Knuckleheads Saloon

2715 Rochester Ave Kansas City

Kansas City Hidden Gems/Knuckleheads Saloon
The Budget Savvy Travelers
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Knuckleheads Saloon

Knuckleheads Saloon is a world-famous music venue in the Kansas City East Bottoms neighborhood. A wide variety of bands perform here, playing all types of music, including blues, bluegrass, country, folk, gospel, jazz, and rock.

The massive complex is made up of five stages⁠, with the largest being an outdoor stage that features a renovated caboose used as a VIP area. The other four stages consist of a 220-seat enclosed honkytonk-style bar, the 50-seat “Knuckleheads Garage” lounge, the 64-seat “Gospel Lounge,” and the newly added Fender Stage.

What to Expect

Knuckleheads’ offers live music Wednesday through Sunday, with occasional concerts on Tuesday. It’s not uncommon for all four stages to be utilized at one time. The outdoor stage concerts are the most popular because it feels like you’re partying in a massive courtyard. Shaped like a giant horseshoe, the upper deck provides great views of the stage and dance floor. Guests love listening to live music under a night sky full of stars.

Special Events

If you’re lucky enough to be in Kansas City on a Wednesday night, then you should definitely head over to the Gospel Lounge for the 7:30 p.m. performance. This live music event is commonly described as “Good Music, Good Message.” Pastors Sharon and Carl Butler share their touching ministry music on the most inspirational stage at Knucklehead's Saloon. Tickets aren't required, and everyone is welcome.

If you’re an Elvis fan, visit Knucklehead’s on the last Friday of each month to see Jeff Bergen. He’s one of the best Elvis tribute artists in the nation. His performances last for three hours, and no one has ever left the event feeling disappointed.

One of the best live music joints in Kansas City
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Kansas City Hidden Gems

Knuckleheads Saloon

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