There are lots of places in St. Louis to hear the blues, but BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups stands apart, both as a music venue and as a sort of unofficial clubhouse for local blues musicians. Just a few blocks south of Busch Stadium, BB's has live music seven nights a week, with local and traveling bands playing to an ever-shifting mix of dedicated blues fans, younger folks just out for a good time and tourists seeking an authentic St. Louis blues experience. The styles on tap can range from solo performers playing acoustic music to full-out electric blues bands, with classic soul, R&B and the occasional jazz act also in the mix. Plus, the club's status as a popular after-gig hangout often means late-night sit-ins and the chance to hear unusual combinations of musicians. While it has some worthy competitors, BB's offers the largest year-round, indoor seating space and the most genre-focused, yet varied, menu of performers — once again earning the top spot in its category.
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