March Madness continues with NAIA, Ariana, Patti & St. Paddy’s

The NAIA National Men’s Basketball Tournament opens on Wednesday to renew its seven day tradition at Municipal Auditorium.

A collegiate basketball tradition, a Dangerous Woman, the return of Sgt. Pepper, R&B royalty and a wee bit of the Irish tops a celebratory week ahead in Downtown Kansas City. Here is the highlight reel for what’s happening in Downtown – Monday to Sunday, March 13-19:

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness drops into Downtown for a free St. Patrick’s Day concert with special guests Atlas Genius and Night Riots for the Zombies in America Tour at 6 p.m. Friday in the Kansas City Live! Block at the Power & Light District.

Ariana Grande will ignite KC with her Dangerous Woman performance on Saturday at the Sprint Center.

Ariana Grande brings her Dangerous Woman tour – featuring special guests Little Mix and Victoria Monet – to the Sprint Center at at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Charlie Wilson brings his red-hot In It To Win It tour – featuring special guests Fantasia and Johnny Gill – to Downtown KC at 7 p.m. Thursday at Sprint Center.

Decades Rewind – This brand new theatrical concert features more than 60 songs blended into unique medleys from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. The most prominent decades in music history bring your memories to life with over 100 costume changes and videos that turn back time. Dancing in the aisles is expected to begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Folly Theater.

Halfway to Winfield – a sizzling night of performances featuring Split Lip Rayfield, Loaded Goat, Konza Swamp Band and many more bands. The journey to Winfield begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at Knuckleheads.

Home Showa Kansas City tradition for 69 years – brings more than 250 builders, remodelers, landscapers, designers and contractors featuring the latest design trends and construction materials. The Home Builders Association held Kansas City’s first home show in 1948 and the annual event has become the go-to showcase for home improvement, technology and design ideas. The 2017 show is set for Friday through Sunday at Bartle Hall.

R&B legend Patti LaBelle returns to Downtown KC this week for a date at the Kauffman Center on Friday.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will feature 13 remarkable performances over four days this week, including:

  • RAIN – A Tribute to the Beatles celebrates the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band! For the first time ever, RAIN will bring the historic album to life in its entirety for this psychedelic multimedia spectacular at begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
  • Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound: After the Curtain –Through his Emmy Award winning work on So You Think You Can Dance, Travis Wall has established himself as one of America’s favorite choreographers. His artistic direction of SHAPING SOUND has already produced one spell-binding show in Dance Reimagined, and led to this all-new production of After the Curtain which begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Kauffman Theatre.
  • UMKC Conservatory Wind Symphony – The always-dynamic wind symphony performs at the College Band Directors National Association National Conference this week at the Kauffman Center. Directed by Steven D. Davis, the UMKC performance featuring Conservatory choirs and dancers is set for 7:30p.m. Friday in Helzberg Hall.
  • Patti LaBelle – The incomparable songstress returns to the Kauffman Center for an evening of classic R&B tunes, pop standards, and spiritual sonnets at 8 p.m. Friday in Kauffman Theatre.

Midland Theatre will be rocking this week with two crushing concerts, including:

  • Joe Bonamassathe blues rock titan, will be live in concert at 8 p.m. tonight (Monday)
  • Excisionfeaturing The Paradox, Cookie Monsta, Barely Alive and Dion Timmer, will take no prisoners in its assault on your senses at at 8 p.m. Thursday

NAIA Men’s National Championships – The 53rd annual tournament is led by No. 1 seed LSU Alexandria (La.) was ranked No. 1 in each of the last six Top 25 Coaches’ Polls – is the only undefeated team with a 31-0 mark. The NAIA field of 32 teams begins on Wednesday and continues to the national championship showdown at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 21 at Municipal Auditorium.

Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists features author Donna Seaman, as she spotlights seven brilliant but under-celebrated female artists of the 1900s. Seaman explores what drove them, how they worked and how they were perceived by others in a world where women were more accepted as subjects of art than they were as makers. This special Women’s History Month will unfold at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Central Library. RSVP here.

LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, which feature these four performances this week:

  • Constellations: This spellbinding, heartbreaking love story removes the boundaries of time and space, delving into the infinite possibilities of a couple’s relationship to reveal how the slightest change in conversation might send you down an entirely different path. Star-filled performances continue through April 2 at the Copaken Stage at the KC Rep.
  • No Talking – It’s boys vs. girls when the noisiest, most talkative fifth graders in history create a contest to see who really can talk the least. This new family show runs through Sunday, March 19 at The Coterie.
  • Unchained Melody – Take a romantic trip down memory lane in this cabaret revue featuring the melodies of the 1950s and the unique American sound known as “doo-wop”. The melodies begin on Saturday and continue through April 9 at the Quality Hill Playhouse.

LIVE MUSIC – of all tastes and flavors – is performed at these Downtown venues on most nights:

MUSEUMS are alive and well throughout Downtown, including these 16 destinations:

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