Norman's Groovefest offers day of music and activism

Norman's Groovefest has been showcasing local bands and promoting the importance of human rights to people of all walks of life since 1986.

Sunday's show carries the theme, "A Healthy Environment Is a Human Right," and will coincide with the worldwide Earth Day celebration.

"Groovefest has always showcased amazing Oklahoma artists, and this year is no exception," said Daniel Sorrells, an event organizer. "Bring a picnic and come spend a Sunday afternoon in the park listening to great music and supporting human rights."

This season's keynote speaker is Jack Healey, former director of Amnesty International, current director of the Human Rights Action Center and a longtime Groovefest supporter.

Healey aside, this year's lineup of local music includes:
" The Christopher Wray Quartet,
" Tall Cotton String Band,
" REiDO,
" the Charlie Rayl Music Student Exhibition,
" Proprietors of the Earth,
" Aalim Dance Academy and
" Joe Mack & Travis Linville.

Groovefest will be held at Andrews Park, 201 W. Daws in Norman, and is free to the public.

Said Kasra George Ahmadi, who will be emceeing and performing, "To me, it's really about a message of our community coming together for another day of gloriousness in the Oklahoma weather." "Graham Lee Brewer

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