Top Choice Jazz in Kansas City

Mutual Musicians Foundation

Near 18th and Vine in the Historic Jazz District, this former union hall for African American musicians has hosted after-hours jam sessions since 1930. Famous veteran musicians gig with young hotshots. It's friendly…
Stadium in Kansas City

Truman Sports Complex

Locals are passionate about major-league baseball's Royals (who reached the World Series in 2014) and the NFL's ever-disappointing Chiefs. Both play at gleaming side-by-side stadiums east of the city near Independen…
Blues in Kansas City

Blue Room

This slick club, part of the American Jazz Museum, hosts local talent for free on Monday and Thursday. Touring acts perform weekends. Major shows are held at the adjoining Gem Theater.
Baseball in St Louis

Busch Stadium

The Cardinals play in this fun, retro stadium, opened in 2006. Second only to the New York Yankees in World Series wins, the Cardinals last won the series in 2011.
Performing Arts in St Louis


The Muny, an outdoor theater, hosts nightly summer Broadway musicals in Forest Park; 1500 of the 12,000 seats are free (lines start forming as early as 4pm).
Blues in St Louis


Part blues club, part blues museum, there's good music most nights in this glossy two-level joint. Good bar food includes legendary sweet-potato fries.
Classical Music in St Louis

St Louis Symphony Orchestra

Located in Grand Center, west of downtown, the symphony offers 50 free tickets for most performances (available online).
Performing Arts in Kansas City

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Twin venues headline this stunning complex. There's a varied schedule of theater, opera, ballet, music and more.
Live Music in Kansas City

Riot Room

Part dive, part cutting-edge live-music venue, Westport's Riot Room always rocks – and has many good beers.
Blues in St Louis


A major venue for blues, matched in stature by BB's across the street.