Not to be forgotten, female music artists made significant contributions to Tulsa’s music history.
On May 15, Cain’s Ballroom will be the site of a Women of Song-backed concert that will pay tribute to Gus Hardin, Debbie Campbell, Betsy Smittle and the Tulsa Sound.
“Although no longer with us, these women have left a legacy that will live on for years to come,” said a news release for the show.
The concert is a fundraiser for the “Women of Song Project: The Heart and Spirit of Oklahoma.” The release said the project recognizes the “incomparable female musical talent that comes out of the great state of Oklahoma.”
Women of Song is the brainchild of native Oklahoman Brenda Cline, who has long wanted to bring recognition to Oklahoma female artists of all ages, genres and career stages. Cline, who spent 30 years in Nashville as an artist manager and record label executive, returned to her home state in 2015.
“I don’t want people to forget about the deep well of talent that continually flows out of Oklahoma, especially all of our amazing women,” Cline said.
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Women of Song showcases 20 Oklahoma female singer-songwriters, three of which are being honored at the May 15 event. Several Women of Song inductees will be paying homage to Hardin, Campbell and Smittle by performing some of their most beloved songs. They will be joined onstage by Tulsa Sound musicians, many who were original members of the honorees’ bands.
Attendees will be treated to performances from favorite artists and talented newcomers. Ann Bell, the queen of the Tulsa Sound, will be among performers. Music historian and radio host John Wooley will serve as master of ceremonies.
Doors will open at 5 pm for a VIP pre-party. Otherwise, doors open at 6:30 pm for a 7 pm show.
VIP tickets ($150) can be purchased at womenofsongok.com or by calling 615-944-5981. The VIP experience includes a catered meal, priority seating, pre-party live entertainment and an artist meet-and-greet.
Early bird general admission tickets are on sale for $50 at cainsballroom.com.