Norman, Oklahoma is proud to be known for the University of Oklahoma, for drawing huge crowds to Oklahoma Memorial Stadium for OU football games, and for the largest event in Oklahoma, The Norman Medieval Fair. But for the past several years it has been leaving its mark on music by providing a platform for local and out-of-state artists alike to play and promote their music at the Norman Music Festival.
Founded in 2008, Norman Music Festival was originally a one-day event and has since grown to span two nights and three days of music and arts. While Oklahoma is known for its contributions to folk and bluegrass, there is a whole range of genres featured at NMF. The festival includes over 350 bands, many of them local Oklahoma artists. A few of the locals featured in this year’s festival are Travis Linville, Levi Parham, The Daddyo’s, and Helen Helter Skelter. Other well-known artists featured this year are Thee Oh Sees, Oddisee, White Reaper, and Low Cut Connie. A full line-up can be found here. In previous years, the festival has drawn crowds of near 100,000 people and the economic impact on Norman is significant, bringing in nearly $4 million in new dollars.
The Norman Music Festival will be held on April 27-29 and is FREE TO THE PUBLIC. Thanks to the efforts of the non-profit Norman Music Alliance and the support and financial generosity of many exceptional businesses and individuals, this event in the downtown core of Norman has remained a free event since its inception. If you are interested in helping to support the festival, information can be found here.