The Blue Room In Kansas City: Museum & Jazz Club

Back in the 1930s and ’40s, the Blue Room was one of the hottest nightspots in the 18th and Vine District. Located in the Street Hotel, in its heyday, the Blue Room featured some of the biggest names in entertainment. Today that legacy plays on as part of the American Jazz Museum; however, the name is the only thing that remains the same.

Awards & Accolades:
# Recognized three times by DownBeat Magazine as one of the Top 100 jazz clubs in the world – the only club in Kansas City to be recognized
# Two recognitions as the top Kansas City jazz club by AOL City Guide
# Two-time winner of Top Jazz Venue in Kansas City in the Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association Visitors Choice Awards
# Two-time Bronze Award Winner, Best Jazz Club, Ingram’s

Designed to resemble a nightclub from the 1930s, the Blue Room is a multifaceted exhibit focusing on the Kansas City connection to the evolution of jazz, featuring a wall of fame exhibiting the images of those local musicians that made the Kansas City style swing.

Each of the nine tables on the floor level are display cases of rare artifacts from Kansas City’s musical heyday when scores of nightclubs were swinging with sounds of live music. Additional shadow boxes on the top level display guitars, saxophones, clarinets, records, sheet music, programs and other artifacts of the era. The Massenburg Mural celebrates the history of jazz and the African-American experience through compelling interpretations of jazz legends and inspiring words.

Although smoking is prohibited in an effort to preserve the artifacts, alcoholic beverages are available at the bar and an appetizer buffet is available during Indigo Hour Friday evenings. Since its opening in September 1997, the Blue Room has provided a distinctive platform to present dynamic performances from the best local and national jazz talent in an intimate setting, playing a key part in sustaining Kansas City’s strong jazz heritage at one of jazz’s greatest crossroads, 18th & Vine.

Upcoming Events:

For a performance schedule, please check out their Calendar.


Monday & Thursday (5:00 pm – 11:00 pm) – music starts at 7:00 pm
Friday (5:00 pm – 1:00 am) – headlining act starts at 8:30 pm
Saturday (7:00 pm – 1:00 am) – music starts at 8:30 pm

Indigo Hour in the Blue Room
Friday (5:00 pm – 7:30 pm) featuring:

-Blue Room Martinis ($5)
-Drink Specials: Beer, Wine & Wells ($3)
-Live Entertainment
-Appetizer Buffet ($3/round)
-Door Prizes

Friday, Saturday: $10
Monday, Thursday: FREE, unless otherwise noted on Calendar.

Minors are allowed in the Blue Room when accompanied
by an adult. Reservations for events are not accepted
except as advertised for special events.

The Blue Room
1616 E. 18th St.
Kansa City, MO 64108
(816) 474-8463

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