Show Tunes, Buskers, Elvis (Costello) raise the bar for this week


Here is the highlight reel of what’s happening in Downtown Kansas City – from Monday to Sunday, June 5-11:

Antique Festival returns to Crown Center for its 17th year, featuring pottery, china, toys, linens, collectibles, furniture, jewelry, books and much more from more than 40 vendors at nearly 100 booths. The free festival will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Crown Center Square.

ArtsKCGo is the new, online guide to arts and cultural events – including First Fridays, Art in the Loop, Charlotte Street and all other Downtown-centric events – in the greater Kansas City region. was unveiled on Friday by ArtsKC, the Regional Arts Council of Kansas City. Check it out!

The always-surprising Busker Festival returns to the City Market on Sunday morning. Be prepared!

Busker Festival returns this weekend, complete with its annual splash of fresh, freaky, fun and FREE entertainment! The festival will showcase fire twirling, aerial arts, stilt walkers, hooping, juggling, circus acts and more – all performed by local buskers – from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at The City Market.

CrossroadsKC at Grinders will have its summer groove on this week with three outdoor concerts, featuring:

Elvis Costello & The Imposters will shake, rattle and roll Downtown KC on Friday at CrossroadsKC at Grinders.

Heartland Men’s Chorus presents Show Tune Showdown, a mashup that’s part game show and part sing-a-long! Channel your best Ethel Merman as you sing with the guys to some of your favorite Broadway hits, then hop on stage and show off your knowledge of musical theater trivia! Coming to the Folly Theater at 8 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will be brimming over with three special events this week, including:

Lunchtime Concert Series – Catch a free concert this week – courtesy of Art in the Loop – with Eddie Moore & The Outer Circle from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the City Market Park at 3rd & Main.

Midland Theatre will present the three most eclectic shows of the week, featuring:

  • Brit Floyd brings the music of Pink Floyd to life once again with its lavish new stage show, ‘Immersion World Tour 2017’ at 8 p.m. Friday
  • Muscle Mayhem Championships – the NPC national qualifying Pro Men’s Open Bodybuilding competition – pounds its way into Downtown for two rounds of competition beginning at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday
  • J. Colethe Grammy-nominated rap/hip hop artist, stops in KC on his 4 Your Eyez Only world tour at 8 p.m. Sunday

Power & Light District gets in the mood for summer with an eclectic week of entertainment ahead:

  • Eli Young Band will get things cookin’ with a free concert – part of the summer Hot Country Nights series – at 7 p.m. Thursday at Kansas City Live! All ages and families are welcome. Anyone under 21 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. 21+ and over after 9 p.m.
  • Dolewite kicks off the weekend with live music from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday at Kansas City Live! Ages 21+ only.
  • Family Fun Days – Calling all lil’ super heroes and princesses! Family Fun Days continues with Capes and Crowns from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.  Kids can have their photos taken with their favorite super heroes & princesses and meet real life local super heroes from the KC Fire Department. Activities include a Castle Moon Bounce, Super Hero Bounce House, a trackless train and more! Admission is free, although fees apply for premium activities.
  • Urbana KC – Downtown’s street scene is back! Eat and drink under the stars, hear live music, see public art displays and share a unique Kansas City summer experience, all in the heart of the Power & Light District neighborhood on 14th Street, between Main and Walnut. The event is free and open to the public. All ages welcome.

Things Come ApartThis 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 THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, which feature these three performances this week:

  • Priscilla Queen of the Desert – Come along on a musical journey of self-discovery and the road trip of a lifetime that will have you dancing in the aisles! Priscilla runs (or, dances) through June 25 at the Unicorn Theatre.
  • Tommy – Based on the iconic 1969 rock concept album, The Who’s Tommy is an exhilarating story of hope, healing and the human spirit. The story of the pinball-playing, deaf, dumb and blind boy who triumphs over his adversities has inspired, amazed and puzzled audiences for more than 40 years. Tommy opens Thursday and runs through June 25 at MTH Theater at Crown Center.
  • You’ve Got A Friend – Turn back the clock to the 1960s and 70s for this cabaret celebration of the music of the Baby Boomer generation. Enjoy hearing favorites from Carole King, James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Janis Ian, and Peter, Paul and Mary, all performed by a dynamite vocal trio backed by piano, bass, and drums. Performances begin Friday and continue through July 9 at the Quality Hill Playhouse.

ARTS – your guide to arts and culture in greater Kansas City:

  • ArtsKCGo from ArtsKC, the Regional Arts Council

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:

For more of what’s happening in Downtown and Kansas City, check out our friends at

Public Parking Maps of Downtown KC are available at

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