Situated north of the downtown business district in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Brady Arts District encompasses two iconic special event venues, the Brady Theater and Cain’s Ballroom. The district is also home to several local artists’ galleries, as well as bars, lounges and restaurants.
Located in the 74102 zip code area, the Brady Arts District is bordered on the north by the Crosstown Expressway, on the south by West Archer Street, on the west by North Denver Avenue, and on the east by North Main Street.
The focal point of the neighborhood is the Brady Theater, a 2,800-seat theater originally built in 1914. The Art Deco style building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Among the many stars who have appeared at “The Brady” in recent years are Tony Bennett, Ted Nugent, Randy Travis, Kenny G., Willie Nelson and Phil Collins.
Nearby, the legendary Cain’s Ballroom, which debuted in 1924, is known for its maple, spring-loaded dance floor. A ballroom and concert hall, the Cain’s Ballroom rose to prominence in the 1930s as the home of Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys, the band largely credited with popularizing western swing music. Among the wide variety of music artists who appeared at the Cain’s Ballroom are Metallica, Bob Dylan, Asleep at the Wheel, Snoop Dogg, and Blues Traveler.
Two blocks southwest of the Brady Arts District is the BOK Center, a 19,100-seat multi-purpose indoor sports and concert arena. Home to the Tulsa Talons (Arena Football League), Tulsa Shock (WNBA) and Tulsa Oilers (Central Hockey League), the BOK Center has also hosted major performances by The Eagles, Billy Joel, Lady Gaga, Celine Dion, and Kenny Chesney.