Best Concert Venue

Dan Moreno

1. The Midland, 1228 Main St., Kansas City, Mo. 64105

The Midland Theatre, also known as the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland, has hosted well-known and legendary artists throughout its 86 years of existence. It seats 3,200 people and it is located in the heart of Kansas City, which makes it one of the best venues in town.

Currently operated by AEG Live, the theatre opened its doors in October 1927, which makes it one of the oldest buildings in Kansas City.. It was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1977.

It originally cost $4 million to build and went through several renovations over the years. In 2008, AMC and the Cordish Company partnered to accomplish a multi-million dollar restoration to the venue . The partnership between AMC and Cordish was dissolved in 2012. Arvest Bank purchased the naming rights in September 2013.

The Midland won the best venue award after hosting some of the best shows and artists during 2013 such as rapper Tech N9ne, heavy metal band Stone Sour and the legendary rock band Guns N’ Roses.

This year, the Midland will continue to bring a variety of artists to Kansas City. Upcoming shows feature The Pixies, 2 Chainz, ZZ Ward and Lorde.

2. The Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway , Kansas City, Mo. 64111

The Uptown is a historic theater located in the Midtown area of Kansas City. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

Built in 1928, the Uptown has a capacity of 1,700 people. It underwent a $15 million renovation 10 years ago. .

Last year the venue hosted many concerts and rising artists like Kat Edmonson and old-school stars like Chris Isaak.

The Uptown Theater also served as the main stage for the 2013 Middle of the Map fest headlined by the New York-based band Grizzly Bear.

3. Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, Mo. 64106

The Sprint Center opened to the public in October 2007, hosting its first concert three days later where Elton John shook Kansas City with an amazing performance.

With a construction cost of $276 million, the Sprint Center was built with the purpose of landing an NHL or NBA franchise, which has yet to come to fruition.
This multi-use arena located in the Power and Light district is Kansas City’s largest venue with a capacity of 19,252 for concerts and 18,972 for basketball games.

Many popular artists have performed at the Sprint Center and this year will be no different as Kansas City will welcome Kings of Leon, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Justin Timberlake.