It’s a great year for music on Adventure Road. The names in lights are bigger and better than ever, local talent is flourishing and Oklahoma is putting itself squarely on the musical map in the southern U.S.
Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.– Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
Now’s your moment to hit the road in the name of good music, to explore a place you’ve never been or a place you thought you knew. The sounds of Oklahoma, this melting pot of jazz, country, rock and the blues, is guaranteed to surprise you.
My eyes have been my camera taking pictures of the world and my songs have been my messages that I tried to scatter across the back sides and along the steps of the fire escapes and on the window sill and through the dark halls ...– Woody Guthrie
Lose yourself amongst priceless Americana at the American Banjo Museum.
Get into the spirit of the local scene at ACM@UCO Performance Lab.
Your journey through the melodies of Oklahoma is just ahead.
WinStar World Casino and Resort is the biggest casino in the world, located at the Southern Gateway to Adventure Road. It’s home to more than you might believe – three hotel towers, 1500 luxurious hotel rooms, two pools, 27 holes of golf, a 3,500-seat theatre and more games than anywhere in the world.
Built in 1920 as a home for silent films and vaudeville acts, the McSwain Theatre in Ada, Oklahoma, has been a diverse entertainment venue for years. Today, the historic structure plays hosts to concerts, movies and more.
Right where Adventure Road hits the OKC Metro, you’ll find 2,700 electronic games, 28 table games, an unparalleled concert hall and, most importantly, OKC’s Most Rewarding Casino.
Situated in the heart of Bricktown, The Criterion is the latest addition to Oklahoma City’s live music scene. Designed in a classic Art Deco style, The Criterion offers a full-service bar and can seat up to 4,000 people.
The ACM@UCO Performance Lab, located in downtown Oklahoma City in the thriving Bricktown District, is host to numerous ACM@UCO events and performances as well as touring acts and community events. Artists who have taken the Performance Lab stage include Steven Drozd of The Flaming Lips, Dr. Dog, Karla Bonoff, Ty Segall, Okkervil River, and Ben Taylor, to name a few.
One of downtown Oklahoma City's most unique treasures, the American Banjo Museum is home to the world's largest collection of publicly displayed banjos, featuring over 400 individual instruments. The 21,000-square-foot facility honors the vibrant spirit and rich history of this beloved American symbol, from its humble African roots to its heyday during the Roaring ‘20s to its current standing in bluegrass, folk and jazz music.
Home to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Chesapeake Energy Arena seats over 18,000 people and is one of the most popular venues in the state for sports, concerts, conventions and other forms of live entertainment, welcoming over one million guests each year.
September through May is Philharmonic season on Adventure Road! The OKC Philharmonic presents a series of eight Classics concerts and six pairs of Pops concerts each season for orchestral fans from all over to enjoy. Holiday performances of “The Christmas Show!”, the July 3rd Independence Day concert in Oklahoma City, the July 4th concert in Yukon, OK, and the annual Labor Day concert presented at the Oklahoma City Community College have become family traditions for thousands in Central Oklahoma and beyond.
Constructed in 1937 in an art deco style, the Civic Center Music Hall is now Oklahoma City's premier performing arts facility. The building features three theatres, a grand reception hall and multiple suites. Whether you're interested in opera, comedy, the symphony, musical theater or ballet, the Civic Center has a show for you.
Tower Theatre has been one of the crown jewels of Oklahoma City since 1931. Over the years, people from all across the state have sat in these historic seats for the debuts of “Cleopatra,” “The Sound of Music” and other cinematic classics. Today, the space acts as a premier concert space in the Uptown 23rd District and also screens both new and vintage films. Get ready for a jam-packed event season!
Styled after New Orleans jazz clubs, the UCO Jazz Lab is a world-class venue, playing host to everyone from local favorites like Horseshoe Road and Rachel Brashear to big-time acts like Karla Bonoff and the Glen Miller Orchestra. The space may be small, but the sound is anything but! Come out each week for amazing live jazz music and fresh, delicious food from neighbor Hideaway Pizza.
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