Saturday, June 28, 2014
A diverse sampling of music, from country and Americana to bluegrass and rock, brought a festive air to downtown Oklahoma City on Friday, the first day of the inaugural OKCFest.
The former Ford dealership parking lot was far more crowded with concert-goers than it ever was with cars and trucks as thousands of country music fans flocked to the festival’s main stage to catch a top-notch lineup of current superstar Dierks Bentley, outlaw legend Merle Haggard, Texas outfits Josh Abbott Band and Casey Donahew Band and Nashville newcomer Jaida Dreyer.
Across Reno Avenue, hundreds more spent the warm and windy June evening under a white tent at the Myriad Botanical Gardens, where well-loved Oklahoma musicians Byron Berline Band, John Moreland and Camille Harp kicked off the free festivities at the Plaza by Cox stage.
“It’s good to be here in Oklahoma City, right here in downtown. That’s cool,” said Berline, a Guthrie-based fiddle legend, who with his band kept listeners’ toes tapping to a lively mix of bluegrass, Western swing and classic rock.
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