OKPOP will be just south of Interstate 244 at 422 N. Main St., across from Cain's Ballroom.
Here’s a roll call of current and prospective music attractions:
• The Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa’s Arts District opened in 2013. Tulsa’s George Kaiser Family Foundation purchased the comprehensive Woody Guthrie Archives in 2011. The center spotlights artists other than just the namesake. A John Lee Hooker exhibit is on display now. Marty Stuart and John Mellencamp were among music figures spotlighted in past exhibits. An Arlo Guthrie exhibit is on the horizon.
• The Bob Dylan Center is expected to open in 2021. Let’s clarify a difference between The Bob Dylan Archive and the Bob Dylan Center. Tulsa is home to The Bob Dylan Archive, a collection of materials open only to qualified researchers. The Bob Dylan Center will allow the general public to interact with materials in the archive. A location for the center has not been announced, but it will be in the Arts District.
“Tulsa will be the only place in the world where visitors can explore the imagination of one of America’s most important and influential artists, while discovering their own creative voice along the way,” Steve Higgins of the Bob Dylan Center said.
“We expect the Bob Dylan Center to elevate Tulsa’s profile as a cultural destination, building on the success of the Woody Guthrie Center, Gathering Place, Cain’s Ballroom and other attractions that can only be found here.”
• The Church Studio, the historic HQ of Leon Russell’s Shelter Records, could open along the growing Studio Row in the Pearl District in 10-12 months. The Church Studio Archive will be showcased in rotating exhibits. Plans include indoor and outdoor music performances, art exhibits, book signings and music education and apprenticeship programs.
“It’s definitely a music lover’s destination honoring our musical past while engaging a new generation,” owner Teresa Knox said.