10 acts to see at Norman Music Festival…

It’s crazy to believe, but Norman Music Festival, made possible by community superheroes Fowler VW, is entering the second decade of what must be the largest event of its kind in the entire state of Oklahoma. The carefully curated festival, which is free to the public, has a little something for everyone’s music tastes.

Even if you’re unfamiliar with the lineup, you probably know there are 18 different stages showcasing a blend of local and national acts. This year’s event is happening later this week — Thursday the 25th through Saturday the 27th — and with hundreds of acts, it can be hard to whittle down a list of which performances you absolutely must check out.

We make it a little easier for you, with a preview of 10 musical acts well worth your time, along with when and where they’ll be playing:

The Constanzas
Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Red Brick Bar

Are you old enough to remember that time in the late 90s, when it seemed like every single band from Oklahoma City was either rockabilly or dirty, old-school punk rock? Even if you don’t remember those days at the old Bowl 66, The Costanzas do.

Huckwheat
Thursday, 8:00 p.m.
Bison Witches – Back

Huckwheat is a member of local group Sativa Prophets. His beats can fluctuate between lo-fi, and trippy-and-drippy to more uptempo, synth-driven bangers. It’s rare to find an artist whose music straddles the line between something that could get played both at the club or somewhere in the Paseo, but Huckwheat is able to pull it off.

Soccer Mommy
Thursday, 10:45 p.m.
Opolis Outdoor Stage

Although Sophie Allison has only been touring for a few years, she’s been quickly building up a name for herself on the indie circuit. Her newest album is titled, Chill But Kinda Sad, which does a pretty great job at summing up her music. Influenced by bands like Sonic Youth and Slowdive, the music blends guitar-driven 90s alt-rock with sweet vocals and introspective lyrics.

Lacey Elaine
Friday, 6:30 p.m.
Opolis Outdoor Stage

If you’ve been going to shows in the DIY scene, you’ve probably seen Lacey Elaine performing with bands like Cherry Death or Pigments. Her solo act is a beast unto itself, though. Imagine The Breeders doing a bunch of Cocteau Twins and The Cure covers, and you’d be in the pop bliss ballpark.

Helen Kelter Skelter
Friday, 11:10 p.m.
Gray Street Stage

Norman’s own Helen Kelter Skelter’s fuzzed-out sound is welcome to the ears of any psychedelic rock fan. Between the warm bass tones, trippy keys, trance-inducing drums and wild guitar licks, they’ll have you…like…tasting the colors, man — even if you didn’t hit that vape pen first.

Original Flow & The Fervent Route
Friday, 9:00 p.m.
The Winston West Stage

Local rapper Original Flow’s style has a decidedly 90s East Coast hip-hop feel to it, drawing inspiration from the storytelling styles of Nas, A Tribe Called Quest and The Roots. He’s just as comfortable performing behind a beat as he is spitting spoken word flows. Original Flow will be performing Friday night with his full backing band, The Fervent Route.

Skating Polly
Saturday, 6:00 p.m.
Fowler Automotive Main Stage

Although they took the metro scene by storm nearly a decade ago as ‘those little kids who play punk songs,’ Skating Polly has had quite the evolution, since then. After moving to Seattle and continuing their career, they naturally picked up some grunge influences. Along the way, they’ve been able to collaborate with people from bands like X, Veruca Salt and — weirdly enough — The Dwarves.

Black Milk with Nat Turner Band
Saturday, 8:30 p.m.
Fowler Automotive Main Stage

With 15 years experience as a solo artist in the game, Black Milk’s career has come a long way. The Detroit native has been making music since he was a teenager, and his newer material is full of soulful back-beats and also avant-garde loops, at turns, creating a colorful and free-flowing vibe.

Flock of Pigs
Saturday, 11:00 p.m.
Opolis Outdoor Stage

Have you ever wondered what early Faith No More would have sounded like if they were super into Yes and progressive rock? No? Well, maybe it’s time you think about it, because Flock of Pigs is pretty wild. That description hardly does them justice, because there are so many influences being tugged at from all reaches of the last 40 years of music, to create what has got to be one of the strangest bands in the metro music scene right now.

Rainbows Are Free
Saturday, 11:00 p.m.
The Winston West Stage

Do you like your rock music really heavy? Like, if it sounded like a real life version of the cover of one of those trashy Heavy Metal magazines your skeezy uncle kept in his bathroom? You’re in luck, because Rainbows Are Free is the badass equivalent of a babe in chainmail riding a dragon over the desert.

For the full lineup of bands playing the 2019 Norman Music Festival, spend some time here.