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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, November 6, 2018

Veterans Day 2018

Veterans Day Parade

OKC does things really well when it comes to honoring our military heroes with concerts, celebrations and parades. Check out one (or more) of these Veterans Day weekend events and remember to thank a veteran for their service!

Nov. 8 – Let Freedom Ring! A musical salute to our Veterans. 7:30 p.m. Oklahoma City University - Petree Recital Hall - Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Center - 2501 N Blackwelder Ave

Nov. 9 – Dedication Ceremony for World War II-era C-47  The City of Midwest City and the Oklahoma History Center will hold a ceremony to dedicate C-47 transport aircraft #42-92838 on Friday, Nov. 9, at 9 a.m. Joe B. Barnes Regional Park – 8700 E. Reno

Veterans Day ceremony, Oklahoma History Center The Oklahoma History Center will host a 2018 Veterans Day ceremony on Friday, Nov. 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is open to the public. Presentations at the ceremony will be made by retired Major General Rita Aragon and Lieutenant Colonel Bill Schwertfeger, who was a prisoner of war (POW) during the Vietnam War.

Nov. 12 – Veterans Day Parade  The parade will begin at 10 a.m. and the route begins at Century Blvd and S.E. 15th St, travels east to Douglas Blvd and goes north to Reno Ave in Midwest City.

holiday, live music, military, parade
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, October 2, 2018

October in OKC

Concerts galore, Halloweens fright fests, world-class art exhibits and more special events than you can shake a stick at it. If you are looking for a good time, October in the 4-0-5 is the place to be. Check out this video from our friends at VisitOKC for more.

arts and culture, holiday, live music, 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, September 11, 2018

Great State Fair of Oklahoma

Midway at the Oklahoma State 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. 13-23, 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.

  • Disney on Ice- A State Fair mainstay, Disney on Ice is back with Dare to Dream!, a fun adventure with all your Disney favorites.
  • Xtreme Bulls- What do you get when you mix action-packed bull riding and high-energy country music concerts? You get Xtreme Bulls.
  • Chickasaw Country Entertainment Stage- Nothing can beat free live music. This year’s lineup includes Neal McCoy, Beatlemania, Dylan Scott, Dru Hill, Foghat and more.
live sporting events, State Fair Park, family-friendly, 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, July 31, 2018

August in OKC

The Convention and Visitors Bureau has a brand new video out to talk about August in the city. With 12 concerts, 3 festivals, and other local events in art and culture, stay tuned and get informed with August in OKC.

arts and culture, attractions, festivals, live music, Visit OKC
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Live music in OKC

There’s a certain voice to OKC. It wavers in a rekindled vibrancy, as an old man that’s come back to his church choir. Wherever you go here, there’s someone around the corner singing gospel about the best and the worst parts of life and experience.

Back in 1919 over on Second Street, the Aldridge Theater opened and hosted the best jazz musicians in the nation. Now, the building is gone and that music spills onto the streets. Every last Saturday of the month, the historic Deep Deuce District lives again in the Deep Deuce Sessions, a music walk where artists invade local venues and fill the air with gospel, jazz and acoustic sounds.

The Jones Assembly is OKC’s newest spot for music and food, opened in 2017. Pulling big name artists and offering classy food and drink options, this young establishment does its home district of Film Row proud. Down on 23rd Street, the historic Tower Theatre stands proud again with its neon marquee. Sporting a history back to 1937 as an original movie house, this renovated venue hosts up-and-coming regional artists from hip-hop to Americana.

Swing over to the Plaza District where it bleeds with color and creativity. If the Plaza Walls are this district’s bare heart, then Saints Bar and Lounge is its illustrious voice in Saints Sessions. Every Thursday evening, talented, local acoustic and jazz musicians play at this intimate setting where the people are friendly, the drinks are strong and the music is stellar.

At Bleu Garten in Midtown OKC, culture stays local with table games, great drinks, seasoned food trucks and live, local music every Thursday night. With its outdoor setting, Bleu arguably has one of the best atmospheres in town. On the lively Bricktown canal, Michael Murphy’s Dueling Piano Bar is a true star of the city, with pizza by the slice and drinks galore. Open Thursday through Saturday, blisteringly skilled musical performers get their kicks taking requests and razzing audience members.

Just outside the Paseo District lies The Blue Door, a venue that offers a different experience than all the bars and restaurants. The Blue Door doesn’t offer drinks or food (although drinks are BYOB): it offers a quiet, close-knit listening room for the veteran and novice musician alike. Named simply after the color of its doors, this venue makes folk, rock and blues its cornerstone.

This old man doesn’t speak the words the same way as once, nor does he bellow as loud as he could in younger years, but he still finds a hunger for harmony. Etching an echo in kindred hearts, the man and his chorus, the city and its people, keep making this music, onward and ever upward.

festivals, Film Row, food, live music, nightlife, Oklahoma City history, Paseo District, Plaza District, restaurants, Bricktown, Uptown 23, Deep Deuce
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, June 19, 2018

The Deep (Deuce) end

Deep Deuce sign

The Deep Deuce district is the heart of Oklahoma City in more ways than just its central location. Deep Deuce, one of the most historically significant areas of Oklahoma City, was the home of African-American culture in the 1920s and ‘30s and, during that time, it gave birth to a vibrant jazz music scene. The district was home to jazz legends Charlie Christian and Jimmy Rushing, to name a few. Fans of great works of American literature will recognize another famous resident – Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man, was born there in 1913.

The vibrancy of Deep Deuce is still alive and well today. The district has reinvented itself as a hub of urban living and includes local favorite restaurants, bars and coffee shops. It’s also home to downtown Oklahoma City’s grocery store, Native Roots Market. Even if you don’t call the district home, it’s the perfect place to meet friends for a weekend drink or to enjoy Deep Deuce Sessions, a monthly night celebrating OKC’s best musicians at venues throughout the district.

live music, nightlife, Oklahoma City history, restaurants, Deep Deuce, festivals
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Live music in June

live music

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, May 22, 2018

An introduction to OKC’s artsy side 

Paseo Arts Festival

The Paseo Arts Festival is the perfect time to celebrate one of Oklahoma City’s most unique artistic communities: The Paseo Arts District. For more than 40 years, the Paseo Arts Festival has brought food, fun, music (and, ya know, art) to the picturesque district’s streets.

This year the festival will take place May 26-28. Attend this event to see the work of more than 90 visual artists whose work spans a wide variety of media including painting, photography, woodworking and jewelry. With live performers and dozens of food vendors, this event is one that the entire family can enjoy.

festivals, food, free, live music, Paseo District, arts and culture, family-friendly
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.
nightlife, concerts, live music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Festival of the Arts

OKC Festival of the Arts

You don’t have to be an Oklahoma City native long to understand that the annual Festival of the Arts is the unofficial kickoff of spring in the metro. This year’s festival will be held April 24-28 at Bicentennial Park.

First started in 1967, the Festival of the Arts is put on by Arts Council Oklahoma City to celebrate art and community. More than 140 visual artists from around the county will have booths set up to showcase any medium of art you can think of.

The great thing about the festival is that it’s a blast for the whole family as they also emphasize performing and culinary arts. You can listen to great live music on three stages while enjoying some amazing food.

As you can imagine, the festival is a major undertaking and to make it happen the Arts Council relies on volunteers. If you are interested in helping out check out the link to learn more. Trust us, there are much worse ways to spend an April afternoon.

Also, if this marks your first time going to the festival check out our insider tips from a couple years back. Be sure to note the location of the festival has changed since the post but the tips still apply!

arts and culture, festivals, food, live music, volunteer
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The thrill of live music

ACM@UCO live music

The live music scene in Oklahoma City has never been healthier due to the opening of several venues over the past two years. From arena shows, to outdoor amphitheaters, intimate listening rooms and mid-sized venues for indie darlings, Oklahoma City now has a home for any act crisscrossing the country. Here is a rundown of places to see live music in OKC. However don’t take this as an exhaustive list. If you know of a great place to catch music in OKC that we didn’t mention give us a shout in the comments or on Twitter or Facebook.

Chesapeake Energy Arena – While it is most famous as the home to the Thunder, the ‘Peake is also where the biggest names in music make their stops in Oklahoma City. Garth Brooks, Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Billy Joel and Elton John are just a handful of artists who have played there over the years. James Taylor, Thomas Rhett and Justin Timberlake are just a few of the artists with concerts announced in the coming months.

The Criterion – Opening in 2016, The Criterion is located 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, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, The xx and Lil Wayne have all played there. On April 25, music legend David Byrne will be making his lone Oklahoma stop at the venue.

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. One of the Tower’s strengths is the diverse acts the venue books. Acts from Bowling for Soup to Chief Keef and Shakey Graves have concerts there in the next month.

The Jones Assembly – opening last year with a concert by The Wallflowers and Better Than Ezra, The Jones Assembly is a renovated, 100-year-old, 20,000-square-foot space on Film Row (just south of the 21C Museum Hotel) featuring a 1,600-capacity performance venue as well as a true dining destination. Vince Staples, Willie Nelson, Old Crow Medicine Show and Lake Street Drive have all graced the stage at the Jones.

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 and 500 standing. The Lab has hosted Dr. Dog, Sean Lennon, Okkervil River and Ben Taylor.

In addition to the new venues, stalwarts like the Zoo Ampitheater, the Diamond Ballroom and indie-focused venues Opolis and 89th Street Collective are still booking great shows and adding diversity to OKC’s live music scene.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Bricktown: fun for all ages

Bricktown Nightlife

Adjacent to downtown Oklahoma City is one of the most well-known entertainment districts in the Southwest – Bricktown. With its large concentration of high-energy night clubs, casual lounges and list of restaurants covering a multitude of culinary cultures, Bricktown has something for every taste. And, when you factor in its picturesque setting, which embraces a mile-long canal lined with eateries, clubs, a movie theater, a bowling lounge, the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark and beautifully landscaped gardens and public art, you'll discover something the whole family can enjoy! Vibrant melodies can be heard coming from the American Banjo Museum and the Academy of Contemporary Music. You can also see some of the hottest acts in music at the Criterion. Take a Bricktown Water Taxi cruise along the canal and discover the history of this energetic district. And while the weather is warm, be sure to hail a pedicab or one of several horse-drawn carriages that can be seen ferrying customers all over Bricktown. It's the perfect place for you to choose your own adventure.

Bricktown, family-friendly, live music, museums, nightlife, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Live music in April

OKC’s music scene is hot, with a variety of venue sizes and artists to choose from in April. Read on for highlights, and be sure to visit each venue’s website for the complete schedule.

  • Philippe Quint (April 7, Civic Center Music Hall) – Russian-American classical violinist Philippe Quint will reimagine traditional works as part of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic’s Classics series.
  • John Moreland & Deer Tick (April 11, Diamond Ballroom) – Singer-songwriter and Oklahoma native John Moreland is making a stop in his home state with Deer Tick, an alt-rock band steeped in folk, blues and country influences.
  • Bowling for Soup (April 22, Tower Theatre) – With a career spanning more than two decades, Bowling for Soup will bring its trademark power pop that will have you singing along. (1985, anyone?)
  • David Byrne (April 25, The Criterion) – Founding member of Talking Heads David Byrne is touring to promote his first solo album in 14 years, “American Utopia.”
  • Oh Wonder (April 26, The Jones Assembly) – Viral online sensation Oh Wonder will bring their signature R&B tunes to The Jones Assembly alongside the UK’s Astronomyy.
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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

March in OKC

It is March in OKC, and that means spring break and warmer temperatures. March is one of the busiest months in the 4-0-5, but our friends over at the CVB have you covered with their monthly What to OKC video. This month’s highlights include eight Thunder games, Miranda Lambert, Dropkick Murphys, Finding Neverland and more.

attractions, live music, live sporting events
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Live music in March

Live music

From a massive show with one of country music’s biggest stars at the Chesapeake Energy Arena to more intimate performances with local favorites at the Blue Door, March is a great month for live music in Oklahoma City. Below are some highlights but be sure to click on the venue links for more great shows.

  • Dropkick Murphys- March 2 at the Diamond Ballroom; The Dropkick Murphys are a long-time cult-favorite band out of Boston who are known for their raucous live shows.
  • Bob Schneider- March 8 at The Blue Door; The Blue Door listening room is the perfect place to catch Austin-legend Bob Schneider, known for his wit and lyrics.
  • Miranda Lambert- March 9 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena; Grammy Award-winning artist (and one-time Oklahoma resident) Miranda Lambert will bring her Livin’ Like Hippies Tour to OKC. Up-and-comer John Pardi will be the opening act.
  • Shooter Jennings- March 8 at the Tower Theatre; The son of country legends Waylon Jennings and Jessi Coulter has blazed his own trail combing classic country, southern rock and punk.
  • Whiskey Myers- March 10 at the Criterion; If southern rock is your type of music, Whiskey Myers are a can’t miss concert anytime they are in town.
  • Ty Dolla $ign- March 30 at the Tower Theatre; Ty Dolla $ign will be bringing his unique style of hip hop to the Tower Theater later this month.
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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Film Row is blending the past with the future

Film Row OKC

While many of Oklahoma City’s urban districts have undergone unbelievable changes over the past decade, Film Row might take home the prize for most improved.

Starting in 1907, what is now known as Film Row was home to film exchange distribution offices, a place where movie theater owners could return old films and exchange them for new releases. By the 1960s, every major film studio was represented in the area (along with theater supply stores), but changing technologies caused the industry to disintegrate, leaving Oklahoma City with the last remaining film exchange district in the U.S.

Thankfully, Film Row has experienced a rebirth that deeply respects its cinematic history. Boasting a unique mix of creative companies, restaurants and retail means that this district has plenty of opportunities to enjoy. Today, you can catch a live music at The Jones Assembly (as well as enjoy their great food and drinks), buy succulent plants while sipping on coffee at the Plant Shoppe/Okay Yeah Co., or grab a drink and view the art galleries at 21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City.

The most exciting thing about this district? It’s just getting started. The West Village development is currently under construction and will bring a mix of housing, retail, office space and another live music venue to the area. Nearly 350 housing units are part of the project and will bring even more life to this thriving district.  

restaurants, theater, arts and culture, Film Row, housing, live music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Best of 2017

Riversport Rapids

Each year, we like to take a look back at some of our favorite posts of the past year. 2017 was a big year for our city and the groundwork was laid for several projects and initiatives that could shape our metro for decades to come.

  • Tinker Turns 75- Tinker Air Force Base is a major driver of the OKC economy and this year it turned the big 7-5.
  • Innovation District- Entrepreneurship has been in our city’s DNA since its founding in a single day. This year an effort in placemaking, centered around a proposed innovation district, took huge strides towards reality.
  • Craft Beer Explosion- The craft beer scene in Oklahoma City has been on the rise for a while with some local breweries who have won big honors. However, recent efforts to modernize our state’s liquor laws have set the stage for local breweries to reach a whole new level.
  • Various Venues- With the opening of several new venues, live music had a big year in OKC.
  • Infrastructure Investment- This fall OKC residents voted yes on a landmark infrastructure package that will invest more than $1 billion in our roads, bridges and public safety.
  • A River’s Rise- Check out our new storytelling feature on the rise of the Oklahoma River.
Innovation District, live music, music, Oklahoma River, Tinker, beer, community
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Kick off the New Year in style

NYE in OKC

For 30 years, Opening Night has been the center of New Year’s Eve fun in Oklahoma City. Put on by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City, Opening Night offers fun for the entire family with performances throughout downtown OKC featuring acts such as The Wise Guys, Edgar Cruz, OKC Improv and more. Trust us, there is absolutely zero chance of a less than stellar New Year’s Eve. Did we mention there’s fun for the whole family? The youngsters are sure to enjoy face painting, an interactive art project, and lively music performances. And the fireworks finale is a show-stopping spectacle that you won't soon forget.

Wristbands are just $8 in advance and you can pick them up at 7-Eleven Stores of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, MidFirst Bank locations and Plenty Mercantile. You can also get wristbands for $10 at the event.

And don’t worry about grabbing grub before heading downtown – seriously, they’ve thought of everything – the city’s best food trucks will be on-hand to serve up a variety of exciting food. Get your dinner on Finale Alley any time before midnight!

family-friendly, festivals, food, live music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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And the Oscar goes to

Tower Theatre in Uptown 23rd

In our humble opinion, one of the coolest things about the renovation of the historic Tower Theatre is how the building’s history as a film house has been kept front and center. If you didn’t know, the Tower Theatre originally opened in 1937, and served as the premier movie house in Oklahoma City for almost 40 years. While the renovation of the historic theatre has mainly focused on the facility as a live music venue, you can also catch some of your favorite films there as well. “Home Alone”, “This is Spinal Tap”, “Christmas Vacation” and “Shawshank Redemption” are just a handful of the movies playing between now and the end of the year. The Tower even offers a full bar for movie showings. Check out their schedule to see when your favorite movie is playing.

The Tower Theatre is far from the only unique place to see a movie in Oklahoma City. On the third Friday of each month, the 21c Museum Hotel features a movie screening as part of their Filmography series, a partnership with deadCenter Film and OKC Film Society. These screenings are absolutely free.

Finally, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art has been the metro’s art house cinema for years. Their film program mainly focuses on independent cinema but occasionally sprinkles in films such as “Die Hard” for special holiday screenings. They even offer special ticket packages that include dinner at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art Cafe.

film, free, history, live music, museums, 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 21, 2017

What we’re thankful for

MAPS Whitewater Rapids

Since 2017 was such a big year for our community, and this is the week of giving thanks, we thought we would share some of the things we are thankful for.

  • A River’s Rise: The Oklahoma River continues to be an unexpected gem in the heart of downtown.
  • MAPS 3: The landmark initiative continues to make huge strides as we see more and more projects take shape.
  • The citizens: This year the citizens of OKC approved a $1.2 billion infrastructure investment to improve their community.
  • The Thunder: This year marks a decade of Thundering Up in OKC.
  • Innovation: Oklahoma City took the first steps in creating an innovation district based on the results of a Brookings/Project for Public Spaces study on OKC.
  • Beer: Recent changes in state law have resulted in an explosion of craft breweries in the metro.
  • Live music: The opening of several new venues have brought the live music scene in Oklahoma City to another level.
  • Tinker: This year marked the 75th anniversary of Tinker Air Force Base.
Innovation District, live music, MAPS, Oklahoma River, Thunder, Tinker, beer, community
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

nightlife, restaurants, Uptown 23, concerts, live music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Festive with PlazaFest

Plaza District Festival

Looking for a fun, exciting day out with family or friends? With live music, incredible food and beautiful art, there’s a lot to see and do at the upcoming Plaza District Festival.

Celebrating local arts, culture and the revitalization of OKC’s Plaza District, the Plaza District Festival will feature art from more than 30 Oklahoma-based artists in addition to an all Oklahoma lineup of musicians and performers on three stages. There will also be a kid’s area with activities like face painting, hula hoops and bubbles, and firehouse art activities throughout the festival so your little ones can harness their own creative genius.

The Plaza District is an enclave of locally owned shops, galleries and restaurants and has become a hub for creativity and a magnet for local businesses. It is a popular place for visitors who want to find that unique gift, enjoy a drink and soak in an area that now has a hipster, modern vibe. Grab a cup of coffee at District House, a slice of pizza at Empire or a grilled cheese at the Mule. You can also get a drink at Oak and Ore before heading over to DNA Galleries to buy some clothes or art. How about ending the evening with a performance at Lyric Theatre and then running over to Roxy’s for some ice cream or Pie Junkie for the best pie around. Get the picture? There is something for everyone in the Plaza.

The Plaza District Festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

festivals, food, live music, nightlife, Plaza District, restaurants, theater, arts and culture, family-friendly
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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