Norah Jones will play Friday, September 23rd at this year's Oaktopia festival in downtown Denton, TX. Jones will be in good company with others such as Dr. Dog, Wavves, Nikki Lane, White Denim, Best Coast, Andrew WK, Mates of State, Beirut, Cat Power, Rae Sremmurd and others that have already been announced. Read on for more about this year's Oaktopia festival.
The American singer-songwriter has sold more than 50 million albums including Come Away with Me and Little Broken Hearts and has a new album on the horizon. Jones is no stranger to Denton. She actually went to college at the University of North Texas where she studied jazz piano and sang with the UNT Jazz Singers.
Additionally, Oaktopia has partnered with The Best Fest for a kick-off event to the 3-day festival. Petty Fest, will be a night celebrating the music of Tom Petty. More information will come in the form of an announcement on August 10th, but we do know that a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit The Texas Music Project, an organization that helps to develop and produce music education programs.
Alex Levy, co-founder of The Best Fest is down to not only put on a great event, but also help folks. “We see Oaktopia as a great partner because, like us, they love putting on a great event. And if we can raise money for a cause close to our hearts, well, then we feel a responsibility to do it," Levy said.
And if that day wasn't already busy enough, there will also be a food truck festival happening at the same time. Maybe walk or bike to the square that weekend.
2016 marks year four for the no-longer-fledgling festival and this year we would say they have officially graduated. Last year's festival featured headliners such as Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and The Polyphonic Spree. This year is looking to be even more fun. “The 2016 Oaktopia Festival is going to be our biggest year yet,” said Matt Battaglia, founder of Oaktopia. “With a great variety of music and arts as well as an enhanced effort to improving the overall guest experience, this year’s festival is going to be an awesome 3-day event!” The festival returns to downtown Denton, TX this fall on September 22nd and runs through the 24th.