO then grin like an idiot walking back home.
ARCADE FIRE DEERPEOPLE GENTLE GHOST GREEN CORN REVIVAL OK SWEETHEART
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SHERREE CHAMBERLAIN BRINE WEBB CHASE PAGAN JACOB ABELLO
EVANGELICALS, 11 P.M. SATURDAY, SOONER THEATRE STAGE For Fans Of: The Flaming Lips, Deerhunter Norman breakout band Evangelicals has enjoyed national success and critical acclaim, but playing for the home crowd is always the sweetest. Its spooky-pop blast is laid over bare bones: equal parts eerie and beautiful. You can call it a pink funeral procession — a grim, but colorful, celebration of life — and Sooner Theatre will temporarily turn into a haunted house when Evangelicals creep onto the stage.
SUPPORT YOUR LOCALS
Pre-5 p.m. — Wander around Dustbowl Arts Market, catch the blazing garage rock of Copperheads and Gang Starr Museum, be generally awesome. 5 p.m. — Have eardrums annihilated by The Boom Bang. Poor planning considering there will be two more days of music? Probably, but it’s totally worth it. 6 p.m. — Watch the guys of Guestroom Records playing a set together as Sh*tty/ Awesome, possibly loot store while they are distracted. 7 p.m. — Grab some nourishment ... most likely make the trek over to Tarahumara’s (it’s totally worth the foot mileage), maybe sneak a peek at Junebug Spade en route. 8 p.m. — Stroll at a snail’s pace to watch a little Locust Avenue before hustling over to catch Houston’s Indian Jewelry and its jaunty lo-fi noise, then heading to Chase Pagan. 9 p.m. — Finish up at Pagan before crossing back over to Opolis to catch the dramatic, new-wave flair of Depth & Current. 10 p.m. — Catch a few sunny rays of guitar pop with Hush Hush Commotion, then stumble back over to Blackwatch to watch Ft. Worth’s post-punk experts, The Burning Hotels. 11 p.m. —Get freaky with Josh Jones and Co. at the Evangelical’s set at Sooner. 12 a.m. — Revisit the original NMF with Octopus Project. I’m hoping it still has the ghost guitar amp covers and theremin (Google it). Post 1 a.m. — Catch Native Lights and Bear Colony at Blackwatch, then collapse onto the cold sidewalk on the dreary walk back to my apartment.
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For full previews of each band playing at Norman Music Festival, go to OUDaily.com/normanmusicfestival.
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KINGS OF LEON
HUSH HUSH COMMOTION MAMA SWEET MAYOLA THE RED ALERT
THE BOOM BANG, 5:10 P.M. SATURDAY, GUESTROOM RECORDS STAGE For Fans Of: No Age, The Black Lips The last time The Boom Bang performed at an Oklahoma music festival, it literally set off fireworks. Oh, and that was after vocalist James Smith destroyed a guitar amp. Destruction aside, The Boom Bang puts on a wallop of a live set. It's fast and furious noise-rock anthems get cranked up to 12 in an eardrum-splitting set that may leave you deaf the rest of the festival (I'm totally kidding-ish). Do catch this set — just be careful. JABEE, 2:30 P.M. SUNDAY, MAIN STAGE For Fans Of: Kanye West, Common Hip-hop workhorse Jabee has won his way into near every Oklahoman's heart with his soulful, conscious hooks and vintage loops. His set on the Main Stage comes in the wake of the passing of music collaborator and friend Ashlee Madison, an OU student. A tribute seems likely in what will surely become the most poignant, but triumphant, moment of the festival. MAYOLA, 12:50 P.M. SUNDAY, MAIN STAGE For Fans Of: Modest Mouse, Wolf Parade Stillwater's grizzled indie vets Mayola is not one to have an off night. Long-known as the most manic, energetic band around, Oklahomans have flocked to its shows at every chance. Finally, the band gets a well-deserved call up to the Main Stage, giving bassist Antonio Laster a larger space to roam around and singer Riley Jantzen a larger crowd to sing to. JACOB ABELLO, 5 P.M. SUNDAY, SOONER THEATRE STAGE For Fans Of: Ben Folds, Beck Jacob Abello's undeniable pop talent would be enough to warrant a look, but his penchant for showmanship makes his live set a thing of beauty. Always with a trick up his sleeve, Abello transforms each show into a unique, fun experience, and his well-versed backing band is just exciting to watch. Swinging from gorgeous lows to danceable highs, Abello's set will have you on your feet in no time. -Joshua Boydston, psychology junior.
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SONIC YOUTH DEPTH & CURRENT GANG STARR MUSEUM NATIVE LIGHTS VENUS BOGARDUS
Jagermeister Stage Sunday, April 25 Leon Russell, 9 p.m. James McMurtry, 7 p.m. The Gourds, 6 p.m. Those Darlins, 5 p.m. Li’l Cap’n Travis, 4 p.m. Hosty, 3 p.m. The HillBenders, 2 p.m. Chuck Allen Floyd, 1 p.m. Queen Of Monroe, 12 a.m. Sooner Theatre Stage Saturday, April 24 Evangelicals, 11 p.m. Rainbows Are Free, 10 p.m. Tony Romanello & the Black Jackets, 9 p.m. Traindodge, 8 p.m. Stephen Rawlings, 7 p.m. Student Film, 6 p.m. IT Supremecy (film), 5 p.m. Rainbow Around The Sun (film), 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 25 The Non + Cloud Collision Orchestra, 7 p.m. Unwed Sailor, 6 p.m. Jacob Abello, 5 p.m. Fiawna Forte, 4 p.m. The Pretty Black Chains, 3 p.m. Fate Lions, 2 p.m. Alex and the Anders, 1 p.m. Latin Stage Outdoors at the City Parking at Gray & Crawford Saturday, April 24 Social Klash, 9:30 p.m. Tekumbe, 8:15 p.m. Son del Barrio, 7 p.m. Plus performances between bands by Norman’s own Prarie Folk Circus
THE PRETTY BLACK CHAINS, 3 P.M. SUNDAY, SOONER THEATRE STAGE For Fans Of: The White Stripes, Arctic Monkeys Just a year ago, The Pretty Black Chains was playing one of its first gigs on The Brewhouse Stage. Now, the guys have been upgraded to the Sooner Theatre to hold its ever-expanding legion of fans. The Pretty Black Chains' straightforward, no-frills garage rock is the sort of thing anyone can enjoy. The music takes on a new life as the band frantically domineers the stage, and people love to get rowdy right along with them. The forecast calls for an 80 percent chance of beer showers and 1 percent chance of not having a good time.
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Main Stage Performers: Sunday, April 25 Dirty Projectors, 9:30 p.m. Electric Six, 8 p.m. The Sword, 6:30 p.m. Edan with guest Dagha, 5 p.m. Grupo Fantasma, 3:30 p.m. Jabee, 2:30 p.m. Dead Sea Choir, 1:40 p.m. Mayola, 12:50 p.m. Gentle Ghost, 12 p.m.
Opolis Stage 113 N Crawford Ave Saturday, April 24 Octopus Project, 12 a.m. Colourmusic, 11 p.m. Hush Hush Commotion, 10 p.m. Depth & Current, 9 p.m. Locust Avenue, 8 p.m. Junebug Spade, 7 p.m. Kite Flying Robot, 6 p.m. Sunday, April 25 DEERPEOPLE, 5:30 p.m. Ghost of Monkshood, 4:30 p.m. Brother Bear, 3:30 p.m. The Toothman, 2:45 p.m. Debris’, 2 p.m. Euclid Crash, 1:15 p.m. Brother Gruesome, 12:30 p.m. The Little Rockers Kid Stage Sunday April 25 Located in the City Parking Lot just north of Main
The Brewhouse Stage 110 W. Main St. Saturday, April 24 MONTU, 12 a.m. Z’ebre, 11 p.m. Love Button, 10 p.m. Klipspringer, 9 p.m. Mama Sweet, 8 p.m. Lost At Sea, 7 p.m. Miracord, 6 p.m. Sunday, April 25 Audra Mae, 7 p.m. Sherree Chaimberlain, 6 p.m. Ali Harter, 5 p.m. Maggie McClure, 4 p.m. Green Corn Revival, 3 p.m. The Lily Guild, 2 p.m. Wondernaut, 1 p.m. The Candyguns, 12 p.m. Red Room Stage 114 West Main Saturday, April 24 Local Comedy Showcase Derek Smith, 10:45 p.m. T.R DeGraw, 10:35 p.m. Kristen Rand, 10:30 p.m. Cameron Buchholtz, 10:20 p.m. Leah Kayajanian, 10:10 p.m. Stan Silliman, 10:05 p.m. Spencer Hicks, 9:55 p.m. Griff Pippin, 9:50 p.m. Dan Skaggs, 9:40 p.m. BradChad Porter (host/opener), 9:30 p.m. ACM@UCO Showcase The City Lives, 9 p.m. J-Matic, 8:40 p.m. Unmarked Cars, 8:10 p.m. A Picture of the World, 7:50 p.m. Saturday Sirens, 7:20 p.m. Blaise, 7 p.m. Berkeley to DC, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 25 Eagle Claw, 8 p.m. Algebra, 7 p.m. Scales of Motion, 6 p.m. 8 Bit Cynics, 5 p.m. Hiphopotamus, 4 p.m. Venus Bogardus, 3 p.m. Radio Deception, 2 p.m. Quantum Turbo, 1 p.m. The Dreamer Concepts Stage 324 East Main Street Friday, April 23
Short films/footage on famous Oklahoma musicians, 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 24 Oklahoma Electronic Music Consortium Sick Nick, 11 p.m. DJ Steve Morton, 10 p.m. ethios4, 9 p.m. P.O.T.E., 8 p.m. Blues Jam Session with The Stumblers, 6:45 p.m.
FOOD AT THE FEST RYAN QUERBACH Daily Staff Writer
You are no longer allowed to bring your own food and drink into the festival, sad, we know. However, this affords you a great opportunity to support some local businesses,which is what the festival is all about anyway. There will be various food vendors located at the festival as well, but here are a few Main Street restaurant options, along with their types of food and hours. The Diner — breakfast, burgers Hours: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
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Copia on the Corridor — sushi, wine Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (food), 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. (beer and wine) Saturday. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.
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Pink Elephant Cafe —American,breakfast/brunch (vegan and gluten-free available) Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
Street in the 200 block. OU Steel Drum Band, 6 p.m. Showcase: Sonder Music, Dance & Art, 5 p.m. Sugar Free Allstars, 4 p.m. Showcase: The Studio of the Sooner Theater, 3 p.m. Balcum Rancum Puppetry, 2 p.m. Showcase: Norman Music Institute, 1 p.m. Showcase: McMichael Music, 12 p.m. Activity Booths Science Experiments (Science Museum Oklahoma) Face Painting Rock Star Hair Spray Fake Tattoos Arts and Crafts Table Norman Public Library
Bungalouski, 5:45 p.m. Slam Poetry, 5 p.m. Sunday, April 25 Camille Harp, 7 p.m. Resident Funk, 6 p.m. Dylan Hammett, 5 p.m. Tiger Blood, 4 p.m. Lands Bejeweled, 3 p.m. Palit, 2 p.m. Never Satisfied, 1 p.m. Brian Blackwood, 12:30 p.m. Loss of Season, 12 p.m.
Sonder Music Stage 225 E Gray Saturday, April 24 Circe, 9 p.m. Far Beyond, 8 p.m. Ivan Peña Trio, 7 p.m. Off Boyd Jazz, 6 p.m. Anthony Nagid Quartet, 5 p.m. Guestroom Records Stage 125 E Main Street Saturday April 24 Dikes of Holland, 10:40 p.m. Love Collector, 9:50 p.m. Stuffies, 9 p.m. Indian Jewelry, 8 p.m. Psychedelic Horsesh*t, 7 p.m. Sh*tty/Awesome, 6:05 p.m. The Boom Bang, 5:10 p.m. Gang Starr Museum, 4:10 p.m. Copperheads, 3:20 p.m. Easy Lovers, 2:30 p.m. White Girls, 2 p.m. Michelangelo’s Coffee & Wine Bar Stage 207 East Main Street Saturday, April 24 Anvil Salute, 10 p.m. Shane Henry, 9 p.m. Mike “Walker Run” Giroux, 8:30 p.m. Katie Mariah, 8 p.m. Russell Kabir, 7:30 p.m. Tracy Reed, 7 p.m. Jim Madsen, 6:30 p.m. John Houser, 6 p.m. Tod J. Barrett, 5:30 p.m. Farrel Droke, 5 p.m. Sunday, April 25 Chad Dorough, 5 p.m. Dustin Prinz, 4 p.m. Dante and The Hawks, 3 p.m. Post Arcadia, 2 p.m. Daddy Love, 1 p.m. Gregg Standridge & Robert Bartlett, 12 a.m. Matt Stratton, 11:30 a.m. Tom Crider, 11 a.m.
Bison Witches Bar and Grill — sandwiches, soup Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (food), 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. (bar) Saturday and Sunday. The Abner Ale House: A McNellie’s Pub — pub Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (full menu), 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. (appetizers), 1 to 2 a.m. (bar) Saturday. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (food), 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. (bar) Sunday. Blu Fine Wine & Food- seafood Hours: 11 a.m.to 2 a.m. Saturday. 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday.
NMF and Universe City Present: Bill & Dees Stage 311 East Main Street Saturday April 24 Pidgin Band, 1 a.m. Venditos, 12 p.m. Bulletproof Tiger, 11 p.m. Whales and Purple, 10 p.m. Brad Fielder, 9 p.m. John Calvin, 8 p.m. Daniel Walcher, 7 p.m. Bloody Ol’ Mule, 6 p.m. Wild Moccasins, 5 p.m. Plaid Rabbit, 4 p.m. Zombie vs. Shark, 3 p.m. Flourish, 2 p.m. Tip-Top Secrets, 1 p.m. Sunday, April 25 The Panda Resistance, 7 p.m. Miss Blues, 6 p.m. Psychotic Reaction, 5 p.m. The Rum Fellows, 4 p.m. Hector Backwoods, 3 p.m. SmallWolf, 2 p.m. Extra Ginger, 1 p.m. Spoken Word Stage Corner of Peters & Main Sunday April 25 Open Mic, 7 p.m. Poetry Slam Round 3, 6:30 p.m. Greg Rodgers, 6 p.m. Nathan Brown, 5:30 p.m. Marty Peercy, 4:30 p.m. Rob Sturma, 4 p.m. Melissa May, 3:30 p.m. Poetry Slam Round 2, 3 p.m. Dorothy Alexander, 2:30 p.m. Charles Martin, 2 p.m. Poetry Slam Round 1B, 1:30 p.m. Joshua Garrett, 1 p.m. David Slemmons, 12:30 p.m. Poetry Slam Round 1A, 12 p.m.
Blackwatch Studios Stage 107 West Comanche Saturday April 24 Native Lights, 1:15 a.m. Ishi, 12:30 a.m. Bear Colony, 11:45 p.m. Odis, 11 p.m. The Burning Hotels, 10:15 p.m. Radiant, 9:30 p.m. Chase Pagan, 8:45 p.m. Beau Jennings, 8 p.m. Jesse Aycock, 7:15 p.m. Sunday April 25 DJ’s, 1:30 a.m. Chrome Pony with Crystal Vision, 12:45 a.m. The Workweek, 12 a.m. BRONCHO, 11:15 p.m. The Orbans, 5:30 p.m. OK Sweetheart, 4:45 p.m. Brine Webb, 4 p.m.
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