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California hip-hop artist Del the Funky Homosapien headlines Oaktopia on Saturday.
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New music festival grows organically around the Square

There was a dark spot on the local calendar between Denton’s Day of the Dead Festival and the Holiday Lighting Festival on the Square.

The creative genies of Denton dreamed up Oaktopia to brighten up that glum stretch.

If you parse Denton’s festival history, Oaktopia would be an incarnation of Fry Street Fair: The Early Years.

Austere, a local culture and art magazine, and Monocle Inc., one of the city’s many upstate production companies, recruited two major headliners, hip-hop artists Del the Funky Homosapien and Astronautalis. Then they stacked a 12-hour deck with Denton and regional acts.

And like other Denton fests, Oaktopia serves up a sonic gumbo for long-haul partiers. Local punk-garage rockers New Science Projects will get loud. Reggae-blues-jazz chimera Afro Deezy Axe will cast its beachy, blues-club spell. Electronic tunes will bump and buzz and a whole host of local hip-hop artists will fret and strut — from rising cats such as AV the Great and Fab Deuce to crew that ought to be better known, like Wreckamic, S. Good and Infidelix. (Oh, and now that Xegesis’ Unrill — Scott McBride — has left Denton for Arizona, his other half, Ritchy Flo, will do some solo stuff.)

Live skateboarding, live art from Spiderweb Salon and vendors are also part of the event.

— Lucinda Breeding

OAKTOPIA

What: Music, art and culture festival with more than 60 acts at venues and two outdoor stages around the Square.

When: 2 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m.

Where: On the downtown Square and surrounding blocks.

Details: Tickets cost $20, available at www.oaktopiafest.com .

OAKTOPIA SCHEDULE

Bands listed in order of appearance, but lineup is subject to change. Some venues have minimum age limits. For more information, visit www.oaktopiafest.com.

Main Stage at Williams Trade Square

Wells Fargo parking lot between Mulberry and Hickory streets

3 p.m. — Matthew and the Arrogant Sea

4 p.m. — Savage and the Big Beat

5 p.m. — The Boombachs

6:30 p.m. — Astronautalis

8:30 p.m. — Del the Funky Homosapien

Courthouse on the Square lawn

3 to 10 p.m.: Stormy Durant, Claire Morales, Kokopelli & Co., Purl Snap Shirts, Melissa Ratley, Reagan Nation, Off Route

Hailey’s, 122 W. Mulberry St.

3 p.m. to 2 a.m.: West and the Grooves, Human Groove Hormone, White Bison, Afro Deezy Axe, Brave Young Lion, Sacco & Vanzetti, Bashe, She Banshee, Señor Fin, Black James Franco, New Science Projects

J&J’s Pizza, 118 W. Oak St.

3 p.m. to midnight: The Faps, Bad Smog, Electric Vengeance, Bukkake Moms, Band Nerds, the Lead Pipes, Jacko Suede, Off World, Biographies, Two Knights

Banter, 219 W. Oak St.

6 p.m. to midnight: Spiderweb Salon, Cassie Kidder, Sydney Wright, Vega Star, 11:40, the Groovebumps

Andy’s Bar, 122 N. Locust St.

3 p.m. to 2 a.m.: S. Good, Southern Made, G’Petto, Jenny Robinson, Muenster, D-Mar, Stu Brootal, Ritchy Flo, J Harm, Wild Bill, Buffalo Black, D. Smiley, Infidelix, Tracy “TC” Counts, Ewok the Kid, -topic., Brain Gang, Fab Deuce, AV the Great, Wreckamic

The Loophole, 119 W. Hickory St.

7 to 10 p.m.: Brett Crow, Chris Jessup, Zach Smith

East Side Social Club, 117 E. Oak St.

Starting at 5:30 p.m.: Hares on the Mountain, Vanishing Island, more to be announced


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