Here is the highlight reel of what’s happening in Downtown KC from Monday to Sunday, July 17-23:
Blondie & Garbage – Yes, you read that correctly. These two quintessential rock acts will share center stage at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts for their Rage & Rapture Tour at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre. Members of punk/new wave band Blondie are undeniable pop icons, their sound and sensibility as fresh as when they first topped the charts in the late 1970s. As for Garbage, since the band’s self-titled debut in 1995, Garbage has crafted a blend of dark, industrial noise, sci-fi pop melodies and whirlwind guitar. Rage & Rapture, indeed.
CrossroadsKC at Grinders will rock the urban plaza with the Rock of the Eighties tour – featuring The Romantics, The Smithereens and Bow Wow Wow – at 8 p.m. Friday.
Fringe Festival: The 13th annual festival ¬ an 11-day performing and visual arts extravaganza spread across multiple Kansas City venues ¬ opens on Thursday and runs to Sunday, July 30. From theater and film to comedy, burlesque, music, storytelling, visual arts, puppetry, and fashion, the festival boasts an eclectic lineup of performances and exhibitions featuring not only local and regional talent but also artists from across the nation and around the world. Last year’s Fringe Festival featured 475 performances by 108 groups at 23 different venues. Tune in to kcfringe.org for the complete schedule.
Luke Bryan – The country music superstar returns to Downtown KC for his Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day Tour at 7 p.m. Friday at the Sprint Center. Special guests include Brett Eldredge and Adam Craig.
Lunchtime Arts Series –
- Into the Sun performs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday aboard the KC Streetcar, as part of the Art on the Line series presented by Art in the Loop.
Mummies of the World: The Exhibition – described as “fascinating, intriguing, and inspiring,” by NBC, “absolutely extraordinary,” by NPR and “a must see,” by FOX TV – instills a sense of curiosity and wonder in each and every visitor. Having been visited by more than 1.6 million people nationwide, Mummies of the World: The Exhibition is one of the most popular museum exhibitions traveling North America. For tickets and more information, visit UnionStation.org/Mummies.
Power & Light District will be smokin’ this week with two smash concerts in the Live Block, including:
- Gretchen Wilson with special guests Loving Mary Band and Marianne Michaels will rock Downtown 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.
- Big Time Grain Company will keep the fires burning with a special performance on Friday evening at Kansas City Live! The first show is from 6-8 p.m. Ages 21+ after 9 p.m. Admission is free until 11 p.m.
Weekender: ‘Remember the Titans’ – Cap off your week with top local bands, such as Hudson Drive this week, and favorite food trucks. Shop the wares of KC artisans and finish the evening with a favorite flick under the stars. Festivities begin at 6 p.m., with the movie starting at approximately 9 p.m. FREE admission. Only at Crown Center.
LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, which feature one show 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 runs through Sunday, Aug. 6 at The Coterie at Crown Center.
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
- Brewery Emperial in the Crossroads Arts 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
- Haverty Family Yards at Union Station
- 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
- The Truman in the East Crossroads – Coming soon!
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
Public Parking Maps of Downtown KC are available at DowntownKC.org.