Hanson brothers Isaac, Zac and Taylor were born and raised in Tulsa, which is the perfect place to start your Hanson-themed road trip. Travel to the site where Hanson had its first public show, grab a seat at the restaurant that used to host the young band during weekly happy hours, or visit the water park where they used to entertain their younger fans. Taste the band’s craft beer MMMHops Pale Ale, which is brewed in Oklahoma and inspired by their most famous song, and don’t forget to visit their childhood home in nearby Mounds, Oklahoma.
Stop 1: Cain's Ballroom
The Hanson brothers love Cain’s Ballroom, claiming it’s their favorite venue in Oklahoma. They say, “It is loud, fun and has a great music history.” The spring loaded dance floors are perfect for dancing to Hanson’s upbeat pop music.
Stop 2: 3CG Studio
The Hanson brothers love their hometown of Tulsa and even have their own recording studio downtown. They started 3CG, or 3 Car Garage, Studio in 2003 after deciding their own independent record label would be a better arrangement for their band than a deal with a major record label.
Stop 3: Blue Rose Cafe
In the 1990s, Hanson performed at the Blue Rose Café before they hit it big. They famously landed a weekly happy hour gig on Friday nights, even though they we underage.
Stop 4: Arkansas River
Hanson did a photo shoot along the banks of the Arkansas River in Tulsa to promote their fourth studio album, "The Walk." One of the photos was even used as the album cover.
Stop 5: Brookside District
The Brookside District is full of great restaurants, interesting shops and fun things to do. In fact, this neat area is one of the Hanson brothers’ favorite things about Oklahoma - they’re even known to take visiting friends and family here.
Stop 6: Philbrook Museum of Art
The beautiful gardens and amazing art collections are just a couple reasons to visit the renowned Philbrook Museum. Isaac Hanson also got married at this mansion, which was designed to look like the Palace of Versailles in France.
Stop 7: Burger Street
When they were younger, Hanson loved to hang out at Big Splash Water Park in the summertime and then head to Burger Street for a delicious meal.
Stop 8: Big Splash Water Park
Following their performance at the Tulsa International Mayfest in 1992, Hanson was invited to play at Big Splash, the city’s largest water park.
Broken Arrow, OK
Stop 9: Oklahoma Joe's BBQ
The Hanson brothers love barbecue, specifically Oklahoma’s famous pulled pork and ribs. The brothers are known for taking their out-of-town guests to Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ for barbecue burgers piled high with toppings or succulent ribs.
Stop 10: Woodland Hills Mall
Before they became famous for their signature song “MMMBop,” Hanson participated in the mid-1990s trend of performing live music in shopping malls. Woodland Hills Mall in Tulsa welcomed Hanson for a special show in the spring of 1995.
Stop 11: Hanson's Childhood Home
Located just south of Tulsa, the Hanson brothers’ childhood home is in Mounds, Oklahoma. Purchased after the boys became famous, the house features a custom recording studio, six bedrooms and a luxury pool complete with a cabana.
Oklahoma City, OK
Stop 12: Frontier City
After the song “MMMBop” became a number one single, Hanson played to a packed crowd at Frontier City. Although scheduled before Hanson found mainstream success, the band honored their contract and performed at this Oklahoma City theme park on June 13, 1997.
Oklahoma City, OK
Stop 13: Mustang Brewery
The Hanson brothers commemorated 21 years as a band by releasing a signature beer. Mustang Brewery in Oklahoma City produces the Hanson brothers’ beer, MMMHops Pale Ale, a play on the name of their most famous song, “MMMBop.”
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Stop 14: Little Sahara State Park
To celebrate Taylor’s 30th birthday in 2013, Hanson took their ATVs to Little Sahara State Park and hit the sand dunes.