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Rock and Awe

With 45,000-square feet arranged in amphitheater-style seating, The Joint draws in performers and concert-goers who want to feel a sense of intimacy and connection.

Article
Michele Chiappetta
Photos
Marc Rains
Posted
September 29, 2017

The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa opened its doors to the public in September 2010. Since then, it has been rocking, juking and jamming to become one of Green Country’s favorite places to see a live performance. With 45,000-square feet arranged in amphitheater-style seating, The Joint creates a concert-going experience that allows you to see high-level performers in an intimate setting.

“When you walk in, it’s an immersive feeling,” says Martin Madewell, director of hospitality. “The intimacy of the shows performed there is one of the biggest reasons people come to see concerts.”

A standout element of The Joint as a place to view performances is the excellent sight-lines. It’s possible to see the stage with a great view, no matter where you sit in the room. It’s an advantage that Madewell says regular concert-goers love — because you get not just a great view of the stage, but for a great price too. “What’s really cool is that you’re not going to see a lot of price variation in tickets,” he says, “because everything is so close.”

But it also draws in performers, who also want to feel that sense of intimacy and connection, something that is simply hard, if not impossible, to achieve in a big arena setting. Bands seek out opportunities to play at The Joint, he says — even groups that aren’t necessarily performing a full-out concert tour in the U.S.

The Joint draws top-tier groups from all genres. If you like it, chances are The Joint will offer it sometime throughout the year. (Photo: Marc Rains)
‍The Joint draws top-tier groups from all genres. If you like it, chances are The Joint will offer it sometime throughout the year. (Photo: Marc Rains)

Case in point: Bad Company, the classic rock group with hits such as “Feel Like Makin’ Love” and “Can’t Get Enough” is coming to The Joint Oct. 26. It’s their only concert in the United States this year, says Madewell. “They needed somewhere to rehearse because they’re preparing for an overseas tour,” he says. “They contacted us because they want to rehearse at The Joint, and we also got them to play a show, their only show in the U.S. this year.”

Madewell believes that performers like coming to The Joint because of the excellent staff and hospitality that the casino provides, which promises good things to Green Country residents who love seeing their favorite musicians live.

“The Joint in Tulsa is by far, one of my favorite places to play,” says country music artist Gary Allan, who last played The Joint in August 2017. “The venue is great and the event staff always make us feel so welcome and at home. The fans love it there too. We always know it is going to be a great night when we roll into The Joint.”

Indeed, The Joint draws top-tier groups from all genres. If you like it, chances are The Joint will offer it sometime throughout the year.

“We’re able to do a wide variety of shows,” says Madewell. This is in part due to The Joint’s flexibility in providing important resources to performers, and in part due to a recognition of what customers in Green Country want to see. “Country and classic rock are always very successful here,” he says.

Green Country’s receptivity — The Joint regularly sells out — draws the attention of acts as big as Kiss, who performed at the Hard Rock Tulsa this past February. “You hear people talk about Kiss a lot,” says Madewell. But after their show in February, Madewell says Kiss talked about Tulsa, saying it’s not every day they get to play where everyone is so close to the stage.

The Joint’s state-of-the-art light and sound system, as well as the ability to accommodate specialty performance elements like pyrotechnics, is what convinces big acts to commit to making a concert stop there. (Photo: Marc Rains)
‍The Joint’s state-of-the-art light and sound system, as well as the ability to accommodate specialty performance elements like pyrotechnics, is what convinces big acts to commit to making a concert stop there. (Photo: Marc Rains)

Many venues can’t handle the needs of an arena-sized performance like you get with Kiss. But The Joint’s state-of-the-art light and sound system, as well as the ability to accommodate specialty performance elements like pyrotechnics, is what convinces big acts like Kiss to commit to making a concert stop there.

“The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa is a great venue for rock ‘n’ roll,” says Tom Scholz, the founder of Boston. “Not only are both our band and crew treated like royalty, but the backstage area is beautiful and comfortable. The Joint has great sound, and always, amazing audiences. Boston loves performing there.”

Smaller groups and up-and-comers also love making a concert stop at The Joint, like Cole Swindell, a rising country artist who performed at The Joint in September. “He’s a great example of the up-and-comers we host,” says Madewell. “Two years from now, he could be big.”

Others who have performed at The Joint while their star was just on the rise include people like Blake Shelton. You probably know him, wink-wink.

The Joint regularly hosts comedians too. Performers such as Wayne Brady, Dennis Miller, and Jay Leno have all performed there, as has Theresa Caputo, the Long Island Medium of TLC reality show fame. 

One of the more unusual events The Joint has hosted recently is the well-known TV game show, The Price Is Right, which taped a series of four shows over four days this past May. Close to 10,000 people attended over the course of the tapings.

In keeping with the Hard Rock Casino atmosphere, The Joint’s shows are all for audiences aged 21 and up. “It’s an entire night out, from dining to music to hanging out with friends to gaming,” says Madewell. The Joint features two bars inside the venue, so concert-goers can belly up for a drink without missing out on any part of the show they’re attending.

For those who want to make a full day or an overnight stay of their time there, in addition to a concert at The Joint, Madewell says the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa is ready to accommodate you. “It’s a resort experience here,” he says. Included are two pools, a spa, a four-diamond hotel with 454 rooms, nine food and beverage venues including McGill’s Steakhouse, gaming — everything you could want from a trip to Vegas, without the plane fare.

LOCATOR
The Joint | Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa
777 W. Cherokee St. | Catoosa
918-384-ROCK (x7625)
hardrockcasinotulsa.com
Box Office Hours
Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

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