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PASEO ROCKS: Residents making Paseo home to metro’s next big music fest

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Having lived in the Paseo for over 20 years, Susan LaVictoire and her husband love live music of all kinds, from up and coming local acts to traveling out of town to see an act they especially dig. With the Oklahoma City music scene bigger and brighter than ever, as well as the re-opening of the Tower and the revitalization of the Uptown 23rd District, she felt that is was time to reintroduce the Paseo as OKC’s music mecca, starting with the creation of the Paseo Music Fest or PaseoFest for short.

“PaseoFest is going to be a music festival, one based around supporting local music and actually celebrating the art of the musician,” LaVictoire said. “We love music and felt like it was time to start a festival that really is all about the music…something where the music isn’t the afterthought.”

With the focus completely on the music, the proposed PaseoFest will be a three-day, multi-genre, free live music event with plans to commence Memorial Day weekend. Designed as a way to complement the Paseo and its artistic offerings, LaVictoire hopes this can become an annual event that will grow bigger every year.

“I have a really low-budget for this first year, but would really like to be able to pay the bands more than just a tank of gas,” LaVictoire said. “It’s important we respect their art and professionalism and they should be paid more than fairly. That’s why we are looking for sponsors for this event, especially from the Uptown 23rd District. We’re going to bring a lot of traffic to the south end of the Paseo that weekend, so every business will be packed. It’s going to be a good thing for everyone.”

Sponsors will help pay for necessities such as electrical power, construction crews, trash/recycling receptacles, and portable toilets as required by city permits.

LaVictoire added they are also in need of two more important components: volunteers to help with general needs such as selling beer and helping at roadblocks, as well as a call out to performers, stating that she has over 25 slots left to fill and this event is genre-free and will carry everything from rock and roll to contemporary Christian. Bands such as Cherry Death, Lincka, and Blake Burgess have signed on so far, with many others in negotiations.

LaVictoire said that would-be sponsors, volunteers and bands looking to do their community duty should email her immediately at PaseoFest@gmail.com.

“There’s just something special about music festivals,” LaVictoire said. “There’s something special about going and parking yourself in a chair and just watching 45 minutes sets from different bands. I just think it’s fun. Our property borders the Festival space. Who wouldn't want a music festival in their front yard?”

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