The Blue Note (Columbia, Missouri)

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Coordinates: 38°57′08″N 92°19′39″W / 38.952200°N 92.327602°W / 38.952200; -92.327602

The Blue Note
The blue note front CoMo.jpg
The Blue Note facing Ninth Street
Location 17 North 9th Street
Columbia, Missouri 65201
United States
Owner Matt Gerding and Scott Leslie
Type Music venue
Capacity 835
Opened 1980
Renovated Dec 31, 2014 [1]

The Blue Note is a music venue in Columbia, Missouri, and is a contributing property to the North Ninth Street Historic District. It was established in 1980 by Richard King[2] and Phil Costello. The venue was sold by King to Matt Gerding and Scott Leslie in October, 2014.[3]

The original Blue Note was located at 912 Business Loop 70 East and moved to its Ninth Street location (a restored vaudeville theater[4]) in the early 1990s. It is famous for the legal case Bensusan Restaurant Corp. v. King over naming use on the internet.

It has hosted numerous musical acts, including Phish, Widespread Panic, REM, Husker Du (their last show), Uncle Tupelo, Meat Puppets, Chuck Berry, The Replacements, The Minutemen, Dinosaur Jr., Primus, Black Flag, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Violent Femmes, Soul Asylum, Shinedown, Dave Matthews Band, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Young the Giant, JoJo and Arctic Monkeys,[5] and holds a five-part concert series every summer called "Ninth Street Summerfest".[6]

Rose Music Hall (formerly Mojo's)[edit]

Rose Music Hall, often referred to as "The Blue Note's little sister",[7][8] is a smaller music venue (capacity 200) also owned by Gerding and Leslie,[3] which usually books smaller-name bands.

The Blue Note's marquee

Forrest Rose Park is located adjacent to Rose Music Hall and is maintained by Rose Music Hall's/Blue Note staff. The park began hosting outdoor performances in 2008. Past performers have included Carolina Chocolate Drops, Big Smith, Local Natives, Portugal. The Man and Cave (band).


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