Never a dull night: Our list of Rochester's weekly live music venues
Nothing brings more vitality and energy to the table than a live band. So for your convenience, we've compiled a list of music venues that host live music throughout the week. Now you can be sure to catch the next big concert coming to town, no matter what your other plans may be.
Everybody’s working for the weekend, and what better way to unwind than with friends, a couple drinks, and a great band? On the first and third Friday and every Saturday of the month, Boomers Lounge has live music starting at 9 p.m. Or, if you’re tired of listening to live music, you can take part in it yourself! Boomers Lounge hosts karaoke every Wednesday at 9 p.m. Drag along some of your friends and belt your favorite tunes in a laid-back bar atmosphere.
If what you’re wanting is an inclusive look into the creative scene of Rochester, the Creative Salon is the place to be. Every Thursday from 7-8:30 p.m., the Salon hosts a musician or musical group to get the ball rolling. Then, from 8:30-10 p.m., the stage switches to accommodate an open mic, and anyone is welcome to sing, play, perform word pieces, and showcase their creativity, all the while surrounded by the work of local visual artists.
Looking for live music on a Sunday night? Kathy’s Pub is your best bet. Open to any and all local bands wishing to participate, this pub’s Bandaoke provides a fun and dynamic atmosphere. Bandaoke only happens on select Sundays, however, so you may want to call ahead to check. Otherwise, Kathy’s has much to offer on the weekends. They’re well known for hosting local bands on Friday and Saturday nights, the music typically starts around 10 p.m.
North Star Bar & Grill
Fridays and Saturdays at the North Star Bar & Grill are sure to be a blast, especially for fans of country, rock, and metal. Starting at 9:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, concertgoers can grab a drink, a bite to eat, and rock out to the night’s featured musicians. And with guests like Chester Bay and The 4onthefloor, you’ll be up on your feet dancing the whole time!
The Redwood Room
Fans of acoustic music and gourmet cuisine will love the Redwood Room. This rustic, trendy retreat boasts live music every night of the week but Sundays, providing a great atmosphere to kick back, have fun, and enjoy the soothing, eclectic tunes of the night’s featured band. The Redwood Room is open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 5 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
The Tap House
Every Tuesday (and select Wednesdays), The Tap House taps into the local talent and hosts a live band from 6-9 p.m. Featuring a wide range of artists like Smash and Grab and Annie Mack, you’re in for an auditory treat. There are no tricks and no gimmicks; just great food, great service, and one of the widest selections of beers on tap in town. Coming to this hotspot should be a no-brainer.
Viking Lounge Sports Bar & Grill
The Viking Lounge Sports Bar & Grill is more than just burgers and football games; it’s another chance for you to participate in the local music scene, too! Tuesdays from 8-11 p.m., they host an open mic free for anyone wishing to participate. Whether you’re an experienced performer or a novice, flying solo or with a group, the Viking Lounge is a great place to strut your stuff.
The Wicked Moose is definitely worth a visit. With one of the biggest permanent stages in Rochester, this place is well equipped to host some nationally-touring bands like Buckcherry, Lost Highway, and The Gear Daddies. The concerts here aren’t on a set schedule, so you’ll want to make sure you keep an eye on their upcoming events.
They do, however, host acoustic music consistently on Fridays from 9 p.m. to midnight. Whether you’re looking for a rowdy concert or a relaxed night out, the Wicked Moose is the place to be.
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About Sydney Flottum: Sydney is a double major in graphic design and English literature at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She enjoys being back in Rochester for the summer and spending time reading, drawing, and catching up with friends and family. Currently, she’s attempting to teach herself how to play the accordion but is overwhelmed by all the buttons.