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Cain's Ballroom

423 North Main Street
918-584-2306

History:

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."



Reviews

Austin Hood

Rating:
Saturday, July 28, 2018
One of the greatest venues of all time. I’ve seen so many outstanding bands here, as well as played here so I’ve gotten the full experience. The sound is impeccable and the dance floor is so cool. I love the giant disco ball up top. I’m always looking forward to the next show here!

Dustin Hanigan

Rating:
Thursday, July 5, 2018
Great place to see any venue. Make sure you get there early. Parking is hard to find close and the lines are usually extremely long for big venues. Standing room only unless you get VIP tickets but you will always be close to the act. Absolutely awesome place to see a show if you wanna be close. Full bar for floor and a private bar for VIP seating.

Cory Chapman

Rating:
Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018
I love this venue! It's so original -- it has such a cozy atmosphere. I've seen two concerts here and they were both very memorable. There's also an open bar which ices the cake.

Mantis Religiosa

Rating:
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Best place to see live acts in Tulsa. Venue is small so you feel the artist and audience vibe off each other. Building is historic and oozes character. The performers seem to enjoy playing here cuz it brings out the best in them. There is a very small parking lot across the street that charges $5 and opens at 6:30 pm before shows, I recommend grabbing a spot otherwise you'll be forced to park a couple blocks away and walking.

john ashbaugh

Rating:
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
A great place to see live music up close and personal! The history alone will entertain most from Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, to the Sex Pistols, to Tech N9ne, so many have rocked those rafters. Their wide variety of acts should have something for everyone. Keep checking the website as they add acts contentiously. Haven't been to a bad show there, mind your manners and you should have no problem making many great musical memories at the one and only CAINS BALLROOM (a T-town treat)

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