After a long workweek – hours spent cooped up indoors, with phone
calls piling up fast and emails piling up even faster – nothing is quite as
calming as a good night on the town. Well, you’re in luck – across the Show-Me
State, unbeatable nightlife is easy to find.
No trip to Kansas City is complete without listening to live
blues and jazz at The KC Juke House, in the famous 18th and Vine Jazz District. In addition to great
music, the Juke House hosts open-mic and karaoke nights. Be sure to take an
appetite – the kitchen turns out delicious baby back ribs, fried catfish,
steamed crawfish and many other delights.
Waltz, swing and jive are not the only dance styles offered
at the Casa Loma Ballroom. This grand ballroom has been serving St. Louis since 1927.
Casa Loma welcomes revelers every Friday and Saturday, for an ever changing
calendar of music and themed events. You’ll be enchanted by the
5,000-square-foot “floating” dance floor.
Also in St. Louis, there is a blues cafe and bar where local
musicians play seven nights a week, plus Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Hammerstone's on 9th
is well known for live music, great food and a beautiful patio; all of this in
a building dating to 1884.
Four blocks from the University of Missouri campus in
Columbia, The Blue Note occupies
a restored vaudeville theater. The club boasts a well-deserved reputation for
being a consistently fantastic music venue, welcoming a wide array of
nationally known headliners in blues, jazz, reggae, alternative, college rock,
country and folk music. This is a pure music venue, with limited seating and a
How about dinner and a show? In Carthage, Stones Throw Dinner Theatre has been entertaining and feeding audiences since 1988. A
variety of productions are staged throughout the year. Sit back, enjoy the show
and let them clean up the dinner dishes.
Few nightspots are as much fun as a piano bar, where you can
try (we stress, try) to stump the band; name any song and see if the musicians
can play it. Have a great time doing just that, seven days a week at Ernie
Biggs Dueling Piano Bar – three locations: Branson,
Kansas City and Springfield.
In Weston, kick-up your heals Friday, Saturday and Sunday
nights at O'Malley's Pub, where they feature O'Malley's beers, brewed on-site, and an ever
changing lineup of live bands. O’Malley’s is located in the 1840s cellars of
the Weston Brewing Company.
Branson is billed as the “Live Music Show Capital of the
World,” for good reason. There are more than 100 live shows every day. One you
don’t want to miss is the lunch or dinner cruise aboard the 700-seat Showboat Branson Belle. The two-hour trip includes live entertainment, a scrumptious meal and
a spectacular panorama of Table Rock Lake. (March thru December.)
So what can we add? How about – Enjoy the show.