One of Kansas City’s premier nightclubs Blayney’s of Westport has closed. The legendary basement blues club quietly closed a couple weeks back. Another victim of the tough times and changing landscape of KC nightlife. It may be gone, but it’s definitely not forgotten.
Owner Dick Schulte declined to comment, but word on the street is he’s looking at other nightclub options.
“I hope he still makes a deal with his landlord and reopens,” says Westport businessman Bill Nigro. “He’s been a Westport institution since before I got here in 1977.”
Thirty-five years, to be exact…
KC Confidential entertainment writer Brian McTavish was stunned to learn of Blayney’s demise.
“How tall were the ceilings in that place?” the six-foot, seven inch tall McTavish muses. “I always had to duck down there, but I never held that against it. It was like a cellar, but it was our cellar, man.”
“Itell you this, it’s one less place for local bands to ply their trade which is too bad,” McTavish says. “Blayney’s was a bread-and-butter gig for tons of Kansas City bands over the years. You know who used to play there who I loved? The 4 Sknns with Guido Toledo. I loved the 4 Sknns. I mean, they were the closest thing we had to the Fab Four and they played that little grunge hole and made you feel you were listening to their stuff in a palace. They were Kansas City’s best pop-rock, Beatles-wannabe band ever.”
Another signature Blayney’s trademark: its rep as a last chance saloon.
“It’s only fair to lament its passing as one of Kansas City’s premier pickup joints,” McTavish says. “Not that I ever picked anybody up there. For me it was sort of like reading Playboy for the content – I was there for the music. It was a rock n roll place – you went there to hear rock n roll.”
In recent years Blayney’s brandished its live music chops primarily on blues bands. Or as it’s Web site still says, ” Live Blues 6 Nights a Week.”