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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