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I’m Taylor, and I’m the Sports Sales Manager at the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau. I came to Columbia in 2009 to attend Mizzou. I love to travel, hike, watch/play basketball and golf, and listen to music. Fortunately, Columbia has options for all that and more, which is why I love this place. Music is a huge passion of mine and every month I’ll be sharing my favorites from each month of shows and upcoming ones you shouldn’t miss.


The month of April was filled with quite the array of music. Genres ranging from alternate rock and country to tribute bands honoring some of the greats like Chuck Berry, Pink Floyd, and the Beastie Boys.  Attending concerts at opens in a new windowThe Blue Note and opens in a new windowRose Music Hall has become a monthly priority for myself and many others. Experiencing live music from local artists, national artists, or even tribute bands is entirely different than listening to them on your device. The atmosphere created during a live concert between the musicians and the audience is electric, no matter what the genre.

Interstellar Overdrive (credit: Scott Peterson “That Guy with the Camera”)

While I was only able to attend two of the fifteen concerts at The Blue Note in the month of April, the lineup of artists was amazing. The Los Angeles-based alternative-rock band, Local Natives kicked off the month, bringing their Sunlit Youth tour to Columbia. Following them were two recognizable country concerts, the Josh Abbott Band and a sold out show for Chase Rice. A Salute to Chuck Berry, and Interstellar Overdrive kept the middle of the month rocking with phenomenal tributes to two of rock and roll’s best artists. Closing out the month was yet another tribute to a legendary band. My Posse In Effect honored legendary New York hip-hop group the Beastie Boys. If you closed your eyes and just listened you would have thought it was the real thing! Established country artist, Chris Stapleton, also filled Mizzou Arena to close out a great month of music.

Chase Rice and his sold out trophy (credit: The Blue Note)

Columbia is known for bringing in artists of all genres and decades. One thing that has become a constant lately has been the infatuation with old school hip-hop from the 80s and 90s. Coming up on Saturday, May 13th is the third installment of this type of event at The Blue Note. 80s vs. 90s Old School  Hip-Hop Edition will feature two of Columbia’s finest DJs, taking you on a musical journey through the greatest decades of hip-hop. You don’t want to miss this battle of hip-hop music!

Other highlights for May:

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Festivals and Events

First Friday | May 5, 6-9 PMNorth Village Arts District

Each first Friday of the month, head to the North Village Arts District for a free gallery crawl – Galleries, shops and business will be open with music, art demonstrations, children’s activities, refreshments, and much more.

opens in a new windowHeritage Weekend | May 13-14, 4-8 PM | Douglass Park

The unofficial opening of the park for the summer! Activities include balloons, table games for kids and adults, live music and family fun. Gospel in the Park will be featured on Saturday and Annette Driver will entertain on Sunday.

opens in a new windowBike, Walk and Wheel Week | May 13-21st | Columbia

Bike, Walk, and Wheel Week is a week-long celebration designed to encourage Columbians to use active modes of transportation to get around town. There will be activities for everyone, whether you’re on a bike, on your feet, or in a wheelchair.

opens in a new windowSalute to Veterans Memorial Day Celebration | May 27-29th | Columbia Regional Airport and The District

Don’t miss this annual, free airshow, featuring WWI, WWII, and present-day military aircraft, both on display and performing stunning aerobatic shows. The parade will begin at 10 AM Monday in the District, ending with a mass jump by the US Army Golden Knights and the Canadian Skyhawks into the Columbia College Athletic Field on Rangeline and Wilkes.

opens in a new windowPedaler’s Jamboree IX | May 27-28th | Leaving from Flat Branch Park 

Bicyclists will ride the MKT Trail to the Katy Trail, which they will follow into Boonville. Along the way will be stops with live music and entertainment. Bicyclists will end up at Kemper Park in Boonville, where there will be live music, food vendors, and camping overnight.

Family Fun

opens in a new windowTons of Trucks | May 10th, 4-7 PM | Columbia Mall Parking Lot

Trucks and other vehicles of all shapes and sizes will be on display for you to admire, wander around, climb on, and sit in. This event is free and held rain or shine.

opens in a new windowFishing Night | May 12th, 6-8 PM | Jefferson Farm & Garden

Bring the family for a fun night of fishing! $5 will get you a rental pole and bait, a s’more, and a drink; children 4 and younger are free.

opens in a new windowMovies in the Park | May 12th, 8:30 PM | Cosmo Park

Bring a blanket and enjoy a movie on the large, inflatable screen under the stars! Concessions and food trucks available. May’s movie is Zootopia.

opens in a new windowFamily Fun Fest | May 17th, 6-8 PM | Cosmo Park

Entertainment for the whole family, including activities, music, hands-on learning, live entertainment, face painting, food trucks and more. This month’s theme is ‘Kindness is Contagious.’ Join Parks and Rec for music, fun, crafts and activities promoting kindness and mental health.

On Stage

opens in a new window“Dark Creation, The Mary Shelley Project” | May 5-7th at 8 PM | Muse Clothing

opens in a new window“Violet” | May 5-6th at 7:30 PM and May 7th at 2 PM | Talking Horse Productions

opens in a new window“Commedia Tonight!” | May 19th at 7:30 PM | Warehouse Theatre

opens in a new window“Pump Boys & Dinettes” | May 25-28th at 8 PM | Maplewood Barn Theatre

Live Music

opens in a new windowFleetwood Mac Tribute with Orchard Fire | May 13th at 9 PM | Rose Music Hall

opens in a new windowBonobo | May 15th at 8 PM | The Blue Note

opens in a new windowLive music at Les Bourgeois | Saturdays starting May 20th, 4PM – sunset | The A-Frame

opens in a new window‘Blind’ Boone Piano Concert with Audra Sergel | May 22nd at 7:30 PM | Boone County Historical Museum

opens in a new windowShooter Jennings | May 27th at 8:30 PM | The Blue Note

opens in a new windowTech N9ne | May 30th at 8 PM | The Blue Note


Keep an eye on our calendar of events and social media for updates on May events.

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Happy Friday! I’m Taylor, and I’m the Sports Sales Manager at the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau. I came to Columbia in 2009 to attend Mizzou. I love to travel, hike, watch/play basketball and golf, and listen to music. Fortunately, Columbia has options for all that and more, which is why I love this place. Music is a huge passion of mine and every month I’ll be sharing my favorites from each month of shows and upcoming ones you shouldn’t miss.


Picking up where January left off, there was no shortage of fireworks from the Columbia music scene in February. The second month of 2017 provided amazing talent ranging from locally-established bands and DJs to nationally known artists – from underground hip-hop all the way to Ben Folds and his piano and everything in between. The Blue Note alone sold out six shows.

Mega-artist, Florida Georgia Line, kicked off this month by rocking the crowd at Mizzou Arena. Back-to-back sold out shows at The Blue Note from producer/DJ Datsik and country artist, Dylan Scott, started a trend of peak attendance shows in the middle of the month. Boston-based rapper, Sammy Adams, capped off an amazing month of music with his Senioritis Tour, which had the crowd bobbing up and down like they had just gotten off a cruise ship.  

I was able to attend four performances in Columbia this month, hearing four different types of music. My month of live music started off by witnessing my personal favorite artist, Atmosphere, at The Blue Note. This hip-hop duo, who hail from Minneapolis, Minnesota, have brought their tours to Columbia nearly every year since their formation 20+ years ago. They tour with artists from their self-created, independent record label, Rhymesayers, spreading positive and relatable lyrics and creating an energetic atmosphere that has the crowd engaged from the opening acts. Next up was a band I had never heard of but has a loyal following since forming in Portland in 2008. STRFKR is an alternative rock/dance band known for their energetic live performances, putting meaning behind dance beats.

Turning to the local scene, Rose Music Hall hosted three of Columbia’s best artists. Don’t Mind Dying, Decadent Nation, and The Royal Furs put on an amazing performance of rock and blues, and the entrance fee was only $5! With the well established talent in Columbia, that price is hard to beat anywhere. Capping off my month of February music, The Blue Note took us back to the original emcees of the hip-hop scene. DJ Requiem hosted a great show, playing 80s and 90s hip-hop from the pioneers who helped build the genre.

Here are some highlights for next month:

  • Kicking off the month, on March 1st, is some soulful, indie, alternative rock by Lotus.
  • On March 2-5, The Blue Note will host a number of films during the True/False Film Fest. I’ll be attending the festival for the first time and have heard nothing but greatness from those who have been before.
  • Fans of 80s rock ‘n’ roll, including Journey, Def Leppard, Blondie, and more, will enjoy The Cherry Pistols, Missouri’s premier 80s tribute band, on March 10th.
  • The Revivalists will bring their New Orleans funk to town on March 14th.
  • Louis the Child, an electronic duo who make music that makes people happy, will grace the stage on March 16th.
  • Maybe the biggest band to come to Columbia on March 17th is an alternative rock band, the Cold War Kids, whose hit single “First” was #1 for eight weeks on the Alternative radio charts.  
  • On March 31st, four Missouri bands (in parentheses) will perform a tribute to four of Seattle’s best rock bands, Alice in Chains (The Hipnecks), Soundgarden (The Many Colored Death), Pearl Jam (Decadent Nation), and Nirvana (Madora/Down Side Up). Seattle Royal III, returning for the third time as the name implies, is sure to rock the house to close out a great month of shows.

Check out opens in a new windowThe Blue Note’s website, opens in a new windowRose Music Hall’s website, or Visit Columbia MO for all your upcoming music needs!

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Happy Friday! I’m Taylor, and I’m the Sports Sales Manager at the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau. I came to Columbia in 2009 to attend Mizzou. I love to travel, hike, watch/play basketball and golf, and listen to music. Fortunately, Columbia has options for all that and more, which is why I love this place. Music is a huge passion of mine and every month I’ll be sharing my favorites from each month of shows and upcoming ones you shouldn’t miss.


January kicked off the new year with a fantastic lineup of shows. The Blue Note and Rose Music Hall bring in all types of genres each month for your listening pleasure. No matter what your favorite type of music is, you can always find it in Columbia. This month featured reggae, both up-and-coming and established country, a tribute band with a loyal following, and blues and jazz acts.

Whiskey Myers – Photo from The Blue Note opens in a new windowFacebook.

I had friends see Junior Brown, a well-established country artist with that old school, western feel and Whiskey Myers, an up-and coming-band known for their “larger than life” performances. They were blown away by the quality of these two distinctly different performances.

I was fortunate enough to attend three shows this month. First, I attended the MO Reggae Fest, part of the third annual “MO Fest 2017,” a two-weekend event highlighting all genres. MO Reggae Fest brought in bands from St. Louis, Kansas City, and local bands from right here in Columbia. After a week and a half absence I went to see Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue perform. The band’s infusion of jazz, blues, rock ‘n roll, and hip-hop elements makes for a phenomenal show! My third show was a tribute band. Badfish – Tribute to Sublime has gained a loyal following of fans with their electrifying performances that nearly replicate the original band’s concert scene by channeling the spirit of Sublime’s encompassing sense of place and purpose.

Trombone Shorty – Photo from The Blue Note opens in a new windowFacebook; taken by Bryan Pitman.

February will keep the party going at The Blue Note and Columbia with many acclaimed artists hitting the stage. Florida Georgia Line, ever heard of ‘em? They’ll be bringing their “Dig Your Roots” tour to Mizzou Arena tonight. On February 9th, hip-hop duo Atmosphere will bring their “Freshwater Fly Fisherman Tour” to The Blue Note. This is my favorite artist to listen to and watch perform. They bring an exciting and uplifting concert to each venue. Feel free to ask me all about them, I can tell you everything. Dylan Scott, only 24, will bring his up and coming country band to The Blue Note on February 16th. Two days later on February 18th, the Randy Rogers Band hits the stage. On February 21st, the musically gifted Ben Folds will grace the stage with his piano. And the kid from Boston, Sammy Adams, will bring his “Senioritis” tour to town on February 28th.

These are just a few of my personal highlights for February, check out The Blue Note or Visit Columbia MO for more upcoming events!

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A local favorite for decades, the opens in a new windowShelter Insurance Gardens are a must-see on your next visit to Columbia. A beautiful oasis in the bustle of Columbia, Shelter Gardens is an unexpected haven for locals and visitors.

Shelter Gardens waterfall

Open year-round with the exception of Christmas day, Shelter Gardens is free and open to the public from 8:00 a.m. until dusk. The three acre spot is home to over 300 varieties of trees and 15,000 annuals and perennials. Other unique features include a garden for the blind full of scented vegetation, a rock garden, a beautiful waterfall and a replica 19th century one room schoolhouse.

Shelter gardens schoolhouse

On select Sunday evenings in the Summer, guests can enjoy free concerts in the park. Bring your picnic blanket or lawn chair and listen to local musical acts ranging from jazz to polka at the garden’s gazebo.

Shelter Gardens is a beautiful escape from the hustle of the everyday. So grab a book and a picnic and spend a tranquil afternoon in this Uniquely Columbia setting.

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If you’re looking to have a true Columbia experience, be sure to schedule your visit during a 9th Street Summerfest. Every summer, opens in a new windowThe Blue Note closes down the street outside their venue (9th Street between Walnut and Broadway) for spectacular nights of music. Everyone from Wilco to Snoop Dogg have been a part of Summerfest and this year’s lineup is equally outstanding.

June 15th: Girl Talk

A former biomedical engineer, Pittsburgh artist Gregg Gillis (aka Girl Talk) has scrupulously created music from samples for over eight years. His fourth album, Feed the Animals, continues his sonic evolution towards his party-infested live show. Shows are nonstop hours of music, dancing and sweat. opens in a new windowTickets are only $25.

July 20th: Ana Popovic

Come see one of the world’s best female guitarists in the FREE Summerfest show! With a new album coming out in August, expect new and old favorites from this incredible artist. No ticket hassle for this show…just come out and enjoy!

August 8th: Cracker

Formed over 17 years ago, Cracker returns to Columbia for a FREE Summerfest show! Soak in their sharp-witted songs influenced by late 70s and early 80s sounds with a pop-punk aesthetic.

No matter which Summerfest you attend (Just go to all of them!), you’ll find a group of enthusiastic show goers sipping beer, spending time with friends and dancing in the street in downtown Columbia. It will give you a taste of what summer in Columbia feels like.

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