By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
Rock n’ Roll Americana band Beau Jennings & The Tigers will headline the 2015 season opener of H&8th Night Market from 7 to 11 p.m. on Friday, March 27. The event will take place between N.W. 6th and N.W. 10th streets along Hudson Avenue in Oklahoma City’s Midtown district.
H&8th Market is a family and pet-friendly street festival offering a lineup of top gourmet food trucks and live music on the last Friday of each month. There is no cost to attend.
Local entrepreneurs Laura Massenat, Chef Jonathon Stranger and J.D. Merryweather founded the not-for-profit event in 2011.
“H&8th has been a wonderful way for people to experience and connect with one of Oklahoma City’s most vibrant neighborhoods, which continues to grow and evolve,” said Massenat, owner of Elemental Coffee Roasters.
“Our volunteer team has worked hard in the off-season to fine tune the event. We are keeping it fresh and new for those who have been with us since the beginning, and we are increasing walkability and interaction with the entire district,” she added.
“We’d like to encourage people to ride their bike to the event and take advantage of the free bicycle valet service hosted by DNA Racing.”
Check-in for the bicycle valet will be located behind Elemental, at 815 N. Hudson Ave., which will serve coffee, tea, desserts, and specialty cold drinks.
This month’s Market will feature thirty food trucks from across the state. Those attending will find plenty of choices from the array of vendors which include: Cafe Bella on Wheels, 2 Brothers Bistro, Adolini’s Pizzeria, Big Truck Tacos, Chick N Wangs, Crepe Brewers, El Reno Original Fried Onion Burgers, Frank’s Wurst, Green & Grilled, The Hall’s Pizza Kitchen, Hawk’s Hotdogs, Huey’s Shave Ice, Kaiteki Ramen, La Gumbo Ya Ya, and Lalo’s I Love My Taco Chop & Grill,
The Loaded Bowl, Masa, Mexiasian Fusion, Mutts Hot Dogs, Off The Hook Seafood & More, Pagoda Pizza, Phill Me Up Cheesesteaks, PurdyQ, Roxy’s Ice Cream Social, Smokin’ Okies, Tacos El Patron, Taste of Soul Chicken and Waffle, Taste of Soul Eggroll, The Tin Can, and Wild Al’s will also be on hand.
Ludivine restaurant will offer a 3-course tasting for $40 per person. Call 405-778-6800 for reservations.
The Market will host its first Oklahoma Craft Beer Garden, offering selections by COOP Ale Works, Anthem Brewing Company and Black Mesa Brewing Company on the hill at N.W. 9th St. and Hudson Avenue.
Emceed by OKC Comedy talent Cameron Buchholtz, live music will begin on the main stage at 7 p.m. with folk rock band Massey, followed by alternative country band, Porch Mice, at 8 p.m.
Synth-pop duo Quil performs at 9 p.m. and Beau Jennings & The Tigers will close the show at 10 p.m.
Pro soccer team OKC Energy FC will take over the green space at 9th and Hudson from 7 to 9 p.m. Attendees can purchase general admission tickets to the home game opener on April 18 at the newly renovated Taft Stadium for $10.
The evening will feature the debut of Industry Flea, an outdoor artisan market that will operate the final Friday and Saturday each month through September at N.W. 10th and Hudson.
In the alley at 10th and Hudson, the R&J Lounge and Supper Club will host a Tiki Party on the patio with gourmet delights and a live DJ until 2 a.m.
Market attendees can register at The Nature Conservancy, 408 NW 7th St., to win tickets to see performances by stand-up comics Joey Diaz (May 30) and Janeane Garofalo (July 30) at the [email protected] Performance Lab.
The Nature Conservancy, PepsiCo and Keep Oklahoma Beautiful will provide green recycling bins for the event. Collections will provide financial support to The Nature Conservancy on a per-pound basis.
Event presenting sponsors are Fowler Toyota of Norman and Oklahoma City University. For more information, visit h8thokc.com or call 405-633-1703.