Alternative legends Chainsaw Kittens are reuniting for their first show since the inaugural Norman Music Festival and being joined by the likes of Austin indie pop outfit The Octopus Project, Oklahoma City folk rockers Horse Thief, Japanese punk bands Mugen Hoso and Tsu Shi Ma Mi Re and many more local favorites in celebration of Opolis 15th Anniversary with a three day festival to be held across two stages on September 7 through 9 at Opolis, 113 N. Crawford, in the Walker Arts District of Downtown Norman.
Norman Arts Council is proud to present the festival, along with support from Anthem Brewing Company, Prairie Wolf Spirits, The Garage, The Spy FM, Fowler Automotive and Guestroom Records. The festival will take place during the September 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk.
A three day pass is available now for $15 at Ticketstorm.com, and $1 of every ticket goes on to support Norman Arts Council's Art Education Scholarships!
The Norman "microvenue" has supported hundreds of local artists and shown a knack for shepherding young, emerging talent through town for memorably intimate shows. Artists like Beach House, Cold War Kids, The Decemberists, Fleet Foxes, Future Islands, The Head & The Heart, Jason Isbell, Iron & Wine, Mac Demarco, The National, Spoon, Vampire Weekend, Washed Out and Young The Giant have all performed at the venue before headlining festivals and selling out large rooms across the country.
Chainsaw Kittens — headlining Friday night — were underground favorites of the ’90s grunge and glam rock wave, touring with the likes of Smashing Pumpkins and influencing Kurt Cobain and countless others. The group disbanded in 2000, reuniting for a performance at Norman Music Festival in 2008. The members have gone on to perform and record music in various other capacities in the years since.
The Octopus Project — headlining Saturday night — are a fellow inaugural Norman Music Festival performer who have charmed audiences for nearly 20 years. The Austin-based quartet has toured with Devo and Explosions in the Sky, among others, and released six studio records, including this year's Memory Mirror.
The bands will be joined by Mugen Hoso & Tsu Shi Ma Mi Re (Thursday) as well as local and regional standouts like Horse Thief, Ester Drang, Tallows, Rainbows Are Free, Helen Kelter Skelter, New Fumes and more. You can see the full, initial lineup below.
Lineup updates and a full schedule will become available at Opolis.org soon!