The Colony is a 21+ venue is Tulsa.
Opened in 1958 as The Colony Inn, this legendary Tulsa hotspot has been sold and reopened several times. In the 1970s Leon Russell owned this joint and folks still come by telling stories of Eric Clapton and George Harrison getting out of limos to play in the corner of this little bar.
As recently as 2006, live music at the Colony was forbidden by the landlord. After months of phone calls to the Landlord, Elliot Nelson acquired the place. Nelson’s father remembered the long time “IV Play” as “the place that had Gogo dancers. I think it was called the Colony”. So it began. Brian Fontaine was put at the helm and slowly re-introduced live performances. The classically fashionable brick-and-wood bar evolved into an unlikely seven-nights-a-week music venue.
Today, The Colony has become a central figure in the modern-day Tulsa music scene and has helped local artists shape the new Tulsa Sound. The historical significance of Leon Russell and JJ Cale’s presence here has become a foundation for the next generation; several bands have settled into those legendary grooves as they’ve played weekly gigs for the last several years, including Vandevander, Wink Burcham and Pilgrim.
Vandevander’s live show was captured on the 2009 release of The Great State of The Colony. The feature length concert documentary included interviews stating the relationship built between the bar and the band. Burcham and Pilgrim both released live albums in 2011 that were recorded at The Colony – A Night at The Colony and Live at The Colony, respectively.
In June 2010, The Colony released a compilation CD entitled, The New Tulsa Sound featuring 18 tracks. This compilation is a single snapshot of 18 artists that have emerged in a modern Tulsa.
Leon Russell, JJ Cale, Wink Burcham, Vandevander, Pilgrim