Americana artist Cory Chisel performs during Pettyfest, a tribute to the music of Tom Petty, Thursday night, Sept. 22, 2016, on one of Oaktopia's outdoor stages on East Oak Street. Oaktopia kicked off Thursday and continues through Saturday.

Americana artist Cory Chisel performs during Pettyfest, a tribute to the music of Tom Petty, Thursday night, Sept. 22, 2016, on one of Oaktopia's outdoor stages on East Oak Street. Oaktopia kicked off Thursday and continues through Saturday.

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Denton's Oaktopia music festival officially kicked off Thursday night with the sounds of Tom Petty ringing from Oak Street near downtown. 

Best Fest, an organization that honors rock and roll greats with tribute shows, set up camp alongside a stellar lineup of musicians for Petty Fest. Stars Norah Jones, Jason Lee, Midlake's Eric Pulido and Joey McClellan, Jakob Dylan, Nikki Lane and more took turns at the mic to sing their favorite Tom Petty songs. That included "Mary Jane's Last Dance," "American Girl," "Free Fallin'" and "Saving Grace," among others.

It was, by all accounts, an epic sing-along.

Check out the Petty Fest highlights from Instagram.

Norah Jones does "You Don't Know How It Feels"

@norahjones #pettyfest 🎉

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@norahjones has taken the @oaktopiafest stage during #PettyFest, y'all. #awe #unt #dentoning

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Members of Midlake plead, "Don't Do Me Like That"

Actor Jason Lee stopped by with wife, Ceren.

#Jasonlee #cerenlee #pettyfest #oaktopiafest

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ICYMI: #JasonLee owning the #UNT stage. #PettyFest #Oaktopia

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Cory Chisel "learned to fly."

Nicole Atkins and Nikki Lane stole everyone's hearts.

#nicoleatkins #oaktopiafest #pettyfest

A photo posted by Stephen (@fuzzywarblez) on

#nikkilane #oaktopiafest #pettyfest

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And Robert Ellis won the evening with his space man-embroidered suit.

#robertellis #nicoleatkins #oaktopiafest #pettyfest

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We made a highlight reel featuring "Free Fallin'," "Yer So Bad," "Running Down a Dream," and more.

Now for the grand finale! "End of the Line" by the Traveling Wilburys, a super-group that featured Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne.

Aaaaannnnnnnd that's a wrap! #pettyfest

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Oaktopia continues Friday, Sept. 23 and Saturday, Sept. 24. Visit our guide to the fest for all the things you don't want to miss.

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