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Give these Kansas City live music venues a listen

We’ve made a concerted effort to orchestrate this roadmap of live music venues, so you can focus on finding the artists you adore.

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Music your heart can thump to.

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Hear that? It’s the scintillating sound of Kansas City’s live music venues beckoning you to a performance you’ll never forget.

The concert scene is truly unmatched in our area — from T-Mobile Center to The Truman, there’s a stage for any type of tune. To get to know them all, you must do three things.

Put your hands in the air, wave ‘em like you just don’t care, then lay your eyes (and ears) on our guide.


T-Mobile Center | 1407 Grand Blvd., KCMO
Capacity: 18,000
Pregame your show at KC Live! across the street.

Arrowhead Stadium | 1 Arrowhead Dr., KCMO
Capacity: 76,416
The home of the Kansas City Chiefs, but also a pit stop for many iconic worldwide stars.

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Queen B recently packed Arrowhead.

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Kauffman Stadium | 1 Royal Way, KCMO
Capacity: 37,903
Stay tuned for the 2024 schedule for “Concerts at the K.”

Cable Dahmer Arena | 19100 E. Valley View Pkwy., Independence, MO
Capacity: 5,800
This arena hosts big artists like The 1975 and NEEDTOBREATHE — but it’s also home to the KC Mavericks and KC Comets.

Concert halls

Uptown Theater | 3700 Broadway Blvd., KCMO
Capacity: 2,400
This historic venue’s first sold-out performance took place in 1928 — well before the orchestra section became standing room only.

The Truman | 601 E. Truman Rd., KCMO
Capacity: 1,200
The Truman is one of KC’s newer concert venues, opening its doors for concerts + events in September 2017.

The Midland | 1228 Main St., KCMO
Capacity: 1,300-3,000
The original theater opened in 1927. Now, almost 100 years later, it still services Kansas Citians for concerts + events.

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Talk about the view. No one tops the Kauffman.

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Kauffman Center | 1601 Broadway Blvd., KCMO
Capacity: 1,800
This iconic performing arts center hosts everything from symphony orchestra concerts to the Kansas City Ballet.

Folly Theater | 300 W. 12th St., KCMO
Capacity: 1,078
This iconic spot is Kansas City’s oldest historic performance venue.

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Welcome to the theater, darling.

Photo provided by The Folly Theater

Outdoor settings

Starlight | 4600 Starlight Rd., KCMO
Capacity: 7,739
This outdoor venue is the place to be for Broadway shows + big ticket concerts.

Grinders | 417 E. 18th St., KCMO
Capacity: 2,500
The pizza is an added perk to this outdoor venue.

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Starlight Theatre opened in 1950.

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Azura Ampitheater | 633 N. 130th St., Bonner Springs, KS
Capacity: 18,000
A concert under the stars? Count us in.

Knuckleheads | 2715 Rochester Ave., KCMO
Capacity: ~1,300
This venue in the East Bottoms is composed of four stages featuring musicians of all genres.

Intimate spaces

recordBar | 1520 Grand Blvd., KCMO
Capacity: 300
Small but mighty, this is the ideal spot to see your favorite artists up close and personal.

The Rino | 314 Armour Rd., North Kansas City, MO
Capacity: 150
From live music to comedy shows, there’s always something to see here.

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Big things come in small packages.

Photo by The Rhino

miniBar | 3810 Broadway Blvd., KCMO
Capacity: 100
If intimate shows are more your speed, this is the spot for you.

Madrid Theatre | 3810 Main St., KCMO
Capacity: 800
The historic, two-level building is home to not only concerts, but weddings and special events too.

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