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Tulsa has a vibrant live music scene. Here are 18 local artists to go see
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Tulsa has a vibrant live music scene. Here are 18 local artists to go see

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In Tulsa World Magazine’s first issue dedicated to music, we wanted to go local. Not only is the local music scene alive today, but it also has deep roots.

Some of the biggest names in rock, country and pop got their first shot on the stages of Tulsa.

Tulsa’s own Paul Benjaman says it often: Music has always been Tulsa’s greatest natural resource.

While you do hear a lot of cover songs as you scan the music scene, you can also hear Tulsa bands playing songs written by other Tulsans. By other Oklahomans. Many are hits. Others are tunes that keep giving Tulsa a place on the schedule at the South by Southwest festival in Austin and other national stages.

"The Tulsa music scene is second to none," said Kevin Smith, co-owner of Maggie's Music Box in Jenks with his wife, Amy, who has spent the past 12 years booking bands in Tulsa. "You can go to Nashville and see up-and-comers who our guys would blow away."

So, in the home of legendary Cain’s Ballroom, perennial national arena of the year candidate BOK Center, century-old Tulsa Theater and state-of-the-art casino venues, we dispatched Scene Writer Grace Wood, Columnist Bill Haisten, Editor Jason Collington and Staff Photographers Ian Maule and Daniel Shular to find the smaller local stages, watch bands and talk to musicians who keep bringing the crowds. Here is your guide.  


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