This post in particular looks at Saturday's lineup by stage. For the other two days, click through the buttons above.
A music festival regular in recent years, NOIZMEKKA is a Tulsa-based DJ and member of the scene-stoking label/collective Subkulture. His subgenre-blending style emphasizes long-form momentum, favoring gradual shifts over clear-cut builds and drops. This doesn't lighten the heft of his meticulous beat construction or make his music any less danceable, though, as club-goers in his presence can testify. He has also opened for notable names like Mt. Eden, Thriftworks, and DJ Fergie.
NOIZMEKKA will take the Diskoportal stage, which features a 360 degree lotus flower design complete with pyrotechnics and a giant disco ball.
Oklahoma City duo Castor and Pollux caters to fans of psytrance with its punchy four-on-the-floor beats and chasmic synths. Having only started in January of 2015, the electronic act was still fresh to the scene when it managed to break into last year's Backwoods festival. It did so by besting other performers in the Trail to the Woods DJ competition, leading to a win and live set feature. The twosome returns this year with an official spot at one of the fest's biggest venues, Diskoportal.
One of the major rock acts giving Tulsa its current reputation as a thriving music center is FM Pilots. The four-piece pop/alternative band is a well-known mainstay of the area that has been featured in countless media spots and festival lineups. The group has also seen commercial success with its 2015 single "Start Up," which was featured on its most recent EP.
The band's catchy, positive pop/rock will pair well with its early afternoon slot at the campfire-themed Kumbaya stage.
OKC-based Space4Lease specializes in indie rock psychedelia, though the genre-bending band has been known to traverse other territories in live sets, including rap.
The rock four-piece came out with a single over the summer that was one of the Oklahoma Rock Show's picks for the best songs of 2016 so far. Cellar Door Music Group's blog also reviewed it with fanfare in our Singles Grab Bag series earlier this year.
Expect to hear that and many more originals at the Kumbaya stage in the band's Saturday night set.
Tulsa folk rocker and scene staple Steve Liddell samples elements of roots rock, jazz, reggae, and other musical institutions in his trademark blend. Liddell is not only a globetrotter in the musical sense, though, as he has performed in countries all over the world, including some European dates a mere couple of months ago.
Expect to hear some material from his Americana-tinged 2015 LP Old Soles during his early afternoon set at the junkyard-styled Globe Theater.
From Cleveland, OK comes Bruce Flea, a good-time rock band with an anything-goes approach to genre affiliation. Funk, hip-hop, and psychedelic rock all make vivid appearances in its colorful catalogue. The group's lineup even includes a keytarist for good measure.
Since riding out the crest of its debut album, Rising Sun, the band has been fairly quiet, so be sure to catch this performance at the upcycled and repurposed Globe Theater venue.
Helen Kelter Skelter is a psychedelic rock group with an indie/blues twist from Norman, OK. As inductees of Tyson Meade's Shaking Shanghai record label, the band's cred is substantial, but the five-piece outfit doesn't rest on acclaim to convey its musical prowess. The band's self-titled full-length does plenty of convincing, and its live shows seal the deal.
Helen Kelter Skelter will rock an evening set at the solar-powered Globe Theater.
Indie rock band Admirals delivers big, pop-hued jams that mix synths with a traditional alternative rock setup. In addition to playing in its hometown of Stillwater, OK, the quartet regularly makes the rounds in the Tulsa and OKC metro areas, by which the band has gathered a significant statewide following. Its 2014 label debut Amidst the Blue features the catchy single "I Want You," which still gets airplay today.
Admirals' energetic stage show will hit the vibrant Motherland stage early Saturday evening.
Tulsa's Morgan Ganem (formerly Dr. Plasticine) is a vocalist and DJ/producer who exudes excited passion through electronic music. His slick, buoyant track singles have taken him to such visible heights that Backwoods commissioned him to write the festival's official anthem for 2016. That song, "Forever Young," can be streamed here.
Ganem is playing at this year's The Untz sponsored, treehouse-themed Meadow stage.
Oklahoma City's Blake O is a metro mainstay of the DJ scene. His in-demand style of entertainment has put him in the OK Gazette Best of OKC finals year after year. He also makes a point to not rely on laptop technology, a characteristic that shows his studio musician background and integrity. Last week, he put out a sunny new original single on iTunes called "Right Here".
Blake will be spending the full weekend spinning for swimmers at The Island, a stage that stands in the middle of Backwoods' lake area.