Timeline

  • 1960
  • The Cotillion Opens on Dec. 7, 1960, with the Ted Weems Orchestra.
  • 1961
  • “Mr. W. Farha and I send our thanks to you for the manner in which the management handled the ball for the Danny Thomas benefit for Aiding Leukemia Stricken American Children (ALSAC). The staff was most cooperative, and everyone seemed contended, and having a good time.” — Howard. C. K. (May 15, 1961)
  • 1964
  • Louie Armstrong entertains fans at The Cotillion.
    Many local bands played The Cotillion as well. The Apostles was one of them.
  • 1966
  • Duke Ellington plays The Cotillion on May 6, 1966
    Si Zentner
  • 1967
  • Sixth Annual Debutante Ball
    “The members of Beta Kappa Omega of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority wish to express our appreciation for your cooperation and kindness, received from your entire staff.”
  • 1968
  • Fats Domino played the Cotillion in 1968
    Stan Kenton
    Emerald Ball
    Concertgoers bring cushions and lounge on the floor of The Cotillion during a “pillow concert” by Vanilla Fudge.
  • 1969
  • The Crowell Family Singers performing at the Cotillion.
  • 1970
  • B.B. King
  • 1971
  • Fezz Fritsche
  • 1972
  • Les Elgart, KLEO Battle of the Bands, Conway Twitty, Ernest Tubb, Buck Owens and The O’Jays
  • 1973
  • KLEO Battle of the Bands, Woody Herman, The Dramatics, Bobby Womack and Hank Thompson
  • 1974
  • The Ohio Players, Tyrone Davis, Johnny Paycheck, Leon McAuliffe and Ferlin Husky
  • 1975
  • Tex-Mex legend Little Joe y Familia plays for a Hispanic dance at The Cotillion, September 1975.
    Mel Tillis, Bloodstone, George Jones and The Dramatics
  • 1976
  • The Cotillion Ballroom hosts good clean fun and ‘granny grab’ at Norman Lee’s Over 28 Dance.
    Faron Young, Johnny Hernandez, Brothers Johnson, Grover Washington, Jr, Wichita Linemen, Asleep at the Wheel, Mickey Gilley and Little Jimmy Dickens
  • 1977
  • Jerry Wood featuring Pat McJimsey, Beer Dance with Sawdust Charlie, The Lost Gonzo Band, Headstone, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Bar Kays
    Marty Robbins, Merle Haggard, Helen Reddy, Red Steagall and Tree Frog
  • 1978
  • Asleep at the Wheel, Amazing Rhythm Aces, Jerry Jeff Walker, Pablo Cruise, Dudek, Finnigan & Krueger (2 shows), David Allen Coe (sold out), Ozark Mountain Daredevils (sold out) and Lost Gonzo Band
  • 1979
  • Ray Price, Ray Wyline Hubbard, Molly Hatchet (sold out), Emmylou Harris, J J Cale, Ohio Players, Waylon Jennings, Elvin Bishop, Rusty Wier, Millie Jackson, Robert Palmer, Son Seals, David Allan Coe and Shawn Phillips
  • 1980
  • Ronald Reagan speaks at The Cotillion for the KFDI Ag Fair.
    Hank Williams Jr, George Thorogood & the Destroyers, Leon Russell and Savoy Brown
  • 1981
  • Gilley’s Nights — Pott County Pork & Bean Band, Oklahoma Sunshine, Rain Crow, Juice Newton, Sawdust Charlie B B King & Bobby “Blue” Bland
    Spyro Gyra
    , John Kay & Steppenwolf, Muddy Waters, Delbert McClinton, Stephen Stills and Amy Grant
  • 1982
  • Martina McBride performs with the Fowler Brothers Band before moving to Nashville
    Three Dog Night, Quarterflash, Johnny Taylor, Albert Collins, Closed Circuit Fight (Hagler vs Hearns), Roberto Duran and Jean-Luc Ponty
  • 1983
  • Comedian Sinbad, living in Wichita, opens a show by jazz group Spyro Gyra at The Cotillion in July 1983.
    Iron Butterfly, The Ramones, Huey Lewis & the News and The Animals
  • 1984
  • The Over 28 Club celebrates it’s 20th anniversary with the Norman Lee Orchestra at The Cotillion.
    Johhny Rivers, George Strait, Millie Jackson, Ted Nugent, B.B. King, Dazz Band, Johnny Rivers, David Clayton Thomas, Jerry Jeff Walker, Rick Nelson, Spyro Gyra, Black Oak Arkansas, Jean Luc Ponty, Three Dog Night, James Brown, Franken & Davis, Junior Walker, Albert Collins, John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band and Box Car Willie
  • 1985
  • David Sanborn, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Millie Jackson, Joan Jett and Roy Buchanan
  • 1986
  • Wilson Pickett, W.A.S.P., Bonnie Raitt, The Monkees and Ronnie Laws
  • 1987
  • Fabulous Thunderbirds, Hagler vs Leonard, Wichita Linemen, Robin Trower, Ray Price, Alvin Lee, Nazareth, Anthrax, Johnny Winter, Chippendales, Steppenwolf, Moe Bandy, Marvin Sease, Rainmakers, Larry Carlton, Yellowjackets and Millie Jackson
  • 1988
  • Keith Sweat, Roger & Zapp, Ted Nugent, Ruben Ramos, Rosanne Cash, Gregg Allman, Johnnie Taylor, Bobby Brown, Gerald Albright and Miki Howard
  • 1989
  • Steve Wariner, Robert Cray, Little Feat, M.C. Hammer, REO Speedwagon and Heavy D & the Boyz
  • 1990
  • Wichita bandleader, Myron Hull, says goodbye to a long musical career playing for many swirling couples at The Cotillion in December 1990.
    Sam Kinison, Santana and Marshall Tucker Band
  • 1991
  • Guitar rocker Joe Walsh helps raise $25,000 for Andover tornado victims with two shows at The Cotillion, May 19, 1991.
    Dennis Miller, Hall & Oates, Vanilla Ice, Gene Watson, Sawyer Brown, Betty Wright, Megadeth, George Howard, Peabo Bryson and Blue Oyster Cult
  • 1992
  • Larry King hosts a “town hall” meeting at The Cotillion during the 1992 Presidential Election that is broadcast worldwide on CNN.
    Life is one long joke for former preacher Sam Kinison as he performs at The Cotillion on February 28, 1992.
    Peter Frampton, Ice T and 38 Special
  • 1993
  • Prom season glitters with new memories at The Cotillion Ballroom for South High as prom-goers dance the night away April 17, 1993. Proms are still held at the Cotillion to this day.
    Alice in Chains, Spin Doctors, Jeff Dunham, Los Tigres del Norte, George Thorogood, Steve Wariner, Megadeth, Jeff Healy, Damn Yankees, Los Huracanes del Norte, D. C. Talk, Paul Rodgers and Tab Benoit
  • 1994
  • Chris LeDoux, Tim McGraw, Counting Crows, Green Day, White Zombie, Dennis Wolfberg, Jeff Foxworthy, Sepultura, Ronnie James Dio, Peter Frampton, Robert Cray and David Lee Roth
  • 1995
  • The Over 28 Club enjoys delightful dances every Wednesday evening.
    Buddy Guy, Cinderella, Margaret Cho, Newsboys, Bernie Mac and Robert Cray
  • 1996
  • Emilio and his Rio band puts a Latin spin on country as they do the Emilio Shuffle at The Cotillion on October 18, 1996.
    LeAnn Rimes, Delbert McClinton, Los Tigres del Norte, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Butthole Surfers / Toadies, Gap Band, Wayman Tisdale, REO Speedwagon, Weird Al Yankovic and Michael Martin Murphy
  • 1997
  • Marilyn Manson, George Jones, Tool, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Wallflowers, Dick Dale, Keith Sweat, Deana Carter, Carrot Top and Dan Fogelberg
  • 1998
  • Leon Redbone, Insane Clown Posse, Bobby “Blue” Bland, The Whispers, Boney James, Junior Brown & Jimmy Vaughn, Chuck Mangione, Johnny Rivers, Little Milton, Hank Thompson, Bill Engvall and Tyrone Davis
  • 1999
  • Sherman Hemsley, Rodney Carrington, Steven Wright, Sherman Hemsley, Billy Ray Cyrus, Merle Haggard, Megadeth, Jonny Lang and Primus
  • 2000
  • Richard M. “Dick” Leslie, chairman and founder, died on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2000. He was one of 21 investors who built and opened The Cotillion Ballroom. A plaque in his memory is displayed in the lobby.
    Jeff Dunham, Toby Keith, Don & Mike, Slipknot, Godsmack, Alison Krauss, System of a Down, Son Seals, Bob & Tom Band, 3 Doors Down and Montgomery Gentry
  • 2001
  • Disturbed, Pauly Shore, Staind, Willie Nelson, Pat Benatar, John Edward, Trans Siberian Orchestra and Jamie Foxx
  • 2002
  • Bruce Bruce, Taj Mahal, Jars of Clay, Jagged Edge, Jerry Jeff Walker, D L Hughley, Robert Earl Keen, Lewis Black and Bill Engval & Larry the Cable Guy
  • 2003
  • Etta James, Joe Cocker, Merle Haggard, Stone Sour, Grupo Montez, George Thorogood, Earl Scruggs, Don Williams, Chris LeDoux, Billy Bob Thornton, Larry the Cable Guy & Ron White and Splitlip Rayfield
  • 2004
  • Papa Roach, Mike Epps, 311, Dave Chapelle, Chris LeDoux, Gary Allan and Dierks Bentley & Cross Canadian Ragweed
  • 2005
  • The Midwestern Polka Club of Kansas celebrates 30 years at The Cotillion Ballroom the first weekend of May.
    Billy Idol, Shinedown, SnoCore Tour featuring Chevelle, Gov’t Mule
    Black Label Society, Pat Green, Breaking Benjamin, All American Rejects, Jesse McCartney, Story of the Year, Mudvayne and Cross Canadian Ragweed
  • 2006
  • Anthrax plays The Cotillion and fuels Wichita’s thriving metal scene on January 17, 2006.
    Seether & Shinedown, Hawthorne Heights, Dr John, 311, Hinder, Billy Currington, Underoath, G Love & Special Sauce, 30 Seconds to Mars w/ Josh Turner, Ted Nugent, Split Lip Rayfield, Carlos Mencia, Monique, Wilco, Temptations, Alice in Chains and Buckcherry w/ 3 Days Grace
  • 2007
  • The Cotillion’s carpeted scalloped stage is replaced by a larger extended matching hardwood stage.
    Jason Aldean, Rodney Adkins, Willie Nelson, Deftones, 38 Special, Lamb of God, TNA Wrestling and Daughtry
  • 2008
  • The Cotillion becomes a non-smoking venue (due to City Ordinance 4.56.030) but does provide an outside smoking garden for those 18 & over.
    Carlos Mencia, Jason Boland, Jason Aldean, Killswitch Engage, D L Hughley, Tesla, George Thorogood, Miranda Lambert, Ray Price, Disturbed, Mindless Self Indulgence, Chris Cagle, Weird Al Yankovich, Black Crowes and Keith Anderson
  • 2009
  • The Cotillion celebrates the launch of an exciting new website.
    Cross Canadian Ragweed, 311, Clutch, David Cook, Jamey Johnson, Gabriel Iglesias, Shinedown, Ben Folds, Chevelle, Breaking Benjamin, Collective Soul, Eli Young Band, Insane Clown Posse, Hank III and Crystal Gayle
  • 2010
  • The Cotillion Ballroom’s 50th Anniversary Concert Series
    Wade Bowen, Mike McClure, 12 Annual Blues Ball, Theory of a Deadman (sold out), Jason Boland & The Stragglers, Kelley Hunt, 1964 The Tribute, Aaron Tippin, Willie Nelson (sold out), Gabriel Iglesias (sold out), Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Clay Walker, Tony Valentine’s Girls Night Out, One Night of Queen, Los Rieleros del Norte, Reckless Kelly, Tab Benoit, Eric Church (sold out), Twiztid, Zoso Led Zeppelin Tribute Band, Puddle of Mudd & Saliva, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Pat Green, Headliners of Comedy Tour, Ratt, Jason Boland and The Stragglers, Korn, Jackyl, Brave Combo, Tech N9ne, Little Texas, Henry Rollins, 20th Anniversary House Party, Saving Abel, Weird Al Yankovich, Mark Chesnutt, Adam Lambert, Seasons After, Magic Slim and The Teardrops, Joan Armatrading, Jamey Johnson, Gordon Lightfoot, Cinderella, Delbert McClinton, Daniel Tosh, Cheech and Chong and Asleep at The Wheel