Tulsans are fortunate to have so many remarkable music venues. From area festivals like Rocklahoma and Bixby Blues & BBQ, to major venues such Cain’s Ballroom and the Performing Arts Center. Then there is a host of local pubs and restaurants with live music like R Bar on Brookside, Los Cabos Mexican Restaurant in Jenks, and The Patio at Soul City, nicknamed Tulsa’s Best Backyard Party, on historic Route 66.
Typically, the music scene gets hot in mid-summer and usually on the weekends. But there’s plenty of amazing music happening right now and into the spring—and not always on the weekends. Best yet, many of these events are free or incredibly affordable. Here are a few favorites to get you started:
Musical Mondays is a concert series, designed especially for older adults, that features some of Tulsa’s most talented and respected musicians. The 2016 season consists of five monthly concerts, held on Monday evenings each month, April – August at Cascia Hall’s Performing Arts Center, 26th and South Utica. Presented by LIFE Senior Services, the concerts are a great opportunity for friends, couples and senior groups to have an affordable and entertaining night out. Tickets are $10 each or $40 for the entire five-concert series. Visit LIFESeniorServices.org for more information.
Tuesday Starlight Concerts
Mark your calendar to attend Starlight Concerts at 8 p.m. at Guthrie Green; June 21, June 28, July 12, July 19, July 26, and August 5 (Friday). Starlight Band is Oklahoma’s only professional concert band and includes over 50 musicians. Starlight members can also be heard playing in the TCC’s Signature Symphony, the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra and the Bartlesville Symphony. More information available at StarlightBands.net.
Wednesday Night Jazz
In the mood for some cool jazz? The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame presents Shelby Eicher’s Wednesday Night Spotlight alongside Nathan Eicher and special guests each Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. General Admission tickets are only $10 at the door. Visit TulsaJazz.com for more information.
Thursdays in the Square
Celebrate every Thursday with live music at Utica Square. Utica Square’s summer concert serves up everything from jazz to rock to country and best of all, it’s free! Pack a picnic or dine at one of Utica Square’s restaurants. This popular event is a great place to put on your dancing shoes or relax with family and friends. Concerts begin in May and last from 7-9 p.m.
The Gardens at LaFortune Park are host to First Friday Concerts each month beginning May 6th and continuing through September. The concerts begin at 7 p.m. and take place at the Gardens at LaFortune Park, a green space located near the intersection of 51st Street and Hudson Avenue. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, sit back and enjoy local bands present family-friendly music from all genres. Concerts are free to the public. Check the special events page at Parks. TulsaCounty.org for the line-up.
Tulsa is full of great music festivals and concerts. Check our monthly calendar printed in each issue or online at TulsaLifestylePubs.com.