Camille Harp performs Saturday at the 2009 Norman Music Festival. (Photo by Steve Sisney/The Oklahoman)
The second installment of the Norman Music Festival on Saturday exceeded expectations for attendance, my colleague George Lang reports in this NewsOK story.
Organizers estimated that by 6 p.m. Saturday, the free festival in downtown Norman had reached the previous year’s total attendance of 15,000. The crowds were expected to reach the estimated 25,000 expected by the end of the evening.
“Our simple expectations were that it would be bigger and better, and we’re seeing that,” Festival publicist Quentin Bomgardner said. “I was very, very thrilled with the crowds that were out for our earliest performers. …”
The event included local bands and artists such as Student Film, Other Lives and Starlight Mints and performers from other states. The headliner was Georgia-based Of Montreal.
I didn’t get to attend the NMF because I was already committed to attending the Festival of the Arts and “The Lion King” Saturday with my family.
It was a perfect example of a weekend that actually offered too many appealing activities around the state, including Guthrie’s 89er Days, the Pollard Theatre’s continuing production of ”Beauty and the Beast,” the recently reunited Toadies in Tulsa and many more.
Prepare for another activity overload this weekend, with the Tumbleweed Calf Fry in Stillwater, Blake Shelton at Firelake Grand Casino in Shawnee, the opening of the rock ‘n’ roll exhibit “Another Hot Oklahoma Night” at the Oklahoma History Center, Jeff Dunham at the Cox Convention Center, Free Comic Book Day around the state and world, and many more.
Plus, the summer movie season opens Friday with “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and the rom-com counterprogramming of “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.”