Bob Wills Birthday Bash
423 N Main St
Tulsa, OK 74103
Each year Cain's Ballroom celebrates the birthday of the one and only Bob Wills. Bob Wills was born into a family of fiddlers where he learned to play the fiddle and mandolin. As a young man, Wills performed at house dances, medicine shows and on the radio. On New Year’s night 1935, he made his debut at Cain’s and the venue soon became known as “The Home of Bob Wills.”
As The Home of Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys from 1935 to 1942, the ballroom was especially significant for popularizing a new sound of western music called western swing, a form of country and western that combined jazz, hillbilly, boogie, blues, big band swing, rhumba, mariachi and jitterbug music. Weekly dances, a midnight radio show and a daily noon-hour program were played by Bob Wills during what are remembered as his “glory years.”
Highway Corridors (within 5 mi.): Route 66, US-412, US-75
Projected Attendance: 700
Doors open at 6:30pm. Music begins at 7pm.
Oklahoma is steeped in country and western music tradition and has produced some of the brightest stars in the industry. Catch some of Oklahoma’s country and western singing sensations and scoot your boots at our dancehalls, festivals and musical venues.