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 ElgartKLEO Battle of the BandsConway TwittyErnest TubbBuck Owens and The O’Jays

 

1973

 

KLEO Battle of the BandsWoody HermanThe DramaticsBobby Womack and Hank Thompson

 

1974

 

The Ohio PlayersTyrone DavisJohnny PaycheckLeon McAuliffe andFerlin Husky

 

1975

 

Tex-Mex legend Little Joe y Familia plays for a Hispanic dance at The Cotillion, September 1975.
Mel TillisBloodstoneGeorge Jones and The Dramatics 
1976

 

The Cotillion Ballroom hosts good clean fun and ‘granny grab’ at Norman Lee’s Over 28 Dance.
Faron YoungJohnny HernandezBrothers JohnsonGrover Washington, JrWichita LinemenAsleep at the WheelMickey Gilley and Little Jimmy Dickens 
1977

 

Jerry Wood featuring Pat McJimsey, Beer Dance with Sawdust Charlie, The Lost Gonzo BandHeadstoneMaze featuring Frankie Beverly, Bar Kays, Marty RobbinsMerle HaggardHelen ReddyRed Steagall and Tree Frog

 

1978

 

Asleep at the WheelAmazing Rhythm AcesJerry Jeff WalkerPablo CruiseDudek, Finnigan & Krueger (2 shows), David Allen Coe (sold out), Ozark Mountain Daredevils (sold out) and Lost Gonzo Band

 

1979

 

Ray PriceRay Wyline HubbardMolly Hatchet (sold out), Emmylou HarrisJ J CaleOhio PlayersWaylon JenningsElvin BishopRusty WierMillie JacksonRobert PalmerSon SealsDavid Allan Coe and Shawn Phillips

 

1980

 

Ronald Reagan speaks at The Cotillion for the KFDI Ag Fair.
Hank Williams JrGeorge Thorogood & the DestroyersLeon 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 & SteppenwolfMuddy WatersDelbert McClintonStephen Stills and Amy Grant

 

1982

 

Martina McBride performs with the Fowler Brothers Band before moving to Nashville
Three Dog NightQuarterflashJohnny TaylorAlbert CollinsClosed 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 ButterflyThe RamonesHuey 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 RiversGeorge StraitMillie JacksonTed NugentB.B. KingDazz BandJohnny RiversDavid Clayton ThomasJerry Jeff WalkerRick NelsonSpyro GyraBlack Oak ArkansasJean Luc PontyThree Dog NightJames BrownFranken & DavisJunior WalkerAlbert CollinsJohn Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band and Box Car Willie

 

1985

 

David SanbornStevie Ray VaughnMillie JacksonJoan Jett and Roy Buchanan

 

1986

 

Wilson PickettW.A.S.P.Bonnie RaittThe Monkees and Ronnie Laws

 

1987

 

Fabulous ThunderbirdsHagler vs LeonardWichita LinemenRobin TrowerRay PriceAlvin LeeNazarethAnthraxJohnny WinterChippendalesSteppenwolfMoe BandyMarvin SeaseRainmakersLarry Carlton, Yellowjackets and Millie Jackson

 

1988

 

Keith SweatRoger & ZappTed NugentRuben RamosRosanne CashGregg AllmanJohnnie TaylorBobby BrownGerald Albright and Miki Howard

 

1989

 

Steve WarinerRobert CrayLittle FeatM.C. HammerREO Speedwagonand 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 KinisonSantana 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 MillerHall & OatesVanilla IceGene WatsonSawyer BrownBetty WrightMegadethGeorge HowardPeabo 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 FramptonIce 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 ChainsSpin DoctorsJeff DunhamLos Tigres del NorteGeorge ThorogoodSteve WarinerMegadethJeff HealyDamn YankeesLos Huracanes del NorteD. C. TalkPaul Rodgers and Tab Benoit

 

1994

 

Chris LeDouxTim McGrawCounting CrowsGreen DayWhite ZombieDennis WolfbergJeff FoxworthySepulturaRonnie James DioPeter FramptonRobert Cray and David Lee Roth

 

1995

 

The Over 28 Club enjoys delightful dances every Wednesday evening.
Buddy GuyCinderellaMargaret ChoNewsboysBernie 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 RimesDelbert McClintonLos Tigres del NorteKenny Wayne ShepherdButthole Surfers / ToadiesGap BandWayman TisdaleREO SpeedwagonWeird Al Yankovic and Michael Martin Murphy

 

1997

 

Marilyn MansonGeorge JonesToolFabulous ThunderbirdsWallflowersDick DaleKeith SweatDeana CarterCarrot Top and Dan Fogelberg

 

1998

 

Leon RedboneInsane Clown PosseBobby “Blue” BlandThe WhispersBoney JamesJunior Brown & Jimmy VaughnChuck MangioneJohnny RiversLittle MiltonHank ThompsonBill Engvall and Tyrone Davis

 

1999

 

Sherman HemsleyRodney CarringtonSteven WrightSherman HemsleyBilly Ray CyrusMerle HaggardMegadethJonny 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 DunhamToby KeithDon & MikeSlipknotGodsmackAlison KraussSystem of a DownSon SealsBob & Tom Band3 Doors Down and Montgomery Gentry

 

2001

 

DisturbedPauly ShoreStaindWillie NelsonPat BenatarJohn EdwardTrans Siberian Orchestra and Jamie Foxx

 

2002

 

Bruce BruceTaj MahalJars of ClayJagged EdgeJerry Jeff WalkerD L HughleyRobert Earl KeenLewis Black and Bill Engval & Larry the Cable Guy

 

2003

 

Etta JamesJoe CockerMerle HaggardStone SourGrupo MontezGeorge ThorogoodEarl ScruggsDon WilliamsChris LeDouxBilly Bob ThorntonLarry the Cable Guy & Ron White and Splitlip Rayfield

 

2004

 

Papa RoachMike Epps311Dave ChapelleChris LeDouxGary 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 IdolShinedownSnoCore Tour featuring Chevelle, Gov’t Mule
Black Label SocietyPat GreenBreaking BenjaminAll American RejectsJesse McCartneyStory of the YearMudvayne and Cross Canadian Ragweed

 

2006

 

Anthrax plays The Cotillion and fuels Wichita’s thriving metal scene on January 17, 2006.
Seether & ShinedownHawthorne HeightsDr John311HinderBilly CurringtonUnderoathG Love & Special Sauce30 Seconds to Mars w/ Josh Turner, Ted NugentSplit Lip RayfieldCarlos MenciaMoniqueWilcoTemptationsAlice 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 AldeanRodney AdkinsWillie NelsonDeftones38 SpecialLamb of GodTNA 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 MenciaJason BolandJason AldeanKillswitch EngageD L HughleyTeslaGeorge ThorogoodMiranda LambertRay PriceDisturbedMindless Self IndulgenceChris CagleWeird Al YankovichBlack Crowes and Keith Anderson

 

2009

 

The Cotillion celebrates the launch of an exciting new website.
Cross Canadian Ragweed311ClutchDavid CookJamey JohnsonGabriel IglesiasShinedownBen FoldsChevelleBreaking BenjaminCollective SoulEli Young BandInsane Clown PosseHank III and Crystal Gayle

 

2010

 

The Cotillion Ballroom’s 50th Anniversary Concert Series 
Wade BowenMike McClure12 Annual Blues BallTheory of a Deadman(sold out), Jason Boland & The StragglersKelley Hunt1964 The TributeAaron TippinWillie Nelson (sold out), Gabriel Iglesias (sold out), Nitty Gritty Dirt BandClay WalkerTony Valentine’s Girls Night OutOne Night of QueenLos Rieleros del NorteReckless KellyTab BenoitEric Church(sold out), TwiztidZoso Led Zeppelin Tribute Band, Puddle of Mudd & SalivaCross Canadian RagweedPat GreenHeadliners of Comedy TourRattJason Boland and The StragglersKornJackylBrave ComboTech N9neLittle TexasHenry Rollins20th Anniversary House PartySaving AbelWeird Al YankovichMark ChesnuttAdam LambertSeasons AfterMagic Slim and The TeardropsJoan ArmatradingJamey JohnsonGordon LightfootCinderellaDelbert McClintonDaniel ToshCheech and Chongand Asleep at The Wheel

 

2011

 

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.

 

2012

 

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).

 

2013

 

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).

 

2014

 

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.