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A Smattering of Performance

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While the pandemic has prevented a lot of quality shows from reaching the stage, a few gems can be found around town this season. At the newly rebranded Tulsa Theatre (formerly Brady Theatre), comedian Nate Bargatze presents his Good Problem To Have stand-up performance on Aug. 26. Jason Boland and the Stragglers play the historic Cain’s Ballroom...

Headin’ Downtown

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OKC Grub Vast Nestled at the top of the 50-story Devon Tower, Vast offers fine dining and an exquisite panorama of the city. vastokc.com Patrono Patrono is a fantastic place to nab sophisticated yet affordable Italian fare before a show at the Civic Center Music Hall. patronookc.com Kitchen 324 Another feather in the cap of the Good Egg Dining Group, Kitchen 324 is a favorite...

Western Swing Savant

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In February 1934, a Texas expatriate named Bob Wills brought his ragtag group of musicians to Tulsa, where they auditioned for a slot on a radio station. Fans of Oklahoma music know how that turned out. Broadcasting six days a week over the far-reaching KVOO and eventually making Cain’s Ballroom their base of operations, Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys...

Tulsa Playboys

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Thursday, July 10, 7 p.m. The Tulsa Playboys are back at Cain’s Ballroom with more western swing tunes and fun. The band plays the music of Bob Wills and other big stars of the genre that became Tulsa’s signature sound thoughout the 1930s and ‘40s. As a tradition, western swing jazz music and culture are still celebrated in Tulsa with...

St. Vincent at Cain’s Ballroom

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Saturday, March 15, 7:30 p.m. The last time we wrote about Annie Clark, the singer better known as St. Vincent was experiencing the surge of attention that accompanies fresh, uninhibited work. St. Vincent had just released her third solo album, Strange Mercy, finding herself the focus of music journalists endeared to Clark’s songwriting and resourceful musicianship. If you’ve ever watched her...

Paper Diamond

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Friday, March 7, 7:30 p.m. Some DJs attain the status previously reserved only for bands and vocalists. If a spinner is really good, he even gets to be a producer. Such is the case with Paper Diamond, better known as Alex B in his native Boulder, Colo. The brain and verve behind the 2011 album Levitate and last year’s EP...