Hundreds Of Fans Gather In Downtown Tulsa As Live Music Events Return


Wednesday, June 23rd 2021, 9:53 pm
By: Chinh Doan


TULSA, Oklahoma -

Live music is back, at least at limited capacity at many local venues.

It is not just the bands and fans that are benefitting. Nearby businesses said it is also music to their ears.

Even on a Wednesday night, Cain's Ballroom has two shows with Steel Panther, a rock band from Los Angeles. Having two shows helps spread out the number of concert goers.

"I'd seen them at Rocklahoma the year before last,” said Karl Wagnon of Choteau. “I've actually seen them there a few times, yeah. Then, of course, it got canceled last year, so I'm excited they're coming.”

Most people, like Wagnon, told News On 6 this is their first live concert since the pandemic started, and they are excited to be a part of the concert crowds again.

Wagnon said he is comfortable going to shows because he got his COVID-19 vaccine.

David Herriman, who drove two hours for the concert, also feels comfortable with crowds.

"For one, I've had it within the last three months, so according to the CDC, I'm golden,” said Herriman. “But I believe, as Oklahomans, we've done quite a bit to really come together and make it as safe as we can make it."

At neighboring business, Empire Slice House, staff are excited.

"We love it that Cain's is opening back up, and we love seeing all these lines of people outside,” said Rafael Holguin, assistant bar manager at Empire Slice House.

Holguin said two weeks after Empire Slice House opened last year, it had to shut down because the pandemic hit and stayed closed for about nine months.

He also said Cain's Ballroom does a great job of updating Empire Slice House about its events and how many people it allows in.

"They started off with 200, and then a couple of months later, they went up to 500, and right now, they're pushing at 50 percent capacity," explained Holguin.

Holguin said Cain's current number at half capacity is about 1,000. Cain's Ballroom declined to interview.