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April 4, 2014

Annual concert crescendos with local music

CHICKASHA —

The sound of upbeat country music and the smell of taco meat cooking on the grill wafted through the air at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma yesterday.

USAO hosted the annual music festival, Droverstock, which includes live music, food, bounce houses and booths with local vendors as part of their annual Spring Triad of events. 

Newcastle native Kylie Morgan was the morning headliner for Droverstock and played original songs like "Oklahoma Dark" and covers, including Taylor Swift's, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball."

Morgan said she enjoyed she enjoyed greeting children from her hometown after the show.

"I travel a lot from Nashville to California, [so] it's always good to come home and perform and see people from my hometown," she said. "[The audience] seemed very involved."

USAO student Sawyer Pennel sat on the bleachers in front of the mainstay to enjoy Morgan's performance.

Pennel said her family moved to the Chickasha area from California, so she enjoyed hearing local bands like Kylie Morgan.

"I'd never been to Droverstock before, [so] I thought I would check out the local bands," she said. "[Morgan's] original songs were great."

USAO Media Writer Rob Vollmar said the Droverstock event has been a part of the Spring Triad since the mid-'90s and students select the local musicians that play at the event each year.

"It feels like the Droverstock [event] has gotten more professional over the years," Vollmar said. "There's a sizable budget controlled and managed by students [to] bring in the regional acts they want to hear…They've been able to bring in more talent [each year]."

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