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Rolling Stone Says Tulsa May Be the Next Austin

Wednesday, January 29, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alexandra Sanchez

Rolling Stone describes Tulsa as a booming city for live music and the history of music alike.

Jack White remembers the first time he stepped inside Cain’s Ballroom, a 1920s Tulsa dance hall where Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys once broadcast their weekly radio shows. “I basically almost fired my booking agent the moment I walked into that room,” White said recently. “Why do I not know about this place? I was really upset that nobody had ever told me about Tulsa.”

White fell in love with the rest of the city — including its art-deco architecture, and rich history in film (Francis Ford Coppola shot The Outsiders there) and music (Woody Guthrie and Leon Russell are Okie legends) — and bought a house in Tulsa. As the city grows and develops, its musical scene has exploded again; while Cain’s was booking about an act a month back in 2002, it now books 120, and will soon be hosting a live radio show. The city is also a major destination for music historians, with the recent additions of the Woody Guthrie Center and Bob Dylan Archive. Those buildings were both funded by George Kaiser, a businessman-turned-philanthropist who wants to make Tulsa a major destination. Here’s why he might be right.

Jonathan Bernstein, "Why Tulsa May Be the Next Austin," The Rolling Stone  (January 27, 2020):

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