BY JENNIFER CHANCELLOR World Scene Writer
Thursday, July 29, 2010
7/29/10 at 10:57 AM
It might be the hottest time of the year,
but there’s no drought of things to do
this weekend in Green Country.
When it rains, it pours, especially
when it comes to music. Here are three festivals
that have thundered in to fill the void left
by this year’s postponement of downtown’s
popular Dfest music festival. (Organizers say
it’ll return in 2011.)
In the meantime, rock on.
FreeTulsa! is the biggest, newest thing in the
Brady district of downtown Tulsa. It’s pulled everyone
in, from Cain’s Ballroom to The Marquee. Eight
stages in six venues will open up to a refreshing array
of bands (and genres!) from almost everywhere,
from Salt Lake City to London, and more than a
fair share of local and regional talent, from Slorder
to Johnny Polygon. It’s stepped in where longtime
festival leader Dfest left off, for two full days of performances,
indoors and outdoors.
“The thing is we are big fans of Dfest,” said festival
organizer Jeff Richardson, “but anytime there is
a gap, it’s going to get filled. The void is going to get
filled with something, probably several somethings,
and we wanted our something to be the best.”
Indeed, many of these music acts have toured nationally
and internationally and performed at prestigious
music festivals, including South by Southwest.
All participating venues are all independently owned
and operated. Plus, visit local vendors for
great food and drink.
There will be a free bicycle valet for green-friendly
music fans, too. Also, raise awareness against
drunk driving at Missy’s keys4cabs program at
Alex & the Anders
And There Stand Empires
Brandon Clark Band
Dance Robots Dance
Dante & the Hawks
Dead Sea Choir
Eric & the Adams
First Lady Assassins
Here is There
Motive for Movement N
Paul Benjaman Band
Phillip Zoellner Band
Steve Liddell Band
The Dull Drums
The Living Machines
The Moai Broadcast
The Pretty Black Chains
The Red Alert
The Roundup Boys
The Secret Post
The Seven Degrees of Stephen Egerton
And dozens more. Yes, dozens .
When: 3 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday
Where: Brady Arts District, 417 N. Main St.
Admission: Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the
gate (includes admission for both days), available in
advance via tulsaworld.com/ticketstorm. Some venues are
21+ only. Outdoor stages are all ages.
More information: tulsaworld.com/officialfreetulsa,
The Rockin’ Tailgate blowout is rolling into Stillwater.
It’s a summer shower like none other, doused in southern fried
rock, Red Dirt and full-on country, at one of Stillwater’s
most well-known (and wildest!) music venues.
When: Starts 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Where: Outdoors at the Tumbleweed Dance Hall and
Concert Arena, Lakeview & Country Club Road, Stillwater.
Admission: Pricing starts at $25 for a single-day ticket
and goes up to $300, plus fees for reserved RV parking
with hook-ups and two-day admission. For more information,
Black Gold Oklahoma Music
Run is a gusher of everything
from progressive rock
to indie rock, rap and metal.
This brand-new fest features
nearly 80 bands on three outdoor
stages and two venues,
with up-and-comers from
Green Country over two
days in the historic Greenwood
section of downtown
Tulsa. Also available will be
food, drinks, henna tattoos
and more. A portion of the
proceeds will benefit Edison
High School’s “Save the Music”
program, organizers said.
Red Dirt Rangers
Eric & the Adams
Krsna the Scarecrow
When: 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday
Where: Second Street and
Admission: All ages. One-day
pass: $10, plus fees. Two-day
pass: $15, plus fees, available
FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT
Whole Hawg Days makes a
pig of family fun with a cookoff,
parade, carnival, rodeo,
arts and crafts, bike rally,
boating, poker run and more,
right off the shoreline of Lake
When: Friday and Saturday.
Parade is 6 p.m. Friday.
Multiple other events will run
throughout both days.
Where: Posey Park, take the
Eufaula exit off Oklahoma 69
Admission: All ages. Free
admission and parking.
Online: For full schedule,
ZZ Top will perform Saturdayat the Rockin’ Tailgate inStillwater.STEPHEN HOLMAN/Tulsa World file
Fiawna Forte is among the performers at FreeTulsa! this weekend. KELLY KERR/Courtesy
Chris Duarte will perform Friday at the Black Gold Oklahoma Music Run. Courtesy