Oklahoma City's underlying pulse is its rich musical history. Rooted in rhythm and blues and the legends who came from it, OKC's music venues bring exceptional live performances to the city for visitors and locals to experience. OKC's live music scene continues to grow and evolve. While traditional jazz music is still alive and well, its footprint is present in other genres that have become more popular today.
From arenas to more intimate stages, we've rounded up some of the best live music hotspots in Oklahoma City for you to enjoy.
Over the past 20 years, Paycom Center has hosted more than 1,200 events and more than 10 million fans. The 581,000-square-foot facility plays host to major concerts, including Bon Jovi, Britney Spears, Cher, Justin Bieber, Eric Clapton, George Strait, Kenny Chesney and Lady Gaga, to name a few. The Paycom Center is conveniently located just off I-40 in downtown Oklahoma City. Don’t miss Reba McEntire performing on October 15.
The Zoo Amphitheatre
As Oklahoma City's premier outdoor concert venue, the Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheatre has provided amazing concerts in a historic atmosphere since the mid 1930's. Hosting artists of all genres and era's, it is the place to be when the weather gets warm. Located in the Adventure District off of N. Martin Luther King Ave. and NE Grand Blvd., the Zoo Amphitheatre sits right by some of Oklahoma City’s biggest attractions. You won't want to miss The Chicks performing with special guest Patty Griffin on October 5.
The Criterion is a state-of-the-art live music, concerts, and events venue located in the Bricktown Entertainment District. With a capacity of 3,500-4,000 people, The Criterion makes for a semi-intimate space where you can closely enjoy your favorite artists. Located on the corner of Sheridan Ave. and Charlie Christian Ave., it is within walking distance of plenty of restaurants in the surrounding area ranging from fast food to upscale dining. Put on your favorite rock tee and see the I Prevail: True Power Tour on September 20.
Established in 1964, the Diamond Ballroom is an all- ages concert venue featuring rock, country, hip hop and everything in between. Widely ranked as one of the top 100 small venues in the world, it's a must-see space when your favorite artist is in town. The Diamond Ballroom is located off I-240 and S. Eastern Ave. in South Oklahoma City. Check out Clutch next month on October 1.
Beer City Music Hall
Beer City Music Hall is Oklahoma City's newest entrant to the live music scene. The 500-person capacity space is located at the corner of N. Blackwelder Ave. and NW 5th Street beside Fair-Weather Friend Brewery. Featuring a full bar and fresh, woodfired pizza available next door, this venue is sure to be the next big thing for live music in Oklahoma City. Don't miss the upcoming performance of Kevin Morby on October 10.
The historic Tower Theatre opened in 1937 and is one of Oklahoma City's last original movie houses with an intact auditorium and iconic neon marquee. After many years of movie premieres and historic runs of classic films, the Tower Theatre closed in 1989. In 2017, they returned as a live music, movie and event venue in the heart of OKC's Uptown 23rd, routinely featuring an eclectic selection of artists encompassing most music genres. Steve Vai will perform his Inviolate Tour on October 7. Get your tickets while they last.
The Jones Assembly
The Jones Assembly is a lively restaurant, bar and music venue. As one of the crown jewels of Oklahoma City’s West Village, The Jones Assembly opened its doors in July 2017 at 901 W. Sheridan Ave. on historic Film Row and instantly changed how Oklahoma City spends its days and nights. Featuring performances from national recording artists to their weekly house music, The Jones routinely offers a stacked lineup that anyone can enjoy. Come out and see Whitney live on October 7.
51st Street Speakeasy
If you're looking for a local spot with weekly live music, look no further than the 51st Street Speakeasy. The bar has been a mecca for local music lovers and bar enthusiasts with jazz night every Wednesday, and both touring and local bands filling up the weekends. Offering a full dance floor upstairs, large outdoor patio and a full food and drink menu, 51st Street Speakeasy is the spot to be for any night outing. Check out some of their upcoming live music performances.
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