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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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Music Monday

Here’s a quick guide to live music in Columbia this week:

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

  • Kap Slap, Medusa, DJ Merf 9 PM at opens in a new windowThe Blue Note; $10: electronic, DJ
  • Waka Winter Classic 9 PM at opens in a new windowRose Music Hall; $5: “Five different local/regional bands will be selected to play each contest, and the one with the most votes at the end of the night will get to play at Wakarusa!” – with Dead Bed Bad, Blake Gardner and the Farmers, Grand Villanova, Dusted Groove, Integrow

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

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Music Monday

Here’s a quick guide to live music in Columbia this week:

Tuesday

Wednesday

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Friday

Saturday

Sunday

 

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Music Monday

Here’s a quick guide to live music in Columbia this week:

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

  • The Riverside Wanderers 5 PM at opens in a new windowRose Music Hall; free: blues/folk
  • Missouri Country Fest with John D. Hale Band, The Dock Ellis Band, Tanner Lee Bechtel, Makenna and Brock, Schuyler Prenger and the Dirt Road Junkies 8 PM at opens in a new windowThe Blue Note; $6: “We went a-pickin’ all over the state and stubbed our toes on some GREAT finds: Boot heel troubadour John D. Hale, the real deal old country of Dock Ellis from St. Louis, Springfield’s Makenna & Brock (who you may have caught on the X-Factor), and Boone County’s own country rockers Tanner Lee and Schuyler Prenger.”
  • Boone County Ham, Trout Ensemble 8 PM at opens in a new windowThe Bridge; $5: “Odd & twangy,”
  • Missouri Funk Fest with Hazard To Ya Booty, Collegiate Shag Brass Band, Soul Glo, Chickawa 8:30 PM at opens in a new windowRose Music Hall; $6: “If you haven’t shaken it to some homemade Missouri Funk, then its time you pried that booty off the couch and let it do the thang!”

Saturday

  • The Woodsmiths 5 PM at opens in a new windowRose Music Hall; free: folk music
  • Long Day Healey, Two-Bit Steve 8 PM at opens in a new windowThe Bridge; $5: bluegrass/country
  • Missouri Folk Fest with Man in the Ring, Violet and the Undercurrents, Cindy Woolf and Mark Bilyeu, S.T. Carrel and the Sad Bastards, Ruth Acuff 8 PM at opens in a new windowThe Blue Note; $6: “The Folk scene here is something worth bragging about, as is the charmed nature in which its artists manage to elude the public eye. You no longer have to know a guy who knows a guy who has a shed to catch this kind of show, and we’ve scoured the riverbanks for the best new artists in the state!”
  • Missouri Reggae Fest with Aaron Kamm and the One Drops, Bobby Showers Band, Austin Kolb Band 9 PM at opens in a new windowRose Music Hall; $6: “These bands have been spreading the message of peace, love and community throughout the state and the world for a decade…and they’re joining forces for one night to show you why. Get down and dance to the dubtastic vibrations of these Missouri reggae kings.”
  • Damien Gunn & The Magnificent Bang Bangs 9 PM at opens in a new windowNash Vegas: country rock

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Music Monday

Here’s a quick guide to live music in Columbia this week:

Monday

  • Holiday Brass 7 PM at Missouri United Methodist Church, $5: “This year’s event will feature the MU Faculty Brass Quintet, the Brass Choir, Trumpet Ensemble, Horn Choir, Trombone Ensemble, Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble, as well as a mass brass ensemble comprised of about 100 University of Missouri brass students.”
  • Pepper, The Movement, New Beat Fund 7:30 PM at The Blue Note, $20: “Kona dub rock,” reggae, hip-hop

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

  • Joey DeFrancesco Trio, Matt Wilson Tree-O 3 and 7:30 PM at Murry’s: “Just what’s going to happen when Hammond B3 monster Joey DeFrancesco crosses paths with drummer-percussionist and “Mr. Fun City” Matt Wilson is anyone’s guess – but, as we said, you’d be crazy to miss this one.”
  • MU Women’s Chorale 2 PM at First Baptist Church, $5: “The MU Women’s Chorale is a selective ensemble dedicated to studying and sharing music written for women’s voices.”
  • MU Concert Chorale 5 PM at First Baptist Church, $5: “The Concert Chorale is a seventy-voice select ensemble designed to provide intensified study of, and performance experience with, a varied repertoire of outstanding and challenging choral compositions.”
  • Mizzou New Music Ensemble 7:30 PM at Whitmore Recital Hall, $5

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Music Monday

Here’s a quick guide to live music in Columbia this week:

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

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Music Monday

Here’s  a quick guide to live music in Columbia this week:

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • “We Always Swing” Jazz Series presents Joanne Brackeen and Cecil McBee 7 PM at Whitmore Recital Hall, $25-40: “The Jazz Series is pleased to reunite two of the planet’s finest working musicians: pianist Joanne Brackeen and bassist Cecil McBee. Theirs is a rare professional relationship, one that has crisscrossed and shared much musical territory for many decades. Each musician is considered the crème de la crème on their respective instruments; each can intertwine melody, harmony and improvise owning total command.”
  • Carnage, Dzeko and Torres, Paris Blohm 9 PM at The Blue Note, $28: electro house, hip hop
  • The Appleseed Collective 8 PM at The Bridge, $5: Americana/folk jazz

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

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Music Monday

Here’s a quick guide to live music in Columbia this week:

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

  • Show-Me Opera Scenes 7:30 p.m. at Missouri Theatre; $5: Outside the Law, a program of Opera Scenes, including the world premiere of The Outlaw, by Justin Pounds

Saturday

  • Show-Me Opera Scenes 7:30 p.m. at Missouri Theatre; $5: Outside the Law, a program of Opera Scenes, including the world premiere of The Outlaw, by Justin Pounds
  • Keller Williams 9 p.m. at The Blue Note; $20 to $40: acoustic dance music
  • SHEL 8 p.m. at The Bridge; $7 to $10: alternative

Sunday

  • Thirteenth annual Piano Student Showcase 3 p.m. at Missouri Theatre; $8: “The Women’s Symphony League Piano Student Showcase, celebrating 13 years in 2014, is an opportunity for piano students through grade 12 to audition before three distinguished judges. Students who excel at the auditions can perform at the Showcase public concert, playing on the grand piano in the Missouri Theatre.  Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event.”

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Music Monday

Here’s a quick guide to live music in Columbia this week:

Monday

  • Superstar Columbia 6 PM at The Blue Note, $10-15: All proceeds from the event will be used to provide therapeutic activities for adolescents receiving substance abuse treatment as well as children of women in residential treatment in Columbia.
  • Esterhazy Quartet 7:30 PM at Whitmore Recital Hall, $5: “Formed in 1968 as the ensemble-in-residence of the University of Missouri-Columbia, the Esterhazy Quartet is widely recognized for its commitment to performing and promoting the music of our time, especially modern music of the Americas.”

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

  • Jeff Campbell, Natalia Zukerman 7 PM at Unity of Columbia, $15: “Come and meet the artists, enjoy two sets of music in an intimate listening room setting, free refreshments and the fine company of other fellow music lovers and friends”
  • Columbia Chorale 7:30 PM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, $5-15: Friday and Saturday “Music has long been an expression of faith, freedom, peace, and justice. Throughout history, songs have cried out against inequality, poverty, and war, and in support of civil and human rights. Columbia Chorale is joined by members of the Columbia Youth Choirs to embark on an exploration of the power of music to spark change.”
  • The Ex-Bombers, The Abominable Showmen, Downside Up 8 PM at The Bridge, $5: “beatnik punk,” rock, instrumental
  • Zoso, The Bon Scott 5 9 PM at The Blue Note, $10-12: the ultimate Led Zeppelin experience, AC/DC tribute band
  • One More Round: A Tribute to Johnny Cash, Dave Dearnley 9:30 PM at Mojo’s, $10-12

Saturday

  • The Nation of Love Showcase with Violet and the Undercurrents, The Future Kings, Phylshawn, Ruth Acuff, Zorya 8 PM at Mojo’s, $5: indie folk rock
  • Midwest Funk & Soul Revue 9 PM at The Blue Note, $5: “If you haven’t heard, there’s a funk and soul revival happening all around the country. And leading the charge in the Midwest are St. Louis’ own, the one and only Al Holliday & The East Side Rhythm Band. They’ll be joined by Columbia up and comers Chickawa as well as DJ Hot Tub laying down the dusty rare soul grooves between sets.”

Sunday

  • Odyssey Chamber Music Series presents “Flute Sparks” 3 PM at First Baptist Church, $10-20: “Concert features St. Louis Symphony Orchestra principal flutist Mark Sparks with pianist Peter Henderson, as featured in their new CD, “French Album.” Program includes repertoire from their new “French Album,” a new transcription by Mark Sparks (the Bruch Romanza) and the Brahms F minor sonata, orig. for clarinet and piano.”
  • “We Always Swing” Jazz Series presents New New York Standards Quartet 3:30 and 7 PM at Murry’s, $20-42: “[The New] New York Standards Quartet is a group devoted to the radical reinvention of famous pop songs and Broadway show tunes.”
  • Jonathan Richman 8 PM at Mojo’s, $15: featuring Tommy Larkins on the drums
  • The Havana Honeys, A Simple Exchange, Long Day Healey 8 PM at Roxy’s, $5-7: modern folk, indie folk

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