find us
find us
The Story
Raisiní Cain: A History of Cainís Ballroom will be a cinematic journey told through the music and artists that have made this Tulsa music venue legendary. Raisiní Cain will celebrate the spirit of this venerable dance hall through the 80-plus years of its history, exploring the ties between Cainís, the Tulsa Sound and the myriad of musical genres including the blues, jazz, folk, country, rock and roll, bluegrass and, of course, Western Swing that have been played on its stage. This film will pay homage to ďTulsaís Timeless Honky-TonkĒ as a unique place in American and Oklahoma musical tradition.

Music is the key component of Raisiní Cain as it reflects the ever-changing American musical and cultural landscape. As one of Americaís oldest, still operating popular music venues, Cainís has been a part of this progression from the 1930ís Dust Bowl era with Bob Willís Western Swing, to rockabilly and the heady beginnings of rock and roll in the Ď50s and Ď60s, to virtually every genre known today from punk, hip hop, country, rap and techno. Cainís Ballroom today remains as popular as ever with CNN Travel listing it as one of its 10 fabulous U.S. music venues in 2012.

The influence of Oklahoma musicians and their music will be explored through interviews with many artists who have played at Cainís. Through the use of historical footage and original one-on-one interviews, this film will examine how and why Cainís Ballroom and the Tulsa Sound in particular have been so influential in the wider music world.

A central feature of Raisiní Cain will be the production and filming of the All-Star Jam at Cainís Ballroom with live footage to be woven throughout the film. This concert will be the culmination of the documentary showcasing generations of musicians together on stage to share and celebrate Cainís unique and legendary place in American music history. This event will commemorate Cainís as a monument to the spirit of great music. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is considering inducting Cainís Ballroom into its Landmark Series during this event.


Raisiní Cain will introduce a global audience to the phenomenon of Cainís Ballroom as a cultural treasure set in the very center of Americaís heartland: Tulsa, Oklahoma.