About The Event
For the 5th year we are back for our annual tradition of the Leftover Last Waltz! In the same spirit as the original Last Waltz, this year's Leftover Last Waltz will be a celebration of Tulsa's music and art, as well as the initiatives and contributions of the Woody Guthrie Center to Tulsa, Oklahoma. The event is aimed at promoting the ideas of Woody Guthrie, whose music spoke of reality and gave a voice to an important time in American history.
A Celebration of Tulsa
The Leftover Last Waltz will take place on Sunday, November 25, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. As it has in the past, Cain's Ballroom will play host to an exclusive screening of The Last Waltz, by Martin Scorsese. The Last Waltz documents The Band's final performance at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, California on Thanksgiving Day, 1976. Scorsese's camera explores and captures the emotions and interactions of the artists on stage, while offstage, his interviews with The Band's members provide an unbelievable perspective of life on the road. With appearances by some of the most influential artists in rock n' roll history, such as Bob Dylan and Neil Young, The Last Waltz presents an amazing look at, what is considered to be, one of the greatest rock n' roll concerts of all time.
As much as The Leftover Last Waltz is a celebration of The Last Waltz, it is also a celebration of the Tulsa community and Tulsa music (or the "Tulsa Sound"). In that spirit, we will have a live performance from the incredibly talented Brad James Band.
Brad James Band
Brad James began playing guitar upon arriving in Stillwater, Oklahoma as a freshman at OSU. There he quickly immersed himself in what would become known as the "Red Dirt Music Family Tree."
As a founding member of Medicine Show, the popular Stillwater/Tulsa-based band, Brad wrote, toured and recorded with the band from 1990-98. Medicine developed a strong following in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Texas, often playing shows with musicians such as Gov't Mule, Zero, Cate Brothers Band and more.
After Medicine Show, Brad played with the legendary Steve Pryor Band, toured with Brandon Jenkins and Stoney LaRue, and began a residency with Tom Skinner's Science Project.
Brad James Band was founded in 2010. In true Tulsa Sound fashion, Brad James Band pulls influences from a wide variety of genres and artists including JJ Cale, Leon Russell, Derek and the Dominoes, The Band, The Grateful Dead, Allman Bros. Band and many more. Their original music reveals the influence of the Red Dirt background while the approach to live ensemble playing is strongly informed by psychedelic transportational music.
What can you expect to experience at a Brad James Band concert? Expect the band to pick a great song, set up a deep groove, then reach for the inspiration that is found when close friends...the band and audience...create music with and for each other.
Along with the amazing music of The Last Waltz and the Brad James Band, the event will provide attendees with a very unique artistic experience, which allows everyone in attendance to add to the landscape. Local artist, Chris Mantle, will be creating a live painting throughout the event, specifically tailored to the emotion and environment of the event. As he creates his Leftover Last Waltz piece, those in attendance will be encouraged to contribute towards the art. Once the piece is completed (prior to the end of The Last Waltz) it will then be placed on auction, along with several other items, with all proceeds to benefit the education initiatives at the Woody Guthrie Center.
Just as years previous, attendees will get the opportunity to go backstage at the historic Cain's Ballroom and participated in the Leftover Last Waltz photo booth. Each year, the "Green Room" behind the stage of Cain's is transformed into an fun, interactive photo booth. Be sure to check out the event's photo booth from years previous in our "Media" section.
Last, but certainly not least, HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Just as The Last Waltz catered Thanksgiving dinner to everyone in attendance in 1976, The Leftover Last Waltz will be providing a delicious, collaborative meal put on by some of the best Tulsa-area restaurants! The Leftover Last Waltz gives Tulsa restaurants a unique opportunity to put one of their signature dishes on the menu for the event's Thanksgiving. It is, without a doubt, the best meal created every year in Tulsa!
Woody Guthrie Center
All of the money raised and the donations accepted through The Leftover Last Waltz will go directly to support and fund the education initiatives of The Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Proceeds from the event will be used to provide the youth of Tulsa with an opportunity to explore their creativity and empower them to find their own voice. Additionally, after school programs and summer music camps will be directly impacted by the proceeds generated from The Leftover Last Waltz.
Tulco Oils Inc.
Midnight Jamboree Sponsors
Jennifer and John Laeger of Tulsa, Oklahoma
Marian and Dennis Bires of Tulsa, Oklahoma
Seth and Katie Tsuru of Houston, Texas