Norman Music Fest: 27 must-see bands and other things to do this weekend
How do you decide between the multitude of bands at Norman Music Festival? Easy. Let me tell you who to see this weekend. Slap on the sunscreen, stay hydrated and scamper on down to Main Street — following these recommendations, of course.
7 p.m. — O Fidelis — Start off the festival with an OKC classic.
8:15 p.m. — Brotherbear — Get there early for Horse Thief, too.
9 p.m. — MMOSS — I’ll be totally honest: This New Hampshire group’s name just intrigues me. Is it “moss” with a longer “mmm” sound or an acronym?
10 p.m. — Black Canyon — A Norman Music Fest Can’t-Miss Special: Part 1, see the band. For Part 2, check out Friday’s suggestions.
11 p.m. — Zombie vs. Shark or Aliens Vs Robots — It’s decision time; are you more of a “The Walking Dead” or a “Star Wars” person?
Midnight — The Samurai Conquistadors — Sometimes I feel like bands close their eyes and flip through dictionaries (or history books) to choose their names.
1 a.m. — It’s late. Why aren’t you asleep yet? Don’t you have class in a few hours? Pshh...
7 p.m. — Rockumentary: Black Canyon’s Crossroads for the Restless — Part 2 of the Can’t-Miss Special is this engaging documentary by a buddy of mine, Nathan Poppe.
8:30 p.m. — DEERPEOPLE — From among the myriad of Stillwater groups that emerged in the last 10 years or so, these guys moved to Austin to improve their hipster cred. It helped.
9:30 p.m. — The Pretty Black Chains — If you’re connected to the local music scene and haven’t heard of this Oklahoma City group, you’ve been living under a rock. Time to come out.
10:30 p.m. — Student Film — My biggest regret from last year’s festival was not checking out this band. I heard nothing but good things. Don’t make my mistake.
11:30 p.m. — Dead Sea Choir — This Tulsa group has its debut album available for free download on its Myspace. Play them while walking the South Oval on Friday instead of Drake.
Midnight — The Non — These guys are easily my favorite local act not named The Flaming Lips or Other Lives. If you like Explosions in the Sky or This Will Destroy You, this group’s for you.
1 a.m. — Find a party somewhere. You know you can; you’re a popular sort of person.
11 a.m. — You’re still asleep. I won’t bother you.
Noon — Eat lunch, wander the downtown area, people-watch — enjoy some “you time.” You deserve it.
1 p.m. — Parker Millsap — If country’s your thing, this 19-year-old Purcell native will be right up your alley. If your “you time” runs long, he’s also a regular at The Deli on Campus Corner. If country’s not your thing, check out The Weekend Hustler. They might play “Sexycalifragilisticexpialidopeness.” Lucky, lucky you.
2:20 p.m. — Modern Rock Diaries — According to former Daily life & arts extraordinaire Matt Carney, three-fourths of this group hold music degrees from in-state schools. Local indeed.
3 p.m. — Skating Polly — These two girls — ages 17 and 12 — have done so much more with their lives already than you probably have. Ride their “grrrl punk” wave.
4 p.m. — gum — This Norman group is made up of guys just like you and me, except that they’re in a band playing at a music festival and you’re not.
4:30 p.m. — Sherree Chamberlain — She’s one of the fastest-rising stars from the Okie galaxy. Forgive her for being an Oklahoma State alum, though.
5 p.m. — Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey — Take a break from indie jams to give this Tulsa group a listen. Don’t worry — the older crowd won’t judge you.
6:30 p.m. — Taddy Porter — If you like The Black Keys’ bluesy rock, this groovy group is for you.
7 p.m. — MONTU — This Norman group has a style unto its own. I’d try to explain it, but it probably wouldn’t work.
8 p.m. — Other Lives — These Stillwater natives have been touring with indie superstars, Radiohead, this spring. Thank the group for remembering its roots by catching this can’t-miss set so you can gloat to all your friends when Other Lives goes full-out big time nationally.
9:30 p.m. — Portugal. The Man — If you don’t already know all the words to at least “People Say” and “Lay Me Back Down,” you might start memorizing to avoid looking foolish when this Portland powerhouse group winds down NMF5.
11 p.m. to 2 a.m. — Blackwatch Stage — Nothing cures the one-last-band craving like three more local shows — BRONCHO, Evangelicals and Chrome Pony. If you’re not completely exhausted by the end, you weren’t doing it right.