Paul Benjaman

Paul Benjaman and other Tulsa artists will perform Wednesday, May 27, during a livestream show originating from Cain’s Ballroom. JOEY JOHNSON/for the Tulsa World

The emphasis will be on local artists when the “Live From Cains: Sessions” series continues Wednesday, May 27, at Cain’s Ballroom.

The performances of Paul Benjaman, Jesse Aycock and Beau Roberson will be livestreamed beginning at 7 p.m. Hosted on the Cain’s Ballroom Facebook page, the event is courtesy of Live From Cain’s and White Claw Hard Seltzer. Viewers will be treated to a behind-the-scenes peek at Cain’s Ballroom, including spaces normally unseen by the public.

Veterans of Tulsa’s vibrant music scene, Benjaman, Aycock and Roberson will swap songs and stories in an intimate 30-minute concert. Aycock and Roberson have new releases on the horizon with Tulsa’s nonprofit Horton Records label (hortonrecords.org), and all three artists are known for their skilled songwriting, as well as their talent as instrumentalists.

Tulsa’s Phil Clarkin Photography, Press Pause Films, Midwest Drone Productions and the Cain’s Ballroom crew will provide a virtual experience for fans by using a multi-cam HD production (including live drone footage of downtown Tulsa) and a seasoned sound engineer. A news release called it a digital backstage pass for the historic honky tonk in a time of social distancing.

“These have been challenging times for the Cain’s Ballroom and other independent venues across the nation, and we know it’s been tough for our fans, too,” Chad Rodgers of Cain’s Ballroom said in the release. “We always appreciate their loyalty and support, and we’ve been particularly grateful for it during this difficult period of time.”

Rodgers said he is happy to partner with Live from Cain’s on the venture.

“We miss our fans, and we look forward to the time we can responsibly welcome them back in person to the ballroom,” he said.

Previous performers in the series include Oklahoma’s John Fullbright and Nashville singer-songwriter and Vince Gill guitarist Jedd Hughes. Five more sessions will be announced at a later date.


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Jimmie is a pop culture and feature writer at the Tulsa World. A former Oklahoma sports writer of the year, he has written books about former Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer and former Oklahoma State football coach Pat Jones. Phone: 918-581-8389