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Missouri Blues Styles

Blues Style - Saint Louis Blues
Unique to Missouri (Saint Louis)

Saint Louis has been and continues to serve as a hub for the Blues. It was a central location for artists coming north from the delta, south from Detriot and Chicago and east from Kansas City, giving it a rich history of many artists and styles. The style of Blues known as "St. Louis Blues" is most notable for using the Piano and having heavy Jazz and ragtime influences. The hockey team that calls Saint Louis home is named after the St. Louis Blues Style.

Blues Style - Kansas City Blues
Unique to Missouri (Kansas City)

Kansas City, much like New Orleans, has long served as a hub for a unique fusion of blues and jazz improvization. While Kansas City is often recognized more for it's Jazz than it's Blues, the two sounds often fused and overlapped in famed improvisational jams, turning the unique music of the Missouri border city into what is known as Kansas City Blues or Jump Blues.
More information can be found in our Blues Styles Section

Missouri Blues Societies

MO Blues Association
P.O. Box 105758
Jefferson City, Missouri

Blues Society of the Ozarks
P.O. Box 8133
Springfield, Missouri

Kansas City Blues Society
P.O. Box 32396
Kansas City, Missouri

Lake of the Ozarks Blues Society
P.O. Box 844
Camdenton, Missouri

St. Louis Blues Society
P.O. Box 78894
St. Louis, Missouri

Missouri Blues Clubs

Nathan P. Murphy's
218 South Cambell
Springfield, Missouri
Matt's Notes: If you're looking for a true Blues Club with heart and avid dedication to the Blues, you will not find better west of the Mississippi. The proprietor, Dr. Bob, also has an excellent Blues radio show Sunday mornings.

The Blue Note
17 N. 9th Street
Columbia, Missouri 65201
Matt's Notes: The Blue Note has been nestled in the heart of downtown Columbia for decades! They regularly host some of the biggest blues talent, both young and old, and the setting, an old theater, couldn't be any better. Drinks are reasonable and the crowd is great!

Backstreet Jazz & Blues
610 Westport Plaza
St. Louis, Missouri 63146
314 878-5800

Jazz A Louisiana Kitchen
1605 Chapel Hill Road, Suite B
Columbia, Missouri 65203
Matt's Notes: Jazz is a creole-style restaurant, down to the New Orleans theme. True to form, they play live Blues every weekend

Kansas City Blues Juke House
1700 E 18th St
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
(816) 472-0013
Matt's Notes: Located in the historic KC Jazz district, 18th Street.

B.B.'s Lawnside BBQ
1205 E 85th
Kansas City, Missouri
Matt's Notes: Kansas City does two things to perfection, or at least two that we care about: Blues and Bar-B-Q. B.B.'s does both with true blues style. From the regular excellent live blues acts to the blues-themed menu, B.B.'s truly has it going on. If you're anywhere near KC, make it a destination to visit!

BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups
700 South Broadway
Saint Louis, Missouri 63102
(314) 436-5222
Matt's Notes: Located just around the corner from the famous STL Arch and where the Cardinals play, BB's is keeping the blues tradition alive and well!! If you're nearby, you've got to check them out!

VooDoo At Harrah's
777 Casino Center Dr
Hazelwood, Missouri 63043
(314) 770-8101

Knuckleheads Saloon
2715 Rochester Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64120
(816) 483-1456
Matt's Notes: Knuckleheads is one of the premiere live blues venues in Kansas City! Check it out!

Trouser Mouse Bar & Grille
625 Northwest Mock Avenue
Blue Springs, Missouri 64014
(816) 220-1222
Matt's Notes: Trouser Mouse is one of the most active blues venues in the region! They're definitely worth checking out!

Dickie Doo BBQ
4860 South Limit Avenue
Sedalia, Missouri 65301
(660) 827-3344
Matt's Notes: Great live blues venue!

BBs Jazz Blues and Soups
700 South Broadway
Saint Louis, Missouri 63102
(314) 436-5222
Matt's Notes: A great blues bar in historic Soulard, just a few short steps from the Cardinals stadium!

Blues City Deli
2438 McNair Avenue
Saint Louis, Missouri 63104
(314) 773-8225
Matt's Notes: A GREAT blues bar with an incredible audience and menu in historic Benton Park, close to downtown.

Missouri Blues Landmarks, Museums and Places of Interest

Stag O' Lee's House
911 N. 12th Street
Saint Louis, Missouri 63101
Matt's Notes:
Stag O' Lee lived here when he famously shot Billy Lyons on Christmas Eve, 1895. Sadly, lately, there is no museum, no landmark, and no marker for such a historic place (Stagger Lee has been recorded over 120 times!). In fact, the house looks run down. Nonetheless, Stag O Lee is an enormous figure, and the house should be visited while it's standing. For more information, see our Stag O lee Page!