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By Austin Tackett
The warm season has arrived here in the Sooner State, and that means the time to be outdoors is finally among us. Oklahoma has a great wealth of incredible outdoor opportunities from our State Parks to our ecologically diverse terrain, but perhaps one of the greatest, yet often times overlooked, sunny day activities are music festivals. Oklahoma is home to some of the best music festivals around during the spring and summer months, and they are a great way to spend a day no matter where your personal taste lie.
Indie rockers will want to head to the Norman Music Festival which takes place April 24th and 25th. The Norman Music Festival features a sound for every ear, from euphoric indie pop to classic folk rock, including many local acts from around the state. The festival is free and open to the public and takes place in Norman’s historic Main Street. Saturday night’s entertainment will be predominantly at indoor locations, while Sunday will feature a full-blown festival atmosphere complete outdoor stages featuring bands like the Dirty Projectors, Electric Six, The Sword, and Grup Fantasma.
Hard rockers won’t want to miss Rocklahoma taking place May 28th – 30th in Pryor. This four-day rock music festival features more than 25 entertainment acts on three stages. Rocklahoma 2010 promises to be the biggest and baddest yet! This year’s line-up includes acts like ZZ Top, Godsmack, Tesla, and many more.
The Charlie Christian International Music Festival takes place June 1st - 6th. This fun-filled music festival celebrates the musical contributions of jazz guitar legend and native Oklahoman, Charlie Christian. Jazz enthusiast and newcomers to the genre alike will love the top-notch performances by jazz greats, jam sessions, battle of the bands, jazz cruises, great food, arts and crafts and more.
The following week (June 11th-19th) in Bartlesville brings a festival perfect for classical music lovers. The OK Mozart International Festival features nine days full of inspiring music by the top musicians in the world and includes classical, chamber music, performing arts, jazz, and Broadway show tunes.
The Woody Guthrie Folk Festival kicks off July 14 and celebrates the life and musical legacy of one of America's greatest folk music songwriters and troubadours, Woody Guthrie. Visitors will enjoy food, children's activities, poetry readings and great folk music.
Tulsa’s Dfest which takes place July 30-31 is a nationally known music conference and festival which showcases over 150 local, independent, and national artists over 12 stages. Industry types will love the celebrity panels, while music fans of all kinds can enjoy two days of non-stop jamming in one of Tulsa’s hippest neighborhoods.
This only a sampling of the great musical celebrations to experience this year in Oklahoma. Everything from bluegrass, to heavy metal and everything in between is covered, so no matter what you love, there’s a festival just right for you.
Additional information on events or attractions across the state can be found on the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department website, www.TravelOK.com or by calling 1-800-652-6552.