The Blue Note Lounge is a live music bar in Oklahoma City.
Founded in 1961 and located alongside the original Route 66, the Blue Note has has hosted live music of all genres by local, national and international acts.
On February 22, 1983, The Flaming Lips played their first show at The Blue Note to 40-50 friends and family members, including Michael Ivins’ mother and stepfather, Wayne Coyne’s then-girlfriend Hali Neyland and Wayne and Mark Coyne’s family.
In the 2006 book Staring at Sound: The True Story of Oklahoma’s Fabulous Flaming Lips, author Jim Derogatis calls the Blue Note “a rough-and-tumble dive that usually booked blues bands.” In the book, Wayne Coyne says the band auditioned for the bar owner at the Tomco meat locker where the band practiced, which was located next door to the bar.
The venue has changed hands several times over the years, with Tulsa’s Josh Martin taking the reins in 2007. Martin owns the Mercury Lounge and is also the former owner of the Crow Bar in Tahlequah. In 2010, the venue was leased to Oklahoma City residents Lisa Woods and Levi Bennett, and shortly thereafter, sold to Deep Fork Group.
Past Touring Acts
The Flaming Lips, Jucifer, Mike McClure Band, Other Lives and many more.