El Casino Ballroom

Inducted in 2021

When it opened in 1947, the El Casino Ballroom hosted family milestones as well as touring musical acts, including traditional Hispanic musicians such as Tito Puente and other world-renowned performers like James Brown and Fats Domino. The ballroom continued filling its 1,200-person capacity until 1991, when a windstorm blew off the roof. The wood floor, once the largest spring-mounted floor in Southern Arizona, was almost destroyed by the summer monsoon.  Fortunately, thanks to the dedicated efforts of many, the El Casino Ballroom re-opened in 2000, and has been the destination for weddings, quinceañeras, and other special events ever since. It’s been the go-to place for big Blues dance parties for many years with Blues talent like Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy, James Harman, The Paladins, Candye Kane, Marcia Ball, Lou Ann Barton, Homesick James, Lazy Lester, Mark Hummel, Kid Ramos, Anson Funderburgh and many more.

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