With a beefed-up list of more than 150 acts and a move to a bigger venue, the two-day festival and music conference known as Dfest will celebrate the state's centennial in style, Friday and Saturday in Tulsa's Blue Dome District.
Now in its sixth year, the festival also is breaking with tradition to bring in some bigger names, such as:
" The Flaming Lips,
" Leon Russell,
" Shiny Toy Guns,
" Kevin Welch,
" Starlight Mints,
" Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey and
" The Format, in addition to more than 100 regional and state performers.
"The mayor of Tulsa was at the Dfest press conference, the city of Tulsa supports it and the festival has become part of the cultural fabric of the renaissance of music in Tulsa," said Mike Sager of Blue Dome LLC. "We have a large complex of bars and restaurants with more coming in all the time. It is already a proven area, and we can accommodate more and more."
Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips said of attendees, "They should just go see some dumb music, get drunk and have sex with their girlfriend." "Charles Martin