The Venues COLUMBIANS HAVE A LOT OF LOCAL OPTIONS FOR LIVE MUSIC
THE BLUE NOTE The Blue Note (17 N. Ninth St.) was established in 1980 and boasts a capacity of more than 800. The touring acts hit all tastes, with past artists ranging from Snoop Dogg to Dierks Bentley. The Blue Note also hosts 9th Street Summerfest, an outdoor, downtown family-friendly concert series.
MOJO’S Mojo’s (1013 Park Ave.) is a sister venue to The Blue Note. A smaller space with a capacity of 200, Mojo’s brings in national acts and local talent. Forrest Rose Park is an extension of Mojo’s and is a site for outdoor music concerts and community events.
THE BRIDGE The Bridge (1020 E. Walnut St.) describes itself as “a venue by musicians, for musicians.” The intimate space features local, regional and national music acts.
MIZZOU ARENA Mizzou Arena (1 Champions Drive) serves as Columbia’s largest concert venue with a capacity of more than 15,000. Lately, the big acts stopping here tend to be country, such as Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts and George Strait, but past concerts have included rock headliners Elton John, the Eagles and Nine Inch Nails.
ROXY’S Roxy’s (1025 E. Broadway) is a downtown dance club that lately has switched to more DJ music but still occasionally brings in live bands.
EASTSIDE TAVERN Eastside Tavern (1016 E. Broadway) was once a downtown hotspot of live music but for the most part has left that scene to offer themed nights. However, the bar still supports roots rock ’n’ roll artists with shows early in the week.
WHISKEY WILD SALOON SNORTY HORSE SALOON NASH VEGAS Whiskey Wild (2508 Paris Road), Snorty Horse (1624 Jade Road) and Nash Vegas (929 E. Broadway) are local establishments catering exclusively to country tastes.
CAFÉ BERLIN Café Berlin (220 N. 10th St.) is a restaurant venue that offers a mix of country, folk, Americana, punk and experimental — whatever, so long as it’s good — and books about a 50/50 split between local and out-of-town acts.
MURRY’S Murry’s (3107 Green Meadows Way) is another restaurant doubling as a live music venue, known for “Good food. Good jazz.” Murry’s brings in touring national artists and local artists. It is also a concert space for the “We Always Swing” Jazz Series.
MISSOURI THEATRE The historic Missouri Theatre (203 S. Ninth St.) is the main venue for the University of Missouri Concert Series, which in its current season has brought in musical artists ranging from classical pianist Rosario Andino to country legend Willie Nelson. The Missouri Theatre is also home to the Missouri Symphony Orchestra’s Hot Summer Nights Festival.
UNITY OF COLUMBIA Unity (1600 W. Broadway) is host to the Lydaco Concert Series, which offers listening room shows featuring touring professional songwriters from around the country.
Other venues can be found in small Missouri River communities near Columbia. These spots include Cooper’s Landing, Lupus General Store and Rocheport General Store. NOVEMBER 2014 INSIDE COLUMBIA