The BOK Center, a 19,199 – seat entertainment venue, is managed by SMG, the world leader in venue management, marketing and development. Headquartered in Philadelphia, SMG provides management services to over 200 public assembly facilities including arenas, stadiums, performing arts centers, theatres and convention, conference and trade centers.
As the recognized industry leader since 1977, SMG provides construction and design consulting, pre-opening services, venue management, sales and marketing and event booking and programming. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through our in house catering company, Savor…catering by SMG, currently servicing 65 accounts worldwide. With facilities across the United States, and in Puerto Rico , Mexico , Canada , Europe and the Middle East , SMG controls over 1.5 million entertainment seats worldwide and manages more than ten million feet of exhibition space.
Built in 1924 by Tulsa entrepreneur Tate Brady, The Cain’s Ballroom has gone from a garage, a dime-a-dance joint and a dancing academy until it became what is known by artists and patrons alike as one of the top performance venues in the world today.
The highlight of the ballroom is a historic maple, spring loaded dance floor designed in a “log cabin” or concentric square pattern. Lighting the dance floor is a four-foot neon star and a silver disco ball. The walls are decorated with oversized photographs of various musicians who played Cain’s, including Bob Wills, Johnnie Lee Wills, Ernest Tubb, Ted Williams, Tex Ritter, Kay Starr and Tennessee Ernie Ford. Between the portraits are black fiddle-shaped fixtures illuminated by a single red bulb.
Bob Wills was born into a family of fiddlers where he learned to play the fiddle and mandolin. As a young man, Wills performed at house dances, medicine shows and on the radio. On New Year’s Night 1935, he made his debut at Cain’s and the venue soon became known as “The Home of Bob Wills.”
As The Home of Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys from 1935 to 1942, the ballroom was especially significant for popularizing a new sound of western music called western swing, a form of country and western that combined jazz, hillbilly, boogie, blues, big band swing, rhumba, mariachi and jitterbug music. Weekly dances, a midnight radio show and a daily noon-hour program were played by Bob Wills during what are remembered as his “glory years.”
Bob Wills is remembered as “The King of Western Swing.” He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1978, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999 and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 for his significant contributions to American music from the 1930s through the 1960s. During his career, Wills wrote and recorded at least 470 songs, including “Take Me Back to Tulsa” and “San Antonio Rose,” and he influenced such artists as Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Asleep at the Wheel.
Cain’s is known throughout the music industry as not only “The Home of Bob Wills,” but also as the “Carnegie Hall of Western Swing.”
Yesterday, it sat empty. Seven acres in Tulsa’s historic Greenwood District. Land deeply rooted in our city’s past, yet forgotten as Tulsa grew. Now, an extraordinary community partnership takes the next step in the revitalization of downtown Tulsa. Presenting ONEOK Field, the new home of the Tulsa Drillers. ONEOK salutes Tulsa residents, civic leaders and the generous donors who have come together to build the foundation for this important project. We’re proud to associate the ONEOK name with Tulsa’s new ballpark. ONEOK believes in Tulsa and is committed to supporting initiatives that will bring new development and vibrancy to downtown. ONEOK Field. Where memories will be made and hometown heroes cheered. First pitch: April 2010.
Completed in 1914, the Brady Theater was originally designed as a municipal auditorium and convention hall by the architectural firm of Rose and Peterson of Kansas City, KS. The building was known as Convention Hall for the first forty years of its life. When the facility officially opened, it was billed as the largest hall between Kansas City and Houston.
In 1930, world-renowned architect Bruce Goff was hired as designer of a major interior remodel. He had thirty days to transform the barn-like interior into an elegant showplace. The Art Deco style remodeling included draperies and seats, vertical wall panels of white plaster decorated with thin gold dividers, gilded air conditioning grilles, and acoustic ceiling tiles painted green, blue, white, and gold. Five massive green and white pendant light fixtures were installed centrally in the auditorium.
In 1952, additions were constructed at the front and rear of the original 1914 structure. Upper and lower lobbies were added and the building was renamed Tulsa Municipal Theater.
In 1979, the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The architectural design at the time was referred to as Western Classic Revival.
Some of the greatest names in show business have graced the Historic Brady Theater stage. Below is only partial listing of those artists who have performed at the Historic Brady Theater: Louis Anderson, Adam Ant, Chet Atkins, Atlantic Starr, Burt, Tony Bennett, Blood Sweat & Tears, Pat Boone, Glen Campbell, The Cars, Chicago, Roy Clark, Rosemary Clooney, George M. Cohan, Phil Collins, David Allen Coe, John Conlee, Earl Thomas Conley, Alice Cooper, David Copperfield, Bill Cosby, Devo, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, John Fogerty, Kenny G., Gallagher, Genesis, Al Green, Merle Haggard, Don Henley, Buddy Holly, Tom Jones, Journey, Kansas, B.B. King, Cyndi Lauper, Motley Crue, Willie Nelson, Ted Nugent, Restless Heart, Kenny Rogers, Will Rogers, Styx, Ed Sullivan, Survivor, Sylvia, Randy Travis, U2, Phil Vassar, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Robin Williams, Dwight Yoakam.
For over 100 years, the Tulsa Metro Chamber has served as an integral part of what makes our community a great place to live, work and play.
Every strategy, program and service is created specifically to provide a positive, year-end dividend and we are 100 percent focused on results that translate directly to our customers—our 3,000 members and our community.
The Chamber serves as the primary advocate for Tulsa’s business community, but also utilizes several key community partners to ensure a well-balanced representation. Those partners include:
The City of Tulsa
Tulsa Public Schools
Tulsa Area Partnership
The Tulsa Industrial Authority
Oklahoma Small Business Development Center
Tri-County Small Business Bid Assistance
Workforce Tulsa Together these partnerships, along with the visionary civic leadership of our Board of Directors and Board of Advisors, and members filling over 1,700 volunteer positions—work hand-in-hand with 50 plus staff members to make our Chamber one of the most dynamic member-driven and community-oriented organizations in the nation.
The Tulsa Metro Chamber is the principal business-driven leadership organization improving the quality of community life through the development of regional economic prosperity.
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