Feel the beat

Dino Lalli sug­gests up­com­ing Ok­la­homa mu­sic fes­ti­vals.

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - SUNDAY LIFE - BY DINO LALLI

One only has to see a list of just a few of the up­com­ing mu­sic fes­ti­vals over the next sev­eral months to re­al­ize those fes­ti­vals re­flect the same di­ver­sity as Ok­la­homa’s mu­sic her­itage. That her­itageis not only di­verse but eclec­tic. And there are many choices for all the mu­sic lovers to sat­isfy their mu­si­cal crav­ings.

Com­ing up April 24 and run­ning through April 29, you can en­joy not only art, but mu­sic at the Fes­ti­val of the Arts in Ok­la­homa City. Of course, you will need to hit the fa­mous In­ter­na­tional Food Row, but there also will be­four stages of non­stop per­form­ing arts and en­ter­tain­ment.

Nor­man has two top mu­sic fes­ti­vals and events com­ing up. The first is the Nor­man Mu­sic Fes­ti­val on April 26-28. This is an an­nual event that fea­tures over 100 bands on dif­fer­ent stages. This fes­ti­val has ev­ery­thing from in­die pop to clas­sic folk rock. The Nor­man Mu­sic Fes­ti­val is free and open to the pub­lic, and the lo­ca­tion is on the 100, 200 and 300 blocks of his­toric down­town E Main Street, east of the rail­road tracks in the Down­town Nor­man Arts District.

Then the al­ways pop­u­lar Jazz in June Fes­ti­val will take place in Nor­man from June 14-16.

This has be­come a cen­tral Ok­la­homa tra­di­tion, and its lo­ca­tions are the Brookhaven Vil­lage and An­drews Park.

If you’re look­ing for a fes­ti­val where you can rock out over a pe­riod of three days, then you will need to at­tend the very pop­u­lar Rock­la­homa in Pryor from May 25-27. Over 70 en­ter­tain­ment acts will be per­form­ing on three stages. There will be lots of mu­sic, as well as beer, at The Hop Jam on May 20 in the Tulsa Arts District.

Blue­grass with world fla­vor will fill the air at Ok­la­homa’s In­ter­na­tional Blue­grass Fes­ti­val in Guthrie from Oct. 4-6. The By­ron Ber­line Band and the Red Dirt Rangers are sched­uled to ap­pear, but bands from as far away as Aus­tralia, Canada and Ja­pan also will play. A week­long event known as The Ar­buckle Moun­tain

Fall Blue­grass Jam will take place from Oct. 15-21 at Ar­buckle Moun­tain Park in Davis. And Clare­more’s Blue­grass & Chili Fes­ti­val will be cook­ing up lots of fam­ily fun Sept. 6-8 at the Expo Cen­ter there.

Louis Arm­strong is quoted as say­ing that “all mu­sic is folk mu­sic; I ain’t never heard no horse sing a song.”

When I read that quote, I was re­minded that mu­sic also is said to be a univer­sal lan­guage. And that brings me back to folk mu­sic and how it gets its due at sev­eral events across the state. The big­gest of which is the Woody Guthrie Folk Fes­ti­val, held July 11-15 in his home­town of Okemah. The fes­ti­val brings per­form­ers from all over the world to cel­e­brate the life and mu­sic of Amer­ica’s troubadour.

Grove’s Amer­i­can Her­itage Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, June 7-9, will fea­ture fid­dle and clog­ging com­pe­ti­tions on mul­ti­ple stages. And the

Beavers Bend Folk Fes­ti­val and Craft Show, Nov. 9-11, will high­light re­gional folkies on ev­ery­thing from ban­jos to wash­boards.

The Tall­grass Mu­sic Fes­ti­val takes place June 1-2 in at the Ski­a­took Sports Com­plex Park. Also in June, you’ll have a great time at the OKM Mu­sic Fes­ti­val from June 8-15. Held in Bartlesville, this pres­ti­gious an­nual mu­sic fes­ti­val held fea­tures a full range of mu­sic by Ok­la­homa’s top mu­si­cians, as well as na­tional artists. And the Totem Pole BBQ & Mu­sic Fes­ti­val will be June 23 in Chelsea.

For those who like to plan their sched­ules out months in ad­vance, here are some up­com­ing fes­ti­vals around which you can plan your ac­tiv­i­ties. Sept. 15, you will be able to en­joy the MisFEST: Mu­sic is She and She is Mu­sic event at the River West Fes­ti­val Park in Tulsa. The

Stone River Mu­sic Fes­ti­val will take place Sept. 14-16 in Chan­dler. On Sept. 29, you can com­bine the love of art and mu­sic, as well in­ter­ac­tive art ed­u­ca­tion for the com­mu­nity, by at­tend­ing the Plaza District Fes­ti­val in Ok­la­homa City.

The joy and en­ergy of mu­sic can be found year-round in Ok­la­homa! You can dis­cover all the events, fes­ti­vals and more on the of­fi­cial web­site of the Ok­la­homa Tourism and Recre­ation Depart­ment, www.Trav­elOK. com.

Dino Lalli is the pro­ducer, co­host and one of the re­porters for the travel pro­gram DIS­COVER OK­LA­HOMA.

[PHOTO BY SARAH PHIPPS, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES]

Lee Rucker plays the trum­pet with the Claire Pier­sol Band in 2017 dur­ing the 34th an­nual Jazz in June con­cert at the Brookhaven Vil­lage.

BY DOUG HOKE, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES] [PHOTO

Three people sit on a wall lis­ten­ing to mu­sic in 2017 dur­ing the Fes­ti­val of the Arts in down­town Ok­la­homa City.

[PHOTO BY NATHAN POPPE, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES]

Sweet Spirit per­forms live in 2017 at Nor­man Mu­sic Fes­ti­val X.

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