From the upcoming Norman Music Festival and rock 'n' roll exhibit at the Oklahoma History Museum to the University of Central Oklahoma's new Academy of Contemporary Music, fresh music outlets are popping up across the Oklahoma City metro.
In Norman, a new radio program is showcasing the best in Okie music live from the University of Oklahoma's Memorial Union.
"The LOKL Show" is a two-hour feature of Oklahoma bands broadcast 11 a.m. to 1 p.m every Thursday. Hosted and created by OU senior Adam Croom, the project highlights the state's top musical talent well, and is his way to leave a mark at the university.
"The LOKL Show" is on 1710-AM and can be heard throughout the campus and around Norman. The show also can be streamed online at wire.ou.edu and on TV4OU, Cox Cable Channel 4's secondary audio programming channel.
"I was always searching for something I could leave behind at OU," Croom said. "Hopefully, this local show will gain enough attention that someone will always want to be in charge of it every semester."
LOCAL MUSIC SCENE
As a frequent club and venue patron and concertgoer, Croom has watched the local music scene fluctuate throughout the years.
"Six or seven years ago, when I was in high school and The Green Door was around, I was going to a show all of the time, and it was because there was a decent place to go, and all of my friends were always there," he said. "I want the kids to have the same experiences I did, and kind of have their own music scene."
Croom blames the local scene's downturn on the lack of "midlevel" metro venues, like those with a roughly 500-person capacity.
"The LOKL Show" has featured a litany of local favorites including Student Film, The Uglysuit, For the Atlantic, Ali Harter, Other Lives and The City Lives " bands typically within the indie-rock genre that have full support from The Wire, OU's student-run radio station.
"We just want to give people a chance to listen to things they won't hear everywhere else, and a lot of that is local music, so what Adam is doing is really great for us," said Carly Roenbrook, promotions director for The Wire.
Croom also features band interviews each week. The first segment included Oklahoma City band Hush Hush, Commotion " just one group grateful for the new exposure.
"You've got kids coming from all over (at OU) and Adam is really pulling these bands from all over the place," said Uglysuit keyboardist Chris Lusk. "It really opens up to these people that otherwise would not have heard this Oklahoma music. It really gives them a taste of what's to offer."
Both The Wire and "LOKL" are contributing to the local scene by gearing up audiences for the second annual Norman Music Festival, set for April 25.
"It's still in the early stages, but we're hoping to be able to broadcast the entire main stage audio for them all day live," Roenbrook said. "Last year, we were out there doing interviews all day with all of the bands, so we're hoping to do both video and radio interviews as well, and recycle them throughout the year. We want to support that local music scene.""Lacey Lett