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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Live music in December

Live music in OKC

You would think December might be a slow month for music but not in the 4-0-5. While there is something for everyone, it is an especially good month for those who are fans of Americana music. As always be sure to hit us up on Twitter, Facebook or the comments below to tell us your favorite show of December.

  • Lindsey Stirling- Dec. 1 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. The acclaimed electronic violinist will kick off December by getting OKC in the holiday spirit.
  • Kurt Vile- Dec. 5 at the Jones Assembly. The songwriter has gotten rave reviews for his recent album with Courtney Barnett.
  • The Trans-Siberian Orchestra- Dec. 5 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. One of the few holiday shows where it is loud enough you might need ear plugs.
  • Colter Wall- Dec. 8 at the Tower Theatre. This Canadian country singer has been making waves with his traditional sound.
  • Warren G- Dec. 10 at the Tower Theatre. Mount up for the west coast legend.
  • JD McPherson- Dec. 14 at the Tower Theatre. This Oklahoma native recently released an acclaimed holiday album.
  • Tyler Childers- Dec. 15 at the Tower Theatre. Many have hailed Childers as an up-and-comer to watch in the alt-country scene.
  • Robert Earl Keen’s Cosmic Cowboy Christmas- Dec. 18 at the Jones Assembly. Keen kicks off his annual Christmas tour right here in OKC.
concerts, live music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Live music in November

Live music

While this time of year can be slow for live music thanks to the holidays there are still plenty of great acts hitting the 4-0-5 this November, including a Grammy-winning hip-hop group and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As always be sure to hit us up on Twitter, Facebook or the comments below to tell us your favorite show of November.

concerts, live music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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November in OKC

If you thought Thanksgiving coming around the corner was going to give you a break from the action in OKC, you would be mistaken. November is action-packed with amazing concerts, new art exhibits, world-class sporting events and even a visit from comedy superstar Kevin Hart. Watch this month’s November in OKC video for more. 

arts and culture, concerts, live music, live sporting events, Visit OKC
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Live Music in October

concert goers

We love to talk about live music in Oklahoma City. You could say it is a bit of an obsession. But don’t let our bias fool you when we say this is one of the best months for live music in the 4-0-5 we can remember, especially if you are a rock fan. Below is just a small sample of what there is to look forward. What concerts are you looking forward to? Let us know via Twitter or Facebook!

  • Artic Monkeys- October 10 at the Criterion. The Grammy-nominated rock band makes their first-ever stop in Oklahoma City
  • Father John Misty- October 11 at The Jones Assembly. This singer/songwriter released one of the most acclaimed albums of the year. Special bonus: local rockers Broncho are the opening act.
  • Thomas Rhett- October 12 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. One of the biggest stars in country music swings through OKC.
  • Rod Stewart- October 18 at Chesapeake Energy Arena. This international superstar is one of the best-selling artists of all time.
  • The Nixons- October 25 at the Tower Theatre. The Oklahoma legends have reunited for the first time since 2000.
  • The Struts- October 30 at the Diamond Ballroom. These English rockers are helping keep glam rock alive.
concerts, live music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Monthly Live Music

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Do you love live music? Odds are you do—after all, you’re living in the city that’s been proven to love live music more than any other across the country. Therefore you might find yourself wondering what the biggest concerts coming to town this month are—don’t worry, we have you covered. This isn’t an exhaustive list, but if you don’t see the one you’re most excited for on this list, let us know via Twitter or Facebook!

  • Johnny Mathis – September 6 at the Civic Center Music Hall. In his 62nd year in the music industry, Mathis is currently the longest signed artist at Columbia Records.
  • Colt Ford – September 13 at the Chickasaw Country Entertainment Stage. Ford is famous for his unique “country rap” style of music.
  • Bullet for My Valentine – September 20 at the Diamond Ballroom. With three wins (and upwards of 10 million albums sold worldwide), this Welsh heavy metal band is considered to be the most-successful act in the Kerrang! Awards in “Best British Band.”
  • Stone Temple Pilots – September 21 at the Diamond Ballroom. With over 35 million albums sold worldwide during that time, they’re one of the most commercially successful bands of the 90’s.
  • Fall Out Boy – September 22 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. With an endless list of awards, titles, and No. 1 albums and songs on the Billboard 200, Fall Out Boy is commonly called one of the most influential pop punk bands of the 2000’s.
  • Space Oddity: The Ultimate David Bowie Experience – September 23 at the Chickasaw Country Entertainment Stage at Oklahoma State Fair Park. David Brighton and his band will take you on a musical journey through time with a “live, multimedia spectacle” about the unique music and artistry of David Bowie.
concerts, live music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Live music in July

Concert in OKC

July is a big month for live music in OKC, especially if you like rock. Here is a quick preview of some the concerts going down in July. Of course we didn’t list everything. Let us know in the comments or hit us up on Twitter or Facebook with what shows you are excited for this month.

  • The Pixies- July 1 at the Jones Assembly: Beware because tickets for this highly anticipated show are already getting hard to find.
  • Kesha- July 2 at the Zoo Amphitheatre: The popstar has sold nearly 70 million records worldwide.
  • The Smashing Pumpkins- July 14 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena: The 90s favorite is making a stop in OKC on their first tour with their original lineup since 2000.
  • Seether- July 18 at the Diamond Ballroom: The South African rockers are zeroing in on 20 years since their formation.
  • Ray Wylie Hubbard- July 26 at the Tower Theatre: This Oklahoma-born singer songwriter is a legend of the Americana scene.
  • Daryl Hall & John Oates + Train- July 22 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena: Did you know Hall & Oates are the No. 1 selling duo in music history?
concerts, live music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Live music in June

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The summer is a great time to catch a concert and with the opening of several new venues in Oklahoma City the past couple of years the live music scene in OKC has never bet hotter (pun absolutely intended). Here is a quick preview of some the concerts going down in June. Of course this is far from a complete listing. What show did we miss that you are excited about? Let us know in the comments or hit us up on Twitter or Facebook.

  • Turnpike Troubadours- June 1 at the Criterion: You can’t go wrong anytime these Oklahoma legends swing through town.
  • Horse Thief & John Calvin Abney- June 2 at the Tower Theatre: Horse Thief is one of OKC’s own and puts on a great show each time out.
  • Big Head Todd and the Monsters- June 3 at the Jones Assembly: More than three decades since their formation, these Colorado rockers are still going strong and putting on killer live shows.
  • Justin Townes Earle- June 4 at the Tower Theatre: This singer-songwriter has built a sizeable following over the years. 
  • Styx and Joan Jett- June 7 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena: Break out your favorite 80s attire as Styx and Joan Jett bring rock and roll to OKC.
  • Yellow House Revisited- June 22 at the Tower Theatre: Jason Boland, Cody Canada and Mike McClure are legends of the local red dirt scene and their first performance at the Tower shouldn’t be missed.
  • Ginuwine- June 22 at the Tower Theatre: One of the biggest R&B singers of the 90s rolls into town in late June.
concerts, live music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Live music in May

Concert at the Criterion in OKC

With the opening of several new venues in Oklahoma City, there has never been more live music options in the metro. Just about any night of the week you can find an exciting performance at a top-notch venue. Here is a quick preview of some the concerts going down in May. Of course this is far from a complete listing. What show did we miss that you are excited about? Let us know in the comments or hit us up on Twitter or Facebook.

  • Ben Folds- May 1 at the Civic Center Music Hall: A special treat as Ben Folds will play with the OKC Philharmonic.
  • Primus/Mastadon- May 8 at the Criterion: Get your metal fix as Primus and Mastadon rock the Criterion.
  • Spoon- May 17 at the Jones Assembly: Indie stalwarts Spoon will be taking over the Jones Assembly for a can’t-miss show.
  • Toadies- May 19 at the Diamond Ballroom: The 90s will never die as the Toadies come to town.
  • James Taylor with special guest Bonnie Raitt- May 25 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena: Just your run-of-the-mill concert featuring a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member with 15 Grammy wins.
  • American Aquarium- May 25 at the Tower Theatre: Favorites among the Oklahoma/Texas touring scene, American Aquarium shows rarely disappoint.
concerts, live music, nightlife
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Rockstar

live music in Bricktown

As we talked about a while back, the opening of several new music venues in Oklahoma City has led to a surge in live music in OKC. No matter what kind of music you like, there has never been a better time to be a music fan living in the 4-0-5. If you haven’t checked out any live music lately, what are you waiting for? December is a great month to get started. Lady Gaga and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra are making stops at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. John Moreland and Steve Earle hit the Tower Theatre. If you like your rock a little harder check out some of the acts coming to the Diamond Ballroom this month. We’ve been noticing tickets at a lot of venues seem to be going pretty quickly. If you are poking around looking for a show in December, you might as well look ahead to 2018 while you are at it. You wouldn’t want to miss out on your favorite artist coming through.  

P.S.- Be sure to check out our weekly Things to Do and See post because we always try and highlight great live music in OKC.

concerts, live music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

November in OKC

November is a busy month in OKC, but don’t worry because our friends at the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau have you covered with their November in OKC video. This month they even brought along a very special guest, Thunder defensive wizard Andre Roberson. Get fired up with six Thunder home games this month, Downtown in December festivities kicking off, Chris Stapleton at the Chesapeake Energy arena and so much more.

Thunder, attractions, concerts, downtown, holiday, live sporting events, music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Ready for the uptown funk?

Uptown 23 Street Art

Teeming with flavor, color and life, Uptown 23rd is one of the latest neighborhood revitalizations gaining a well-deserved reputation. Uptown 23rd is one of OKC’s oldest retail corridors with historic buildings such as the Gold Dome building, a Buckminister Fuller-inspired geodesic dome on the corner of Classen Avenue and Northwest 23rd Street. The attractions in Uptown are casual, accessible and largely owned by local proprietors.

Must-visit bars and restaurants in the area include Big Truck Tacos, Cheever’s, Pizzeria Gusto, known for their authentic Neapolitan pizza; The Drake, a seafood restaurant served family style; the Pump Bar, a former Texaco station turned bar that serves up drinks in a friendly atmosphere; and the 70s-themed Rockford Cocktail Den. You can also test your detective skills at The Escape OKC, a live-escape game where you have 60 minutes to solve the puzzles of a locked room.

The most recent additions to 23rd’s thriving restaurant and bar scene include the Bunker Club, Scottie’s Deli, UR/BUN and more.

The jewel of 23rd might be the Tower Theatre. Built in 1937, the theatre was one of Oklahoma City’s premier movie houses for nearly four decades but closed in the ‘80s. It was renovated last year and reopened as a live music venue and has attracted popular acts from across the country.  

Whichever district you are visiting, find out even more about what to eat, enjoy or experience there online at the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website at www.visitokc.com

concerts, live music, nightlife, restaurants, Uptown 23
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

What to see OKC

Our friends over at the Convention and Visitors Bureau create a lot of great content. And, contrary to popular belief, their website isn’t just for visitors!

VisitOKC.com features all the latest happenings in OKC, from the latest events to the best local restaurants even some locals don’t know about. They even have monthly “What to see in OKC” videos filled with the biggest shows, events and other attractions taking place in the City that month in under 2 minutes. In fact, the one for September can be found here, highlighting the Oklahoma State Fair, Disney on Ice, upcoming concerts and more.

So, if you’re interested in being “in the know” and have some serious FOMO (Fear of missing out… We millennials have some odd phrases), just check back in to the VisitOKC website each month or follow them on Instagram @VisitOKC to stay updated with the latest.  

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Great State Fair of Oklahoma

Midway at the Fair

Football, cooler weather and the State Fair of Oklahoma means it is fall. If you are new to Oklahoma City then you might be surprised to find out that for many the kickoff of the State Fair of Oklahoma is our official signal that autumn has arrived!  

From Sept. 14-24, State Fair Park in Oklahoma City will be bustling with the Oklahoma State Fair and all that it entails. An annual extravaganza stretching back more than 100 years, the Oklahoma State Fair offers a little something for everyone, from deep-fried culinary delights (sign us up!) to ice-dancing Disney princesses. Read on for our can’t-miss fair favorites.

AGtropolis- The Oklahoma State Fair has its roots in agriculture, and this hands-on learning experience presents Oklahoma’s agricultural history with interactive exhibits and demonstrations throughout the Oklahoma Expo Hall. This event is perfect for kids or adults formerly obsessed with the Little House on the Prairie series.

The JFK Exhibition- New this year is the JFK Exhibition: Experience His Life and Legacy. This is the largest traveling JFK exhibition and displays hundreds of authentic items from his presidency, including one of his presidential limousines.

Disney on Ice- A State Fair mainstay, Disney on Ice is back with Follow Your Heart a fun adventure with all your Disney and Pixar favorites.

Free concerts on the Adventure Road Stage- Gather smack-dab in the middle of the fairgrounds each evening to enjoy jazz, alt rock, country, oldies and R&B. Personally we are ready to break out our moves for Tony! Toni! Tone!

Honestly, we can’t even begin to describe all the cool stuff taking place at this year’s fair. Luckily, the Oklahoma State Fair has its own app. Download it today to help organize your Fair Day.

State Fair Park, concerts, family-friendly, kids, live music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Sunday Twilight Concert Series is back

Concert at Myriad Gardens

One of the TBL staff’s favorite things to attend during the summer is the OKC Arts Council’s Sunday Twilight Concerts. These weekly shows at The Great Lawn at Myriad Botanical Gardens are a great chance to relax on your blanket or camp chair, chill out with some picnic staples and listen to some terrific tunes with your fellow Oklahoma Citians. Bring your ears, your own drinks and great attitudes whilst you enjoy the evening (but leave your stinky cigarettes, stinkier pets and even stinkier glass bottles at home). We’ll see you there!

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

It’s zoo-rific!

Feeding Giraffes

With more than 2,000 animals, you are sure to have a wild time exploring the animal kingdom at the Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Garden. Sure, there are exhibits that will keep your kids enthralled with the great outdoors, like the Great EscApe, Cat Forest, Lion Overlook and the Children’s Zoo. But the zoo has plenty of fun for adults, too! Upcoming programming for adults includes the zoo treasure hunt breakfast and stroll on Aug. 5. The Zoo Amphitheatre, which has been serving up live music since 1936, will host a full summer’s worth of concerts, with artists including Collective Soul, Megadeath, Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows, all playing there this summer.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

You’re fifteen, Chesapeake Energy Arena

Chesapeake Energy Arena

One of our best-known modern philosophers once admonished, “When you’re fifteen, and somebody tells you they love you, you’re gonna believe them.” In the case of the Chesapeake Arena, there’s no reason to doubt OKC’s genuineness. “Loud City,” the current home of the OKC Thunder and one of the centerpieces of the original set of MAPS projects, is also a great place to see a concert. We recommend taking a deep breath as you walk through the doors of the ‘Peake, because you’re sure to see some concerts that will leave you breathless. In fact, one of the senior boys winked at the arena right off the bat, with the legendary Paul McCartney playing one of the first shows back in 2002 and making our head spin around. The Chesapeake is ready to celebrate its 15th in style, with the former Beatle slated to return July 17, joining Kings of Leon, Lady Gaga, Linkin Park, Iron Maiden and more on the arena’s upcoming concert calendar. Check out more info here, and don’t mind us as we dance around the room when the night ends, when the night ends.

basketball, concerts, live music, MAPS
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Various venues

The Criterion

The ‘Peake isn’t the only place to see a show around here. In addition to a plethora of smaller bar/restaurant venues, a number of schmedium-to-mid-sized live music venues have recently come on line, joining stalwarts like the Zoo Ampitheater, the Diamond Ballroom and indie-focused venues Opolis and 89th Street Collective.

The Criterion – a brand-new building in east Bricktown, this 4,000-capacity venue is across the street from the Steelyard development in a suddenly hot quarter of OKC’s premiere entertainment district. My Morning Jacket, Explosions in the Sky and Lil Wayne have played here recently, with performances by The xx and Jason Isbell on the upcoming calendar, among others.

The Tower Theater – a lot of excitement has surrounded the resurrection of one of the “grand old dames” of OKC’s early movie house scene. The main space has room for 700 standing on the main floor and an additional 264 (seated) in the balcony, and a smaller “studio” space handles 100 standing or 50 seated. The venue’s Studio Series has sold well, with only a few tickets for select shows available.

The Jones Assembly – set to open July 29 with The Wallflowers and Better Than Ezra, this renovated, 100-year-old, 20,000-square-foot space on Film Row (just south of the 21C Museum Hotel) features a 1,600-capacity performance venue as well as a true dining destination. Lake Street Dive and JJ Grey & Mofro have also been announced.

ACM@UCO Performance Lab – this performance space in Bricktown hosts plenty of touring acts in addition to ACM@UCO gigs (which is itself a pretty cool story, speaking of music), seating 200 sitting and 500 standing. The Lab has hosted Dr. Dog, Sean Lennon, Okkervil River and Ben Taylor recently.

live music, Uptown 23, zoo, Adventure District, Bricktown, concerts, Film Row
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Adventure District

Elephants at the Zoo

If there is one thing you can say about the Adventure District, it is that it lives up to its name and then some.

The Oklahoma City Zoo is one of the crown jewels of the city and features more than 1,800 animals spread over 119 acres. We recommend the Great escAPE (get it) exhibit where you can watch gorillas, orangutans and chimpanzees monkey around. This is also where you can find the Zoo Amphitheater, the premier venue for outdoor concerts in the metro.

Next door to the Zoo is Science Museum Oklahoma which has been entertaining and teaching generations of kids about science since the late 50s. If you were raised in Oklahoma City, you know all about the shadow wall. The museum is home to a must-see Science Live performance and a planetarium. Also you still have a couple of months to check out the Red Dirt Dinos exhibit. In this one-of-a-kind experience, the dinosaurs who used to roam the Sooner State come back alive.

Nearby is the world-renowned National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum where you can find exhibits on cowboy heritage and one of the largest collections of western art in the known galaxy. 

There is also fun to be had for sports fans at the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame & Museum. Not just a place for history, the Museum welcomes thousands each year for the annual Women’s College World Series.

Last, but not least, if you need a break from the kids head over to Remington Park Racing & Casino which is not only the region’s top race track, but the city’s only casino.

As you can see the Adventure District has a ton to do (even more than we listed), but if you want to see it all you are going to need more than a weekend.

museums, nightlife, racetrack, western heritage, zoo, Adventure District, concerts, family-friendly, kids
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Fun for everyone!

State Fair Rides

Hold on to your hat, break out your walking shoes, and get ready for one of our favorite can’t-miss events of the year – the Oklahoma State Fair kicks off this Thursday. The 11-day event will continue through Sept. 25 at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds and offers something for everyone, from bacon-covered, deep-fried treats to karate kids and street outlaws.

Action? Did someone say action? Well, expect nothing less from the Oklahoma State Fair. Enjoy the thrills of extreme bull riding or one of the tremendous shows featuring the world's largest traveling collection of raptors, the high-flying stunts of the Zoppe’ Italian Family Circus and even a fire-eating magician. Your little princess (or prince for that matter) is sure to enjoy the stories of Buzz Lightyear, Tow Mater, Elsa and Anna as Disney on Ice presents “Worlds of Enchantment.

For those who prefer something on the tamer side, check out the petting zoo and pony trail ride, the kids creation station, Swifty Swine Pig Races, Farmyard Follies or simply take a stroll down Clydesdale Alley. To get a feel for what it was like in the olden days, check out the chuck wagon cookin’ or goat’s milk soap making demonstrations. The antique tractor exhibit and auto show are sure to be an auto lovers paradise.

Don’t miss the Adventure Road Entertainment Stage or the Bandshell Stage to enjoy free concerts each evening from jazz, blues, hip hop, rock, country and Christian bands. You might even catch classical dancers, choirs, or magicians while you’re at it.

Get all of the details on hours, admission and special discount days here. A complete schedule of events is available here.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Criterion

From Grammy-winning psychedelic rockers to country music superstars and Jazz pioneers, Oklahoma City has a diverse and impressive music history (read more about that here). The OKC music scene got even better this month as The Criterion opened up for its first show. Oklahoma native Ben Rector had the honors of being the first concert in the new ballroom.

Located in East Bricktown, The Criterion can hold up to 4,000 concert goers and has formed a partnership with world-renowned entertainment company Live Nation to help book shows.

That partnership is paying off as a diverse group of well-known acts are already scheduled to play the ballroom in its opening months. Rock band My Morning Jacket, singer-song writer Sturgill Simpson, Grammy-nominated duo Disclosure and comedian Brian Regan are just a sample of the already announced concerts. Check out the full list here and grab your tickets. They are going fast.

live music, music, Bricktown, concerts
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Arena annals

Aerial of arena construction

The Chesapeake Energy Arena, current home of the Oklahoma City Thunder, has a relatively short but interesting history. The seeds of the arena were first sown with the passage of the MAPS projects in December 1993. Construction commenced on May 11, 1999, with the design of the arena indicative of the minimum NBA and NHL standards of the time. Completed at a cost of only $89.2 million initially, the arena opened as the Ford Center on June 8, 2002 with a basketball seating capacity of 19,163. It hosted Britney Spears, the Rolling Stones, the Eagles, Paul McCartney and more over its first 12 months, in addition to the OKC Blazers hockey team.

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina forced the New Orleans Hornets from their home and into the welcoming arms of OKC and the arena. For two seasons, Chris Paul, David West and coach Byron Scott led the “New Orleans / Oklahoma City Hornets” to newfound fan support and success on the court, unearthing the “Loud City” phenomenon and a strong demand for pro hoops in OKC at the same time.

In late 2007, relocation of the NBA franchise in Seattle to Oklahoma City became a legitimate possibility. The city council placed a temporary 1-cent sales tax on the ballot to begin at the conclusion of the “MAPS for Kids” program in order to fund upgrades intended to bring the arena up to current NBA standards (as well as construct a team practice facility) should the team indeed relocate. The measure was handily approved by the voters in March 2008, and the team was given the OK to relocate to OKC the next month.

Naming rights for the Oklahoma Ford Dealers expired in 2010, and the arena was known as “Oklahoma City Arena” until the next year, when it became known by its current moniker. Meanwhile, a multi-year renovation schedule had commenced. After the upgrades were complete, the basketball seating capacity stood at 18,203, but additional suites, restaurants, clubs, premium seating, lighting, sound, NBA-specific locker rooms and more were added, in addition to concourse and other public area renovations, as well as a new “front door” for the arena that faces the future Oklahoma City Boulevard alignment to the south.

The future looks bright for Chesapeake Energy Arena outside, inside, and on the court. Thunder Up!

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Get your blood pumping…

Great State Fair of Oklahoma

Hold on to your hat cowboys and cowgirls, and get ready for one of our favorite can’t-miss events of the year – the Oklahoma State Fair. This year’s event will be held Sept. 17-27 at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds and offers something for everyone, from bacon-covered, deep-fried treats to karate kids and ferocious dinosaurs.

Action? Did someone say action? Well, expect nothing less from the Oklahoma State Fair. Enjoy the thrills of extreme bull riding or one of the tremendous shows featuring the world's largest traveling collection of raptors, dinosaurs and even a fire-eating magician. Your little princess (or prince for that matter) is sure to enjoy the stories or Elsa and Anna as Disney on Ice presents “Frozen.”

For those who prefer something a little on the tamer side, check out the Swifty Swine Pig Races, Farmyard Follies or the ACM@UCO’s Party on the Plaza. Or, to get a feel for what it was like in the olden days, check out the chuck wagon cookin’ demonstration.

Don’t miss the Adventure Road Entertainment Stage or the Bandshell Stage to enjoy free concerts each evening from jazz, blues, hip hop, rock, country and Christian bands. You might even catch classical dancers, choirs, or magicians while you’re at it.

And we would be amiss not to mention that Oklahoma City was chosen as one of 12 cities in the nation to host Navy Week, which happens to coincide with this year’s Oklahoma State Fair. Plan to see special shows from the Navy Band Southwest and Leap Frogs Parachute Team and exhibits such as the USS Constitution and USS Oklahoma City.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Edmond

Here at the Better Life we know Oklahoma City is a lot more than the OKC city limits. In fact, we like to think of it as Greater Oklahoma City. There are many great communities just outside of our city that help add entertainment and housing options to our region. Every once in a while we like to take a look at some of these communities. Today we will look up north beginning in Edmond.

Edmond is our neighbor to the north and is actually the state’s sixth largest city with a population of just over 81,000. Edmond is hard to beat for a suburb. We aren’t just blowing smoke as CNBC ranked it No. 1 on its “10 Perfect Suburbs” list.

Arcadia Lake is a great place to catch some outdoor fun. The fishing at Arcadia is great as you can catch bluegill, catfish and bass year around. Wait … year around? “Who wants to fish in the frigid temperatures of January?” you might be asking. Well, the lake has a heated, covered dock for just that type of occasion. Arcadia is one of the youngest lakes in Oklahoma, as it opened in 1987. You can also swim, boat, water ski and play disc golf. The lake also has some quality trails for hiking, biking and horse riding.

Are you into the performing arts? You can catch a variety of great shows in Edmond starting with an event at the Armstrong Auditorium.  It is a luxury venue that hosts premier concerts and performing arts, ranging from the Russian National Ballet to classical, jazz or even bluegrass music, depending on the season.

Edmond is also home to University of Central Oklahoma’s Jazz Lab. Every week the lab features live entertainment with food and drink of course. 

This is just a small taste of things to see and do in Edmond. What are some other can’t miss events or attractions in Edmond? Let us know in the comments.

fishing, live music, mountain biking, music, outdoor recreation, water sports, ballet, concerts, cycling, Edmond
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Step Right Up for Fair Fun!

[Photo courtesy of the Oklahoma State Fair]

From Sept. 11-21, State Fair Park in Oklahoma City will be bustling with the Oklahoma State Fair and all that it entails. An annual extravaganza stretching back 107 years, the Oklahoma State Fair offers a little something for everyone, from deep-fried culinary delights (sign us up!) to ice-dancing Disney princesses. Read on for our can’t-miss fair favorites.

  • The City of AGtropolis – The Oklahoma State Fair has its roots in agriculture, and this hands-on learning experience presents Oklahoma’s agricultural history with interactive exhibits and demonstrations throughout the Oklahoma Expo Hall. This event is perfect for kids or adults formerly obsessed with the Little House on the Prairie series.
  • Centennial Frontier Experience – In case you aren’t quite done celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Oklahoma Land Run, the Centennial Frontier Experience at 14 Flags Plaza will take you way back to Oklahoma’s Wild West days. Don’t miss two of the rootinest, tootinest western performers, Loop Rawlins and Lynn Payne, in the Wild West Showcase.
  • Disney on Ice – Called “the ultimate celebration of celebrations,” Disney on Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! with its usual vibrancy and flair. Check out ticket prices and show times here.
  • Free concerts on the Chickasaw Entertainment Stage – Gather smack-dab in the middle of the fairgrounds each evening to enjoy jazz, alt rock, country, oldies and even hick-hop (yes, that’s a thing).
  • Fair food –You may already have your go-to favorite, but the roster of fair food has 20 new additions this year. Heads up – almost half of those foods include bacon as an ingredient. Start prepping your digestion now.   
live music, State Fair Park, concerts, family-friendly, food
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

LIVE on the Music

If you’re like us, the phrase “live music” is like music to your ears … OK, maybe that’s not the best simile in this situation, but you know what we’re saying. And OKC’s live music culture continues to develop into a major part of life here. As Huey Lewis can attest, the “heart of rock ‘n’ roll is still beating” in Oklahoma City. (Aaaaand scene.) Anyway, the awesome part is that you don’t have to be a full-on hipster / scenester-type to enjoy the blossoming live music scene in Oklahoma City.

There are plenty of well-known, friendly and accessible venues hosting cool shows all over town. Need ideas? Check out this listing . And besides that, don’t forget about spots like The Conservatory, The Blue Note, Opolis, the Diamond Ballroom, the Chevy Bricktown Events Center, the ACM@UCO Performance Lab, the Bricktown Music Hall, and more. Where to get info on what shows are on this weekend? Besides sites like bandsintown or songkick, many a local in OKC will utilize the Oklahoma Gazette’s calendar to keep them up-to-speed on who is playing where. You can also purchase alcoholic beverages at many of the venues, which is a plus. Bring your own earplugs, though.


Oklahoma City native Graham Colton performs in March 2014 at Bricktown Music Hall

But to whom to listen? Besides actually getting out there and checking out some bands, the easy way to keep up with what’s going down on the OKC music scene includes listening to the Oklahoma Rock Show on the radio or on the computer, and checking out their playlists on the Spotify (and you can also follow @oklahomarock on the Twitter).

Prefer concerts of the outdoor variety? Oh snap, hum and dingereedoo, we’ve got you covered there too, you alfresco aficionado. Both the Downtown Airpark and the Zoo Amphitheater have a full slate of concerts for the summer and beyond, besides summertime staples Sunday Twilight Concert Series at the Myriad Gardens, LIVE on the Plaza at the (you guessed it, Sherlock) Plaza District, and Lower Bricktown Live at (surely you see where this is going at this point) Lower Bricktown Plaza.

What are your favorite live music tips for OKC? Let us know in the comments. Happy listening!

nightlife, concerts, live music, music, Myriad Botanical Gardens
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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This School Rocks

University of Central Oklahoma’s Academy of Contemporary Music in Bricktown brings the noise – along with all the classes, studying and socializing more typical of college. A one-of-a-kind operation on this side of the world, the ACM@UCO is dedicated to music and training students in all aspects of the music business, and is affiliated with the original ACM in the UK. Bachelor’s- or associate’s-degree-track students can learn about production and business as well as performance.


via @acmuco Instagram

Things get turned up to 11 when master classes are taught by the likes of Jackson Browne, Roger Daltrey, Ben Folds, John Oates, and Ted Dwane & Ben Lovett of Mumford and Sons, for starters. You can check out ACM@UCO’s students at work at shows and events throughout the year, as well as at select shows at the ACM@UCO performance lab.

music, college, concerts, education, live music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Banjo Commando

Steve Martin and Kermit the Frog in "Dueling Banjos" from Steve Martin 

What do Steve Martin and Kermit the Frog have in common? They both speak English. Oh! And they also both play the banjo. All things relating to “America’s Instrument” are on display at the world-class treasure that is the American Banjo Museum in Bricktown. The ABM features the largest publicly-displayed collection in the world, with more than 300 instruments, including 19th-century-vintage “Minstrel Age” banjos, replicas of primitive instruments used by southern slaves and ultra-fancy Jazz Age banjos from the ’20s and ’30s, among others. It’s well worth a visit.

American Banjo Museum
9 E Sheridan Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73104

ADMISSION:
Adults $6
Seniors (55+), Students $5
Youth (5-17) $4
Children (under 5) Free
Family (2 adults-2 children) $15

HOURS:
Tuesday – Saturday 11a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday Noon-5 p.m.
Last daily admissions at 45 minutes prior to closing.

concerts, museums
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Music, Maestro

Oklahoma City has a deep and rich music history, and that fact is exemplified by the acts immortalized by being named after Oklahoma City streets (or is it the other way around?). You just have to look at notables like Oklahoma City Blue Devils, Color Me Badd, Mason Williams, Hinder, Garth Brooks, Neal Schon and others to see that Oklahoma City has birthed and raised a number of music legends. Check out these bios for a little reminder of why Wanda Jackson Way, Charlie Christian Boulevard, Vince Gill Avenue and Flaming Lips Alley are named as such.

Charlie Christian
Oklahoma City’s own Charlie Christian, the “Father of the Electric Guitar,” was one of the notable musicians who jammed in the 20s and 30s along N.E. 2nd Street in Deep Deuce. 

concerts, history, music, Oklahoma City history
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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