What would life be without live music? Sure, you’d maybe have marginally more disposable income, but wouldn’t you rather catch a drumstick or lose a tooth in the pit? Or sip a drink in the mezzanine, if that’s more your speed? Whatever your preference, be sure to trawl this list and buy a few tickets for shows in the new year.
Jamie Lou and The Hullabaloo
Jan. 4 | Mercury Lounge | 1747 S. Boston Ave.
Arkansas-based, sonically complex indie folk is coming to a venue near you. Supported by local punk act Hummin’ Bird, this show is sure to make for an astonishing mesh of sound and style.
Fitz and the Tantrums
Feb. 8 | The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino | 777 W. Cherokee St., Catoosa
These indie pop aficionados rocked the radio with their 2013 hit “Out of My League” and 2016’s “HandClap,” and now they’re headed to The Joint to rock Tulsa as part of their winter 2020 tour.
Feb. 9 | The Vanguard | 222 N. Main St.
The overtly political punk-folk band (formerly Andrew Jackson Jihad) will rage through Tulsa in support of their new record, “Good Luck Everybody.” Opened by punky quartet Tacocat, this show is sure to inspire equal doses of head-banging cacophony and chin-stroking “deep” thought.
Feb. 20 | The Vanguard | 222 N. Main St.
Cincinnati folk rock with tinges of fuzzy timbre and driving drumbeats? Support from local Americana act The Gales? Doesn’t get much better than that.
Feb. 21 | The Shrine | 112 E. 18th St.
Hardcore punk fans: Go pay your respects. (Support from Arizona punks The Linecutters.)
Feb. 26 | Cain’s Ballroom | 423 N. Main St.
If you’re up for a good rave and find yourself pining for the days when dubstep ruled supreme, this show is for you. NGHTMRE is supported here by Crankdat, Wavedash and Black A.M.
Davina and The Vagabonds
April 17 | Duet Jazz Club | 108 N. Detroit Ave.
This jazzy, bluesy band is bringing the sound of New Orleans to Tulsa. Boasting a superb section of staccato horns, an uncompromising rhythm section with a wide range of intensity and earnest vocals from the eponymous Davina, this show is sure to please all sorts of jazz-goers.
April 23 | BOK Center | 200 S. Denver Ave.
Country outlaw Sturgill Simpson is known for soulful songwriting and great storytelling. With support from special guest Tyler Childers, this show is part of Simpson’s “A Good Look’n Tour.” Check out his Netflix original anime movie out before the show, “Sound & Fury.”
Sept. 30 | BOK Center | 200 S. Denver Ave.
Do we celebrate their graduation from penniless indie rock? Mourn their newfound commercialism? Supported here by Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, no one knows how exactly to feel about Vampire Weekend these days, but one thing’s for sure: There won’t be a more convenient way to hear “This Life” in person for some time.