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Organizers call Center of the Universe festival a success

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Updated: 7/23/2013 3:32 pm Published: 7/23/2013 3:30 pm

Organizers said the first-ever Center of the Universe Festival was an ‘overwhelming success.’

The two-day music festival recently held in Tulsa’s Brady Arts District drew an estimated crowd of 80,000 fans, doubling the organizers’ expectations going into the weekend.

“We could not be more pleased,” said Chris Lieberman, co-organizer of the Center of the Universe Festival. “The crowd was twice what we expected, the business owners and vendors had record sales and the feedback we’re getting from across the community is great. What more could we ask for?”

Festival headliners included OneRepublic, Neon Trees, and OK Go. Additional major acts included MUTEMATH, Mayer Hawthorne and The Mowgli’s. The lineup included more than 70 bands playing on two outdoor stages and within 14 Brady Arts District venues.

Organizers also said the festival location proved to be a great setting for the event and the reaction from Brady-area businesses has been positive.

“Holding the festival in the Brady Arts District worked out even better than we imagined,” said Phil Kaiser, festival co-organizer and owner of Cosmo Café in Brookside and Laffa Medi-Eastern Restaurant & Bar in the Brady Arts District. “When we started planning, there was never a question about where the festival should take place. To see the crowd, even as large as it was, moving through the streets and among the clubs was inspiring and motivates us even more to start planning next year’s festival.”

Bob Fleischman, Brady Arts District Business Association president and Chrysalis Salon and Spa owner said, “The festival was an incredible success and enormous boon to the Brady Arts District. Many business owners are reporting record sales from the weekend and could not be happier. Excitement is already building for next year’s Center of the Universe Festival.”

The inaugural event also included more than 420 volunteers, over 30 food trucks and market vendors and a custom-designed water park.

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