It would be extremely difficult to review all of the exceptional music that went down at the first night of the Center of the Universe festival, but I am going to do my best.

While there are certainly some kinks to be worked out, it was hard to tell that this was the festival’s first year. Bringing in some stellar acts and uniting local talent and businesses really went a long way to make sure this was a success.

The first show I saw there was The Mowgli’s. The southern California band played a rousing, spirited set, but halfway through did something incredible to set the tone for the rest of the night. They left the stage, only easily accessible to VIP and BOK Zone ticket holder, and went into the general admission crowd to play for the free ticket holders. Later that night they played an unannounced acoustic set at the center of the univere. They will be back to play Cain’s Ballroom on October 10th.

Following their performance, Mayer Hawthorne took the stage to much applause. His current single, “Her Favorite Song”, was a crowd favorite and you can hear it right here on 91.3 FM.

By the time OneRepublic hit the stage, the crowd filled up Main Street. It was even more proof that this festival was necessary and well received. The band played a non-stop set of their hit and more; including an interesting cover of Kanye’s “Gold Digger.” The energy was unlike anything I have seen in Tulsa before.

The party only got crazier after the outdoor stages shut down. The Brady District’s clubs, bars, and venues opened up to showcase Tulsa’s amazing local talent. Check out our RSU Radio: In Studio web series to watch interviews with many of them.

Now it’s to fit in a little R&R before we hit the town for night two. I expect nothing less from Neon Trees and OK Go than to set the crowd on fire!

The Center of the Universe Festival runs tonight from 5pm-2am. OK Go plays at 7. Neon Trees plays at 9.

See you there?

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