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Find the Best of Tulsa at the Cain’s Ballroom this Thursday

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Steve Pryor, one of Tulsa's most talented musicians, will be part of the lineup at the Best of Tulsa party.
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TULSA, Okla. – The Cain’s Ballroom is the celebration site for the Tulsa Voice, a bi-monthly paper that just started in the city last year, to honor the Best of Tulsa for 2015. On Thursday, March 19, the party will include a concert with some of the best musicians in Tulsa being honored and performing for the guests.

On Wednesday, the Tulsa Voice issue will announce the winners in over 100 categories. The Voice describes itself as an alternative paper for news, commentary and entertainment and “a resource and an advocate for the earnest and unruly here.”

This will be the Voice’s first awards ceremony to honor the bright places, businesses and talent in Tulsa. The first hour after the doors open will be a cocktail hour, and then the musical tribute to Tulsa’s best music will begin.

Some of the musicians who will be performing include Paul Benjaman, Don White, Steve Pryor, Jamie Oldaker, David Teegarden Sr., Jesse Aycock, Paddy Ryan, Bo Hallford and Corey Mauser. Other special guests have yet to be announced.

The Cain’s Ballroom is a legendary music venue, and though it has been remodeled, updated and enlarged over the last few decades, it remains a wonderful place to honor Tulsa’s musical legends.

One of those legends, Don White, is a household name in Tulsa music and one of the acknowledged originators of the Tulsa Sound. A famous songwriter, White’s music has been recorded by Rosanne Cash, the Oak Ridge Boys and Suzy Bogguss, to name a few. He is also an accomplished studio musician who has worked with Waylon Jennings, J.J. Cale, Marty Stuart and the Tractors.

Most recently, White was asked by Eric Clapton to play on the J.J. Cale tribute album, “The Breeze,” that was released last year. He joined Tom Petty, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Knopfler and Clapton, among others, on that album.

Another Tulsa legend performing at the celebration, Steve Pryor, is an Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame and Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame inductee. He plays every Monday night at the Dusty Dog Pub in Tulsa and has played with some of the best talents in the business. He has opened for Albert King, John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters and also played with Leon Russell.

In addition to cocktails and beer and the great music from local artists, you can enjoy some good eats at the party. Mr. Nice Guys taco truck will be set up in the side yard at the Cain’s for all your evening dining needs. I hear the shrimp tacos are not to be missed.

The doors open at 7 p.m. and the music starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 on the day of the show. You can pick up a ticket at Dwelling Spaces or Ida Red Boutique.

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