Tulsa's Music Scene Makes Top 10 List

Tulsa ranks #9 in Top 10 Cities with Best Music Scene

When you think of great music cities, your first thoughts might be New York and Nashville -- but you better start including T-Town in that list.

That's because a national website just highlighted Tulsa in it's Top 10 "Cities with the Best Music Scene" list.{} ranked Tulsa #9 on a list of cities, excluding Nashville, NYC and Los Angeles.

The site looked at cities that received numerous accolades for the number and quality of music venues, independent record stores and local musicians.

Editors say Tulsa both attracts and produces musical talent and has done so since the 1930s when King of Western Swing and Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Bob Wills relocated his band here.

"Tulsa is a great music town where you can find something every night," says Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame president and musician Jim Paul Blair.

He credits the variety of bookings at venues like the renowned Cain's Ballroom, Hard Rock Casino, BOK Center, plus all of the area's smaller venues.

"It's getting easier and easier, because of all of the places we have and all of the people who support the local original music," says band member Chris Skillern of local band Scales of Motion.Meet two members of Scales of Motion an Indie rock band that's half heavy, half sad and pretty, as they put it."Stereotypical band answer I don't really know how to describe it," says Skillern.They've been around T-town for ten years and give credit for our city being on the list to, sheer talent of course, and local venues like Cain's Ballroom."I feel like it's a pat on the back," says Cain's Ballroom owner Chad Rodgers. He says the being on the list tells him they are doing something right. {}{}{} {}The ballroom has been around since 1924 and has witnessed some memorable performances from to Van Halen earning only 500 bucks for their gig to the famous broken drywall from the Sex Pistols punching the wall. Rodgers says it's the number of venues in Tulsa that help get our city on the map."From here you go to the Brady Theater kind of that size, it goes up a level, and then you look at the BOK Center," says Rodgers. He admits without the BOK Center they might not get on the list, but insists that places like his venue are still necessary."Bands start somewhere not all of them just walk onto the stage the first time and make it to the level of I dare say David Cook," says Rodgers. Which is kind of what Scales of Motion is dreaming about. "That would be awesome if we could do that," says Skillern. "We would like to bring our friends with us I suppose yeah bring our friends with us."With Tulsa being on the list it might help bring in new crowds. The owner of Cain's says already out-of-towners are about 10%-15% of ticket sales from each show.

Here's the full list from

  1. Athens, GA
  2. Minneapolis, MN
  3. Portland, OR
  4. Chapel Hill, NC
  5. Omaha, NE
  6. Cambridge, MA
  7. Fort Worth, TX
  8. Madison, WI
  9. Tulsa, OK
  10. Concord, CA

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