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Big musical acts have been coming to Columbia for decades.

College-town culture in Columbia has included numerous big-name acts reaching back a century or more. The following list highlights just a few of the performers who have entertained students and townies alike. If we missed your favorite — and we probably did — please comment below:

Ella Fitzgerald at the University of Missouri

Ella Fitzgerald performed at Brewer Fieldhouse for Homecoming 1952. Photo from the 1959 Savitar.

St. Louis Symphony, classical*
1913–2014

Xaviar Cugat, Latin
Brewer Fieldhouse
1946

Artie Shaw, jazz
Brewer Fieldhouse
1950

Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Gene Krupa; jazz
Brewer Fieldhouse
1952

Benny Goodman, jazz
Rollins Field
1963

Al Hirt, jazz
Jesse Auditorium
1968

Elton John, pop
Brewer Fieldhouse
1972

Johnny Cash, country
Hearnes Center
1976

Johnny Cash at Hearnes University of Missouri 1976

One of Johnny Cash’s CoMo performances was at the Hearnes Center in 1976. Image from the 1977 Savitar.

Dave Brubeck, jazz
Jesse Auditorium
1988

Rolling Stones, rock
Faurot Field
1994

Dave Matthews, rock
Blue Note
1994

Bob Dylan, rock
Hearnes Center
2004

Emmylou Harris, country
Jesse Auditorium
2004

Chuck Berry, rock
Summerfest in downtown Columbia
2009

George Clinton, R&B/soul
Jesse Auditorium
2013

Boyz II Men, R&B/soul
Jesse Auditorium
2013

Taj Mahal, blues
Missouri Theatre
2013

Rolling Stones at Memorial Stadium 1994

The Rolling Stones performed on Faurot Field in 1994. Photo by Rob Hill.