The Best Places to Hear Live Music in Wichita, Kansas

Photo of Ross Walker
11 December 2015

Wichita’s Live Music Scene is brimming with local artists as well as world renowned musicians. Some of these spaces are small, and some have seating for 2000, and some are in between, so no matter your preference you’ll be able to find a spot to listen to your favorite music.

A Creative Commons Image: Shantel Leitner at Rock Island Live | Eric Wittman/Flickr

Rock Island Live

Rock Island Live is one of the premier music venues in downtown Wichita. The concert regularly hosts rock, folk, and hip-hop artists, as well as a DJ night on Wednesdays. The venue attracts a lot of young people and locals, so it’s a great place to meet new friends while enjoying music. On Wednesdays and Fridays the drinks are half off, so take advantage of that killer deal.

The Artichoke Sandwich Bar

Some of Wichita’s live music venues are quite nontraditional, and The Artichoke Sandwich Bar is one of them. This sandwich shop turns into a folksy acoustic concert hall on the weekends, hosting local and traveling acts. Don’t worry — during the show the sandwiches are still on sale, and we recommend you try one. The Famous #8, which is a turkey and bacon sandwich on an onion hoagie, is particularly good.

A Creative Commons Image: Old Crow Medicine Show at The Cotillion | Eric Wittman/Flickr

The Cotillion

The Cotillion is Wichita’s “round mound of sound” hosting all types of performers, from small traveling acts to internationally renowned artists. While The Cotillion is a relatively small venue, is is still a huge concert stadium seating around 2000 guests. There is a big dance floor in the middle which is perfect for the raves and the other EDM concerts that The Cotillion has hosted.

Mead’s Corner

Like Artichoke Sandwich Bar, Mead’s Corner is an eclectic music venue. For those of you who don’t like beer or liquor during a show, you can enjoy a nice cup of joe while you listen to acoustic music. Mead’s hosts several events, but most are small shows with local or traveling artists, typically in the folk and soft rock genre. The coffee shop itself serves tasty coffee, and all the beans are fair trade.

The Brickyard

The Brickyard is a converted warehouse that hosts concerts and boasts a huge outdoor space. It actually hosts a few bands that rotate as well as traveling performers and other locals. We recommend The Brickyard for our rocker readers. The bands vary from country to metal, without any Hip-Hop, electronic, or folksy music.

A Creative Commons Image: Coffee at Mead’s Corner | Ty Nigh/Flickr

Indigo Lounge

The Indigo Lounge is your best bet for DJs and EDM. As expected, this venue caters mostly to the 20-something crowd. The two house DJs, DJ Magnum and DJ Highnoone, have been spinning for years, and their mixes include the best of today’s dance music with a few throwback hits. Indigo Lounge’s rooftop, The Moonbar, is the only rooftop bar in the city, and it’s a great place to chill after an intense set.

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