Next time you stay in our Leon Russell Room, you’ll be sleeping under the signature of the Master and Space and Time himself.

Our favorite rock star couldn’t make it to The Campbell Hotel to see his namesake room, but he agreed to autograph the famous piano-shaped headboard if we’d bring it to him when he came to town for his birthday concert at the Brady Theater. Event manager Diane — who has friends in Leon’s band — coordinated the delivery and spent some time hanging out backstage with the man himself. She brought back a few photos from this momentous occasion:

That’s Diane and her husband, Chris Riley — who played with Leon’s drummer Friday night at The Campbell Lounge — with Leon.

Diane with a couple of guys from the band.

View from the wings.

Another shot from the wings.

For the record, the show was amazing. Even better than last year — and last year was pretty great. He doesn’t talk much; he just plays and plays and plays, so the odds of hearing your favorite song are pretty good. His daughter, Tina Rose, came out and sang a couple of songs a cappella while the band took a break. She has an awesome voice.

If you haven’t seen our Leon Russell Room yet, you’ve got to come by and take a look. Better yet, book a night or two here and spend a weekend soaking up a little Tulsa music history. Just about everybody who is anybody has worked with Leon Russell in some way. Between writing, producing and performing as a session musician, he has been involved in literally thousands of records over the years. Researchers are still trying to track down all of his work.

To reserve a night in the Leon Russell Room — or any of our other beautiful rooms — call (918) 744-5500 or visit We look forward to seeing you!


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Could your wardrobe stand to be updated? If so, you might want to mark your calendar for an upcoming event here at The Campbell Hotel.

ReStyled Threads, a local upscale consignment business, will hold a sale April 11 to April 14 at The Campbell Hotel.

“ReStyled Threads offers a new approach to consigning your gently used clothes,” co-founder Katie Fox said in a news release. “It made sense to host the event at a historic hotel that has been restyled itself.”

Built in 1927 as the Casa Loma Hotel, The Campbell Hotel was home to the 2011 Designer Showcase. The recently renovated boutique luxury hotel features an on-site spa, lounge, and 26 uniquely decorated theme rooms that celebrate the history and culture of Oklahoma.

If you have clothes to sell but haven’t gotten around to consigning them because you just don’t have time, ReStyled Threads can help you out with free drop-off and delivery and a tagging service to make it easier to participate.

“We recognize that most consignors and shoppers have busy lives,” Fox said in the news release. “ReStyled Threads’ consignment process has been streamlined to three easy steps so that anyone can participate.”

Here’s the schedule for shoppers in search of a new look for spring:

Thursday, April 11th:  Private preview party for volunteers and consignors from 4 to 7 p.m.
Friday, April 12th: Designer Dash pre-sale event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; admission is $10.
Friday, April 12th: Swag bags and free admission from 1 to 5 p.m.
Saturday, April 13th: Free admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, April 14th: Early bird half-price sale from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; admission is $10.
Sunday, April 14th: Half-price sale and free admission from 1 to 5 p.m.

For more information, visit

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Sorry for our extended silence here on the blog. We had some technical difficulties to sort out, and we just got everything back to normal yesterday afternoon.

Anyway, here’s what we’ve been up to lately:

1. Getting ready for First Friday. We’ve got Chris Riley playing at The Campbell Lounge from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 5. That’s a week from Friday, so be sure to mark your calendar and stop by to unwind with a drink and listen to some great music after work that night.

2. Construction. Oh, my goodness, the construction around here — wow! Aaron’s crew has been busy renovating the Wiemann Building across the street from the hotel, which means the P.R. office has been inundated with all sorts of crazy thumping and bumping and sawing and hammering as the guys whip the building into shape. It’s pretty exciting to watch a piece of history come back to life. Meanwhile, over in the Max Campbell Building, work has begun on the space that eventually will house a restaurant. It’s too early to set an opening date, but the guys are making progress, and we’re looking forward to watching this project take shape. Stay tuned; we’ll post details as we get ‘em.

3. Getting psyched up for Leon Russell’s birthday. Leon is coming to town for a birthday concert at the Brady Theater on Saturday, April 6, and our friends at BOB-FM are giving away a pair of front-row tickets to the show and a night in our awesome Leon Russell room here at The Campbell. Click here to see the room; click here to find out more about the contest. If you don’t win, you can always buy a pair of tickets and book a different room for that night. Leon puts on a great show. Don’t tell anybody, but I might be secretly in love with him.

4. Travel. Your favorite hotel blogger (I am your favorite, right?) just got back from a four-day road trip to Illinois to visit family, tour a couple of fabulous historic buildings, and sing ’60s folk revival tunes with my 6-year-old nephew, who is learning to zip when he moves and bop when he stops and whir when he stands still.

So … what have y’all been up to since our last post?

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Our friends over at Lee’s Feed and Country Store have been visited by a whole flock of cuteness this spring. Check it out:

Could these little guys be any more adorable? If you haven’t been to Lee’s, this is the best time of year to visit. In addition to chicks, they have bunnies, seeds to plant in your garden, and all sorts of fun gifts. They’re just starting to get some garden seedlings — mostly cold-weather varieties — and will be filling their greenhouse with spring flowers and summer vegetable plants in the not-too-distant future.

Why not plan a visit to Tulsa to see the chicks, pick up a few things for the garden, and explore Route 66? Lee’s is located right on Route 66 (11th Street) just west of 193rd East Avenue. Go check out the Blue Whale in Catoosa, stop at Lee’s on your way into Tulsa, grab lunch at one of the great restaurants (we’re partial to the barbecue at Capp’s, which is half a block west of The Campbell), spend an afternoon poking around in the fun little shops over in the Blue Dome district — which is on an older alignment of Route 66 — and end your visit with an unforgettable stay in our beautiful Route 66 Suite, where you’ll enjoy modern amenities amid the echoes of history. Don’t forget to ask about our Route 66 discount and complimentary guided tours of Route 66 in Tulsa (subject to availability).

For reservations, call (918) 744-5500 or visit

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Christopher Riley

Christopher Riley will perform at The Campbell on April 5.

Our next First Friday guest at The Campbell Lounge will be local musician Christopher Riley.

Originally from Anaheim, Calif., Riley has been playing instruments since he was 4 years old and wrote his first original song, called “Bee and Me,” when he was 8.

He comes from an Irish family of musicians and always enjoyed hearing his father and his father’s brothers play when he was growing up. He has played in many different bands throughout the years and has performed in many clubs throughout the United States.

His influences range from Bowie to the Beatles to Buckley. He plays multiple instruments and loves the challenge of the studio and writing new material. He has written for many artists in every field, from rock to country and rap to Christian, but he prefers the rock genre.

We’re especially proud of Chris around here, as he is married to our event manager, Diane. You can hear him perform from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 5, at The Campbell Lounge. Come hang out with us, unwind with a drink, and listen to some great music! We look forward to seeing you.

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Thanks to a computer crash, we’ve been a little quiet lately. We’re working on the issue and hope to be back up and running soon. In the meantime, we really appreciate your patience. Please check back with us frequently, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with our latest goings-on. Once we get our computer problems sorted out, we hope to make the next round of blog entries worth the wait!

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Check out this cool video our friends over at VFM Leonardo made for us:

We think it looks pretty sharp. Of course, you can’t fully appreciate a place this cool until you’ve seen it in person. Next time you’re in town, why not treat yourself to an evening in one of our luxurious rooms? Soak up a little history while enjoying modern amenities such as high-speed Internet, flat-screen TVs, and our full-service luxury spa. To book a room, call us at (918) 744-5500 or visit And if you don’t have time to spend the night, stop by for a tour. We’re proud of our beautifully restored rooms and love to show them off. Come take a look!

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