Was First-Year Denton Festival Oaktopia a Success?

As I watched a rather glowing and melodic performance by Black James Franco in the late evening at a fairly packed Hailey's, I pondered something: Why would a Dentonite attend a festival composed mostly of artists and musicians who play somewhat regularly, sometimes for free, on any other given night of the week?

The newest upstart Denton festival, Oaktopia, was created as a celebration of various culture entities in Denton: art, music ... and some food trucks. Did the proprietors succeed in their endeavor?

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Aaron Ortega
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