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Country to the Core

Track 5., Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa’s honky-tonk hall, pays tribute to Oklahoma’s rich country music roots, honoring classic, new, alt, Red Dirt, and Americana styles and live shows.

Article
Michele Chiappetta
Photos
Sarah Eliza Roberts
Posted
February 28, 2019

Who’s ready for a little hoedown throwdown? How about some two-stepping, or maybe a boot scootin’ boogie? If you’re sitting at attention right now, thinking, “Let’s go country dancing,” then we have news for you that’ll make you head over to Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. There’s a live music dance hall in town and it is awesome.

Known as Track 5., Hard Rock’s dance hall pays tribute to Oklahoma’s rich honky-tonk roots, honoring country music both classic and modern. And it’s a fabulous place to see live music by local, regional, and national headliners.

Why a country music dance hall at the casino? The answer, says Martin Madewell, senior director of marketing for Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, is simple. “This market [Tulsa] loves country music,” he says. “Our guests love music, and many are loyal country fans. We’ve had multiple country shows that sold out. We want to give our guests what they want.”

Track 5. revamps the Hard Rock’s previous dancing venue, giving it a much-needed makeover that is guaranteed to keep guests coming back again and again. (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)
Track 5. revamps the Hard Rock’s previous dancing venue, giving it a much-needed makeover that is guaranteed to keep guests coming back again and again. (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)

Track 5. revamps the Hard Rock’s previous dancing venue, giving it a much-needed makeover that is guaranteed to keep guests coming back again and again. “The former venue we had was very popular to the local market for country music and dancing. We always had a good crowd, especially on the weekends to hear live entertainment,” says Madewell. “And while that venue was popular, it was also aging. To match the aesthetics and experience our guests deserve, it was time to up the ante and give them a product they deserve.”

To up that ante, Track 5. features a shiny smooth, 1,200-square-foot wooden dance floor in its center, perfect for whisking your sweetheart around. There’s also a full-serve bar inside the venue, offering 36 beers on tap and a sizable variety of bourbon to create that “deep in country music territory” feel that fans enjoy.

The second floor of Track 5. boasts a VIP mezzanine section that looks out over the dance floor and the stage. It’s a great spot for relaxing, sipping a drink, and listening to whoever happens to be playing that night.

Known as Track 5., Hard Rock’s dance hall pays tribute to Oklahoma’s rich honky-tonk roots, honoring country music both classic and modern. (Sarah Eliza Roberts)
Known as Track 5., Hard Rock’s dance hall pays tribute to Oklahoma’s rich honky-tonk roots, honoring country music both classic and modern. (Sarah Eliza Roberts)

Every aspect of the venue is designed to give a nod to country music fans, from the authentic feel of the dance hall to the country memorabilia and graphics that line the walls. Even the name, Track 5., honors both Tulsa itself and its connections with country music over the decades.

“The idea started as an ode to ‘Tulsa Time,’ the fifth track on legend Don Williams’ 1978 album Expressions,” says Madewell. What began as a cool concept turned into the discovery of an uncanny coincidence that ties Oklahoma and the fifth tracks by four other well-known artists — Waylon Jennings’ “The Ramblin’ Man,” Leon Russell’s “Leon Russell and the Shelter People,” George Strait’s “Honkytonkville” and Kenny Rogers’ “Kenny.”  

“It was really bizarre to see such legendary artists all have a fifth track tied to Tulsa or Oklahoma,” says Madewell. “It was a coincidence, but we think it’s pretty cool. With that discovery, there was no doubt we had the name, Track 5.”

The lineup of acts slated to play Track 5. is impressive. Whether it’s a locally-grown act like the Swon Brothers, the well-loved Jason Boland and the Stragglers, or multiplatinum artist Sammy Kershaw, there will be a satisfying choice of concerts for local fans to attend. “You’re going to hear all things country — classic, new, alt, Red Dirt, Americana,” says Madewell. “Anything that has a country sound from new to old, you’ll hear it here.”

It’s no surprise that even the biggest country acts are interested in performing at Track 5., because the Hard Rock puts forth great attention and planning into the design of the stage and sound system. The venue is fully equipped to handle acts of all sizes. The result is an experience on par with traditional music venues like The Joint: Tulsa at Hard Rock.

“National acts realize it’s not just a casino bar; it’s a true live venue. That’s why we built the specs and designs to be able to attract the artists we want,” says Madewell. “We are confident Track 5. will become the new local favorite. The national artist lineup and the production caliber of the venue will put Track 5. on the map regionally.”  

Track 5. is open daily, with live music Wednesdays through Sundays.

LOCATOR
Track 5.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa
777 W. Cherokee St. | Catoosa
800-760-6700
hardrockcasinotulsa.com

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