Friday, March 12, 2010

More Tulsa Awesomeness

Ever since moving to Tulsa, I've been pleasantly surprised at the cultural diversity and opportunities to experience high-quality performing arts. There are some great venues here:

The BOK Center is an impressive arena (No. 2 arena in the United States and No. 9 in the world in the number of tickets sold, believe it or not). Luanne and I saw Dave Matthew Band and Willie Nelson there last fall, and Josh went to the Winter Jam, featuring Third Day, NewSong, Tenth Avenue North, Newsboys and Fireflight.

Cain's Ballroom is a classic venue, spring-loaded dance floor and all. It was named by Paste Magazine as one of the Top 40 music venues in America. Josh and I saw Switchfoot there a few weeks back, and Luanne and I are going to see Jennifer Knapp and Derek Webb there on April 15! I am so excited they're coming to Tulsa!

The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame is a really cool and unique addition to Tulsa. Lots of great live music. In fact, my friend (and Redeemer pianist) Cheryl Bocanegra recently gave a brilliant performance at the 18th Annual Jazz Keyboard Concert. Awesome stuff.

Luanne and I saw the B-52s at River Spirit Casino.

We're taking the whole family to see the Modern Day Heroes Tour featuring KJ-52 and Group 1 Crew coming to The Otherside Club on March 25.

Just this week I discovered that I'm going to get to see a lecture by some legends of theater, Stephen Sondheim (the greatest living composer for the musical theater... think Follies, Sunday in the Park with George, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, A Little Night Music, Company and so many more...) and Frank Rich (chief drama critic for the New York Times since 1980) are coming to The University of Tulsa's Reynolds Center on April 19. I cannot tell you how excited I am to see one of my all-time heroes. Stephen Sondheim is a genius. I'm going to have to do a separate post about him and how his career has impacted my life since I was 14 years old.

Here's a video of me singing "Giants in the Sky" from Into the Woods

I haven't been to the Mabee Center at Oral Roberts University yet, although I drive by it almost every day. There's a ton of great stuff going on there all the time. I was surprised to see all the "secular" music there, but I have come to find out that the City of Tulsa owns a large part of it. It all makes sense now.

I haven't been to the Brady Theater yet either, but a lot of great acts come through here including Bob Dylan and Norah Jones recently.

The SpiritBank Event Center is right down the street from Redeemer. I haven't been there yet, but there have been some cool shows since we've lived here... Really sorry I missed Hillsong United.

And I just discovered this venue: All Soul Acoustic Coffeehouse. Just this past weekend they had Lucy Kaplansky there! Can't wait to see some shows there.

So that's the round-up for today. I'm excited to live in this town... Good stuff happening all the time.

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