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…
Top Choice Blues in St Louis

Venice Cafe

A true cabinet of curiosities. The interior of this two-level club is a master class in mosaics, while the rambling outdoor garden is chock-full of folk art and twinkling lights. Best of all, the drinks are cheap an…
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Cain's Ballroom

Rising rockers grace the boards where Bob Wills played Western swing in the '30s and the Sex Pistols caused confusion in 1978 (check out the hole Sid Vicious punched in a wall).
Live Performance in Branson


The multi-talented Haygood family has been rocking Branson for 25 years with shows that see six siblings play 20 different instruments. They also sing, tap dance and tell stories about their childhood growing up in …
Blues in St Louis


A major venue for blues, matched in stature by BB's across the street. It's one of the most intimate spaces in town – you're within spitting distance of the artists – though the fixed weekday shows can feel a bit ma…
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.
Stadium in Kansas City

Truman Sports Complex

Locals are passionate about major-league baseball's Royals (who won the World Series in 2015) and the NFL's ever-disappointing Chiefs. Both play at gleaming side-by-side stadiums east of the city near Independence.
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.
Classical Music in St Louis

St Louis Symphony Orchestra

Located at Powell Hall, a grand red-and-gold-hued theater that dates to 1925. There's a good balance of classical concerts and pop-culture-inspired extravaganzas.
Blues in St Louis


Part blues club, part blues museum, this glossy two-level joint has good music most nights. Good bar food includes legendary sweet-potato fries.