If you’re looking for a sign that things are getting better you’ve got it with the reopening of Knuckleheads Saloon.
Knuckleheads Saloon is a four-stage live music venue in Kansas City that offers live performances by local, national or international musicians nearly every day or night. It has an unassuming, laid back, roadhouse feel and is my favorite place in the city to go listen to music.
Like many places reopening in Kansas City, Knuckleheads will have some changes to ensure they’re following local guidelines to keep patrons safe. Expect extra sanitizing efforts, staff wearing masks, plastic shields at the bar, spaced out tables and no standing up by the stage.
This is the first live show at Knuckleheads in two months. It’s exciting, but be cool if you’re turned away. The venue owners have to follow the rules and can’t have people too close together.
Knuckleheads Saloon is located in the East Bottoms at 2715 Rochester Avenue in Kansas City, MO. It’s in an industrial area along the railroad tracks with some private residences, so it might feel like you’re headed in the wrong direction, but keep going.
Knuckleheads has four stages that allows them to host more than one performance at a time. Right now, they’re probably going to be doing one show at a time with most of those being outdoors unless weather forces them inside.
Outdoor Stage: Features open air patio seating and a U-shaped balcony. The outdoor stage is generally open from late spring to early fall. It’s my favorite option for shows at Knuckleheads.
Knuckleheads Garage: The newest addition; located across the street from the main part of Knuckleheads.
Indoor Stage: It’s just what you’d think it is; a stage inside the building. Check out all the photos of past performers covering the walls. You might be surprised who you see.
Gospel Lounge: The smallest space of them all; generally reserved for intimate and/or exclusive gatherings.
Show and Event Tickets
Ticket prices vary depending on the performer and there are some free events. Shows are usually ages 21 and over. For select shows, minors are allowed in with a parent or guardian, but it couldn’t hurt to call and confirm before you buy a ticket or show up at the door.
All tickets are general admission unless specifically noted. Sometimes you can get reserved seating at select events for an additional cost. Here’s how you can get tickets to a show:
Order online – Check out upcoming shows, select the one you want and order online. Right now, this is probably the best way to get tickets.
Buy them at the box office – You save $2.50 in fees if you buy them directly from the box office. Beware, as some shows do sell out so if you can’t get to Knuckleheads in advance, you might want to consider playing it safe and purchasing your tickets in advance online. Under normal circumstances, box office hours are 3:30-10 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 3:30-11 p.m. Fridays; 2 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Sundays.
You can also buy tickets in person at Vinyl Renaissance & Audio in downtown Overland Park (7932 Santa Fe Drive).
Upcoming Knuckleheads Saloon Events
Here’s some of the regular cool stuff that going down at Knuckleheads.
Carl Butler’s Gospel Lounge: Free music for your ears and your soul. This gathering at Knuckleheads Saloon is described on Facebook as the coolest church you can find anywhere this side of Heaven. Find out more here.
Upcoming Shows: Some shows are live, others are livestream only and a few have both options. Ticket prices vary, but there are some FREE events. Check out Knuckleheads calendar to be in the know about everything that’s on the schedule.
Food and Beverage
Knuckleheads has a full bar and normally serves food. Here’s what’s on the menu.
Knuckleheads has three lots within easy walking distance and they don’t charge you to park on any of them.