The Blue Rose rises again

A popular Brookside hangout is resurrected on the Arkansas River in the form of Blue Rose Café, a hot-weather haven featuring a casual vibe and casual fare.



The Blue Rose Café features music memorabilia donated by Cain’s Ballroom and local musicians.

I was a waitress once. That’s not saying a lot, but I did put in a good two years at Eskimo Joe’s in Stillwater while attending Oklahoma State University. (I won’t tell you how long ago it was.) It was great fun, and I made some lifelong friends out of the deal. Unfortunately, my time at Joe’s came much later than that of legendary Tulsa restaurateur Tom Dittus, who managed Joe’s for many years.

At the same time Dittus was working at Joe’s, he was following a local red dirt band called Blue Rose Café. He says he always thought the band name would be a great name for a restaurant.

Jump ahead 15 or so years to 1991. With the blessing of Joe’s owner Stan Clark, Dittus opened his own juke joint in Tulsa, and he finally got to put the band’s name on his own marquee — Blue Rose Café was born. The Blue Rose was a popular hangout in the evolving Brookside strip for 10 years — until 2001, when Dittus closed the bar to help care for his older brother, who was undergoing cancer treatment in Germany.

A few years later, when he returned to Tulsa, Dittus joined a younger brother in the commercial real estate business — a plus, as he had long been looking for a spot to reopen the Blue Rose. They submitted a request for a proposal with River Parks on the much-publicized Arkansas River project and were selected to build a new restaurant overlooking the river.

The menu bears a striking resemblance to that of Eskimo Joe’s, both in look and content, all a nod to Clark. And because Sara and Heather, two of my best girlfriends, and I spent many a night at Joe’s, we felt like reliving some of our past fun.

We had to start with a plate of cheese fries — a heaping mound of seasoned fries, topped with Monterey jack and cheddar cheeses and crisp bacon. Definitely a substantial starter, the melty-cheese-covered fries ($8.29) were delicious dipped in the Blue Rose’s house-made ranch dressing. You can also opt for a topping of chili or blackened or marinated chicken for more of a pub-nacho meal.

For her entrée, Sara opted for the spinach salad topped with the Blue Rose’s famous blackened chicken. The main-dish salad was hearty yet light. Other salads include greens topped with marinated chicken, blackened chicken or crispy chicken fingers ($10.29). There is also a classic Caesar salad ($10.49), the soup of the day ($4.29/$5.49) and a new signature gumbo, Rhythm and Blues gumbo.

I opted for a classic Blue Rose sandwich — marinated chicken topped with Swiss cheese and grilled pineapple.

Unfortunately, mine came with neither cheese nor pineapple, but our sweet waitress tried to help me out by bringing a slice of cheese to the table. Not quite what I was planning, but the sandwich was great nonetheless. There are a slew of other sandwiches, including chicken-fried chicken ($9.49), the Blue Rose Club ($9.49) and the delicious blackened chicken ($9.49), served on a bun with the Blue Rose’s orange marmalade sauce (this was always my go-to sandwich at the former Blue Rose).

My friend Heather chose the Jr. Walker, a small old-fashioned onion-fried burger cooked on the flat-top grill. It was pretty tasty, but I would have probably ordered two. The other burger selections are third-pound burgers, hand packed daily, and include mushroom and Swiss, bacon and your choice of cheese, bacon and blue cheese, and homemade hickory sauce and Jack cheese (all $9.99).

The place was bustling, even for a Tuesday night. We waited about a half-hour for a table but were able to enjoy a beer on the patio and watch the sun set. I suspect the patio will be popular for that reason alone. There is also live music Tuesday through Saturday, so if you are looking for quiet conversation, you might want to eat early, before the band starts up.

My friends and I thought the new Blue Rose felt much like a modern tree house, albeit an urban one, with much of the musically themed décor donated by Cain’s Ballroom and local musicians. The space was built according to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification program. Kudos to Dittus for building one of the few LEED-certified businesses in Oklahoma, and for breathing life back into one of Tulsa’s favorite locally owned hangouts.


Blue Rose Café
1924 Riverside Drive, 918-582-4600
www.bluerosecafetulsa.com

Cuisine — Bar and grill fare
Capacity — 100 inside; 100 to 120 outside
Setting — Bank of the Arkansas River
Managing partner — Tom Dittus
Prices — Starters and salads, $4-$11; burgers and entrées, $10-$16.99
Reservations — Not accepted
Credit cards — All major accepted
Hours — 11 a.m.-midnight, Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Friday and Saturday
Dress — Casual
Noise level — Moderate to loud (depends on whether bands are playing)
Handicapped access — Yes
Smoking — Only on the patio
Parking — Parking lot

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Sponsor: McKeon Center for Creativity
Telephone: 918-595-7339
Contact Name: Cindy Barton
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This traveling exhibition curated by Josephine Stealey, chronicles a history of American basketry from its origins in Native American, immigrant, and slave communities to its presence within the...

Cost: Free

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108|Contemporary
108 E M.B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: 108|Contemporary
Contact Name: Ellen McGivern

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 join us in welcoming current Tulsa Artist Fellowship participant CARRIE DICKASON and her lively, inquisitive exhibit 'Revealing Patterns'.       'Revealing...

Cost: free

Where:
mainline art bar
111 n main street
tulsa, OK  74103
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Telephone: 918-704-3330
Contact Name: katy eagleston

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Performances Fri., July 21 at 7:00 p.m Sun., July 23 at 2:30 p.m Thurs., July 27 at 7:00 p.m Fri., July 28 at 7:00 p.m Sun., July 30 at 2:30 p.m Tickets Tickets will go on sale...

Cost: $10.00

Where:
Boston Avenue Church
1301 S Boston Avenue
Tulsa, OK  74119
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Sponsor: Music Office
Telephone: 918.699.0138
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American Legion Post 308
11328 E Admiral Pl
Tulsa, OK
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Ed's Hurricane Lounge
3216 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 587-6426

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Cost: $10

Where:
Vanguard
222 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (319) 804-9727
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River Spirit Casino - Volcano Stage
8330 Riverside Pkwy.
Tulsa, OK  74137
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Smitty's 118 Tavern
118 East Main St
Jenks, OK
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Telephone: (918) 995-2277
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Cost: $30-$40

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River Spirit Casino - Paradise Cove
8330 Riverside Pkwy.
Tulsa, OK  74137
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Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - Cabin Creek
777 W Cherokee Street
Catoosa, OK  74105
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Monster mud trucks get down and dirty.

Where:
Tulsa Raceway Park
3103 N Garnett
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 437-7223
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Come face to face with dinosaurs.

Cost: $18-$34

Where:
Cox Business Center
100 Civic Center
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Telephone: 918.894.4350
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Cost: $10

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Comedy Parlor
328 E 1st St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 921-3535
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Inner Circle Vodka Bar
410 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 794-2400
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River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy.
Tulsa, OK  74137
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River Spirit Casino - LandShark Pool Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy.
Tulsa, OK  74137
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Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame
5 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 928-5299
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Accio dancing shoes! DJs Uber and Afistaface will be spinning enchanting tunes.

Where:
The Unicorn Club
222 E 1st Street
Tulsa, OK  74135
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Telephone: (918) 551-7447

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Utopia Bar & Lounge
3508 S Sheridan Rd
Tulsa, OK  74145
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Dusty Dog Pub
5107 S Harvard
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 933-5473
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Cost: $10

Where:
Comedy Parlor
328 E 1st St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 921-3535
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The Max Retropub
114 S Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 895-6200
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The Fur Shop
520 E 3rd St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 949-4292
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The Bistro At Seville
10021 S Yale Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - Riffs
777 W Cherokee Street
Catoosa, OK  74105
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Hunt Club
224 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 599-9200
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The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 794-4208
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Broadway at Boston Avenue presents a musical comedy that shows loving families come in all shapes and sizes.

Cost: $10

Where:
Boston Avenue Methodist Church
1301 S Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74119
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Pepper's Grill
2809 E 91st St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 296-0593
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Grab a snack, find a seat, and let your imagination run wild! Each weekend in July, we’ll look at timeless truths from Hollywood blockbusters. At every service, you can expect a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Life.Church
7071 E. 121st Street S.
Bixby, OK  74008
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Sponsor: Life.Church
Telephone: 918-938-0900
Contact Name: Lesley Hemphill
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This exhibit features the work of Photographers of Tulsa Oklahoma Group, a group of talented local photographers that includes novices to seasoned professionals. PHOTOG members encourage and help...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
McKeon Center for Creativity
910 S. Boston Ave.
TCC Metro Campus
Tulsa, OK  74119
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Sponsor: McKeon Center for Creativity
Telephone: 918-595-7339
Contact Name: Cindy Barton
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Car need washing?  Bring it on down to Jiffy Lube, 2726 S. Harvard, on Saturday, July 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The car wash will be hosted by Crossroads Clubhouse, a local...

Cost: Suggested donation

Where:
Jiffy Lube
2726 S. Harvard Ave.
Tulsa
OK, OK  74114
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Sponsor: Jiffy Lube
Telephone: 918.743.4720
Contact Name: Jason
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Practice your bird watching skills by picking up a bird species coloring sheet in the Visitor Center before you explore the Garden. Tulsa Botanic Garden is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am...

Cost: FREE for Garden members; $8 for ages 13+; $4 for ages 3–12. 2 & under Free

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
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This traveling exhibition curated by Josephine Stealey, chronicles a history of American basketry from its origins in Native American, immigrant, and slave communities to its presence within the...

Cost: Free

Where:
108|Contemporary
108 E M.B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: 108|Contemporary
Contact Name: Ellen McGivern

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Good Morning Bedlam is performing at Starship Records! Good Morning Bedlam's show is an explosion of energy with soaring harmonies, a banjo player that scissor-kicks in the air, a string...

Cost: Free

Where:
Starship Records
1241 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK  74104
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Contact Name: Christian Cole

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Children's Musical Theatre Main Stage production of "ANNIE" features area students ages 7-17 as the cast of this classic musical.  The cast rehearses and performs 4 to 5 shows on...

Cost: $14-$24

Where:
Bartlesville Community Center
300 SE Adams Blvd
Bartlesville, OK  74003
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Sponsor: Children's Musical Theatre of Bartlesville
Telephone: 918-336-0558
Contact Name: Jan Watt
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 join us in welcoming current Tulsa Artist Fellowship participant CARRIE DICKASON and her lively, inquisitive exhibit 'Revealing Patterns'.       'Revealing...

Cost: free

Where:
mainline art bar
111 n main street
tulsa, OK  74103
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Telephone: 918-704-3330
Contact Name: katy eagleston

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Cost: $10-$45

Where:
ONEOK Field
201 N. Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK  74120
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The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate (TOSS) hosts a Swing dance and lessons  The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate (TOSS) is the only UNESCO recognized dance organization in Oklahoma.  We are a 501c3...

Cost: $7

Where:
Community Center - South Minister Presby Church
3500 So Peoria
1/2 west of Peoria, on 35pl behind the church
Tulsa, OK  74102
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Sponsor: The Ok Swing Syndicate
Telephone: 918-450-691
Contact Name: Rita Robbins
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Join RSVP of Tulsa at the new ballroom of the River Spirit Resort Casino for an evening of great food, music, dancing, and great silent auction items!  Summer casual attire - feel free to wear...

Cost: $125.00

Where:
River Spirit Resort Casino
8330 Riverside Drive
Tulsa, OK  74136
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Sponsor: RSVP of Tulsa, Inc.
Telephone: 918.280.8656
Contact Name: Jovada Miller
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Performances Fri., July 21 at 7:00 p.m Sun., July 23 at 2:30 p.m Thurs., July 27 at 7:00 p.m Fri., July 28 at 7:00 p.m Sun., July 30 at 2:30 p.m Tickets Tickets will go on sale...

Cost: $10.00

Where:
Boston Avenue Church
1301 S Boston Avenue
Tulsa, OK  74119
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Sponsor: Music Office
Telephone: 918.699.0138
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Where:
The Max Retropub
114 S Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 895-6200
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Where:
Crow Creek Tavern
3534 S Peoria Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 749-9100
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Where:
Elwood's
1924 Riverside Dr
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 949-9090
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Cost: $10

Where:
Comedy Parlor
328 E 1st St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 921-3535
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Where:
The Cottage Art Gallery
1443 S Gary Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 728-1928
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Hunt Club
224 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 599-9200
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River Spirit Casino - Volcano Stage
8330 Riverside Pkwy.
Tulsa, OK  74137
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Where:
The Wine Loft
7890 E. 106th St. S.
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 970-4766
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Where:
Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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River Spirit Casino - LandShark Pool Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy.
Tulsa, OK  74137
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Making plans for this weekend? You can't do better than The Drunkard & The Olio at the historic Spotlight Theater. You know you've always wanted to go, and now's your chance. And if...

Cost: Adults $20, kids $12, seniors & military $17

Where:
Spotlight Theater
1381 Riverside Dr.
Tulsa, OK  74127
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River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy.
Tulsa, OK  74137
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Inner circle goes tiki with Caribbean cuisine, tropical drinks, live music, and fire performers.

Where:
Inner Circle Vodka Bar
410 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 794-2400
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Where:
The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 794-4208
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Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - Cabin Creek
777 W Cherokee Street
Catoosa, OK  74105
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Riverwalk Crossing
300 Riverwalk Terrace
Jenks, OK  74037
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Starship Records & Tapes
1241 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 583-0638
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Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - Riffs
777 W Cherokee Street
Catoosa, OK  74105
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Where:
Soul City
1621 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 607-6005
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Soul City
1621 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 607-6005
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Cost: $5

Where:
The Blackbird on Pearl
1336 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 949-1345
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