It’s a great year for music on Adventure Road. The names in lights are bigger and better than ever, new and old venues are making their 2016 debuts 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 3500-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.
What started as a one-day event in 2008 has since swelled to three and now brings upwards of 60,000 music fans to the heart of downtown Main Street. Check out Norman Music Festival for a weekend full of music, arts, entertainment and camaraderie with fellow festival buffs.
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.
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.
Tower Theatre has been one of the crown jewels of Oklahoma City since 1931, where people from all across the state came for the debuts of “Cleopatra,” “The Sound of Music” and other cinematic classics. Newly renovated and restored, Tower Theatre now acts as a premiere concert space in the Uptown 23rd District.
The Zoo Amphitheatre has been Oklahoma's home for live concerts since 1936. As one of Oklahoma City's premier outdoor concert venues, the Zoo Amp provides amazing concerts in a historic atmosphere all summer long! It's a must-visit destination when visiting the Adventure District. Get ready for summer fun and great music.
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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