Here is the highlight reel of what’s happening in Downtown Kansas City – from Monday to Sunday, June 12-18:
Boulevardia returns this weekend with a complete lineup of music, food and beer this Friday and Saturday in the Stockyards District. Presented by Boulevard Brewing Co., Boulevardia is packed with music – featuring 40 performances on three stages on Friday and Saturday, plus a Makers Market, beer and food tastings and much more. For tickets and complete information, visit Boulevardia.com.
CrossroadsKC at Grinders will have its summer groove on this week with two HUGE outdoor concerts, featuring:
- Buddy Guy – the blues guitar and singing legend returns to KC for a memorable night under the stars beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday.
- Black & Blue-Grass Ball returns to Grinders this weekend, featuring Split Lip Rayfield, Jeff Austin Band, Feast Ov Fools, Useful Jenkins and Loaded Goat. Doors open at 3 p.m., and the Ball begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
Juneteenth KC – Kansas City’s African American community heritage celebration is set to begin at noon Saturday at the historic 18th & Vine jazz district. Juneteenth is an annual platform that celebrates the emancipation of enslaved Africans in America and provides the backdrop to pay tribute to the founders of the community. For tickets and more information, click here.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will be sparkling with five amazing performances events this week, including:
- Celtic Woman presents Voices of Angels, a showcase of angelic voices, musicians and dancers whose exceptional skill and high energy bring a fresh fusion to centuries of musical and cultural tradition. The performance is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday in Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
- Kansas City Symphony presents its season finale: Rachmaninoff’s Second and Barber’s Violin Concerto at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall.
- Michael McDonald & Boz Scaggs – The music legends are due in Downtown for a much-anticipated performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Kauffman Theatre
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.
Mummies of the World – This special exhibition is coming to Union Station for a limited engagement beginning next week on Tuesday, June 20. Mummies of the World: The Exhibition is one of the most popular museum exhibitions traveling North America. While in Kansas City, the exhibit offers an authentic look at the world of mummies and mummification through a captivating collection of naturally and intentionally preserved mummies.
New Kids on the Block make their long-awaited return to KC this week with the blockbuster Total Package Tour that features Paula Abdul, Boyz II Men and, of course, NKOTB, beginning at 7:30 p.m. tonight (Monday) at Sprint Center.
Power & Light District gets in the mood for summer with an eclectic week of entertainment ahead:
- Travis Martin performs in the free Hot Country Nights concert series at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Kansas City Live! Block. All ages, families welcome. Anyone under 21 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. 21+ and older after 9 p.m.
- Gary Alan will rock the KC Live! Block on Friday night. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Ages 21+ only. Tickets are $10.
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 Sunday, June 25 at the Central Library.
LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, which feature these three performances this week:
- Garfield – The Musical with Cattitude – Everyone’s favorite feline and his friends are on stage this summer to perform a musical for all ages. Garfield opens Tuesday and runs through Aug. 6 at The Coterie at Crown Center.
- 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 Sunday, 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 runs through Sunday, 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 continue through Sunday, July 9 at the Quality Hill Playhouse.
ARTS – your guide to arts and culture in greater Kansas City:
- ArtsKCGo is the new, online guide to arts and cultural events in greater Kansas City – including First Fridays, Art in the Loop, Charlotte Street and all other Downtown-centric events. ArtsKCGo.com is a service of ArtsKC, the Regional Arts Council of Kansas City. Check it out!
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
- 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