It’s no secret that Norman houses a pretty robust and exciting music scene. Package that with a few shows in nearby South OKC venues and you’ve got a summer to look forward to. After sifting through the shows coming to Norman and South OKC this July, I have come up with a few picks I would recommend seeing while they’re in town.
The Donkeys - The Opolis, Saturday, July 5. Yes, the name may sound slightly off-putting, but the group behind it is anything but. The Donkeys boast a southern rock sound with a modern twist. I know what you are thinking; southern rock can sometimes be a bore with its usual twenty-minute guitar solos and jam-style concerts. However, this is where The Donkeys are different. They blend together a southern style with a chiller vibe. Think about mixing The Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan with just a hint of Mumford and Sons. This is a band I would seriously recommend if you are in town on the fifth. However the show is age restricted, as The Opolis is a 21+ venue.
Everyone Is Dirty - The Red Brick Bar, July 7. Another questionable name, yes I know, I apologize. However, this band brings a nice sound to The Red Brick Bar. Compared to the other picks of mine, this group is the least known, but don’t let that change your mind. Everyone is Dirty brings a bit of grunge to the stage. Reminiscent of a little Nirvana, Everyone is Dirty has a slow, almost melancholy sound that they accomplish with a myriad of tools. The band features a front woman who doubles as a violinist. Her vocals are smooth and attractive with a hint of punk that pairs perfectly with her strings. This band is one that I would watch for in the future as their eclectic sound and style are sure to catch fire soon. Once again this is not a show for the kiddies, but the adults will have a great time remembering the late 90s grunge feel brought to the modern day.
Saintseneca - The Opolis, July 17. To feed the indie in all of us, The Opolis also has another really good show lined up for the 17th. Saintseneca is one of my personal favorites, and should be yours as well. Saintseneca is an indie-folk group from Ohio. Saintseneca has a modern sound while sticking to its acoustic-folk roots. Imagine this group as a fusion between Neutral Milk Hotel and Crosby, Stills and Nash (as hard as that is). As popular as indie-folk is today, this band has definitely started to gain traction, garnering an impressive amount of “plays” on Spotify. It’s always nice to get a new sound on the scene and I think Saintseneca will do this well. Missing out on this band would be an opportunity wasted as bringing bands like this to Norman is an excellent treat. I guarantee that you will walk away from the show craving more.
The month of July for the Norman music scene is jam packed with great acts across the board, these are just a couple of my favorites for the month. However, if you want to check your other options, normanmusicscene.com is a great way to keep up with what’s happening in the area. Remember, you don’t have to make the drive far for great live music.