What the Fringe!? Downtown is HOT – July 17-23

The Fringe Festival returns for its 13th annual performing-arts-palooza beginning Thursday at venues throughout Downtown and Kansas City.

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 – 

Midland Theatre will be dancin’ to the beat of AFI beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday. Special guest is Citizen.

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:

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

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 VisitKC.com

Public Parking Maps of Downtown KC are available at DowntownKC.org.