More Center of the Universe artists announced

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Updated: 6/18/2013 4:42 pm Published: 5/01/2013 1:42 pm

Organizers announced more headliners for the upcoming Center of the Universe festival. 

The Center of the Universe Festival is set for July 19 and 20, and announced today that OK Go will play on the 20th.  They join previously announced acts OneRepublic, fronted by Tulsa native Ryan Tedder, and alternative rock band Neon Trees.

The festival will include two outdoor stages, the main stage near north Main and Easton, across from Cain’s Ballroom, and a second stage at Guthrie Green. The stages will host bands on Friday and Saturday evening from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., and then selected emerging artists from around the country and region will play in Brady District bars and clubs for more intimate performances until close.

“Tulsa’s music history is rich and thousands of supportive fans attend live music shows week in and week out, so having a major music festival just makes sense,” said Chris Lieberman, co-organizer of the Center of the Universe Festival. “We’re obviously excited about launching the first year of the festival, but we’re even more excited as we look to the future for what this event will become.”

Lieberman is also the executive director of the Williams Route 66 Marathon, now in its eighth year and growing each year.

Organizers believe the festival’s location and format will be received well by fans. The Brady District’s urban setting is a natural fit for multiple outdoor stages, which includes Guthrie Green, and also provides convenient access for festival patrons to visit music venues, bars, restaurants, hotels and retail shops during the event weekend.

“The Brady District provides a perfect layout to support a music festival of this caliber,” said Phil Kaiser, festival co-organizer and owner of Cosmo Café in Brookside and Laffa Medi-Eastern Restaurant & Bar in the Brady District. “The bars and clubs in the area support the local music scene already and the Guthrie Green stage allows for up-and-coming artists to perform at a major music festival in front of a large audience free of charge.”

In additional to the headliners, nationally known acts slated to play the Main Stage include Mayer Hawthorne, MUTEMATH and Churchill. Additional bands scheduled to play the festival include Bronze Radio Return, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, Quiet Company, What Made Milwaukee Famous, Eric Himan and Dante & the Hawks.

Outdoor Stage Schedule
Cox Stage – located at North Main & Easton, across from Cain’s Ballroom
Friday, July 19
6 p.m. - Churchill
7:30 p.m. – Mayer Hawthorne
9 p.m. – OneRepublic

Saturday, July 20
5:30 p.m. – MUTEMATH
7 p.m. – OK Go
9 p.m. – Neon Trees

Guthrie Green Stage – located at 111 E. Brady
Friday, July 19
5 p.m. – Eric Himan Band
6:30 p.m. – Wheeler Brothers
8 p.m. – What Made Milwaukee Famous
9:30 p.m. – The Mowgli’s

Saturday, July 20
5:00 – Bronze Radio Return
6:30 – Quiet Company
8 p.m. – Rebirth Brass Band
9:30 p.m. – YO Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band

For more information about the Center of the Universe Festival, please visit

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