From Lizzo to Shania Twain, these are the Oklahoma concerts to look forward to in 2023
From country and classical to rock and rap, music fans of every variety will find plenty of live shows to their liking across Oklahoma this year.
Just a month into 2023, the Sooner State’s concert calendar is already filling out with an abundance of options.
Oklahoma City’s Paycom Center is building on its record-breaking 2022 concert slate, with Ada native Blake Shelton, Stevie Nicks, Kenny Chesney and more already on the schedule. Tulsa’s BOK Center has dates with icons Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Shania Twain and Lizzo, who will be making her Oklahoma debut there in May.
But it’s not just the arenas that are busily booking the brightest stars, the most beloved legacy acts and the hottest up-and-comers. The burgeoning lineups at the state’s theaters, ballrooms and casinos shouldn’t be overlooked.
It would be impossible to list them all, but here are some highlights to date of Oklahoma’s 2023 concert slate:
'The Judds: The Final Tour'
Feb. 2, BOK Center, Tulsa
Country Music Hall of Famer Wynonna Judd is playing 15 added dates on the farewell tour honoring her mother and musical partner Naomi Judd, who died April 30 at age 76. Kelsea Ballerini and Martina McBride will perform with Wynonna in Tulsa.
Helen Kelter Skelter
Feb. 4, Blue Note Lounge
The local favorites will be accompanied by Acid Queen and Psychotic Reaction at the recently revamped hot spot.
Jason Boland & The Stragglers
Feb. 4, The Auditorium at the Douglass
The Oklahoma-Texas country band will play a full-band acoustic show on its "Delectric Tour."
The Righteous Brothers
Feb. 4, Sugar Creek Casino, Hinton
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bill Medley and his new musical partner, Bucky Heard, sing the legendary duo's hits like “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'" and "Unchained Melody."
OKC Philharmonic's 'Rite of Spring'
Feb. 4, Civic Center
The orchestra will help guide OKC out of the winter doldrums with a Classics concert featuring Igor Stravinsky's revolutionary 1913 work "Rite of Spring." Cliburn International Piano Competition Medalist Daniel Hsu will be spotlighted in the program, which also will include Pyotr Tchaikovsky's popular "Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Op. 23" and Jonny Greenwood's acclaimed suite from the 2007 Oscar-winning film “There Will Be Blood."
Kyle Reid album release show
Feb. 4, Blue Door
The Norman-based multi-instrumentalist, producer and engineer is releasing his latest album, "Tin Can Gramophone," on March 3 via Tulsa-based Horton Records.
Feb. 9, Opolis, Norman
The Oklahoma musician is a self-described "spirited purveyor of early 20th century sounds."
Randy Rogers Band
Feb. 9, The Jones Assembly
The Texas country band recently released its ninth studio album, "Homecoming."
My So Called Band
Feb. 11, Tower Theatre
The Oklahoma-based group specializes in covers of 1990s and early 2000s favorites.
Feb. 14, McKnight Center, Stillwater
The country music star will perform a special Valentine's Day show.
Anthrax and Black Label Society
Feb. 14, The Criterion
Both co-headliners will play full sets, with special guest Exodus opening the show.
Feb. 17, Tower Theatre
The "RuPaul’s Drag Race" star will perform a Valentine’s Day-themed show.
Feb. 19, All Souls Episcopal Church
The Polish-born pianist, who is on the faculty at the University of Oklahoma, will perform selections from Schubert, Chopin and Amy Beach on OKC's long-running Piano Artist Series.
Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band
Feb. 21, BOK Center, Tulsa
The music icon returns to the BOK Center for the first time since 2009.
OKC Philharmonic with Kelli O'Hara
Feb. 24-25, Civic Center
The Tony Award winner revisits her home state and reunites with the OKC orchestra for a two-night Pops showcase.
Oak Ridge Boys
Feb. 17, Stride Bank Center, Enid
The gospel and country music hall of famers are bringing their "Front Porch Singin' Tour" to the Garfield County seat.
'Soul II Soul Tour'
Feb. 24, Paycom Center
KEM and Ledisi visit OKC, along with special guest Musiq Soulchild.
Feb. 25, Paycom Center
The regional Mexican group plays an OKC arena concert.
Lviv National Philharmonic of Ukraine
Feb. 28, Armstrong Auditorium, Edmond
The storied orchestra will be joined by violinist Andriy Tchaikovsky under the baton of Music Director Theodore Kuchar.
The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra
March 3, McKnight Center, Stillwater
The jazz outfit continues the legacy of the late, great pianist, bandleader and composer (1904-1984).
OKC Philharmonic's 'Sight & Sound'
March 4, Civic Center
Percussionist Evelyn Glennie will be soloist on a Classics program featuring Toru Takemitsu's "Three Film Scores," Tan Dun's "Paper Concerto for Paper Percussion and Orchestra" and Modest Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition," arranged by Maurice Ravel.
March 4, Paycom Center
The contemporary Christian tour makes its annual OKC stop, featuring acts We The Kingdom, Jeremy Camp and more.
March 8, Diamond Ballroom
The Celtic punk band is to be accompanied by special guests Anti-Flag and Skinny Lister.
Canterbury Voices' 'To Hope! A Celebration'
March 9, Civic Center
For retiring longtime Artistic Director Randi Von Ellefson's final concert at the Civic Center, Canterbury Voices will revisit the late, legendary jazz musician and composer Dave Brubeck's celebratory mass, which the OKC chorus previously presented in 2007.
March 9, River Spirit Casino Resort Tulsa; and March 10, 7 Clans Casino Resort, Newkirk
The legendary blues guitarist and singer, 86, is playing his "Damn Right Farewell."
March 15, Beer City Music Hall
The "Buzzin'" California rapper is bringing along Of Good Nature and The Wide Eyed Kids.
Sarah Shook & the Disarmers
March 15, Ponyboy
The North Carolina-based quintet has developed a reputation for honky-tonk-infused rock with a punk spirit.
March 16, Paycom Center
The Mexican singer-songwriter performs in OKC.
OKC Philharmonic with The Texas Tenors
March 17-18, Civic Center
The orchestra joins forces with the versatile Emmy Award-winning vocal trio.
March 17, Paycom Center
The Oklahoma native and country music superstar comes returns to OKC with his "Back to the Honky Tonk Tour," bringing along openers Carly Pearce and Jackson Dean.
March 17, Old Church Center, Perkins
The Grammy-nominated Oklahoma singer-songwriter and his band will perform the 10th season finale for Red Dirt songbird Monica Taylor's Cimarron Breeze Concert Series, with fellow Oklahoman Jacob Tovar opening.
The War and Treaty
March 19, Beer City Music Hall
The husband-and-wife duo of Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Trotter is slated to release its anticipated debut album this year on Mercury Nashville.
March 21, The Jones Assembly
The Athens, Georgia-based rockers are touring in support of their 14th studio album, "Welcome 2 Club XIII."
March 24, Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa
The singer-songwriter's new album, “Come Get Your Wife,” includes a song titled “Tulsa,” so it’s fitting that her “A-FREAKIN-MEN Tour” is making a stop in the city’s most iconic venue.
March 25, BOK Center, Tulsa
The multiplatinum-selling contemporary Christian star's "Hits Deep Tour" includes support from CROWDER, Cochren & Co., Tasha Layton, Jon Reddick and Terrian.
March 30, Paycom Center
The two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's extended 2023 tour plans include her first solo show at the downtown OKC arena, where she previously performed as part of the legendary rock band Fleetwood Mac in 2003 and 2015.
March 30, Hudiburg Chevrolet Center, Midwest City
The contemporary Christian music star, recent Kennedy Center honoree and wife of Oklahoma native Vince Gill will perform selections from her 40-year entertainment career.
March 30 and April 1, BOK Center, Tulsa
After rocking their first headlining arena show in their home state last fall at OKC's Paycom Center, the popular Oklahoma Red Dirt band is playing a two-night stint at Tulsa's downtown arena. Special guests Old Crow Medicine Show and Muscadine Bloodline will open.
March 31, BOK Center, Tulsa
Led by Oklahoma Music Hall of Famer and founding guitarist Neal Schon, the rockers continue their 50th anniversary "Freedom Tour" featuring Toto.
March 31, Stride Bank Center, Enid
The Grammy-winning contemporary Christian band's "The Healer Tour" includes We Are Messengers and Ben Fuller.
April 1, Paycom Center
The country music superstar's 21-date "I Go Back 2023 Tour" will feature Grammy-nominated rising star Kelsea Ballerini.
April 7, Blue Door
The Oklahoma singer-songwriter is releasing her new album, "Gold," April 7 via Horton Records.
Pedro the Lion
April 13, Beer City Music Hall
David Bazan's indie rock band will play an all-ages show.
April 14, BOK Center, Tulsa
The Texas country standout returns to Tulsa with his "Road to Hell Paso" headlining tour.
OKC Philharmonic with Joshua Bell
April 15, Civic Center
One of the biggest names in classical music, the Grammy-winning violinist, who previously performed with the OKC Philharmonic in 2006, will reunite with the orchestra on a Classics concert featuring Felix Mendelssohn's "Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64" and Beethoven's "Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92."
Judah & the Lion
April 16, The Jones Assembly
The alt-rock and folk band will play for the third time at the OKC venue.
'Elevation Nights Spring 2023 Tour'
April 19, Paycom Center
Elevation Worship and Steven Furtick will bring a night of praise music to OKC.
Keathley and the Burning Bras
April 20, Ponyboy
The OKC indie folk singer-songwriter released her first full-band EP, "The Burning Bras," last year.
April 22, Paycom Center
The breakout country singer will be accompanied by fellow up-and-comers Ingrid Andress and BRELAND.
April 24, BOK Center, Tulsa
"The Revolutions Live Tour" will include support from fellow rockers Three Days Grace and From Ashes to New.
April 26, The Jones Assembly
The six-time platinum rockers are performing a series of shows to go with the spring release of their "Live and Acoustic: Fall of 1997" limited edition double EP.
OKC Philharmonic presents 'Marvel Studios' Black Panther in Concert'
April 28-29, Civic Center
The orchestra will close its Pops season by showing the groundbreaking blockbuster on a big screen while the philharmonic plays the superheroic score live.
April 28, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa; and April 29, 7 Clans Casino Resort, Newkirk.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers — Robin Zander (vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick Nielsen (lead guitar), Tom Petersson (bass guitar) and Daxx Nielsen (drums) — are celebrating 47 years of making music together.
Texas Hippie Coalition
April 29, Diamond Ballroom
The heavy metal band from Denison, Texas, returns to OKC.
Gojira and Mastodon
April 30, Zoo Amphitheatre
Grammy-nominated French heavy metal luminaries Gojira and Grammy-winning heavy rockers Mastodon join forces for "The Mega-Monsters Tour."
Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble's 'Symphony of Winds'
May 2, First Baptist Church of OKC
The OKC ensemble wraps its 20th anniversary season with Ludwig van Beethoven's "Octet for Winds in E-flat Major, Op. 103," Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Selections from The Magic Flute" and Charles Gounod's "Petite Symphonie pour Vents."
Brooks & Dunn
May 5, Paycom Center
The Country Music Hall of Fame duo, who split up in 2010 but reunited a few years later, are bringing their "Reboot Tour 2023" to the OKC arena, where they've played four previous times.
May 6, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa
The band will play its 1990s hits like “Santa Monica,” “Father of Mine” and “I Will Buy You a New Life."
May 12, BOK Center, Tulsa
Dustin Lynch & LOCASH are joining the country star on his "Drunk or Dreaming Tour."
KATTFEST featuring Godsmack
May 12, Zoo Amphitheatre
The lineup for the annual one-day rock festival also includes I Prevail, Bad Omens, Zero 9:36, Catch Your Breath and more.
OKC Philharmonic's 'Oklahoma Stories: Clara Luper Centennial'
May 13, Civic Center
The orchestra's Classics season closer will celebrate the legacy of a local civil rights legend with a program including Joan Tower's "Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman," Leonard Bernstein's "Symphonic Dances from West Side Story" and the world premiere of Hannibal Lokumbe's "Trials, Tears, Transcendence: The Journey of Clara Luper," a new piece commissioned by the OKC Philharmonic.
Little Big Town
May 18, Stride Bank Center, Enid
The Grammy-winning country vocal quartet's "Friends of Mine Tour" is supporting their 10th studio album, "Mr. Sun," released last fall.
Canterbury Voices' 'Crescendo'
May 18, Oklahoma History Center
An add-on concert to the season subscription and fundraising event for Canterbury Voices' programs, the second annual "Crescendo" will be Randi Von Ellefson's last performance as the chorus' artistic director and conductor. It also will be a celebration of his time with Canterbury Voices and include festive music, food and cocktails.
May 20, BOK Center, Tulsa
The three-time Grammy-winning singer, rapper and flautist will make her Sooner State debut on "The Special 2our."
Ray Wylie Hubbard
June 1, Tower Theatre
The Oklahoma-Texas music icon released his second star-studded collaborative album, "Co-Starring Too," in 2022.
June 3, BOK Center, Tulsa
The country icon's "Queen of Me Tour" will include special guest Breland.
June 7, BOK Center, Tulsa
The Grammy-winning bluegrass player is touring in support of his new album "ME/AND/DAD," on which he and his father, fellow musician Terry Barber, perform songs they played together during Strings’ childhood.
Bela Fleck and the Flecktones
June 13, Tower Theatre
The groundbreaking band is known for its inventive fusion of jazz and bluegrass music.
June 21, Zoo Amphitheatre
The Grammy-nominated band's long-delayed tour finally makes its way to OKC.
June 23, The Criterion
The Texas country outfit is bringing along special guest Emily Nenni on its 2023 North American trek.
Young the Giant
June 30, Zoo Amphitheatre
The multiplatinum-selling rockers' summer tour with Milky Chance follows last fall's release of "American Bollywood," their first album in four years.
July 27, BOK Center, Tulsa
The best-selling female solo touring artist of all time will showcase her famed catalog of hits spanning more than four decades on "The Celebration Tour."
July 29, BOK Center, Tulsa
The band will be touring in support of its new album, "This Is Why," due out Feb. 10 on Atlantic Records.
Aug. 11, BOK Center, Tulsa
The rising Grammy-nominated country star, who hails from Oologah, is returning to Oklahoma with his newly announced "Burn Burn Burn North American Tour."
Aug. 17, Paycom Center
The country superstar's "Home Team Tour" will feature Cole Swindell and Nate Smith.
Rocklahoma featuring Pantera
Sept. 1-3, Pryor Creek Music Festival Grounds, near Pryor
The full lineup has yet to be announced, but the three-day music and camping festival billed as "America's Biggest Labor Day Weekend Party" will count Pantera among its 2023 headliners. The heavy metal icons are touring this year with a lineup including original members Philip Anselmo and Rex Brown joined by Zakk Wylde on guitar and Charlie Benante on drums.
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