Organizers Prepare For Tulsa Center Of The Universe Music Festival
TULSA, Oklahoma - The Brady Arts District is planning to be the center of the musical universe this weekend.
The first of its kind music festival is expected to draw more than 40,000 people downtown.
The main stage of the Center of the Universe music festival was put up in front of Cain's Ballroom Wednesday. Seventy bands and thousands of music lovers will be in the area this Friday and Saturday.
The stage is just about set and the list of last minute details seems to get bigger everyday.
"There's a million things to do for this festival," said co-organizer Chris Lieberman.
Lieberman and Philip Kaiser are the organizing forces behind the Center of the Universe music festival.
"This is going to be a big deal for Tulsa," Kaiser said.
The music starts Friday at 5 p.m. and goes through Saturday night.
OneRepublic, fronted by Tulsa native Ryan Tedder, and Neon Trees lead a lineup of 70 bands.
"We've got OK Go, Mutemath, Mayer Hawthorne--they'll all be on this stage," Kaiser said.
The Brady Arts District is playing host. Lieberman and Kaiser say the businesses there will be open during the festival. They say there will be a pop-up water park for the kids, plus food and drinks for everyone.
"We think Tulsa needs something like this. We've had festivals before, they've had a great reaction, and now with all the excitement that's building in the Brady Arts District, the timing was perfect to put on a festival like this, now that everything has really come to a full crest," Kaiser said.
The festival is named after the Center of the Universe, right in the heart of downtown Tulsa.
"That part of our city is something that we think is fun and cool, which is why we want our festival to be fun and cool," Lieberman said.
Lieberman and Kaiser say there's no better place to host a music festival than the Brady Arts District.
They hope this year's party is the first of many to come.
"I think it's a way to celebrate where we've been, where we are today, and look to the future of the Brady Arts District," Lieberman said.
Admission to the festival is free, but you still need to download a ticket. You can also upgrade and purchase tickets that will get you closer to the various stages.