Younger Generation Driving Tulsa's Music Scene

Tuesday, September 29th 2015, 11:11 pm
By: News On 6

Close to 3,000 music fans were in downtown Tulsa Tuesday night for a show at the Brady Theater. Most were in their teens and had never stepped foot inside the historic venue.

The city is attracting crowds younger than ever; an example of Tulsa's rising music scene.

Last year, Cain’s Ballroom sold out the Twenty One Pilots show, and Tuesday night, the same band played to a packed house inside the Brady Theater.

The crowd of mostly teenagers wrapped around the block, and some even got there at 8:30 Monday night.

Paige Fredericks, Kaitlin Mitchell and Destiny Pricer were first in line Tuesday for the Twenty One Pilots concert at the Brady Theater - they camped outside for 24 hours.

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“Well, we didn't really get much sleep. We slept on the sidewalk in sleeping bags," Kaitlin said.

Her mother, Lisa Mitchell, had some interesting thoughts about her daughter staying outside the venue overnight.

Meagan: “What did you think when your daughter said ‘I want to camp out at the Brady overnight to see a show at the Brady Theater?’"
Lisa: “That she was crazy."

But Lisa knew the building’s history and wanted her daughter to experience it.

“There's nothing like this available in Arkansas. The artists you guys have coming here to Tulsa we don't get, we don’t get any of this," she said.

And it looks like close to 3,000 other young fans agreed.

Paige said, "I'm excited to see the band here and they've been getting better bands each year."

A few blocks over, Cain's sold 1,100 tickets to its Tuesday night show - fans also camped in line hours before show time.

A few obvious signs, as far as the younger generations are concerned, that the word is out about the historic venues in Tulsa.

"I saw them at the Cain’s or the Brady, and now I’m getting to do it and see my bands here, it’s really cool," Destiny said.

Brady Theatre owner, Peter Mayo said, “The music business has changed, and you have to appeal to this crowd now. You really don’t have much choice, because the music business grows and young people drive the business."

Then, finally, at 6 p.m. sharp, Kaitlin, Paige and Destiny got inside.

Mayo said, “Their parents enjoyed it how many years ago, and great, great, grandparents enjoyed it years ago. It goes full circle doesn’t it?"

The Brady and Cain’s have a busy few weeks and months ahead, with acts including of Monsters and Men and Modest Mouse coming to Tulsa.