The second annual Free Tulsa Music Festival, presented by the McNellies Group, will be Friday and Saturday in downtown Tulsa. The two-day festival will feature more than 100 live performances spread across 15 stages throughout the Blue Dome Arts District. The free event will include both indoor and outdoor shows, and streets in the district will close promptly at 5 p.m. both days.
“Cities need festivals, they are buzz generators and a great economic push for downtown businesses. Not to mention this is a great opportunity to support your local bands,” said Jonathan Schroeder from the Free Tulsa Team in a news release.
“It’s exciting to see these local businesses and bands come together for this music festival,” said Jill Simpson, Director of the Oklahoma Film & Music Office, in the release. “Oklahoma’s music industry is rapidly growing and to have a festival in Tulsa once again to promote local music is a great opportunity for bands to showcase their talent. Then when you add an economic boost to this equation, it’s a win-win for everyone involved.”
Artists ranging from the veteran Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey to the post-modern punk duo Skating Polly will take over the rooftops, bars, and restaurants that have popularized Tulsa’s newly energized downtown streets. The main stage will be near McNellies, and performances will take place at the Dust Bowl/Dilly Deli Patio Stage, Fassler Hall, Arnie’s Bar, Woody’s Corner Bar and a number of other venues.
Kurt Freudenberger of Oklahoma band The Pretty Black Chains, who will also play the festival said in release, “Free Tulsa and similar events like it mean a lot to us, because we know how stressful it is to put on something like this, especially when it’s free. The people that organize it go through a lot to put on something that showcases a mass number of Oklahoma bands, with nothing to gain other than the sheer satisfaction of doing so. With DFest gone, it’s really cool that there are people willing to step up and try to fill the void. We and other bands appreciate it very much.”
For more information, go to www.freetulsa2011.com.