This weekend, my brother and I headed to downtown Tulsa for the first annual Center of the Universe Festival. A lot of great bands were playing, but we went Friday night to check out One Republic. We both love them but hadn’t seen them live until Friday night. It was insanely hot, ridiculously crowded, and so, so much fun. We got there in time to walk around a bit, grab some Andolini’s Pizza (yum!), and get a good spot before the show started.
Ryan Tedder, the lead singer, is originally from Tulsa, and it was the first night of their summer tour. I think they were happy to be in downtown Tulsa. The show was way full of energy. The stage was set up on Main Street, just in front of Cain’s Ballroom, so it was a cool atmosphere. There were over 40,000 people there (which is usually way too many for my taste), but most people were super friendly. I love going to concerts, because there’s just something really neat about that many people connecting over the same thing. Thousands of strangers together, singing and dancing to their favorite songs. Yes, it was miserably hot (hello, Oklahoma in July!), but we had an awesome time. If you get a chance to see them live, go. You’ll have fun. Enjoy these photos! Warning: The last one is grainy–also, see if you can find the dude totally photobombing us in one of them!