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.
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 Show – a 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.
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 Bonamassa, the blues rock titan, will be live in concert at 8 p.m. tonight (Monday)
- Excision, featuring 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:
- Angel’s Rock Bar in the Power & Light District
- Blue Room in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District
- The Brick in the Crossroads Arts District
- CrossroadsKC at Grinders in the East Crossroads
- The Dubliner in the Power & Light District
- Gem Theater in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District
- Green Lady Lounge in the Crossroads
- Howl at the Moon in the Power & Light District
- KC Live Block! in the Power & Light District
- Kill Devil Club in the Power & Light District
- Knuckleheads Saloon in the East Bottoms
- Leinenkugel’s Kansas City in the Power & Light District
- The Majestic in the Downtown Loop
- The Midland in the Downtown Loop
- Mosaic Ultra Lounge in the Power & Light District
- Mutual Musicians Foundation in the 18th & Vine Jazz District
- The Phoenix in the Downtown Loop
- PBR Big Sky in the Power & Light District
- Prohibition Hall in the Downtown Loop
- Record Bar in the Crossroads
- The Ship in the West Bottoms
- Stockyards Brewing Company in the West Bottoms
- The Tank Room in the Crossroads
MUSEUMS are alive and well throughout Downtown, including these 16 destinations:
- Airline History Museum in Hangar 9 at the Downtown Airport
- American Jazz Museum in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District
- American Royal Museum in the West Bottoms
- Arabia Steamboat Museum in the City Market
- Black Archives of Mid-America in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District
- Hallmark Visitors Center at Crown Center
- Historic Garment District Museum in the Downtown Loop at 801 Broadway
- Kansas City Museum in northeast KC at 3218 Gladstone Blvd.
- Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
- National Archives of Kansas City, west of Union Station
- National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame at the Sprint Center
- The National WWI Museum and Memorial at Liberty Memorial
- Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District
- Science City at Union Station
- TWA Museum at the Downtown Airport
- Union Station Gallery at Union Station
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