Listen Up, Tulsa

Downtown Tulsa is about to become a little less work and a lot more play.
Sounds Like Downtown, a free spring music festival that will center on Fifth Street and Main Street Thursday nights from May 3 to June 28, will connect lunch-time live music sets at the site to the Summer’s 5th Night live music set at Utica Square at 21st St. and Utica Ave., said Kent Morlan of MoreLaw Suites, 406 S. Boulder Ave.
Morlan worked with Henry Kaufman, Tim Driskill and other property owners downtown for one year “to try to get additional life and energy to downtown,” Morlan said.
In February, Morlan pitched a downtown music festival to Kaufman. His response?
“’Go ahead, take care of it,’” Morlan said.
Morlan has raised $10,000 for the festival.
Sponsors of Sounds Like Downtown include Bank of Oklahoma, a $2,000 donor; the Business Center at 320 South Boston, a $2,000 donor; Downtown Tulsa Unlimited, $1,000; Arvest Bank, $1,000; American Parking, $500; Tim Driskill $1,000; KOTV-TV Channel 6 and Urban Tulsa. Jeff Nix Productions will produce the festival.
“We need $15,000 total to put on all eight shows,” Morlan said.
“The idea is to have DTU put on its luncheon music, and invite artists to display on the sidewalks during those days,” Morlan said. “At 4:30 p.m., we’ll have acoustical music. Around 5 p.m., the amplified music will start.”
“This will be different – it will all be before it gets dark, so people can come down and spend some time, have some food and listen to music.”
Billy’s on the Square has pledged to remain open into the evening hours, and Curves will make its restrooms available for festival-goers.
“If it’s successful and popular, we will try to do it again next year.”

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