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Live From Cain’s with Paul Benjaman, Jesse Aycock and Beau Roberson
May 27 | 7:00 pm CDT
Live From Cain’s and White Claw Hard Seltzer continue a series of live stream concerts with music from Tulsa singer songwriters, Paul Benjaman, Jesse Aycock and Beau Roberson, Wednesday May 27, beginning at 7 PM CT. During this “Live From Cain’s: Session,” hosted on the Cain’s Ballroom Facebook pagewww.facebook.com/cainsballroom, fans will be treated to a behind-the-scenes peek at the Cain’s Ballroom, including spaces normally unavailable to the general public.
Veterans of Tulsa’s vibrant music scene, Benjaman, Aycock and Roberson will swap songs and stories in this intimate 30-minute concert. Both Aycock and Roberson have new releases on the horizon with Tulsa’s nonprofit Horton Records label www.hortonrecords.org, and all three musicians are known for their skilled songwriting, in addition to their talent as instrumentalists.
With these Live From Cain’s: Sessions, Tulsa’s Phil Clarkin Photography, Press Pause Films, Midwest Drone Productions, and the seasoned crew from the Cain’s Ballroom are providing an exceptional virtual experience for music fans by using a multi-cam HD production (including live drone footage of downtown Tulsa) and a seasoned sound engineer. It’s a digital backstage pass for this historic honky tonk in a time of social distancing.
“These have been challenging times for the Cain’s Ballroom and other independent venues across the nation, and we know it’s been tough for our fans, too. We always appreciate their loyalty and support, and we’ve been particularly grateful for it during this difficult period of time,” says Chad Rodgers, who operates this family owned venue along with his brother Hunter Rodgers. “We’re happy for this opportunity to partner with ‘Live From Cain’s’ to safely share live music with music lovers everywhere. We miss our fans, and we look forward to the time we can responsibly welcome them back in person to the Ballroom.”
Previous Sessions’ performers include Oklahoma’s own John Fullbright and Nashville singer songwriter and Vince Gill guitarist, Jedd Hughes. Five more Sessions will be announced soon.
WHAT: “Live From Cain’s Sessions” – a live stream concert with PAUL BENJAMAN, JESSE AYCOCK & BEAU ROBERSON, presented by White Claw Hard Seltzer
WHEN: Wed. May 27, 7 PM CT
WHERE: Hosted on the Cain’s Ballroom Facebook Page directly from the Cain’s Ballroom
Building on the Tulsa sound made famous by Leon Russell and J J Cale, Paul Benjaman expands the groove-based genre to encompass most styles of American music, including rock, funk, country and blues. Paul has played with the likes of Jason Isbell, Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson, Steve Earle and Lucinda Williams. www.paulbenjamanband.com. Jesse Aycock is an in demand multi-instrumentalist who has toured extensively with Todd Snider’s rock supergroup the Hard Working Americans, as well as The Secret Sisters and Elizabeth Cook. He also has a successful solo career with his own original songs known for their lyrical depth and beautiful melodies. www.facebook.com/jesseaycockband. Powerhouse vocalist Beau Roberson is the frontman, guitarist and songwriter for Tulsa band Pilgrim. His down-home lyrics joined with his swampy grooves create a gritty, soulful sound. www.facebook.com/pilgrimband
“Live from Cain’s” is a nonprofit endeavor that combines live music with thought provoking and entertaining conversations to create a new radio show concept originating from Tulsa’s Cain’s Ballroom for a national public radio audience. Last year, Live From Cain’s received a generous grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. In May 2019, a live-to-tape production of a pilot episode was recorded in front of a live audience. The evening featured music and conversation with host Robbie Fulks, musical guest Bonnie Bishop, Bob Dylan guitarist Kevin Odegard and the “Live From Cain’s” House Band: Paul Benjaman & the Oklahoma Specials (Paul, John Fullbright, Travis Linville, Roger Ray, Paddy Ryan, Jeremy Watkins, Jennifer Marriott and Wanda Watson). This pilot will be packaged with an additional seven episodes to be recorded in 2020-2021. The series will be offered to public radio stations nationwide as the next step toward an eventual 26-episode season of broadcasts. www.facebook.com/LiveFromCains.
Built in 1924, The Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, Okla. has grown from a garage, a dime-a-dance joint and a dancing academy to become what is known by artists and patrons alike as one of the top performance venues in the world. The highlight of the ballroom is a historic maple dance floor designed in a “log cabin” or concentric square pattern. Lighting the dance floor is a four-foot neon star and a silver disco ball. The walls are decorated with oversized photographs of various musicians who played Cain’s, including Bob Wills, Johnnie Lee Wills, Ernest Tubb, Hank Williams, Tex Ritter, Kay Starr and Tennessee Ernie Ford. Between the portraits are black fiddle-shaped fixtures illuminated by a single red bulb. As the home of Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys from 1935 to 1942, the Ballroom was especially significant for popularizing a new sound called Western swing, a form of country and western that combined jazz, hillbilly, blues, big band swing, rhumba, mariachi and jitterbug. Bob Wills hosted weekly dances, a midnight radio show and a daily noon-hour radio program from Cain’s during what are remembered as his glory years. Cain’s is known throughout the music industry as not only “The Home of Bob Wills,” but also as the “Carnegie Hall of Western Swing.” Cain’s music history doesn’t stop there. Past touring acts include Sex Pistols, Bob Dylan, Van Halen, Metallica, The Ramones, The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Ted Nugent, The Black Keys, Morrissey, Snoop Dogg, Smashing Pumpkins, GWAR, Levon Helm Band, Sonic Youth, Elvis Costello, Kings of Leon, Alice in Chains and many more. www.cainsballroom.com.