When tickets for the Tulsa-born and Yukon-raised country music megastar’s tour stops with equally talented wife and songstress Trisha Yearwood went on sale June 2, Garth Brooks set an Oklahoma City sales record — more than 50,000 sold in less than one hour.
Shows start 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. July 14 and 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. July 15 at Chesapeake Arena, 100 W. Reno Ave.
It is no surprise that these tickets found an army of eager buyers. Brooks’ last gig in OKC was 20 years ago. He is also the best-selling solo recording artist in U.S. history and second globally to The Beatles. (Coincidentally, Paul McCartney performs July 17 at the ’Peake, just two nights after Brooks’ local shows conclude.)
Let’s face it; these four Brooks and Yearwood concerts are a very big deal. Over 50,000 people are descending on our great city. For comparison, average Oklahoma City Thunder home-game attendance is about 18,300. Brooks is a showman — a bona fide musical entertainer — and it only makes sense that fans would spend a little time before and after the concerts to have a little fun and experience the city. Heck, make a weekend out of it; there’s still time to plan. Even if you weren’t one of the lucky 50,000 people to get a ticket, you can party in their honor anytime! Let Oklahoma Gazette’s own “Garth” and “Trisha” be your guides.
We rustled up this country-fried top-10 selection of the couple’s most beloved hits as the playlist to your Oklahoma City metro adventure.
“Two Piña Coladas,” Garth Brooks
Album: Sevens (hear a concert version on Double Live)
Party trivia: This single spent 28 weeks on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart after its March 1998 release.
Visit: Rockford Cocktail Den
Patrons won’t find an ocean-side beach at Rockford Cocktail Den. But while sipping the ’60s-chic bar’s luxurious Piña Colada, it is easy to feel like you’re taking a vacation from your troubles. Rockford has a veritable ocean of decadent cocktails to try, including its Harvey Wallbanger, The Hampton and Kinky Pinky. If you do get a hankerin’ to hit a beach, downtown Oklahoma City has one of those, too. Check out Bricktown Beach, open daily at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark’s Third Base Plaza, 2 S. Mickey Mantle Drive.
317 NW 23rd St.
“American Honky-Tonk Bar Association,” Garth Brooks
Album: In Pieces
Party trivia: The tune was originally titled “American Redneck Bar Association.”
Visit: Red Rooster Bar and Grill
Fans seeking a proverbial meeting of Brooks’ fraternal honky-tonk club can still find one at Paseo Art District’s Red Rooster Bar and Grill. The smoky, beer-only joint is the perfect place to shoot some pool with a buddy while shooting the — well, you know. Live music is the key ingredient to any AHTBA assembly, and Red Rooster hosts plenty of it, including psychedelic gypsy bluegrass jam band and venue favorite The Dirty Little Betty’s.
3100 N. Walker Ave.
“Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House,” Garth Brooks
Album: No Fences
Party trivia: This cover tune was originally recorded by Dennis Robbins in 1987. Brooks’ single became his fifth consecutive No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.
Visit: Remington Park Racing & Casino
Attention, all you lucky ladies and wild-card men! There’s plenty to do until live horse racing returns to Remington Park Aug. 25. The racetrack’s casino is now open 24 hours a day. Play the slots, grab a drink at Old No. 7 Bar and eat at Jackpot Pizza and Bricktown Brewery. If you hunger for more live music, watch bands perform 9 p.m. every Friday and Saturday on Old No. 7 Bar’s stage.
1 Remington Place
“The Dance,” Garth Brooks
Album: Garth Brooks
Visit: Cowboys OKC
Grab that special someone and hit Cowboys OKC’s dance floor. Get into the Wild West spirit 7:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays when the venue hosts live bull riding. Whether you hop on a bull or just two-step across the floor, you won’t want to miss “The Dance.”
2301 S. Meridian Ave.
“Friends in Low Places,” Garth Brooks
Album: No Fences
Party trivia: It earned Brooks single of the year honors from the Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association.
There are some real low-down folks at Junior’s — like, literally. The swanky, red-walled hideaway found in the basement of the west Oil Center building on Northwest Expressway has served beer, whiskey and martinis for decades. The ultimate pick-me-up is Junior’s Brandy Ice, a mixture of brandy, cacao, ice cream and nutmeg that is essentially the milkshake of our dreams.
2601 Northwest Expressway
“If Tomorrow Never Comes,” Garth Brooks
Album: Garth Brooks
Visit: Beginners Tarot Class
“If tomorrow never comes,” Brooks famously ponders, “will she know how much I loved her?” Well, one way to find out is to ask them. Spirit Fair instructor and guide Cyndy uses her more than 20 years of experience to host a beginner tarot card reading class 1-5 p.m. July 15-16 at artist Tammy Conover’s studio. Registration is $100. Students should bring their own pen, paper and Rider Waite tarot card deck. Reserve your spot by emailing email@example.com.
9106 S. Walker Ave.
“In Another’s Eyes” Trisha Yearwood duet with Garth Brooks
Album: (Songbook) A Collection of Hits
Party trivia: The collaboration earned the couple a 1997 Grammy Award.
Visit: Oklahoma City Museum of Art
The Brooks and Yearwood duet beautifully captures the struggle living up to the idealistic perceptions painted by a significant other. Of course, it is a lot easier to find the beauty in actual paintings, which is why you should visit Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Take note of others’ perceptions in the museum’s fabulous new exhibit Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic or its permanent collection.
415 Couch Drive
“Shameless,” Garth Brooks
Album: Ropin’ the Wind
Party trivia: The song was written and recorded by Billy Joel and appeared on Joel’s album Storm Front.
Visit: Buttersweet Cupcakes
While visiting the town in which Brooks was raised, there’s no shame in indulging a bit. After stopping by his childhood home, 408 Yukon Ave., and cruising down Garth Brooks Blvd., cut loose at Buttersweet Cupcakes. Classic flavors including Vanilla Thrilla and Chocolate Fudge will entice you, as will cake parfaits and from-scratch brownies.
817 S. Mustang Road, Yukon
“The Thunder Rolls,” Garth Brooks
Album: No Fences
Visit: Sushi Neko
One of Oklahoma City’s best-loved sushi bars, Sushi Neko is ideal for a romantic dinner or a rollicking meal with friends. There’s a sushi virgin sampler for first-timers and a cooked menu that also features steak and chicken. Brooks and Yearwood superfans should consider ordering a Thunder Roll made with crab, chili sauce, cucumber, albacore tuna and habanero masago.
4318 N. Western Ave.
“Main Street,” Chris Gaines
Album: Greatest Hits
Party trivia: The tune was co-written by Yearwood, Gordon Kennedy and Wayne Kirkpatrick.
Visit: Phoenix Rising
When Brooks donned his jet-black wig and soul patch, he became country-pop alt-rocker Chris Gaines. At the always-welcoming 39th District hot spot Phoenix Rising, you are always free to be who you want to be. See the Gender Bender Lipstick Revue drag show 10:30 p.m. every Saturday. It’s a great show for adults who love music, comedy, fun and diversity.
2120 NW 39th St.
Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood
7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. July 14, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. July 15
100 W. Reno Ave.
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