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Tallows, Sports, Husbands and more headline Summer Daze at Opolis

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Summertime 2016 has one last hurrah with Summer Daze back-to-school music bash 1 p.m. Saturday-1 a.m. Sunday at Opolis, 113 N. Crawford Ave., in Norman.

Music fans and incoming students can enjoy live music from the likes of indie rock’s Tallows, Tulsa-based trio Sports, bedroom-pop outfit Husbands, grunge rock’s The Daddyo’s and neo-soul four-piece Bowlsey during the Norman bar and music venue’s inaugural fest. Opolis hosts the event with support from Norman Arts Council.

Summer Daze marks the city’s transition into the University of Oklahoma’s hectic fall semester and football season, said Joshua Boydston, Norman Arts Council associate director.

“Though maybe not as drastic as it was in the past, Norman does feel like a different town in the summer,” Boydston wrote in an email to Oklahoma Gazette. “We thought a back-to-school music festival would both put a nice bow on summer while also celebrating the influx of people coming back to Norman.”

Boydston said he hopes Summer Daze can help draw students, especially those new to the university, to Norman’s historic downtown arts district.

Those familiar with Norman Music Festival will find a similar setup at Opolis for Summer Daze. Some gigs will be on the Opolis indoor stage, and others will be on an outdoor stage in the lot behind the venue. Outdoor stages will be all-ages.

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“The sets will be staggered so that music is going on around the clock with only marginal overlaps,” Boydston said. “You’ll be able to see all 22 acts if anyone is so ambitious.”

A variety of outdoor art events, including Summer Daze, Norman Music Festival and 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk, build cohesiveness in the community.

“I think so many feel connected to Norman because the city and the businesses and art organizations within it strive to create those opportunities on a regular basis,” he said.

The sound of summer means different things to different people, Boydston said, so acts span breezy indie pop to garage rock and bright and sunny acoustic jams.

Boydston said the council also wanted Summer Daze to represent the sound of Norman and Central Oklahoma, which, in recent years, has broadened in scope.

“There was definitely an interest in keeping it appropriately eclectic and diverse,” he said. “Naturally, that lends itself to appealing to a variety of folks, and that’s how we wanted it.”

Norman Arts Council hosts music events like Jazz in June and concerts at monthly 2nd Friday Art Walk events in addition to Summer Daze and Norman Music Festival. Boydston said the council is considering adding a family-friendly fall music event.

He said he expects a good-sized Summer Daze crowd that would allow them to look into expanding the event.

“[The arts council] would love to use this year as a basis to continue this as an annual event and maybe even expand upon it to have a nice fall-summer counterpart to Norman Music Festival,” he said.

A pre-party featuring psychedelic folk-rock act Deerpeople and electronic duo PVLMS is 8 p.m. Friday at Opolis.

Print headline: Daze end, A Norman back-to-school music festival at Opolis spells the end of summer.

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