If you think Mayfest is all that we've got going on in Tulsa this weekend, you'd be wrong. Granted, as an annual event and the big free event that everyone looks forward to as a signal of summer being just around the corner, it's a major player, but it doesn't have a corner on the music market. If you're looking for something else, you've got plenty to choose from. Here are a few highlights to get you started.
Thursday, May 17
The Joint continues to make strides to put the rock back in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and starts off the week with the classic rock of Joe Walsh. A touch of Eagles, a little James Gang, a fistful of solo material ... What more can you ask for? Personally, I'd better hear "The Confessor" worked into the mix. Another of Tulsa's favorites returns to Cain's Ballroom on Thursday night as well when Flogging Molly comes to town, this time with The Devil Makes Three and Brothers of Brazil opening. And if you're looking for something local, check out Grazzhopper at Hunt Club or Algebra at Soundpony.
Friday, May 18
Cain's Ballroom hosts Mt Eden with Darku J and Big Jug Doug for a big night of dancing and Hunt Club hosts Able the Allies. Your two best bets of the night, however, are Chad Sullins and the Last Call Coalition at Mercury Lounge and Jackie Myers Band at The Colony. If you stop in at Colony, make sure to arrive early as The Big O Show will be opening and has a new, self-titled EP out that you need to snap up when you get the chance.
Saturday, May 19
This proves to be the biggest night of the weekend with a stack of shows. Probably the biggest is Daughtry at Brady Theater, but the real secret to this show is the opener: SafetySuit, which debuted at #2 on the iTunes charts earlier this year and has Tulsa ties with a pair of ORU alumni in the band. Elsewhere around town, Hosty Duo keeps things rowdy at The Colony and Dante & the Hawks settle in to hold down the patio at Hunt Club. Your best bet of the night, however, is to catch JD McPherson at Mayfest, then head to Mercury Lounge to finish out the night with Luck Tubb and the Modern Day Troubadours.
Sunday, May 20
Sunday evenings are always chill and this week is no exception, so you can always settle in with staples of the scene: Paul Banjamin and friends at the Colony or Brandon Clark at Mercury Lounge. If you're looking to wrap up your weekend on a louder note, however, make sure to stop in at Soundpony for a double shot of rock with The Right Here and Rude Amps.
The rest of the week is relatively quiet, but make sure not to overlook The Joint on Wednesday night, May 23, as Incubus finally comes to Tulsa for what should be one of the best modern rock shows of the summer.
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