Signature Shows


THE Open Mic Sequence

Arts Bar is THE space for open mics in KC, winning Pitch “Best of” Awards in the open mic category for more than three years running. Always free, always fantastic. Always at 9 pm for sign-ups.

MONDAYS: Comedy Open Mic with host Brandon Bulkley
TUESDAYS: Music Open Mic with rotating hosts
WEDNESDAYS: Poetry Open Mic with Poetic Underground (first Wed = SLAM, $5 cover)
THURSDAYS: Karaoke with rotating hosts


Brother John’s Motivational R&B/SOUL Showcase

1st Tuesdays: 7-9 pm

Join Brother John, a Fringe Festival favorite year after year, for this exclusive monthly event where Br. John brings all sorts of special musical guests. This show is a dynamic hybrid of singing and history, where Br. John not only revue’s some of music’s greats, but intermingles the night with stories of the singer songwriters. Past showcases have featured the work of: Bill Withers, Bob Marley, Smokey Robinson, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Al Jarreau and many more. Check out the fan page here.


Potluck Productions: Staged Readings by Female Playwrights

Every other 1st Friday: 7-9 pm

Potluck Productions is a Kansas City area theatrical group that showcases scripts by emerging women playwrights from Kansas and Missouri through professional workshop readings and staged productions. Potluck Productions was established in 1994 by Glendora Davis, Joyce Slater and Mary Beth Gordon. They have since been joined by Lezlie Revelle Zucker.

This group has been hosting events at the Uptown Arts Bar since 2012!


1001 Arabian Nights Belly Dance Showcase

1st Saturdays: 7-9 pm

1001 Arabian Nights showcases many different Middle Eastern dance forms and hosts a wide array of KC and national dancers. This stunning show includes authentic garb and music for the types of dance as well as creating an amazing atmosphere. They have been gracing the Uptown Arts Bar stage since 2012, one of our longest running showcases!

Find out more about this group on their fan page here!


Mother Earf’s Brown Sugar Cabaret

1st Saturdays: 9:30 pm

Mother Earf presents KC’s only POC Burlesque troupe, and Arts Bar is so happy to be hosting them in their second year of monthly performances. Featuring KC burlesque dancers as well as spotlights on nationally touring burly-fam, this show has all the hop and shimmy shake to make your month quake with laughter and delight. Find out more about this group on their fan page here!


Kansas City Public Theater

1st Mondays: 7-9 pm

Co-founded by Elizabeth Bettendorf Bowman and Nathan Bowman, Kansas City Public Theatre provides access to the arts through year-round theatre entertainment free of charge to the public. This mission is carried out in two activities: first, through producing aesthetically and ideologically diverse new works and reimagined classics which reflect the unique history and concerns of the Kansas City community; and second, to cultivate civic-minded artists, audiences, and citizens through community-based devised theatre workshops.

find out more about this group at their fan page here!


Blue Mondays Poetry Open Mic

2nd Mondays: 7-9 pm

Sharon Eiker, the godmother of KC poetry, hosts this poetry open mic each month, which has been running since 2012 and so boasts being Arts Bar’s longest running poetry open mic. Sharon has this amazing ability to bring out KC’s best, and often unknown, poets, both as featured performers and as open mic participants. Bring your own work to share in this diverse and welcoming event.


Cirque du Risque

2nd Saturdays: 10 pm - midnight

Cirque du Risqué™ is a vaudevillian microcircus founded in 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. With jugglers, magicians, fire eaters, burlesque dancers, and characters of all shapes, sizes (not to mention questionable backgrounds), Cirque du Risqué is certainly not your kid brother's circus experience. Cirque du Risqué has produced uniquely themed shows at the Kansas City Fringe Festival, enlisting their staff of talented writers and creators to bring a sense of both the whimsical and the risqué to the audience. Throughout the rest of the year, they produce cabaret shows and variety events around the KC Metro area. For booking, email

find out more about this group on their fan page here!


Miss JusLaugh & Friends

3rd Fridays: 7-9 pm

Join Comedienne Janell Banks as she brings hilarious comedians to the stage each month. Past shows have featured Mark Caesar, Mscutnup, Joe Degan, Tee Sanders, TK Fairley, as well as Geneva Joy from New Orleans and De De T of Houma Louisiana and last but not least the one and only Houston’s Kings of Comedy, Mal Mallucci.

Find out more about this show at the fan page here!


Flaccid Femmes: Humble Humor

3rd Saturdays: 7-9 pm

Some fantastic femmes came together to create this unique open mic experience, where only femme and femme-identifying folks are asked to sign up for the open mic. This was in response to the male dominated comedy scene as an effort to increase the likelihood of femme performers, and boy-oh has it ever worked. This open mic sees first time comediennes each month, as well as some of KC’s best working femme comics, and creates an atmosphere more like a featured show than an open mic. All are welcome to attend, and femmes are welcome to perform, amateur and professional both! no cover!


Triple Threat Night

3rd Saturdays: 10 pm - 1 am (starts up again in January 2019)

This unusual and high-energy event is hosted by Ryan Aden Keller, who brings together music, comedy and live painting each month for a spectacularly diverse event. Keller connects these three communities of creatives in the belief that all types of artists should enjoy each other’s work and when they all come together, magic happens! This is another reason why Keller never charges a cover!


River Cow Orchestra

4th Tuesdays: 7-9 pm

River Cow alters the traditional conventions of jazz. Our music philosophy focuses on collective improvisation, similar to the New Orleans Jazz parades, paying attention to how each band member interacts with the group as a whole. New music, created in the moment, sensual, soulful, relaxing, chill groove. River Cow Orchestra ~ 21st century collective jazz improvisation.

find out more about this group at their fan page here!


Community Writing Workshop with Sheri “Purpose” Hall

4th Wednesdays: 7-9 pm

“COME ONE COME ALL!!!! We will write 'til our hearts are content! Or maybe we will just write until our content accurately describes our hearts! I have created this workshop as an ongoing event because we have many open mics and slams, but rarely is there a space for the community to collaboratively work on the art that goes into these shows. This will be a dual workshop focusing on both the literary craft and the art of the performance.” —Sheri Hall