Columbia offers live entertainment for any night of the week

Thursday, July 26, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT
Miranda Lambert performs at Mizzou Arena on April 15. There are several live entertainment venues in Columbia that host concerts, plays and other events.

You're sitting in your dorm on any given night with your homework done (right, kids?), and you're complaining about being "sooo bored."

Grab a friend and head out, because Columbia always has something going on. These live entertainment venues bring concerts, plays and events to town. 

The Blue Fugue

120 S. Ninth St.

This colorful building on Ninth Street holds open mic nights, salsa dance and music performances.

The Blue Note

17 N. Ninth St.

The Blue Note, which opened in 1980, has concerts throughout the year with many big names coming through, such as Sleigh Bells, Taking Back Sunday, Mayday Parade, Bright Eyes and The Flaming Lips.

Ticket prices range from less than $10 to over $20. A $2 surcharge for people under 21 is asked for at the door.

The Bridge

1020 E. Walnut St.

This venue has live music six nights a week, with tribute nights and open mic nights. Wednesdays are tribute nights with rock, jazz, or blues.

Host bands open the events and then anyone can participate. Regional and national acts are on Thursday through Saturday.

Some shows cost $5, with a $2 minor surcharge.

Café Berlin

220 N. Tenth St.

Café Berlin sells organic dishes from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There are storytelling nights during the school year, every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. There are also theater productions on Thursday through Sunday nights at the Berlin Theatre

Columbia Entertainment Company Community Theatre

1800 Nelwood Drive

Community theater and musical performances take stage in a small building off of Vandiver Drive. This venue is not within walking distance, but it is well worth checking out.

Déjà Vu

405 Cherry St.

Comedians take to the stage at Déjà Vu, a local comedy club that brings in some big names in comedy such as Chris Franjola and Steve-O.

Thursday nights are “College Student Appreciation Nights," giving students 18 and older a chance to dance.

Dirty Disco

Eastside Tavern, 1016 E. Broadway

Dirty Disco offers a dance floor on Friday nights from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. For 18 and over, there is a $5 charge before 10 p.m. and $7 after.

There is no cover for anyone over 21. Friend them on Facebook and get invited to every Dirty Disco Dance Party. Pictures are posted after the event as a reminder of your good time.

Jake’s Bar and Grill

5695 Clark Lane

Jake's goes beyond just food and drinks, with karaoke every Wednesday at 8 p.m. and Friday at 9 p.m. A themed karaoke party is held the third Saturday of every month.

Tuesdays are free Texas Hold 'em Poker nights at 7 and 9 p.m.

There is never a cover charge, but after 10 p.m., only those 21 and older are permitted.

Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts

203 S. Ninth St.

Theater and live music come to a classical venue in downtown Columbia. Tickets can be purchased online or outside of the theater. 


1013 Park Ave.

An eclectic mix of bands play at Mojo's. There is a $2 surcharge for people under 21. Ticket prices vary. Student charge is available at MSA/GPC Box Office in the MU Student Center.


3107 Green Meadows Way

Murry's is popular for its food, but it also books jazz musicians five nights a week. Mondays through Thursdays, music is played from 7 to 10 p.m. while a house band performing on Saturdays.

Sky Hi Grill

2513 S. Old 63

Live music is available to all ages, with no charge most days. The shows usually start at 8 p.m.

Specialty brick-oven pizzas, sandwiches and appetizers are sold, including gluten-free options.

Snorty Horse Saloon

1624 Jade Road

This saloon has live music and is open Wednesday through Saturday, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are available online.

SoCo Club

Suite E, 128 E. Nifong Blvd.

SoCo, a gay bar, dance club and lounge, has karaoke on Tuesdays at 9 p.m., drag shows every Thursday, trivia on Fridays at 8 p.m. and karaoke around 10 p.m. Anyone 18 and older may enter, with cover charges for all, varying from $3 to $7. More events can be found online in the event calendar. 


3304 Broadway Business Park Court 

Karaoke is performed on Mondays and Tuesdays around 8 p.m. and trivia on Sunday nights around 7 p.m. All must be 21 to participate.

University Concert Series

Jesse Auditorium, Jesse Hall

The University Concert Series brings plays, musicals, speakers and concerts to the campus. Student charge is available to purchase tickets at the MSA/GPC Box Office. 

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