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Photo: The Historic Cain's Ballroom

Cain's Ballroom


423 North Main Street

Tulsa, OK 74103


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Cain’s Ballroom is a historic concert venue best known as the birthplace of Western Swing and the home stage of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. Tate Brady originally built Cain’s Ballroom as a garage in 1924. Within a few years the garage passed hands to Madison W. Cain and evolved into a ballroom and a dance academy, where one could pay a dime for a dance lesson.

Wills and the Playboys played their broadcast concerts at the Cain’s on an almost daily basis from 1935 to 1942. After changing ownership multiple times in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, Larry Shaeffer purchased it in 1977, at which time he began booking rock bands. During the years, the venue has featured an array of acts from Jerry Lee Lewis to the Sex Pistols to Snoop Dogg. Today, Cain’s remains popular and is a top-ranked place to see a concert in the United States.