Find Your Mid-American Live Music Hot Spot

Midwest cities have no lack of festivals to enjoy live music–especially in summer. But why wait to pair a meeting with a band-fest? Here are some great venues in rocking music cities for creating your own club vibe.

Chicago

Buddy Guy’s Legends—classic blues, up-and-coming and famous acts (nightly)

buddyguy.com

Aragon Ballroom—thrash metal, grunge, punk, funk metal

aragonballroom.org

Thalia Hall—eclectic, Americana to psych rock

thaliahallchicago.com

Cincinnati

MOTR Pub—rock, indie, folk, jazz (nightly)

motrpub.com

Riverbend Music Center–outdoor amphitheater

riverbend.org

Cleveland

Agora Theatre and Ballroom–rock

agoracleveland.com

Beachland Ballroom & Tavern–legendary, variety of local and national acts  

beachlandballroom.com

Detroit

Majestic Theatre—indie rock, metal, punk, blues, jazz, folk, hip hop, world beat, electronic (concert)

majesticdetroit.com

Cliff Bell’s—jazz club, dining (nightly/reservations)

cliffbells.com

Indianapolis

Radio Radio—lounge with eclectic rock (bar, concerts)

futureshock.net

The Chatterbox Jazz Club—local jazz (nightly)

chatterboxjazz.com

Slippery Noodle Inn—Indianapolis’ oldest bar, live blues (nightly)

slipperynoodle.com

Kansas City

Green Lady Lounge—Hot, new two-floor jazz club with free cover (nightly)

greenladylounge.com

The Blue Room—Jazz club that is part of the American Jazz Museum

americanjazzmuseum.org

Madison

Orpheum Theatre—variety of music

madisonorpheum.com

High Noon Saloon—rustic venue, variety of music (nightly)

high-noon.com

Milwaukee

Pabst/Riverside/Turner Theater—true historic gems, national touring groups, local also at Turner

pabsttheater.org

The Jazz Estate/Cocktail Lounge Jazz Club—legendary jazz club (nightly)

Minneapolis

First Avenue—small rock club and downtown “danceteria” (almost nightly concerts)

first-avenue.com

Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant—intimate, cabaret setting (nightly)

dakotacooks.com

Peoria

Limelight Eventplex—state-of-the-art new concert venue built by and for musicians (all genres)

limelighteventplex.com

St. Louis

The Blues Triangle—BB’s Jazz, Blues & Soups, the Beale on Broadway, and Broadway Oyster Bar (nightly)

bbsjazzbluessoups.com
bealeonbroadway.com
broadwayoysterbar.com

Traverse City

Union Street Station—bar/nightclub (nightly)

unionstreetstationtc.net

City Opera House—eclectic variety

cityoperahouse.org