Bakersfield: Home of Buck Owens' Crystal Palace
Buck Owen's Crystal Palace Museum, Restaurant, and Concert Hall
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Step Inside Buck Owens' Crystal Palace
One of the best things about living in Bakersfield, California is having some of the best concerts at your doorstep. Although Buck Owens left this world in March of 2006, his undying legacy lives on in through not only his contributions to country music but through his restaurant, museum, and concert hall known world-wide as Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace.
On Stage: Front and Center
The Crystal Palace serves as a venue for some of the biggest names in country music. I cannot tell you how many wonderful and talented acts come through Bakersfield because of the hard work and dedication of the Buck Owens Production Staff. Acts like Brad Paisley, Dwight Yoakam, Darryl Worley, David Allen Coe, Garth Brooks, and numerous other acts, have come through Bakersfield because of Buck Owens and his venue. I have been to so many concerts throughout the country and I have to say the intimate, down-home atmosphere at the Crystal Palace is definitely one of the best places to get an up close and personal concert viewing experience. However, not only does the Palace present a venue for terrific headliner artists, old local favorites, and up-and-coming artists, Buck’s Place also has some of the best food around.
Don't Forget to Wine and Dine!
Although it seems the food portions are not as large as they were when the Palace first opened, the portions are still enormous. The chicken fried steak still falls off the side of the plate, the salads are fresh and crisp, and Dorothy’s filet mignon is simply the most melt in your mouth steak I have had in my entire life. There is something on the menu for every appetite, large or small, and even a kid’s menu for the little buckaroos. The Palace also offers a fine selection of wines and other spirits to wet your whistle.
A Step Back In Time Awaits...
While dining at the Crystal Palace, it is a must for first time visitors to meander around and check out the memorabilia on display throughout the venue. There are countless guitars, fancy suits, antique miscellaneous items and more pictures than one can imagine. Walking through the museum, which literally is throughout the entire venue, one can get a glimpse of the history of Buck Owens and his impact on country music. For me, when I walk through by the glass exhibits, I get to imagine what life was like in Bakersfield during the country bar hopping good ole’ days when artists like Lefty Frizzell, Buck Owens, Bonnie Owens, Merle Haggard, Billy Maize, and many others, were just beginning to carve a path for the Bakersfield Sound. Walking through and seeing all of the old photographs let me imagine what life was like back then and how much has changed.
I am not only a long time patron of Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace but a long time country music fan. I highly recommend a stop at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace. Whether you are from Bakersfield and have never been to the Palace, or, if you are a visitor from out of town, making Buck’s place a stop on your tour is definitely worth the time. I mean where else can you see a 1972 Pontiac convertible with steer horns, silver dollars, and hand tooled leather seats, suspended on the side of a wall??
Guitars and Cadillacs
Example of Memorabilia on Display
Gift Shop and Other Helpful Tips
While you are there, visit the friendly folks at the gift shop, which is open daily on Tuesday through Sunday. Here anyone can find that special treasure, such as a t-shirt, original guitar, cds, dvds, and other miscellaneous items, to take home to remind them of their visit to Buck Owen’s Crystal Palace. And don’t forget to snap a few photographs of your own while you are there to remember your experience.
The Palace is located at 2800 Buck Owens Boulevard in Bakersfield, California. Their box office is open Tuesday through Sunday at 11:00 a.m.
Dinner 5PM (Tuesday - Saturday)
Brunch 9:30AM - 2PM (Sunday)
CLOSED Sunday evenings and all day Monday except for concerts.