UPDATE: Kansas City is starting to reopen. As restrictions are easing up, some businesses are opening with caution while others are choosing to stay closed a bit longer. We recommend checking with each local venue directly before heading out to confirm they’re open and what special measure they may have in place.
If you’re in the mood to listen to some live music, here are some places in Kansas City where you can do so for FREE (you may need to buy drinks and/or food, of course). Click on the links below to see who’s performing and at what time.
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The Blue Room: Free live jazz on Monday and Thursday nights except for special events. Indigo Hour is from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Fridays featuring drink specials, no cover and music by Kansas City R&B and neo-soul musicians. There’s a cover charge on Friday (after Indigo Hour) and Saturday night (varies by performer).
Chaz on the Plaza: Free live jazz pretty much every day. Most are evening performances starting somewhere between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., but there are a few afternoon shows.
Club Mac’s South: Free live jazz Monday, Wednesday and before 9 p.m. Sunday. $5 cover on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. $10 on Sunday after 9 p.m.
The Corbin Theatre: Free live jazz on the first Monday of every month (excluding holidays) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Gaslight Grill: Free live jazz nightly Wednesday through Sunday.
Green Lady Lounge: Free live jazz seven nights a week.
Hotel Phillips: Live jazz on Thursdays from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. There is a $5 cover charge, but it’s a great speakeasy setting so I’ve included it anyway.
Jazz: A Louisiana Kitchen: Free live jazz almost every night of the week at one or more of their locations.
Johnnie’s Jazz Bar & Grille: Live music almost every night except Tuesday.
KC Juke House: Free live jazz every Thursday (open mic jam session), Friday and Saturday.
The Kill Devil Club: Free live jazz on Friday and Saturday.
The Majestic: The Jazz Club is open Tuesday through Saturday nights, unless otherwise noted.
Mutual Musicians Foundation: Free live jazz on Friday and Saturday nights from midnight until the early morning hours.
The Phoenix: Free live jazz nightly Tuesday through Thursday. There’s a $5 cover charge after 4:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Reserve Lounge: Free live jazz each and every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The Ship: Free live jazz every night Tuesday through Friday. There’s a $5 cover charge on Saturday.
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