Author Archives: Ryan LaCroix

  1. Suuns Steps In After Chastity Belt Cancels Tour

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    All right, fam. Some good news and bad news…

    Bad news: Chastity Belt unfortunately had to cancel their US tour dates — including Saturday’s performance at #NMF2018 — due to health concerns. We hope they are able to get fully back into good touring shape and come back through Norman sometime soon!

    Good news: Montreal rock band SUUNS was able to rise up in their place! They’ll perform on the Fowler Automotive Main Stage at 7:15 p.m. Saturday. You’ve likely heard their music on the likes of American Horror Story and The Blacklist, and the band just put out their latest album Felt this past March! We’re lucky to have them, so make sure to their set makes it onto your festival schedules!

  2. Norman Music Festival Adds More Bands, Expands Kids Area

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    The free three-day festival in downtown Norman is hitting a new milestone by starting the music-packed weekend with its first outdoor stage on Thursday night on April 26. Japanese Breakfast is headlining the Lyft showcase at the Opolis. Parquet Courts is headlining the Jack Daniel’s Gray Street Stage on Friday, April 27. Tune-Yards is capping the entire festival off with a show on the Fowler Auto Main Stage on Saturday, April 28.

    “This bold step truly makes Norman Music Festival a full three-day festival in historic downtown Norman,” said Kent Johnson, the Norman Music Alliance Board President. “There are so many great bands eager to play our festival that this is an obvious step in our growth. We are excited to offer even more bands in a great outdoor setting.”

    The schedule for the outdoor stage at the Opolis presented by Lyft is:

    SATURDAY
    11 pm – The Men
    10 pm – Sex Snobs
    9 pm – Net
    7:45 pm – My Brightest Diamond
    6:30 pm – Bowlsey
    5:30 pm – LCG and the X
    4:30 pm – Rainbows Are Free
    3:30 pm – Traindodge
    2:30 pm – Klipspringer
    1:30 pm – The Lost End
    12:30 pm – Dresden Bombers

    FRIDAY
    11 pm – Lincka
    10 pm – Mothica
    9 pm – Space4Lease
    8 pm – Ehiorobo
    7 pm – The Ivy
    6 pm – Smokey Motel

    THURSDAY
    10:45 pm – Japanese Breakfast
    9:30 pm – Snail Mail
    8:30 pm – Kississippi
    7:30 pm – The Lamps
    6:30 pm – Maddie Razook

    The 2018 festival also brings an expansion of the NMF Kids Fest presented by Craig and Streight Orthodontics. A larger footprint means more room for activities including appearances by superheroes and princesses, face painting and a performance by the Grammy-nominated Sugar Free Allstars.

    The mission of the Norman Music Alliance is to help develop the arts community in Oklahoma through support of local original artists, support of music fans, support of art education and support of local businesses. What started as a one-day festival has now expanded to a three-day festival with over 300 artists in downtown Norman and tens of thousands of people in attendance at Norman Music Festival 10.

    The Norman Music Alliance is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and their programs take place because of generous donations from Fowler Auto, Lyft, Norman Arts Council, Anheuser/Busch, Kirkpatrick Foundation, Massive Graphics, The Garage / Pub W / Winstons, Bold Multimedia, KOSU and The Spy, Republic Bank & Trust, Craig and Streight Orthodontics, COOP Ale Works, Oklahoma Arts Council, and many more. Attendees for the festival can also purchase VIP memberships for special benefits throughout the year and during the event.

    The Norman Music Alliance is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and their programs take place because of generous donations from the Oklahoma Arts Council, Norman Arts Council, Kirkpatrick Foundation, Fowler Auto, Anheuser/Busch, Craig and Streight Orthodontics, Lyft, COOP Ale Works, Republic Bank & Trust, The Garage / Pub W, Jack Daniel’s and many more. Attendees for the festival can also purchase VIP memberships for special benefits throughout the year and during the event.

  3. Support NMF at the Stupid Cupid Pub Crawl

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    Buy your tickets in advance here!

    The annual Stupid Cupid Pub Crawl in downtown Norman takes place on Friday, February 9, in conjunction with the 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk and the Norman Music Festival and Norman Arts Council concert series.

    The Norman Music Festival is bringing back their annual Stupid Cupid Pub Crawl on Friday, February 9 from 6 p.m. to midnight during the 2nd Friday Art Walk. Participants of the pub crawl will receive a free t-shirt at the end of the night at The Opolis during the after-party featuring Kyle Reid, Katie Williams and Abbigale Dawn.

    Buy your tickets in advance here!

    Participating bars include:

      – Bison Witches
      – The Garage
      – McNellie’s Abner Ale House
      – The Opolis
      – Red Brick Bar
      – Scratch Kitchen & Cocktails

    You can buy a ticket at any of the participating bars to start your pub crawl! Visit each bar, order food and/or drink, get your entire ticket stamped, and turn it in to get a free NMF Stupid Cupid Pub Crawl t-shirt. Thank you for supporting NMF! (more…)

  4. Fundraiser for NMF and the Oklahoma Room at Folk Alliance

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    Join us for a benefit concert featuring some great Oklahoma musicians! Here are the details:

    Saturday, January 27, 2018
    Levi Parham, Jacob Tovar, and Zach & Lane Winters

    @ The Chouse – 717 W Boyd Street in Norman (Get Directions)

    Doors open at 7pm, with the show kicking off at 7:30pm!

    Purchase advance tickets here. Seating is limited!

    Proceeds will be split with half going to the Oklahoma Room that will feature 20 Oklahoma artists at Folk Alliance International in Kansas City and half going to the Norman Music Festival. 100% of the ticket income will go to these two entities and help to either further a local band’s career or compensate an Oklahoma band.

    Come join us for a night of great Oklahoma music at a special historic Norman venue. Let us know you’re coming on Facebook or just buy a ticket here!

  5. Beer & Music Lovers: Join Us For The NMF Brew Sessions!

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    Norman Music Festival is pleased to announce a brand new event: The NMF Brew Sessions!

    On January 13, 2008, we’re hosting local breweries from Norman, Oklahoma City and Tulsa paired with some of our favorite music from the festival. We’ll have three different sessions that day: 4-6pm (acoustic music from Annie Oakley), 6-8pm (Jon Mooneyham spinning choice tunes) and 8-10pm (a special album release party by Helen Kelter Skelter with special guest Gum)!

    Buy your tickets NOW!

    Must be 21+ to attend.

    The Norman Music Alliance’s mission is to help develop the arts community in Oklahoma through support of local original artists, support of music fans, support of art education and support of local businesses.

  6. NMF Brings Tune-Yards, Parquet Courts and Japanese Breakfast to the Stage

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    A new decade, a new look and new headliners are taking the stages in downtown Norman, and the Norman Music Alliance is ready to welcome Japanese Breakfast, Parquet Courts and Tune-Yards on April 26, 27 and 28 next year for the free three-day festival.

    With ten years behind “the little festival that could,” the nonprofit reached out to Matt Goad of Goad Abode to create a logo that would represent the festival instead of changing its identity every year.

    Unlike previous years where most of the strong talent will line the bill on Saturday night, the talent team, made up of Quentin Bomgardner, Ryan LaCroix and Josh Boydston, have decided to space it out over the three days.

    “We are really excited to host these three headliners in addition to the hundreds of local and regional bands that can apply to play through our open-call,” said Boydston, associate director at Norman Arts Council.

    “Tune-Yards will have just released a new record in early 2018, after three previous, highly-regarded albums that are already the favorites of many, and the sort of performance they put on harkens back to early years of Norman Music Festival with The Polyphonic Spree, of Montreal and Dirty Projectors. To be able to add a band the caliber of Parquet Courts to the festival the Friday night prior and someone as new and buzzed about as Japanese Breakfast to kick off the festival on Thursday is a really exciting wrinkle to Oklahoma’s largest free music festival.”

    Applications for bands to participate in the festival are free and open until midnight on December 15.

    The mission of the Norman Music Alliance is to help develop the arts community in Oklahoma through support of local original artists, support of music fans, support of art education and support of local businesses. What started as a one-day festival has now expanded to a three-day festival with over 300 artists in downtown Norman and tens of thousands of people in attendance at Norman Music Festival 10.

      • NMF exists with the help of dozens of local and regional sponsors. Shoot us an e-mail to find out how your business can get in front of 100,000 music and art lovers.
      Become a VIP and get front row Main Stage access, enjoy free food and drink in the air-condition VIP area, get an NMF t-shirt, poster and sticker, and invitations to other events throughout the year!

  7. Support NMF at the Monster Smashed Pub Crawl

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    Monster Smashed Pub Crawl

    The Monster Smashed Pub Crawl in downtown Norman takes place on Friday, October 13, in conjunction with the 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk and the Norman Music Festival and Norman Arts Council concert series.

    Tickets are $10 which qualifies you for drink/food specials at participating bars and a free shirt designed by Joshua Boydston and printed by Massive Graphics! All proceeds for the pub crawl go to supporting Norman Music Festival and keeping it free and open to the public!

    Tickets will sell fast! Buy your ticket in advance here!

    Participating bars include:

      – Scratch Kitchen & Cocktails, 132 W. Main St.
      – McNellie’s Abner Ale House, 121 E. Main St.
      – Bison Witches, 211 E. Main St.
      – The Garage, 307 E. Main St.
      – Red Brick Bar, 311 E. Main St.
      – Opolis, 113 N. Crawford Ave.

    Join us at The Opolis for an after-party featuring Josh Sallee, Gabrielle B., Fresh and Shawn Reidy II.

    Thank you for supporting NMF!

    Monster Smashed Pub Crawl 2017

  8. Spaghetti Eddie Headlines Wiggle Safe Family Stage at NMFX!

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    Hey kids! Bring your parents and come see Spaghetti Eddie headline the Wiggle Safe Family Stage at Norman Music Festival X, presented by the Children’s Hospital Volunteers and Kohl’s Cares. The kindie rock band will perform on April 29 at 4 p.m. during the free three-day festival on April 27, 28 and 29.

    The Wiggle Safe Stage is located on the corner of Main St. and Santa Fe Ave. The full schedule for Saturday includes:

    12:00 p.m. – Microgiant
    1:00 p.m. – Norman Music Institute student showcase
    2:00 p.m. – Studio of the Sooner Theatre
    3:00 p.m. – Jim Cruise “The Spoon Man”
    4:00 p.m. – Spaghetti Eddie

    There will also be a rock star hair spray station, bubbles, bean bag toss, sidewalk chalk, giant checkers, and an instrument “petting zoo.” There will also be a crafts area to make necklaces, fireworks rings, windsocks, and maracas.

    Wiggle Safe reminds you to encourage your kids to be healthy, active and creative at events like the Norman Music Festival and Wiggle Out Loudsave the date for Sunday, September 17, 2017!

    The mission of the Norman Music Alliance is to help develop the arts community in Oklahoma through support of local original artists, support of music fans, support of art education and support of local businesses. What started as a one-day festival has now grown and expanded to a three-day festival with over 300 artists in downtown Norman and over 100,000 people in attendance at Norman Music Festival 9.

  9. Get a NMFX Commemorative Pin!

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  10. Eat Chili, Support NMF

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    Join us on Saturday March 4, 2017, as Norman Music Fest and Beau Jennings & The Tigers Present: Chile Quest!

      – Chili with Chile’s
      – Standard and Vegetarian Options
      – Food, Fun, and Fellowship
      – Participant Prizes
      – Music and Good Times

    6pm – Chili Cookoff
    8pm – Beau Jennings & The Tigers

    Eat chili from: Midway Deli, Opolis (vegan), Papa E’s Chili Del Sur, The Earth (vegan), Beau Jennings, Jarod Evans, Wampus (veggie), Chris Castro, Quentin Bomgardner (vegan), and more!

    Buy your tickets in advance here for $10!
    Or, you can purchase a ticket at the door for $12. (more…)