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David Nghiem of Oklahoma City band The Nghiems sets up his keyboard at the Sooner Theatre for the band's performance during Norman Music Festival 2019 on April 27, 2019 in Norman, Okla. [Steve Sisney/For The Oklahoman]
David Nghiem of Oklahoma City band The Nghiems sets up his keyboard at the Sooner Theatre for the band's performance during Norman Music Festival 2019 on April 27, 2019 in Norman, Okla. [Steve Sisney/For The Oklahoman]
Abbigale Dawn and The Makebelieve perform during Norman Music Festival 2019 on April 27, 2019 in Norman, Okla. [Steve Sisney/For The Oklahoman]
Abbigale Dawn and The Makebelieve perform during Norman Music Festival 2019 on April 27, 2019 in Norman, Okla. [Steve Sisney/For The Oklahoman]
Ashton Prescott sings for the group Naturalist during Norman Music Festival 2019 on April 27, 2019 in Norman, Okla. [Steve Sisney/For The Oklahoman]
Ashton Prescott sings for the group Naturalist during Norman Music Festival 2019 on April 27, 2019 in Norman, Okla. [Steve Sisney/For The Oklahoman]
Big WoRm performs during Norman Music Festival 2019 on April 27, 2019 in Norman, Okla. [Steve Sisney/For The Oklahoman]
Big WoRm performs during Norman Music Festival 2019 on April 27, 2019 in Norman, Okla. [Steve Sisney/For The Oklahoman]
Festivalgoers walk along a closed Main Street in downtown Norman Saturday afternoon during Norman Music Festival 2019 on April 27, 2019 in Norman, Okla. [Steve Sisney/For The Oklahoman]
Festivalgoers walk along a closed Main Street in downtown Norman Saturday afternoon during Norman Music Festival 2019 on April 27, 2019 in Norman, Okla. [Steve Sisney/For The Oklahoman]
Magician Joe Coover performs a magic show in the middle of Main Street during Norman Music Festival 2019 on April 27, 2019 in Norman, Okla. [Steve Sisney/For The Oklahoman]
Magician Joe Coover performs a magic show in the middle of Main Street during Norman Music Festival 2019 on April 27, 2019 in Norman, Okla. [Steve Sisney/For The Oklahoman]

A version of this story appears in Sunday's The Oklahoman.

Sonic discoveries
Norman Music Festival showcases musical variety

NORMAN – Decked out in pink coveralls with cheeky nicknames emblazoned on the back, the seven members of Irrational Consumers paused so family, friends and fans could snap photos of them in their “super suits” before resuming their set with a boisterous cover of Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So.”

“I think we were watching ‘Dirty Jobs’ and saw a bunch of guys in coveralls and were like, ‘What if those were pink and we were wearing them?’ It’s a very fun surprise for the audience,” said singer/guitarist David “DJ” Locke. “Now we’re finally on here, we’ve tried to make the most of it.”

The Norman-based teenage ska band took full advantage of its Norman Music Festival upgrade Saturday afternoon, opening up the Winston West Stage with their raucous originals “I’ll Find a Way” and “Baby Is Stupid.” After playing the back room of Bison Witches Bar & Deli on the opening night of the 2018 event, they were eager to make the most of their first chance at one of the festival’s big outdoor stages.

“I guess that’s the whole point of being the first show (of the day) is to get the energy up,” Locke said. “This is the biggest show we’ve played. It’s very fun.”

The 12th Annual Norman Music Festival showcased nearly nonstop music at more than a dozen downtown Norman venues Saturday, the jam-packed third day of the three-day event. 

With the sun shining and temperatures climbing into the 80s, organizers were expecting big crowds that would bring the event’s total attendance to an estimated 120,000 festivalgoers.

James and David Nghiem of the Oklahoma City band The Nghiems talk before their set at the Sooner Theatre during Norman Music Festival 2019 on April 27, 2019 in Norman, Okla. [Steve Sisney/For The Oklahoman]
James and David Nghiem of the Oklahoma City band The Nghiems talk before their set at the Sooner Theatre during Norman Music Festival 2019 on April 27, 2019 in Norman, Okla. [Steve Sisney/For The Oklahoman]
Magician Joe Coover performs a magic show in the street with the aid of volunteer Sawyer Martin, 6, during Norman Music Festival 2019 on April 27, 2019 in Norman, Okla. [Steve Sisney/For The Oklahoman]
Magician Joe Coover performs a magic show in the street with the aid of volunteer Sawyer Martin, 6, during Norman Music Festival 2019 on April 27, 2019 in Norman, Okla. [Steve Sisney/For The Oklahoman]
Mike Allen plays guitar and David Nghiem plays keyboard at the Sooner Theatre during The Nghiems' performance at the Norman Music Festival 2019 on April 27, 2019 in Norman, Okla. [Steve Sisney/For The Oklahoman]
Mike Allen plays guitar and David Nghiem plays keyboard at the Sooner Theatre during The Nghiems' performance at the Norman Music Festival 2019 on April 27, 2019 in Norman, Okla. [Steve Sisney/For The Oklahoman]
Ashton Prescott sings for the group Naturalist during Norman Music Festival 2019 on April 27, 2019 in Norman, Okla. [Steve Sisney/For The Oklahoman]
Ashton Prescott sings for the group Naturalist during Norman Music Festival 2019 on April 27, 2019 in Norman, Okla. [Steve Sisney/For The Oklahoman]
David Nghiem of Oklahoma City band The Nghiems plays keyboard at the Sooner Theatre during his performance at the Norman Music Festival 2019 on April 27, 2019 in Norman, Okla. [Steve Sisney/For The Oklahoman]
David Nghiem of Oklahoma City band The Nghiems plays keyboard at the Sooner Theatre during his performance at the Norman Music Festival 2019 on April 27, 2019 in Norman, Okla. [Steve Sisney/For The Oklahoman]

Tantalizing treats

The free, independent music festival offered a plethora of treats for the ears and eyes. Norman multi-instrumentalist Kyle Reid jazzily played along with Abbigale Dawn & the Makebelieve on the sunny Gray Street Stage and then turned up again a couple hours later outside Benvenuti’s Ristorante, where he zipped through his original tune “Shot of Whiskey” with upright bassist Johnny Carlton.

Magician Joe Coover wowed children and adults by putting on a show right in the middle of Main Street, which was closed off for the event, while the Ferris wheel at the adjacent Lion's Club Carnival was like a revolving beacon for youngsters. Food trucks sold an array of tantalizing treats, from PB&J to barbecue.

“I love Norman. I really love this entire vibe,” said James Nghiem, who with his brother David forms the core of Oklahoma City indie-rock band The Nghiems. “It’s just like corn dogs and families and carnival rides and then all the cool things about like a Coachella or something, with all the cool bands and the shirtless dudes and their fashionable girlfriends all walking around.”

The Nghiems have played Norman Music Festival most years since 2010, last year debuting their latest album, “Soulmatic,” leading up to the event. This year, the alt-pop band with its “lo-fi hip-hop meets folk music” sound premiered the lyric video for the album’s spacey single “Lightspeed” a few days prior to their Saturday afternoon Sooner Theatre set.

“I think it’s gotten better every year,” David Nghiem said of the festival. “I feel like every year they’ve stepped it up and more people come out,”

Along with performing most of “Soulmatic” and a couple of other favorites, the band served up tasty homemade banh mi sandwiches David Nghiem had prepared, enlisting a concertgoer in the front row to toss them into the audience.

“We should have brought a cannon to shoot them into the crowd,” said bandmate Derek Moore. “He makes great sandwiches. If you can get one, get one. … This is now the best show you’ve ever been to at this point.”

Yiskah performs on the harp during Norman Music Festival 2019 on April 27, 2019 in Norman, Okla. [Steve Sisney/For The Oklahoman]
Yiskah performs on the harp during Norman Music Festival 2019 on April 27, 2019 in Norman, Okla. [Steve Sisney/For The Oklahoman]
Yiskah performs on the harp during Norman Music Festival 2019 on April 27, 2019 in Norman, Okla. [Steve Sisney/For The Oklahoman]
Yiskah performs on the harp during Norman Music Festival 2019 on April 27, 2019 in Norman, Okla. [Steve Sisney/For The Oklahoman]
Johnnie Cal, Jacilyn Kennedy and McKenzie Schatzer listen to the group Naturalist during Norman Music Festival 2019 on April 27, 2019 in Norman, Okla. [Steve Sisney/For The Oklahoman]
Johnnie Cal, Jacilyn Kennedy and McKenzie Schatzer listen to the group Naturalist during Norman Music Festival 2019 on April 27, 2019 in Norman, Okla. [Steve Sisney/For The Oklahoman]
Ashton Prescott sings for the group Naturalist during Norman Music Festival 2019 on April 27, 2019 in Norman, Okla. [Steve Sisney/For The Oklahoman]
Ashton Prescott sings for the group Naturalist during Norman Music Festival 2019 on April 27, 2019 in Norman, Okla. [Steve Sisney/For The Oklahoman]
Kiani Cook and Keanu Brown listen to the group Naturalist during Norman Music Festival 2019 on April 27, 2019 in Norman, Okla. [Steve Sisney/For The Oklahoman]
Kiani Cook and Keanu Brown listen to the group Naturalist during Norman Music Festival 2019 on April 27, 2019 in Norman, Okla. [Steve Sisney/For The Oklahoman]
Big WoRm performs during Norman Music Festival 2019 on April 27, 2019 in Norman, Okla. [Steve Sisney/For The Oklahoman]
Big WoRm performs during Norman Music Festival 2019 on April 27, 2019 in Norman, Okla. [Steve Sisney/For The Oklahoman]

Sonic variety

In the dim back room of Bison Witches, Mustang-based musician Yiskah ran her fingers fleetly over her harp while crooning in Hebrew, a surprising sound that literally turned the heads of many passersby.

“I do feel that I have something very unique. There’s not too many harpists in the world, and there’s even less singing harpists. So, it is something very different,” she said after her Saturday set.  

“I love different languages, and I’m really happy that I can bring that to people. Some of the people have heard Spanish maybe, but they haven’t really heard Hebrew so much.”

Making her Norman Music Festival debut, Yiskah said she hoped the event would help more people discover her music, and Joshua Boydston, who chairs the talent committee of the Norman Music Alliance, said that’s one of the goals of the event.

"I think discovery and community is fundamental to the DNA of the festival. My hope is that people attending fall in love with a touring band they've never heard before or a local, homegrown talent that they can come away from the festival and start supporting outside of that,” he said. “Variety also helps it feel like a fresh, new experience each year out, too, and as we hit our 12th year and beyond, that evolution in bringing more, different artistic viewpoints is so essential to … keeping this thing exciting for years and years to come."

Back at the Winston West Stage, Locke brought some excitement to Irrational Consumers’ surprising closer, a cover of Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles” dedicated “to the middle-school girl in all of us,” by leaping off the stage, hurdling the barrier and dancing with festivalgoers.

“You just gotta have fun with the crowd. I mean, if they’re not happy and not moving with you, then you’re not doing your job as an artist,” he said.

ADDITIONAL COVERAGE

This is the final installment in a series of feature stories about Oklahoma artists bringing their music to the 2019 Norman Music Festival. To read my feature on Dylan Stewart, click here. To read my feature on Tyson Meade, click here. To read my feature on M. Lockwood Porter, click here

-BAM


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David Nghiem of Oklahoma City band The Nghiems sets up his keyboard at the Sooner Theatre for the band's performance during Norman Music Festival 2019 on April 27, 2019 in Norman, Okla.  [Steve Sisney/For The Oklahoman]

David Nghiem of Oklahoma City band The Nghiems sets up his keyboard at the Sooner Theatre for the band's performance during Norman Music Festival 2019 on April 27, 2019 in Norman, Okla. [Steve Sisney/For The Oklahoman]

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