Here is the highlight reel of what’s happening in Downtown Kansas City – from Monday to Sunday, May 29-June 4:
Ax Plays Mozart – Legendary pianist Emanuel Ax performs two superb Mozart works with the Kansas City Symphony — the intricate Piano Concerto No. 16 and his 19th piano concerto, which was played at the coronation of the Holy Roman Emperor Leopold II in 1790. Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegels Merry Pranks, a composition recounting the tomfoolery and mischief of a famous German folklore rascal, is an orchestral tour-de-force from start to finish. These spectacular performances are set for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
Fear Not – As friends come together for a reunion, they struggle to deal with past circumstances of life. This play – a Cew Productions presentation – addresses hurt, pain, forgiveness and most of all healing at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Folly Theater.
First Friday – one of the KC’s coolest/hottest events of the year – returns for its June fiesta with visual and performing arts bursting throughout Downtown with:
- The full First Friday experiences at the Crossroads Arts District and the 18th & Vine Jazz District from 5-9 p.m.
- Art Starts at the Library – featuring a special homeless photography exhibit Indisposable, beginning at 5:30 p.,m. Friday at the Central Library and an Art in the Loop performance featuring the local tango ensemble Cucharada from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
- The First Friday Film Festival of short films returns to MTC Theater in Crown Center at 8:30 p.m.
- One of the country’s most complete vintage marketplaces West Bottoms on Friday through Sunday.
Fun Home – one of the most groundbreaking productions ever to hit Broadway, Fun Home is the winner of five Tony Awards Including Best Musical – makes its Kansas City debut this week. This Theater League production comes to Kansas City this week for performances on Tuesday through Sunday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
Julianne & Derek Hough – the ‘Dancing with the Stars’ siblings Julianne and Derek Hough present The Move – Beyond – Live on Tour at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Music Hall. For ticket info, visit the Convention Center.
KC Pride Fest will celebrate Gay Pride in Kansas City with a weekend of entertainment, music, food and fun from Friday through Sunday at Berkley Riverfront Park. For complete details, visit GayPrideKC..org.
Midland Theatre will rock the big town with two concerts this week, including:
- The Shins are touring this spring and summer to celebrate the recent release of their fifth album Heartworms. The indie rockers performing at 8 p.m. Thursday. Special guest: Surfer Blood.
- Tech N9ne is about to hit the road, this time, with his Strictly Strange Tour 2017. The KC rapper-businessman will be bringing Strange Music labelmates, Krizz Kaliko, Stevie Stone, and Ces Cru on the tour, as well as gold recording artist and former Strange Music artist, Brotha Lynch Hung. A full list of tour dates and cities will be announced later this month. To get his tour started, Tech N9ne will rule the Midland beginning at 8 p.m. Sunday.
Power & Light District gets in the mood for summer with the launch of its summer concert series featuring:
- LOCASH kicks off the summer-long Hot Country Nights concert series with a free performance beginning 7 p.m. Thursday in Kansas City Live!
- Marian Hill, featuring Opia, will light up Kansas City Live! at the Coors Light Block Party. Doors open at 6 p.m.; the concert starts at 8 p.m. Friday. For tickets, visit Ticketfly.
Sprint Center will be a celebration of old/wonderful and new/Future in a remarkable week ahead, including:
- Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers have a date in Downtown KC this week, as part of their 40th Anniversary Tour. The iconic band will be joined by legendary rocker Joe Walsh as direct support. This amazing evening is set for 8 p.m. Friday.
- Future – who engaged a full court blitz in 2015 that resulted in one of rap’s most impressive winning streaks ever – presents the Nobody Safe Tour with special guests Migos, Tony Lanez, and A$AP Ferg at 7 p.m. Sunday.
Things Come Apart – This traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution exposes the inner workings of many of our everyday possessions, disassembling them and artfully illustrating that even the most intricate of modern technologies can be broken down and understood. The exhibit continues through June 25 at the Central Library.
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
For more of what’s happening in Downtown and Kansas City, check out our friends at VisitKC.com