The blues history of Oklahoma is told in drawn-out jam sessions pulsing through Oklahoma’s blues bars and concerts. Blues fans flock to the state to experience this history at one-of-a-kind venues like the drug store-turned-club that has been opening its doors to blues legends like Bo Diddley and Bela Fleck since the 1970s. Travel this route to find big blues sounds from downtown venues overlooking Oklahoma landmarks to gritty bars inviting guests to hop on stage for open jams.
Oklahoma City, OK
Stop 1: Mojo's Blues Club
Enjoy live blues music from local Oklahoma City musicians at Mojo’s Blues Club. With entertainment seven nights a week, blues fans are invited to enjoy the sounds of humming electric guitars from the club’s patio seats that overlook the Bricktown Canal.
Oklahoma City, OK
Stop 2: Friends Bar & Grill
On the second Sunday of each month, the members of the Oklahoma Blues Society put on an impromptu concert for the public. There is great music and cold beer for everyone. You can also dance, play pool and sing karaoke at this Oklahoma City bar.
Stop 3: UCO Jazz Lab
The UCO Jazz Lab hosts live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. The readers of "The Oklahoman" voted this fun, New Orleans-style venue the “Best Place for Live Jazz & Blues” in the Oklahoma City area.
Stop 4: Cain's Ballroom
One of the most popular venues in Oklahoma, Cain’s Ballroom is full of history. Blues music has made its way to the stage many times and the Tulsa Blues Society even hosts their annual Blues Challenge here.
Stop 5: The Centennial Lounge at VFW Post 577
See Tulsa’s up-and-coming blues performers at the Centennial Lounge. Located in downtown Tulsa’s Pearl District, this club books live blues performances frequently.
Stop 6: Cimarron Bar
This biker bar serves cold beer and brings in performers every Friday and Saturday night. They also host an open jam on Sunday evenings and are one of the regular performance venues for the Blues Society of Tulsa.
Stop 7: Down Home Blues Club
D.C. Minner, the famous blues guitarist, was born in Rentiesville and reopened his grandmother’s shop as a blues club in the late 1980s. The Dusk ‘til Dawn Blues Festival has been hosted here since 1991.