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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. By Michele Chiappetta Photos by Marc Rains 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

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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. 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.

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