BB’s Jazz, Blues and Soups
There’s a whole lot of joy and vibrancy in St. Louis’ local music scene—and BB’s has been at its epicenter since 1976. The club welcomes both newcomers and legends like Bobby Rush, Marquise Knox and Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne in its nightly sets. Thanks to the caliber of the performers, BB’s is also a hangout for musicians—you might even occasionally catch an impromptu jam session after the night’s sets—but novices will find their groove, too.
The menu features a medley of St. Louis classics and Cajun favorites, including Louisiana gumbo with house-made cornbread and St. Louis’ most authentic German brats from G&W. You can go the healthier route with pita chips and hummus, but sometimes the blues call for a little decadence, like deep-friend cheese grits or a monster Muffaletta.
When Mark O’Shaughnessy founded the club in 1976, some of today’s biggest names were playing in obscurity. His 2017 death sparked reflection about how individuals like him and clubs like BB’s have grown the St. Louis arts community.
700 S. Broadway
St. Louis, Missouri, 63101
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Photograph courtesy of Carmen Troesser.
This story originally appeared in ALIVE’s sister publication GUIDED: Downtown. Pick up your complimentary copy.