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 Live Music in Tulsa

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).
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 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…
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).
Theater in Custer State Park

Black Hills Playhouse

Hosts summer theater.
Cinema in Missouri

66 Drive-In Theatre

A drive-in icon from decades past.
Live Performance in De Smet

Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant

Near the Ingalls Homestead, this long-running pageant reenacts melodramatic scenes from Laura's books. Townfolk fill the roles, including one very lucky young girl.
Blues in St Louis


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