Sound Exposure: Midtown Music

Helen Grant

Like sonic walls of shoegaze and psychedelic rock? This is for you. Saturday June 28th there is a mini music fest in Midtown at Packard’s Rooftop, 201 NW 10th St Suite 100, OKC. The event runs 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. with bands taking the stage at 6:15 p.m. It is free. You must be 18 or older to get in, and it will be live broadcast by The Spy FM during the You’re Welcome radio show, that begins at 5:00 p.m. The event says bands take the stage at 5:30, while the flyer says 6:15. Anyone who’s been to a live show knows times are flexible.

Just roll with it.

But if you have more questions, I did ask Jim Burns (an organizer and in Brothels), a few things.

OKC.NET: What inspired you all to host this event? Have you been planning it for awhile?

Burns: I’ve had the idea of a show at an unconventional space kicking around in my head for a while. An event that could not only bring together really good bands, but also be a chance for everyone to get together and hangout. The idea, an event that was a show, but also had a party atmosphere. It was really important to keep it free as well. I mentioned this to my friend Alex Elliot on a whim and he said “let’s do it,” so we started brainstorming. We both wanted it to be outdoors and thought Packard’s rooftop would be perfect, Alex got in touch with Packard’s and here we are.

OKC.NET:  Tell me a little bit about the line up. I’m familiar with all of them but You’re Welcome – that’s a radio show, so is this mini-fest opening with a DJ set? What can people expect if they’re not familiar with the show or if they’re planning a special sort of kickoff for the event itself?

Burns: Honestly, the lineup is better than I could have imagined, these are some of my favorite bands in Oklahoma City. We wanted to get a lineup together where everyone covered different ground with their music, but as a whole, would come across as cohesive. I really think we achieved that. The entire lineup makes music that can occupy your mind, music that provides an experience.

As for including a radio show in the mix, You’re Welcome, is a radio show that airs on the Spy/KOSU on Tuesdays 7-9 pm. They only play vinyl records and have some pretty hilarious banter between the two hosts, Beau and Kellen. You’re Welcome, has done several live recordings around Oklahoma City and we thought it would be a great addition to the evening. They will be recording the show before and in between the sets, so it’s like having a DJ and MC experience all rolled into one.

So grab a friend or few and go take in the OKC skyline with Midtown ears and eyes.

Who’s on the lineup?

Power Pyramid
Gentle Ghost
Sonic Violence
Bored Wax
You’re Welcome




Is there a mix? Of course. But I would encourage you to also check out each of their bandcamps for new material. Especially Gentle Ghost, who didn’t have any SoundCloud tracks available.



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