By Brittany Davenport
Returning this year on Oct. 25 is the Third Annual North Oak Cliff Music Festival, presented by the Kessler Theater. Headliners on the mainstage include acts such as Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians, Seryn, Meiko, Kat Edmonson, The David Garza Trio and the South Dallas Funk Revue. General admission is $25, and food trucks will be present at the festival. According to the official website, a portion of the proceeds will go to local charity organizations.
“As a resident of North Oak Cliff, it is exciting to be working on an event like this which continues to contribute to the sense of community here,” Kessler marketing director Diana Prevenslik said.
The Kessler, a local theater known for its Art Deco vibe, has been recently renovated. This will provide a new scene for the festival’s live performances.
“We really wanted a family-friendly festival, and music is what we do,” Prevenslik said. “There’s a stellar lineup, a kid’s play area, food trucks. Late October weather makes this an event people outdoors in the neighborhood can walk into.”
Showcasing local talents appears to be a focus, as the talking point of the fest will be Oak Cliff’s own Edie Brickell. Brickell is best known for her 1988 debut album “Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars”, which reached the No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart.
“We intentionally chose local bands with ties to the area,” Prevenslik said. “Edie Brickell was born at the Methodist hospital right down the street.”
Another special guest, Eric Nadel, will be emceeing at the event. Nadel is known for his work as a radio sports announcer for Texas Rangers baseball games, and was recently selected to receive the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in broadcasting.
The North Oak Cliff Music Festival will be benefiting local charity La Rondalla, an organization which offers free after-school music lessons to students at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center. KXT 91.7 and the Dallas Observer are sponsoring and orchestrating the shows. Other contributors include Grand Bank, Belmont Hotel, State Farm, Methodist Dallas Medical Center, and, of note for its commitment to bringing attention to local bands and venues, the Chevy Music Showcase of North Texas. Doors open at 11 a.m. The show runs from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and includes two stages.