Oklahoma’s melodies are about more than just the wind sweeping down the plains. Today’s music scene grew out of honky-tonk dance halls, out of divine church pews and the clutter of parents’ garages where the ghosts of notes past still linger.
Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. – Victor Hugo, 1864, William Shakespeare
We all have that song that takes us back. That song that, when heard through the chatter of a diner or over the loudspeakers at a football game, transports you to a moment that has been forever cemented in memory.
Music has always been a matter of energy to me, a question of fuel. Sentimental people call it inspiration, but what they really mean is fuel. On some nights I still believe that a car with the needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio. – Hunter S. Thompson
See how the lines between bluegrass and blues blur at the American Banjo Museum.
Experience talented up-and-coming artists from around the region in downtown Norman at the outdoor Norman Music Festival.
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If it's entertainment you're looking for, then there's no better place than Bricktown. This former warehouse district now features the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, a mile-long canal with water taxis and dozens of restaurants, clubs and venues.
Oklahoma City's Deep Deuce district, a hotbed of jazz music and African-American culture in the mid-20th century, has since transformed into a true downtown neighborhood of restaurants, late night hot spots, retail shops, art galleries and more. Paying tribute to the area's roots, the annual Deep Deuce Music Festival features renowned jazz and blues bands and local performing and visual artists.
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.
Featuring an eye-catching red baby grand piano, the Red Piano Lounge is the perfect place to sit back and relax. Listen to live music, from classical to jazz to show tunes, while enjoying a signature cocktail or delicious dish in the historic Skirvin Hilton Hotel.
Downtown Oklahoma City continues to thrive and evolve. This walkable urban area includes everything from museums, parks, shops and restaurants to sports, festivals and water adventures. Explore the uniqueness of each of its seven districts.
The Plaza District is a budding area in Oklahoma City that continues to evolve through revitalization efforts, with some of the most popular restaurants, bars and retail spaces calling it home. The area also hosts Live! on the Plaza on the 2nd Friday of each month, where live music and fresh food abounds, as well as the Plaza District Festival in the fall.
Established in 1962, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma is now a nationally recognized theatre company, putting on countless Broadway-caliber shows each year. Lyric also provides community arts outreach and hosts an artistic academy to nurture young talent. If you're interested in the performance arts, then you've got to see one of Lyric Theatre's high-quality shows the next time you're in Oklahoma City.
The Paseo area was developed in 1929 as the first shopping district in the state, and gradually became home to local artists and musicians. Today, the Paseo's Spanish revival buildings are home to 22 galleries, restaurants, boutiques and more. Be sure to visit for First Friday, the Paseo's monthly art walk, featuring dozens of artists and several opening receptions held in participating district galleries. The Paseo Arts Festival is also held annually on Memorial Day Weekend, combining art, food, music and family fun.
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.
Armstrong Auditorium is one of the top places in Oklahoma to see world-class musicians, singers and dancers from across the globe. Top acts like Broadway legend Kelli O’Hara, the Russian National Ballet, the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet and others have graced this stage, located on the Herbert W. Armstrong College campus.
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