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.
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.
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. 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.
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. 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).
Knucklehead’s Saloon Events
Here’s some of the regular cool stuff that goes down at Knucklehead’s.
Honky Tonk Dance Night: You don’t have to go to Nashville to enjoy dancing to great country music. You can shuffle around the dance floor for free the first Monday of every month.
Carl Butler’s Gospel Lounge: Free music for your ears and your soul every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. This weekly gathering at Knuckleheads Saloon is described on Facebook as the coolest church you can find anywhere this side of Heaven.
Open Jam Sessions: Make this the best part of your weekend every Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
Upcoming Shows: Check out Knuckleheads calendar to be in the know about what’s on the schedule. Here are a few (free and cheap) ones that are coming up. Ticket prices do not include additional fees. Doors usually open one hour before the show unless noted differently on your ticket.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019: The Nick Moss Band at 8.m. Tickets are $10.
Thursday, August 15, 2019: Glamour Profession Steely Dan Tribute at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12.
Friday, August 23, 2019: The Claudettes in the Gospel Lounge at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12.
Saturday, August 24, 2019: Olivia Fox w/ Crystal Rose and Nicki White Album Release Show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10.
Thursday, August 29, 2019: Kevin Galloway (of Uncle Lucius) with Beth Bombara at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12.
Friday, August 30, 2019: Atlantic Express feat Hal Wakes at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $12.
Saturday, August 31, 2019: Kansas City Wingest at 2 p.m. Find more details here.
Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019: The Nude Party at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12.
Food and Beverage
Knuckleheads has a full bar and 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.
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