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The 411 on NMF4


Headed to Norman Music Festival? Don’t know what to see? We’ve got you covered, no matter what your stereo blasts.

Joshua Boydston and Stephen Carradini April 27th, 2011

Norman Music Festival
Thursday-Saturday, downtown Norman
normanmusicfestival.com
Free

MAIN STAGE

Saturday’s Main Stage sees more indie rock and less diversity than in previous years, with Oklahoma City instrumental wunderkinds The Non; San Franciscan garage-rocker Ty Segall; Austin, Texas-based indie-dance crew Foot Patrol; and New York City’s harsh/beautiful indie rockers The Walkmen all gracing the spot.

The Non
Local folkster Penny Hill Party will open the bill at 12:50 p.m., making way for sounds funky (Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears), soulful (OKC’s The Fortune Tellers) and spastic (Japan’s pop-punk mischief-makers PeeLander-Z). Winning videos from the Music Video Picks contest will screen throughout the day at the stage, which has moved to the east end of Main Street this year, near Porter Avenue.

ROCK

If you are looking to get your face melted, there’s hardly a better substitute for the Lost Ark of the Covenant than the heavy dose of rock bands you can spot all over the festival grounds. The Pretty Black Chains (11 p.m. Friday, Blackwatch Stage) will provide a straight-up blast of Led Zeppelin goodness.

PeeLander-Z
Credits: Whitney Lee
Traindodge (12:30 a.m. Saturday, Bill & Dee’s), Rainbows Are Free (4 p.m. Saturday, Opolis) and Los Hijos Del Diablo (4:30 p.m. Saturday, Red Room) provide something a little harder, and if it’s a Southern twinge you’re hankering, there are solid selections in Oklahoma favorite Mama Sweet (9 p.m. Friday, Sooner Theatre) or Horse Thief (10 p.m. Friday, Red Room). Mississippi modern rockers Colour Revolt (6 p.m. Saturday, Sooner) bring a little more emotion, along with chugging guitar riffs.

INDIE

For those attracted to music that favors melody over aggression, Opolis hosts surefire bets The Gentle Art of Floating (9:45 p.m. Thursday) and The Neighborhood (12:30 a.m. Friday). Austin’s Football, etc. (6 p.m. Friday) will bring a breezy, ’90s emo-influenced take on pop music to Opolis, while Bill & Dee’s hosts Thirteen Stars (8 p.m. Thursday), The Electric Primadonnas (10 p.m. Thursday) and Tulsa’s Scales of Motion (6 p.m. Saturday). The Rockettops’ pop will be part of the ACM@UCO student band showcase 9 p.m. Friday at Red Room, while ecstatic pop-rockers Hush Hush Commotion will headline The Brewhouse at 12:01 a.m. Saturday.

PARTY

Prefer your Jesus wearing a tuxedo T-shirt? Yeah, you like to party, and there’s a slew of sweet sounds sliced thick. If it’s hip-hop, Sooner Theatre hosts several stellar rap acts on Saturday, including Josh Sallee (noon), Algebra (2 p.m.) and Jabee (4 p.m.). Pop singer Jacob Abello and electro act Chrome Pony will keep the party bumping all night long during their 1 a.m. slots on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, on the Blackwatch Stage. For a shot of old-school revelry, there’s the brassy and soulful Wurly Birds (7:30 p.m. Friday, Opolis), while Resident Funk (4:30 p.m. Saturday, Bluebonnet) should, indeed, bring the funk, as will Pidgin Band (3 p.m. Saturday, Jägermeister Stage). Jam band Montu will bring flashing lights and dance-inspiring grooves to the 7 p.m. slot Saturday on Jägermeister Stage as well.

Dustin Prinz

FOLK

Fans of the acoustic guitar will have no shortage of acts to hear. Michelangelo’s Coffee & Wine Bar, 207 E. Main, hosts four acoustic stages in three days, while Bluebonnet Bar features folksy rockers each day of the festival. Daniel Walcher (6 p.m., Brewhouse), recent Oklahoma Gazette Woody Award-winning Emerging Artist Ryan Lawson (7 p.m., Sooner) and Ali Harter (9:30 p.m., Opolis) are can’t-miss Friday shows, while Dustin Prinz and Anna Kinder (noon, Michelangelo’s), Beau Jennings in a rare Oklahoma performance (1 p.m., Jägermeister Stage) and Norman bluegrass outfit The Whiskey Trio (4 p.m., Dreamer Concepts) need to be on your Saturday schedule.

The Boom Bang

PUNK

Bring your best snarl to the loaded list of punk bands thrashing NMF all three days. On Friday, Guestroom Records plays host to a full day of garage-rock bands, like gnarly The Boom Bang (5 p.m.), teen-punk duo Skating Polly (3:40 p.m.) and Austin’s Dikes of Holland (7:55 p.m.). The females behind John Wayne’s Bitches will pack quite a wallop at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bill & Dee’s, as will The Dead Armadillos (12:01 a.m. Saturday, Bluebonnet) in a decidedly more countrified manner. Austin psych-punkers White Denim dip in at 10:30 p.m. Friday at Opolis, and the ghostly The Purple Church will spook listeners 9 p.m. Thursday at Bill & Dee’s. Vintage act Broncho takes the stage 11 p.m. Saturday at the Blackwatch Stage.

WHAT THE HAPS?
It’s not all music at NMF. Burlesque artists Miss CoCo Lectric and Miss Ruby Joule of Austin troupe The Jigglewatts will perform Saturday with Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears and run a kissing booth on Friday and Saturday. Joule also graces Friday’s Latin stage, just across from the Spectacle Stage, which will feature Prairie Folk Circus, an acrobatic yoga and magic show, and more performing arts. Saturday’s Ashtanga Yoga Studio Stage will feature live painting throughout by Atalya Gavriela. If you’re into the cinematographic arts, Music Video Picks contest’s top 10 will be screened at Form and Function Lab (7:30 p.m. Thursday, 123 E. Main upstairs), Dreamer Concepts (8 p.m. Thursday) and Gray Owl Coffee (7:30 p.m. Friday).

 
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