-The Norman Music Festival Kicks Off April 28, 2011-

(Norman, Okla.) April 4, 2011- More than 200 acts will perform at the fourth annual Norman Music Festival (NMF) starting Thursday, April 28 and ending on Saturday, April 30, all performing within the historic Downtown Arts District along Main Street in Norman, Okla.


“The festival gets kicked off Thursday night with a variety of local music in many venues throughout downtown Norman,” says Robert Ruiz, NMF committee chair. “Friday will include a comedy showcase at one venue and both Friday and Saturday feature a variety of music genres, performance art and local merchants that bring about the complete festival feel. ”


“It’s going to be an eventful weekend in Oklahoma. People from outside our state have a good reason to visit and see how Oklahoma has emerged as a creative hub for music, art and creativity.”


Ruiz says the complete line-up was revealed to the patrons who participated in the NMF CarrotMob held, Saturday, April 2. Through this event, the leaders of NMF hoped to bring downtown retailers some extra business and ensure their future support of the festival.


Performers for Saturday, April 30 include: Penny Hill Party, The Non, Foot Patrol, The Fortune Tellers, Ty Segall, Peelander-Z, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears and The Walkmen will rock out on the Main Stage, which has moved east and now sits closer to the Porter and Main Street intersection.


Ali Harter, Beau Jennings, Audra Mae, The Trishas, Travis Linville, Pidgin Band, MONTU and Keler Williams perform on the Jägermeister Mobile Stage, sitting near the Sante Fe Depot on Jones Ave. This stage is a $1 million custom built trailer that folds open, via hydraulics, into a high-performance area.


The impressive and historic Sooner Theatre will again host a mix of musical styles beginning with the Norman Chamber Music Composers Showcase, Josh Sallee, aDDib, Algebra, Emory Grey, Jabee, SoYé and Color Revolt.


NMF is a true community event, and this year brings something for our little rockers. Located in the parking lot near Gray Street and Crawford Street lies the Little Rocker Kids Stage hosting music and entertainment targeted towards Norman's youngest citizens. Performing on the stage is Manty Harper, OU Jazz Band, Brendan Parker and a Young Musicians’ Showcase featuring The Studio of he Sooner Theatre, Sonder Dance, Music and Art, Norman Music Institute and McMichael Music.


Located in the parking lot behind the Opolis is a mix of rock styles with gum, Zombie vs. Shark, JUNEBUG SPADE, Unmarked Cars, Glister, and Rainbows are Free.


Friday night will feature a Latin stage, located in the parking lot off of Gray Street and Crawford Street, with performances by ALEGRIA REAL, LOS HOLLYWOOD and MONTE NEGRO.


The Norman Music Festival will be held on April 28-30, 2011. The festival is free and open to the public and will take place on the 100, 200 and 300 blocks of historic Downtown East Main Street, east of the railroad tracks in the Arts District. Thursday and Friday night entertainment will be predominantly at indoor locations, and Saturday will feature the full-blown festival atmosphere complete with street closures and large outdoor stages.


A comprehensive schedule of acts and performances for Thursday, April 28, Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30, can be found on the NMF website, www.normanmusicfestival.com/2011.


The Norman Music Festival is a program of the Norman Arts Council.


For more information, please visit NormanMusicFestival.com, Facebook.com/NormanMusicFestival, Twitter.com/NormanMusicFest or MySpace.com/NormanMusicFestival.