In the early days of jazz music, the intersection of 18th and Vine streets in Kansas City, Missouri, was the place to be. Several notable Kansas City jazz musicians got their start in the bars and clubs here, including Charlie Parker. They spent their nights in this district contributing to the distinctive Kansas City sound that combines blues influences with elaborate riffs and a large emphasis on improvisation. The jazz that came from the night life at this particular intersection not only launched careers and brought people together, it also marked the transition from the big band style of music to bebop. As one of the most important places in the United States for both the history of jazz music and African American culture in the area, Kansas City’s 18th and Vine district earned its place in the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.
Celebrate the fun, history, and incredible music you’ve experienced with our replicas of the signs that give the district its name! We have recreated the signs of both streets to the exact standard used in the 1930s, when 18th and Vine hosted some of the most influential pioneers of the jazz music scene. It features a black background and yellow text, and would be a fantastic display piece for anyone’s man cave, garage, bar, studio, or any place you and your loved ones hang out and enjoy your favorite music.
Our 18th Street sign is made of high quality 14-gauge steel. This glossy, non-reflective conversation piece is incredibly durable and perfect for indoor or outdoor display for decades to come. We offer it in its native size, 25 by 6¾ inches, in either one-sided or two-sided varieties for convenient display. Both varieties also include two pre-drilled mounting holes so you can hang it proudly as soon as you open the box!
Looking for a different style? Or maybe a different street, whether in Kansas City or elsewhere? We’re happy to help! Contact Jake to get started on your custom order!