Nightlife, Jam Sessions, Blues
If blues doesn't automatically come to mind as a KC musical legacy the way jazz or shitty lite metal does, it should. KC blues exports Trampled Under Foot and Samantha Fish have garnered four nominations for the 2012 Blues Music Awards, putting them up against the ranks of Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton? That's big-time, yet one or two of the Schnebelen sibs or Fish herself still stops by sometimes for the Monday Night Jam at Point Loco (7439 Broadway, 816-333-8226). "When our original spot [Hannibal's Waldo Bar] closed last year, I knew we couldn't let this jam go," says Hanna Sandbeck, a Point Loco bartender who has helped promote the jam since it began. "It creates such fun energy on an otherwise slow, boring night." It also means a lot to the musicians, and PBR drafts are only $2. The jam starts around 8 p.m.
Last year, Playboy named the Mutual Musicians Foundation (1823 Highland, 816-471-5212) one of the greatest bars in the country, alongside such hot spots as San Francisco's Top of the Mark and New York City's King Cole Bar. But it's not all about the late-night vodka tonics and beers at this 81-year-old music hall off 18th Street and Vine. "Jazz is our mainstay, but we are also about the perpetuation of music as an art form, expanding out into the music community and bringing in musicians from all genres," says Anita Dixon, vice president of the foundation's executive board of directors. The MMF gets bluesy every Monday when it holds an open jam session at 8 p.m. Money from drink sales goes to educational programs at the foundation. Barbecue from Smokin Aces is for sale at the free event.— Berry Anderson
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