“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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Keith Sweat, Roger & Zapp, Ted Nugent, Ruben Ramos, Rosanne Cash, Gregg Allman, Johnnie Taylor, Bobby Brown, Gerald Albright and Miki Howard
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
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
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
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
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
The Over 28 Club enjoys delightful dances every Wednesday evening. Buddy Guy, Cinderella, Margaret Cho, Newsboys, Bernie Mac and Robert Cray
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
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
Sherman Hemsley, Rodney Carrington, Steven Wright, Sherman Hemsley, Billy Ray Cyrus, Merle Haggard, Megadeth, Jonny Lang and Primus
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
Disturbed, Pauly Shore, Staind, Willie Nelson, Pat Benatar, John Edward, Trans Siberian Orchestra and Jamie Foxx
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
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
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
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
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
Josh Abbott Band, Split Lip Rayfield, Slash, 13th Annual Blues Ball, Kevin Hart, Snoop Dogg, Cumbra Norteno, Willie Nelson (sold out), As I Lay Dying, Rickey Smiley & Friends, Easton Corbin, Pink Floyd Experience, Jason Boland & The Stragglers, Jimmy Vaughan, Casey Donahew Band, Cody Canada & The Departed, Zoso, Eli Young Band, Bart Crow Band, Jackson Taylor & The Sinners, Kelley Hunt, Slightly Stoopid, Pesado, Meet The Browns, El Chapo de Sinaloa, Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Tech N9ne, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jack’s Mannequin, El Trono de Mexico, Midwest Mudstomp Takeover, Filter/Saliva, Brantley Gilbert (sold out), Hinder, Black Dahlia Murder, Split Lip Rayfield, Texas Hippie Coalition, Tedeschi Trucks Band, NEEDTOBREATHE, ICT Roller Girls, Moreland & Arbuckle, We Came As Romans, Art 4 Life, Reckless Kelly, Anthrax/Testament, Anberlin, Los Horoscopes de Durango, Jackyl, 3Ball Monterey, La Autentica de Jerez, Los Creadores de Intentalo, Tesla, Corey Smith, Bob & Tom Comedy All-Stars, Corey Smith, Gary Allan (sold out), Jerrod Niemann, Here Come The Mummies, Groupo Montez de Durango, Staind, NYE.
Casey Donahew Band, Split Lip Rayfield, Trampled Under Foot, Pierce Arrow, Fifty Shades of Men, Wichita Burlesque Showcase, Randy Rogers Band, Wale, Asleep at the Wheel, Conflict Live MMA, DeRay Davis, Eli Young Band (sold out), ICT Roller Girls, Kathy Griffin, Jason Boland & The Stragglers, Justin Moore (sold out), Aranda/Taddy Porter, Impact Wrestling, Kevin Fowler, Chevelle (sold out), Moreland & Arbuckle, Tyga (sold out), Red, Shooter Jennings/Cody Canada & The Departed, Tech N9ne, Los Huracanes Del Norte, Clutch/HELLYEAH, Turnpike Troubadours, Theory Of A Deadman, Five Finger Death Punch (sold out), Gabriel Iglesias (sold out) , ICT Roller Girls, Pepe Tovar y Sus Chacales, Yo Gotti, Young the Giant, Colt Ford, Reckless Kelly, Zoso, Tracy Lawrence, Fifty Shades of Men, Conflict Live MMA, David Sanborn, Trampled Under Foot, Atmosphere, Thompson Square, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Phantom Blues Band Featuring Mike Finnigan, Scream It Like You Mean It/ATTACK! ATTACK!/We Came As Romans, Los Tigres Del Norte, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Willie Nelson, KSOK 65th Birthday Bash, Texas Hippie Coalition, John Hiatt, 10 Years, Buckcherry, Intocable, JB & The Moonshine Band, Corey Smith, Jackyl, Primus in 3D, Fifty Shades of Men, Conflict Live MMA, The LACS, Jason Boland & The Stragglers, Dustin Lynch, Asleep at the Wheel, Chevelle, Jackson Taylor & The Sinners, Trampled Under Foot, Logan Mize (sold out).
Wade Bowen, Casey Donahew Band, Jim Stafford, Nick Moss & The Flip Tops, Blackberry Smoke, Hairball, Papa Roach, Hatebreed, Randy Rogers Band, Mushroomhead, Tracy Lawrence, Cody Canada & The Departed, Jamey Johnson, Terry Quiett Band, Stoney LaRue, Otep, Here Come The Mummies, Fifty Shades of Men, Tech N9ne, Casey James, Jim Gaffigan, Kevin Fowler, Sevendust, Twiztid, AWOLNATION, Texas Hippie Coalition, Asking Alexandria, Granger Smith, T. Cash Birthday Bash, “It’s Better Live” Tour, Volbeat, Turnpike Troubadours, Zoso, Summer of Strange Tour 2013, Monophonics, Lamb of God, Warpzone 5, Aaron Lewis, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Old Crow Medicine Show, Killswitch Engage, Jackson Taylor & The Sinners, RATT, Chris Cagle, Junior Brown, Hinder, Paramount/Looks That Kill, Randy Houser, Josh Abbott Band, Seether (sold out), Conjunto Amanecer, Tech N9ne, Brett Eldredge, Los Huracanes Del Norte, Lewis Black, Marshall Tucker Band, Trivium/DevilDriver, ArtAid 2013, Hairball, Charlie Robison/Roger Creager, Dawn of the Dub, Aaron Carter, Granger Smith, Filter, Reckless Kelly, Brian Regan, Clutch, Jackyl, Jason Boland & The Stragglers, Trampled Under Foot/Moreland & Arbuckle, Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy, Pop Evil, Chase Rice, Samantha Fish, Logan Mize (sold out).
The LACS, Casey Donahew Band, Anthony Gomes, School of Rock, Aziz Ansari, The Duttons, Paramount, 12th Planet, Lalo Mora, JJ Grey and Mofro, Split Lip Rayfield, Buddy Guy/Jonny Lang (sold out), Snoop Dogg (sold out), Jackson Taylor & The Sinners, Turnpike Troubadours, Terry Quiett Band, Pink Floyd Experience, Rehab, Nocturnal, Looks That Kill/Almost Kiss, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Blue October, Chevelle (sold out), Citizen Cope, Yelawolf, Phil Vassar, Steel Panther, Zoso, School of Rock, 2014 NPC Midway USA Championship, Jimmy Eat World, Jamey Johnson, Music for Life Benefit Concert, Haunted Windchimes, Juicy J, Brother in Arms, Tech N9ne, Tesla, Josh Abbott Band, Bone Thugs ‘n Harmony, Paramount, Sick Puppies, Scotty McCreery, Here Come The Mummies, Sevendust, Stoney LaRue, Queensryche, Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots(sold out), Eli Young Band, Los Huracanes Del Norte, Seasons After, David Nail, Machine Gun Kelly, Hairball, Dawn of the Dub, Big Smo, Jackyl, Jeezy, LoCash Cowboys, Nonpoint, Conjunto Rio Grande, Trampled Under Foot/Moreland & Arbuckle, MURSDAY, Chase Rice, Phantom Blues Band, Tech N9ne, Jason Boland & The Stragglers, Logan Mize.