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."
We attended the Jonny Lang concert last night (Sept. 12). The concert was great; we all had a great time. However the Cain's security team was the most rude, disrespectful group of thugs I have run across at any venue. I have been to concerts all over the US and have never seen people treated with so much disrespect. We were in line buying merchandise and were ran out like cattle. One guy was yelling get out. When I tried to explain what we were doing he just got louder. Once we walked out on the street another came running after our group yelling he was going to have us arrested. I said you have no authority; which his reply was he is a deputy sheriff. I then asked on what charges? He then completely changed his tune and started talking to someone else. Complete disrespect; embarrassing, I will never return. I would think Cain's could find a security team that could do a more effective job without all the confrontation.
Historic Cain's Ballroom... what can you say? Amazing! Clean, great bartenders, great music! And impressed that they had a crew outside the bathrooms keeping them clean through the night.
It's kind of plain for a concert venue. It's literally a dancing ballroom. I'm used to my rock venues having a bit more charm or quirky flare to them. I'm sure the place is nice for other genres of music or maybe comedy improv shows, or, you know, dances... But for metal or hard rock concerts, it's a little strange feeling.
Love the Cain's! It is so historic with all the pictures and old concert posters on the walls. The new dance floor is really nice but it is almost too nice for the old place. It's just always fun to go there whether it's for music or comedy or whatever!
One of the best indoor venues in the country. So much history and legend living in this place. If you've never seen a show here, you need to. The sound is quite spectacular here as well.