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Best Entertainment in Kansas City

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Sprint Center

Cradled in the arms of three major thoroughfares, this 18,000 seat center located downtown is one of the most popular spots to see a show in KC. After it was constructed, Elton John inaugurated the arena with a sold-out concert on October 13th, 2007. Since then, the Sprint Center has continued to host not just concerts, but sports events, Disney on Ice, professional bull riding and even Cirque du Soleil. The center's very own, 'College Basketball Experience' is another highlight. This is the NCAA version of the basketball hall of fame at the collegiate level and it features two-floors of college basketball memorabilia as well as exhibits about its history.

Kansas City, MO, United States
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Folly Theater

Folly Theater was constructed at the turn of the 20th Century and was originally intended to be a variety show and parody house. Over the next century it developed into a vibrant and popular entertainment venue for jazz. In fact, the theater is a vital asset to the jazz community and legends such as Dave Brubeck, George Shearing and Ravi Coltrane have all played here. David Sanchez, Jane Monheit, and Rene Marie are locals that continue to maintain the city's tradition of live jazz performances also. It also presents the Folly Children's Series which brings national-level children's theater troupes to Missouri.

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The Phoenix

The Phoenix is what Yoshi's is to Oakland and The Blue Note is to NYC, most notably it is the city's number one jazz restaurant. Guests come down six nights a week to listen to a varied mix of jazz musicians from around town as well as those touring the U.S. The jazz hall also functions as a restaurant, so you can watch the show while you eat. They have a great happy hour from 3-6pm and on Saturdays their 'Bloody Mary Brunch' allows you to make your own Bloody Mary as you wish! Check website for complete calendar and show times.

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Blue Room

If you are looking to see how Kansas City appeared back when Charlie Parker roamed the streets, stop by the Blue Room. Although the original Blue Room, where the 'Bird' blew saxophone is long gone, this jazz joint is a fine replica of the 1930's club. Located in the historic 18th & Vine district, it is a bit of a museum, with pictures of greats that cover the walls and relics of Kansas City's jazz era adorn the tables. Live music still gets the place swinging four nights a week. No food is available and smoking is not allowed, but there is a fully stocked bar.

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Gem Theater

The Gem was constructed in 1912 using a Baroque-style motif in its architecture and was originally planned as a movie house in the historic 18th & Vine District. Today, it is a live music, dance and theater stage that hosts various acts, from musicals to live jazz, the Gem is always abuzz with activity. The theater is run under the benevolent auspices of the American Jazz Museum (located a few doors down on 18th) and is most notably known for its "Jammin' at the Gem" series which features some of the best musicians in the world.

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403 Club

403 Club is a club that can only found in the Midwest, a region in America where polka halls, mini-bowling and pinball joints still exist. This lively establishment is both full-service bar and a pinball player's dream; they have seven different units, some themes are AC DC, Star Trek, Star Wars, etc. The bar even hosts a mini-pinball league in which there is an open tournament every Wednesday and Saturday. 403 is definitely a place to soak in the nostalgia, far away from our normal, digitized world in front of an LED screen.

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Argosy Casino

Blackjack, Craps, Let It Ride, Slots... more than a 1,000 gaming options make this a popular riverboat casino for both travelers and Kansas City denizens. Open around the clock on Fridays and Saturdays, there is no end to the gambling and dining opportunities that await guests. And, unlike many of the other casinos, this is actually a functioning riverboat. Located in Riverside, Missouri, it is a short drive from KC International Airport and downtown. The casino also offers facilities for events and parties, with the options of catering and audio/visual equipment.

Riverside, MO, United States
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Kauffman Stadium

This stadium is home to MLB's Royals, a team that entered the league in 1969 and won the World Series in 1985. Since that series, the team has not had much success, but has had several popular players, most notably, George Brett. The stadium opened in 1973 and was named after the team's founder, Ewing Kauffman. The seating capacity holds 27,000 spectators and one of the interesting features that surrounds the outfield is the "Waterfall Spectacular". The water falls from a high 322ft and it is one of the largest artificial waterfalls in the country.

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Ameristar Casino Hotel

The Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City has 184 guestrooms, 3,000 slot and video poker machines and more than 50 tables, thereby making this casino one of the biggest in the country. After you collect your winning chips, the hotel has nine appetizing dining options to choose from, selections include Pearl's Oyster Bar for more formal service and Amerisports Brew Pub for the casual diner. In addition to great cuisine, Ameristar also offers daycare services, a video arcade, playground and even a movie theater for children as well as adults.

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