Uncle Bo’s has roots deep in Topeka history.
Who is Uncle Bo?
William “Bo” Kasper Jr. was a self-made millionaire known from William Kasper California, a wholesale and retail company of cashmere knitwear.
His wife, Randy Roy, was one of the original investors, along with Jim Parrish, in the renovation of the Ramada Inn Downtown.
The logo was designed around William’s signature look.
William passed away in a car crash in 2005 but the Ramada kept the Uncle Bo’s logo as a tribute to the businessman.
Suki Willison managed and shaped Uncle Bo’s “Blues Bar” for the first 13 years, retiring in January of 2019. Under her management hundreds of local, national and soon-to-be national stars graced Uncle Bo’s stage. Uncle Bo’s was strongly connected to Topeka Blues Society and Willison’s personal flair was abundant, even on the rare occasion she didn’t personally greet you at the door.
The partnership between Uncle Bo’s and Ramada Downtown Topeka is as strong as it was the first day those double-glass doors opened. The entertainment offerings have expanded past blues bands, however, and we are proud to showcase diverse artists and acts that go beyond the scope of live music. And Uncle Bo is right there, helping guide the way; after all Uncle Bo Knows great entertainment.
TOPEKA IN UNCLE BO'S
Uncle Bo’s architecture and design features many Topeka history items. The floor is made from old cobblestones that covered Topeka’s streets and the stained glass, bar and some of the woodwork has been refurbished from the old Governor’s Mansion.
In the basement of the Ramada in Topeka is a cool blues bar. The low light sets the mood for fun and the bar is always ready to serve a cold drink or prepare a hot meal. The tickets are always reasonable, the sound is great and the talent is top-notch. Every show I’ve seen there has been great. The nights there seem to last forever.
A GOOD TIME
We always enjoy Uncle Bo’s great music and a room upstairs make it easy to have a great time and not have to hire an uber.
Saw Ron White perform and just weren’t ready to call it a night. Ended up at Uncle Bo’s and had a blast. Good Blue’s Band playing, lots of people dancing and laughing, strong drinks and fun times. Next time I’m in Topeka I’m coming back for more.