A Night on the Town, Missouri Style

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Entertainment and Nightlife , Nightclubs / Dance Halls , live music , music , Music / Entertainment Venue
Fun After Sundown
Author: MDT STaff

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 standing-room pit.

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.


  The KC Juke House
A throwback to the greats, featuring live blues, R&B and jazz in the historic 18th and Vine jazz ...

  St. Louis Casa Loma Ballroom
Come on down on Friday and Saturday nights and shake a leg on our 5,000 square-foot "floating" ...

  Hammerstone's on 9th
A blues cafe and bar, with local musicians providing live music seven nights a week, plus Saturday and ...

  The Blue Note
In a restored vaudeville theater, The Blue Note brings in local and internationally known headliners ...

  Stone's Throw Dinner Theatre
Stone's Throw Dinner Theatre presents a variety of shows throughout the year, including musicals, children's ...

  Ernie Biggs Dueling Piano Bar – Branson
Music and fun – that’s what Ernie Biggs is all about. We feature talented pianists, other ...

  Ernie Biggs Dueling Piano Bar – Kansas City
From birthdays to reunions to bachelor and bachelorette parties, our bar is the perfect place for all ...

  Ernie Biggs Dueling Piano Bar – Springfield
Music and fun – that’s what Ernie Biggs is all about. We feature talented pianists, other ...