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Official Roots N Blues Afterparties at Rose


The Kay Brothers

When: Friday, September 29th. Doors at 10:00 p.m., show at 11:00 p.m.
Where: Rose Music Hall
Tickets: FREE with pass| $5 at door

Keep Friday night rolling with The Kay Brothers, a local stompgrass band from California, Missouri, and featuring our own Pat Kay, a talent buyer for The Blue Note!




When: Saturday, September 30th. Doors at 10:00 p.m., show at 11:00 p.m.
Where: Rose Music Hall
Tickets: FREE with pass| $10

Penned by the band as “Gypsy Punk Country Grumble Boogie”, this Louisiana-based band has held many Roots N Blues afterparties at Rose in the past, and all have been some of the most high-energy shows the venue has ever hosted.



Ben Miller Band

When: Sunday, October 1st. Doors at 8:00 p.m., show at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Rose Music Hall
Tickets: FREE with pass | Donations encouraged
Opener: The Driftaways

Note the change in time, because you don’t want to miss The Driftaways, a reggae-rock band from the St. Louis area, open the show on Sunday night.

Then end your Roots N Blues experience with some Ozark Stomp from Ben Miller Band to put an exclamation point on the entire weekend!


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Staff Picks: Shows we can’t wait to see this fall

Sylvan Esso

When: Monday, September 25th. Doors at 7:00 p.m., show at 8:00 p.m.
Where: The Blue Note
Tickets: $21.50 in advance | $25 day of show
Opener: Helado Negro

Get up, get down, get up, get down and get tickets to this incredible show before it sells out.  – Lauren, Marketing Director

Drive-By Truckers

When: Tuesday, September 26th. Doors at 7:00 p.m., show at 8:00 p.m.
Where: The Blue Note
Tickets: $25
Opener: Strand of Oaks

The Truckers will be bringing their politically-charged live show to Columbia next week. Formed in 1996 by Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley, the two split time time taking lead for the band with their outspoken lyrics and distorted guitar work to deliver alt-country in its purest form. Hood and Cooley’s songwriting is narrative and based off of life experiences, as their liberal political views are disguised by gritty southern rock. If you want country music with meaning, this is the show for you.

Bonus: Strand of Oaks, aka Timothy Showalter, will be performing intense, progressive rock before the Drive-By Truckers hit the stage. His songs are folk-based at the core, but are then layered with heavy drums and roaring guitar riffs to create a full sonic landscape. Be sure to show up early for this one.  – Cole Locascio, Blog Manager

Judah & the Lion

When: Thursday, September 28th. Doors at 7:00 p.m., show at 8:00 p.m.
Where: The Blue Note
Tickets: $22 in advance | $25 day of show | $47 VIP first entry
Openers: The Academic + Tyson Motsenbocker

The first time I fell in love with The Blue Note was when I saw Judah and The Lion open at a show in 2014. I’ve been addicted to the venue along with Judah and The Lion’s “Folk Hop ‘N’ Roll” sound ever since! Growing up appreciating various genres, I am obsessed with their blended sound that builds off of folk and bluegrass instruments. I remember Judah and The Lion had the entire crowd singing and dancing to their powerful lyrics and musicianship. Their significant music is fully complemented by their energetic stage presence. I have been counting down the days until Judah and The Lion return to The Blue Note!  Rebekah Northern, Marketing Intern/Contributing Writer

Official Roots N Blues N BBQ Friday Afterparty ft. Ben Miller Band

When: Friday, September 29th. Doors at 10:00 p.m., show at 11:00 p.m.
Where: Rose Music Hall
Tickets: FREE with RnB pass | $10

Who doesn’t want to keep the party bus rolling after Roots N Blues N BBQ?!  – Bryce, Accounting Manager

So-Cal Royale: Tribute to the 90’s West Coast Scene

When: Friday, October 6th. Doors at 8:00 p.m., show at 9:00 p.m.
Where: The Blue Note
Tickets: $6
Bands Featured: Bobby Showers Band, Shotgun Social, Made in Waves, Decadent Nation, The Mixtapes

Weezer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sublime and No Doubt tributes on the same night? TIME WARP.  – Pat, Talent Buyer

Making Movies

When: Saturday, October 21st. Doors at 8:30 p.m., show at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Rose Music Hall
Tickets: $10 in advance | $12 day of show | $25 VIP
Opener: TBA

What do you get when two brothers born in Panama but raised in Kansas City form a band? A one-of-a-kind rhythmic rock ‘n’ roll sound influenced by both Hispanic and American music culture that I just can’t get enough of. When their hit song Cuna de Vida popped up on my Spotify “Discover Weekly” playlist, I was immediately hooked. With songs both in Spanish and English, Making Movies will no doubt deliver a performance you won’t forget, making this one of this fall’s can’t-miss shows. Even if you’re not a Spanish speaker, this band has the ability to speak to an audience through rhythm and a dance worthy sound that makes it impossible for listeners to stand still. Who better to explain this than lead singer Enrique Chi?  – Hannah Greteman, Marketing Intern/Contributing Writer

Surfer Blood

When: Monday, October 23rd. Doors at 7:00 p.m., show at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Rose Music Hall
Tickets: $12 in advance | $14 day of show
Opener: TBA

I fell in love with the whole idea of Surfer Blood when their album ‘Astro Coast’ came out. Surf rock has been been so cool.  – Melina Loggia, Marketing Coordinator

Big Gigantic

When: Thursday, October 26th. Doors at 6:00 p.m., show at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Nightmare on 9th Street
Tickets: $26 in advance | $31 day of show
Opener: Big Wild + TBA

I’ve seen this band more times than I can remember, but to see them outdoors on 9th Street in my hometown for a raging party in the streets will be a sight to see.  – Matt, Co-Owner

PLUS! What better way to keep the Big Gigantic street party going than with a Slushii inside?  – Charles, Assistant GM

Whiskey Myers

When: Saturday, November 4th. Doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m.
Where: The Blue Note
Tickets: $20
Opener: Dalton Domino

Last year, I saw Whiskey Myers at The Blue Note before I had even listened to any of their records. Let’s just say after that show, I listened to the album, “Mud”, on repeat for about a week — they’re THAT good. A mix of southern rock and red-dirt country music, this band is insanely good. I love rock, and I love a good fiddle, and when that’s mixed with lead singer Cody Cannon’s slightly rough tenor voice… well, I fell in love. I cannot wait to see them again and be able to sing along with the songs! It’ll be another fun country music night, and I encourage everyone to give Whiskey Myers a try. I did, and I was a new fan because of it.  Karinna Seidel, Marketing Intern/Contributing Writer

Because it’s real country music.  – Aaron, Head of Security


When: Tuesday, November 7th. Doors at 8:00 p.m., show at 9:00 p.m.
Where: The Blue Note
Tickets: $16 in advance | $18 day of show
Openers: SAINT WKND + Ashe

At just 18 years old, Whethan comes to Columbia this fall, but not to attend college classes. Gaining popularity off of his SoundCloud remixes and retaining credibility by being the youngest producer to release a record under Future Classic, the Australian record label that has given us sounds from artists such as Flume, Flight Facilities and Hayden James. From opening up stadiums for The Chainsmokers last spring to tearing up a loaded festival season during the summer, only big things are expected for his very first headlining tour. Expect a night full of future bass and signature remixes similar to the sold-out Louis the Child show last March.  – Joey Morando, Marketing Intern/Contributing Writer

Tyler Childers

When: Thursday, November 9th. Doors at 8:00 p.m., show at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Rose Music Hall
Tickets: $10
Opener: TBA

Tyler Childers is no stranger to the Rose Music Hall stage – he performed there earlier in June as well as a handful of times in 2016. Despite his frequent trips to Columbia, I urge you to see the Kentucky singer-songwriter at Rose Music Hall on November 9. Purgatory, his most recent release produced by Sturgill Simpson, tells stories inspired by his Appalachian roots with an edgy bluegrass feel. If you’re a fan of Jason Isbell or Old Crow Medicine Show, this is definitely a show you don’t want to miss. Don’t believe me? Take a listen for yourself.  – Amanda Huffman, Marketing Intern/Contributing Writer


When: Saturday, November 11th. Doors at 8:30 p.m., show at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Rose Music Hall
Tickets: $10 in advance | $12 day of show
Opener: Dawg Yawp

A collective staff favorite here at The Blue Note, we are drawn to SUSTO’s compelling lyrics matched with a raw indie alt-country sound that is all their own.

Jai Wolf

When: Thursday, November 16th. Doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m.
Where: The Blue Note
Tickets: $16
Opener: Elohim

This is going to be so vibey, trust me.  – Kasey, Talent Coordinator

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Columbia loving life on Summerfest days

Another fabulous Summerfest weekend kicked off last Friday night with perfect weather for a concert on the streets of downtown Columbia. Though a hot and stuffy 90-degree day, the crowd, both young and old, showed up early to see local band Murphy’s Ford get the country party started. By the time LOCASH was ready to hit the stage, the crowd was humming with excitement.

It’s easy to see why LOCASH is steadily rising in the country world — they know how to work a crowd and put on a phenomenal show. Chris Lucas and Preston Brust have a talent for singing and songwriting — the Country Music Association has taken note of this, as LOCASH have been nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year!

The show began with strobe lighting and loud bass, as fans eagerly awaited the bands’ arrival. Columbia did not disappoint LOCASH and sang the chorus of their first hit, “I Know Somebody,” word for word back to them with little help. Looking around seeing the lights wave energetically back and forth in the street made your heart beat fast and appreciate the moment you were in.

Before ending the show, the band invited a young fan on stage who is front row to every show they play in Missouri. Nick got to show off his dance moves and sing the final verse of “I Love This Life” with Chris and Preston.

Last to come on stage on Friday was Eli Young Band. A group of five young boys moved their way closer to the front row, beaming with eagerness for their first concert. The headliner’s start time approached, and as the lights went darker, the band came on stage singing the title track from their new album “Fingerprints.”

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Fast forward to Saturday night. It had been another long, hot summer day, but country music fans came out to kick up their boots for a good time with Turnpike Troubadours. Boots and ball caps that have been worn enough to get that “just right” fit were the dress code for the evening.

Though the end of opener Charley Crockett’s set saw a sprinkling of rain, the rain died down and the crowed was buzzed with excitement (and a few beers) ready for a great show. The stage crew raised Turnpike Troubadour’s logo banner, and the crowd hollered, begging the band to come out and show them a good time.

With little warning, the five men walked out on stage in jeans, boots, button down shirts and cowboy hats, and started right in performing “Every Girl” with the crowd singing along right away. Complete with an accordion, the red-dirt country band does not disappoint their audience. The band may not have engaged much with banter in between songs, but it certainly wasn’t needed. The music alone, with lyrics about blue-collar folks and life, was enough to connect with their audience. Even the light rain couldn’t bring down this Summerfest crowd!

To sum up the weekend, Chris from LOCASH said it best. “Y’all are crazy,” he said into his mic. Columbia isn’t crazy — we just know how to have a good time!