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Tulsa - Cain's Ballroom

423 North Main Street


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."


Jenni Lane

Monday, Feb. 26, 2018
Always have a good time at the Cain's. Bathroom is very large and mostly clean so you don't have to wait around for a stall. Staff is always very helpful and friendly. Only wish there was just a bit more seating since I'm handicap and can't stand for extended periods of time. I like that they have a smoking area outside of the building, always meet awesome people out there lol. The bands I've seen here have always sounded amazing too.

Tophat Jones

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018
The cains is a pretty small venue, but I have been to some damn good shows there. They need to figure out a better way to accommodate smokers instead of what they have going on now. All in all, Its a decent place to go see a show.

Chris Haxton

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018
My favorite music venue in Oklahoma for years now. However, I went to a show last week and they were trying to charge $5 for tap water. Not bottled water, just straight out of the faucet behind the bar. 5 bucks!! I'm always pretty disgusted when venues do this to people. I have always had amazing experiences at Cains but this was really, really disappointing.

Zoso 666

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017
The Cains Ballroom is probably the best venue for live music that Tulsa has to offer. It's a larger venue with a large stage that is mostly standing room only. Famous acts from all over the world play here and every show is an intimate and very enjoyable experience. It is a historic landmark in this city and is my favorite place to see a live show. They serve drinks and sometimes serve food from Oklahoma Joes BBQ. A definite must see place if you've never been and if your favorite band is playing there, you would be mad to miss it.

Chrissy Rust

Monday, Feb. 5, 2018
Absolutely adore Cains. The rich history just adds to the ambiance. So thankful to have this iconic landmark to enjoy. Like the wide variety of music talent that is offered.

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