It has been a relatively rocky road for Weatherford alt-country outfit Green Corn Revival, which has seen its share of highs (acting as backing band for rockabilly icon Wanda Jackson) and lows before an (amicable) split in the road led half of the original lineup to forming Honeylark.
Oklahoma is quickly becoming the indie Christmas music capital of the world, it seems, with yearly compilation albums featuring everyone from Stardeath and White Dwarfs to Graham Colton. So it makes sense that Colourmusic — freak-poppers hailing from Stillwater — would craft a full album of original, offbeat holiday tunes themselves.
The Oklahoma City metro has a thriving garage rock scene. With seasoned acts like Broncho and Copperheads carrying the modern-day torch, the way has been paved for a flock of gritty, young, guitar-centric acts. But nascent Norman trio Poolboy has a knack for riotous hooks that few of its contemporaries can boast.
The Flaming Lips’ longevity has allowed them to cover a lot of sonic terrain over the years. Yet they’ve arguably become more adventurous with age, jeopardizing a good portion of their fan base in favor of fascinatingly bleak experiments in sound, beginning with Embryonic in 2009 and, more recently, The Terror.
Dustbowl Arts Market has become a wildly popular, biannual event on Campus Corner and at Norman Music Festival with each passing year.
Music has been a part of the 3-year-old market, featuring local artists like Gentle Ghost and Jacob Abello. Last year saw Jarod Evans of Blackwatch Studios overseeing the music selection, but the commitment to Oklahoma artists didn’t waver, if not becoming stronger.
“As much as anything, it has a local mentality at this point. Everyone is really excited about showcasing the people that are right around them,” Evans said. “Whether it’s the music scene, painters or jewelry and clothing designers, we all like the thought of inspiring people to look around and see all the resources right around in their community to get inspired and take advantage of the talent in our backyard.”
He believes such events help push the Sooner State into the mainstream.
right Fiawna Forte performs at last year's Dustbowl Festival.
“The overall conviction is, we believe in the local music scene and ... that (it) has every chance to make a legitimate, national statement. We’re trying to be a platform for artists we believe in and, hence, are trying to grow the festival, year in and year out.”
To do that, Dustbowl is expanding, from 15 to almost 25 bands this outing, with plans to bring in a national headliner to boost future attendance.
“My main priority was, if nothing else, was to have more bands,” Evans said. “Our philosophy is, ‘Take it one year at a time, do more than you did last year, and do things better than you did the previous year.’” Big local groups like Colourmusic and The Pretty Black Chains will play, and Texas dance-rock act The Burning Hotels will debut its new, self-titled disc — which introduces a new sound itself.
Oklahomans know how to party. —Chance Morgan
“We are really proud of this record,” singer/guitarist Chance Morgan said. “We feel that it is the best music we have created since we started making music together. ... We can’t wait to show it to Oklahomans. They know how to party.”
The party promises only to grow bigger and better, although Oklahoma will always be in its heart.
“It’s not a giant thing, but it’s screened to where the quality of what you are seeing is really high,” Evans said. “It’s a good tool to inspire the community, that we don’t have to look outside to find entertainment and culture.”
Friday, Aug. 26 Pepe Delgados Stage 10:30 p.m. — Shitty Awesome 11:30 p.m. — The Boom Bang 12:30 p.m. — Debris
Saturday, Aug. 27 Fowler Volkswagen Stage (Hideaway Parking Lot) noon — Modern Rock Diaries 1 p.m. — Dad 2 p.m. — The Copperheads 3 p.m. — Brine Webb 4 p.m. — Gentle Ghost 5 p.m. — The Workweek 6 p.m. — Beau Jennings 7 p.m. — The Burning Hotels 8 p.m. — Sherree Chamberlain 9 p.m. — Dead Sea Choir 10 p.m. — The Pretty Black Chains 11 p.m. — Colourmusic
Pepe Delgados Stage 1:40 p.m. — Tim Miser 2:40 p.m. — Penny Hill 3:40 p.m. — Denver Duncan 4:40 p.m. — Jabee 5:40 p.m. — Ryan Lawson midnight — special guest 1 a.m. — special guest