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  • Mar
    2 Sat
    Bob Wills' Texas Playboys (Saturday)

    Bob Wills' Texas Playboys (Saturday)

    Tulsa, OK
    United States
    Doors at 6:00 PM, Show at 7:00 PM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION

    This event has seating on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    PURCHASE A TWO DAY PASS HERE!

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    Bob Wills' Texas Playboys
    Official Site | Facebook

    When Texas Playboys front man Jason Roberts steps onto a stage with his fiddle and utters his first “AH-ha” of the evening, western-swing fans know they're seeing and hearing nothing less than the living embodiment of a tradition that stretches all the way back to 1933. That was the year the charismatic fiddler Bob Wills and several other musicians in a group called the Light Crust Doughboys broke away from Fort Worth's Burris Mills and its autocratic business manager, W. Lee “Pappy” O'Daniel, to form their own band. As Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, they became one of the most popular touring and recording acts in the nation, offering audiences the highly danceable musical mixture that came to be known as western swing.



    Following Bob's 1975 death, a group of ex-Playboys led by former Wills steel-guitarist Leon McAuliffe and hand-picked by McAuliffe and Bob's widow, Betty, came together to keep the Bob Wills sound alive. Those men made a promise to one another that when the first of their number died, they would disband – and, true to their word, the group dissolved in 1986, following the death of piano player “Brother” Al Stricklin.

    Eventually, with the blessing of the Bob Wills estate, guitarist-producer Tommy Allsup, a longtime Wills collaborator, and Leon Rausch, the Playboys' last great vocalist, took over Bob Wills' Texas Playboys.  They continued squarely in the Wills style, delighting old fans and making new ones, until 2018, following the death of Allsup and the retirement of nonagenarian Rausch.

    Today, the Bob Wills sound continues, as big and bright and brassy as ever. The newest Texas Playboys aggregation is led by two-time Grammy winner Roberts, hand-picked by both the Wills estate and Leon Rausch, whose nearly two decades in the famed western-swing band Asleep at the Wheel includes an eight-year stint actually playing Bob Wills in the Wheel's nationally touring musical-theatre production, A RIDE WITH BOB. And, like Bob's original band, this group of Playboys includes some of the best swing musicians both Oklahoma and Texas have to offer.

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    Please do not attend this event if you have a diagnosis of coronavirus, have been in contact with a confirmed case in the last 5 days or have been told to quarantine/isolate within the last 5 days. Also, do not attend if you are showing symptoms of a new cough, a new onset of shortness of breath, or had a fever within the last 48 hours.

    Smoking and vaping is not allowed inside of Cain's Ballroom.

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    Tickets have an 8 ticket limit. This is per person, address, credit card, email, etc... Orders over this limit may have any or all of their orders refunded without notice.


     Public Onsale:
    5:00 PM
    Mar 2, 2024
  • Mar
    3 Sun
    Bob Wills' Texas Playboys (Sunday)

    Bob Wills' Texas Playboys (Sunday)

    Tulsa, OK
    United States
    Doors at 4:00 PM, Show at 5:00 PM
    TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
    ADVANCE: $32.00
    DOOR: $39.00

    TICKET SALE DATES
    ADVANCE Public Onsale: November 3, 2023 10:00 AM to March 3, 2024 7:00 PM
    DOOR Public Onsale: March 3, 2024 3:00 PM to March 3, 2024 3:00 PM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION

    This event has seating on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    PURCHASE A TWO DAY PASS HERE!

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    Bob Wills' Texas Playboys
    Official Site | Facebook

    When Texas Playboys front man Jason Roberts steps onto a stage with his fiddle and utters his first “AH-ha” of the evening, western-swing fans know they're seeing and hearing nothing less than the living embodiment of a tradition that stretches all the way back to 1933. That was the year the charismatic fiddler Bob Wills and several other musicians in a group called the Light Crust Doughboys broke away from Fort Worth's Burris Mills and its autocratic business manager, W. Lee “Pappy” O'Daniel, to form their own band. As Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, they became one of the most popular touring and recording acts in the nation, offering audiences the highly danceable musical mixture that came to be known as western swing.



    Following Bob's 1975 death, a group of ex-Playboys led by former Wills steel-guitarist Leon McAuliffe and hand-picked by McAuliffe and Bob's widow, Betty, came together to keep the Bob Wills sound alive. Those men made a promise to one another that when the first of their number died, they would disband – and, true to their word, the group dissolved in 1986, following the death of piano player “Brother” Al Stricklin.

    Eventually, with the blessing of the Bob Wills estate, guitarist-producer Tommy Allsup, a longtime Wills collaborator, and Leon Rausch, the Playboys' last great vocalist, took over Bob Wills' Texas Playboys.  They continued squarely in the Wills style, delighting old fans and making new ones, until 2018, following the death of Allsup and the retirement of nonagenarian Rausch.

    Today, the Bob Wills sound continues, as big and bright and brassy as ever. The newest Texas Playboys aggregation is led by two-time Grammy winner Roberts, hand-picked by both the Wills estate and Leon Rausch, whose nearly two decades in the famed western-swing band Asleep at the Wheel includes an eight-year stint actually playing Bob Wills in the Wheel's nationally touring musical-theatre production, A RIDE WITH BOB. And, like Bob's original band, this group of Playboys includes some of the best swing musicians both Oklahoma and Texas have to offer.

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    Please do not attend this event if you have a diagnosis of coronavirus, have been in contact with a confirmed case in the last 5 days or have been told to quarantine/isolate within the last 5 days. Also, do not attend if you are showing symptoms of a new cough, a new onset of shortness of breath, or had a fever within the last 48 hours.

    Smoking and vaping is not allowed inside of Cain's Ballroom.

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    Tickets have an 8 ticket limit. This is per person, address, credit card, email, etc... Orders over this limit may have any or all of their orders refunded without notice.


423 North Main Street
Tulsa, OK
United States
Built in 1924, the Cain’s Ballroom has gone from a garage, to a dime-a-dance joint and dancing academy, to one of the premier live music venues in the world. The place oozes the aura of a big honky-tonk and its history is obvious, as it’s been presenting an array of live music for nearly a century. In early 2020, the LA Times named Cain’s Ballroom in its list of the Top 12 Best Places in America for live music.