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.


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

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

Thalia Hall—eclectic, Americana to psych rock


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

Riverbend Music Center–outdoor amphitheater


Agora Theatre and Ballroom–rock

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


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

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


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

The Chatterbox Jazz Club—local jazz (nightly)

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

Kansas City

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

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


Orpheum Theatre—variety of music

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


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

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


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

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


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

St. Louis

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

Traverse City

Union Street Station—bar/nightclub (nightly)

City Opera House—eclectic variety