The power of live music to make folks feel good is on full display at a host of Kansas City night clubs. If listening to bands and vocalists show off their skills is how you like to spend an evening, you'll find that Kansas City does things right. Multiple options let you tap into the venues that 10Best readers favor, like Plaza III, or you can get a taste of the city's offerings by visiting places like Jardine's Restaurant and Jazz Club, which is known for its Blues music. While many venues on the local music scene are clustered in the Downtown area, know that terrific places to hear live music can be found throughout Kansas City.

BB's Lawnside Barbecue
Photo courtesy of Raeann Pichardo

Blues, beer, and barbecue! What more could you ask for? BB's, a rather bare-bones place, was opened by blues lovers Lindsay and Jo Shannon, whose combined music collection numbers more than 5,000 blues recordings. Don't judge by appearance –...  Read More

The Levee

The Levee has been a hit with lovers of live music for many decades now. Fans of regularly-booked local and regional jazz, blues, and rock acts head downstairs from Wednesday to Saturday to catch the shows. Patrons looking for a quieter scene...  Read More

Beaumont Club

One of KC's top nightlife joints, Beaumont offers cowboys everything from concerts and pool tables to country line dancing and a mechanical bull. Of course, Beaumont's not all country-western, as the eclectic clientele will no doubt attest, and...  Read More

Blayney's of Westport

This eclectic club presents a variety of live music. One night, it's reggae; another night, blues; and another, rock. No matter what you come for, all the rhythms are great and all add to the place's hip ambience. While hanging out and listening...  Read More

Jardine's Restaurant and Jazz Club

Guests of this out-of-the-way club can have a great dinner while relaxing and listening to live jazz. Noted performers have included Ida McBeth, Mike Metheny, and Tommy Ruskin. If you're in the mood for sustenance, try the highly recommended...  Read More

18th & Vine Historic District
Blue Room

Love jazz? If the answer's yes, then head over to this exciting club and catch some great live music. The club, located in the Jazz Museum, lets you bone up on jazz history while enjoying tunes and nursing drinks. Ready to satisfy any taste, the...  Read More

Plaza III
Photo courtesy of Lisa Waterman Gray

A truly cool jazz place. Come mellow out to the sounds of great live jazz performed Wednesday through Sunday nights at this hip spot. Order one of their signature steaks and feast to a backdrop of great tunes.

The Majestic Restaurant
Photo courtesy of The Majestic Restaurant

This establishment steps in as an ideal candidate when you want to enjoy excellent steaks and live jazz played nightly. Big, juicy cuts of beef satisfy any appetite, and perfectly prepared prime rib draws a strong contingent of loyal patrons....  Read More

Davey's Uptown Ramblers Club
Photo courtesy of MK Hamlin

One of Kansas City's most popular nightspots, Davey's Uptown regularly features pretty big names on the music front, including the Afghan Whigs, No Means No, Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers, The Follow, and Bruce Robison. The old dive dates...  Read More

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