8200 W. I-40 Service Rd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73128
Phone: (405) 787-7051
Fax: (405) 787-8678
Venue 42 is an intimate concert space in Oklahoma City. Tucked away on North MacArthur Boulevard, it has a cozy VIP section with comfortable leather couches. Hosting DJ acts and musicians, their listings are eclectic. They are not huge on advertisements, so their shows are mostly spread through word of mouth.
Do airplanes amaze your child? Maybe you still harbor a childlike wonder for these powerful crafts. If so, check out this popular summer event. Visitors can tour all types of planes and learn about aviation. Afterward, relax in the shade underneath a parachute tent and watch some breathtaking aerial aerobatics; some performances even come with music accompaniment, fireworks or colored engine smoke. Do not miss the crowd-favorite 69th Battalion, otherwise known as the Blue Angels. It is worth braving Oklahoma's summer heat for this one. Admission is free.
If it is a live music concert, a theater performance or an exciting sporting event chances are that it is all happening here. This venue offers a variety of seating options with excellent customer service. All year performances include some of the biggest names in entertainment. Tickets for events can be booked at the venue or over the telephone. See their website for a list of events.
The International Professional Rodeo Association organizes this 'world championship' event where only 15 cowboys and cowgirls get selected. There are seven rounds of competitions that determine the final winner. Rodeo enthusiasts from all over the country book their tickets months ahead to catch the amazing moves and cheer their favorite participant. Watch bull riding, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling and much more at this annual gala. The 'Miss Rodeo USA Pageant' is an added attraction where great horsemanship must complement the winner's beauty and personality.
This bar/club dedicated to local rock bands provides a needed boost to the sometimes staid live music scene of Oklahoma City. Despite its location in a nondescript strip mall on North Portland Avenue, it is still a pretty cool place to see live music during the week. The room is equipped with state-of-the-art sound and the excellent acoustics enhance the musicians chops on stage. The majority of concerts held here attract a large 'rocker' crowd not just from the city but also from the nearby suburbs.
One of the popular spots for a drink in the northwestern part of the city, Big Papa's Pour House is where all party animals gather in the neighborhood. Operating on the weekends, this place is open till late in the night, and offers a nice mix of drinks, from tap beers to cocktails. There is also live music played here, with local as well as visiting bands making regular appearances. Call to know more.
Country music has long played an important role in the culture of Oklahoma, almost as much as it has in Nashville, Tennessee. The Rodeo Opry hosts live concerts every week featuring professional and amateur musicians with backing from the famous house band. The Opry prides itself on being family friendly, with concerts that are accessible for music lovers of all ages. For an authentic and entertaining local experience, be sure to catch a show at the Rodeo Opry.
If you want to watch the big game and drink a few beers, try this place near Northwest Expressway and Hefner Parkway. From 4pm-6pm Monday through Friday, enjoy 75-cent draws (that is local for "drafts"). And enjoy Schnapps all the time. Oh, and there is barbecue too but only for lunch. If you are in town for Monday Night Football, this is a great place to watch it. On those very special occasions, 60-ounce pitchers are USD1.50, and the food is free. Enjoy darts, pool, shuffleboard, video games and pinball while you are here.
If you're looking for a laugh, look no further than the Loony Bin! This popular comedy club with locations in Arkansas, Kansas as well as Oklahoma hosts both up-and-coming comedians and big time names. A full bar is offered, along with a pub-style food menu (think nachos and cheeseburgers). Check out the website to purchase tickets or to see the complete calendar.
Lyric Theatre has been producing popular shows made famous on the Great White Way right here in Oklahoma City for 37 years. These are the stories you remember and the songs you love performed live on stage by a professional cast. The 2000 summer season features classics like "West Side Story" and "Something Happened on the Way to the Forum."
Located in the inner city north side neighborhood, The Boom Boom Room is an over the top LGBT entertainment venue, nightclub and restaurant. This eclectic venue offers dinner theater shows, karaoke and theme nights throughout the week. Their most popular event is the weekly Sunday Gospel Brunch, where guests can enjoy a lively show as they dine on scrumptious breakfast cuisine.
Theater does not have to be boring. Take in a Children's Theatre show. It is sure to entertain you as well as your child. Ticket prices are affordable and every production is wholesome, family entertainment. This summer's season lets you relive classic stories like "The Adventures of Robin Hood," "Little Big Top," "Stuart Little," and "Doctor Dolittle." As expected, this is a very popular program, so reservations should be made in advance.