Here is the highlight reel of what’s happening in Downtown KC from Monday to Sunday, Aug. 7-13:
Bruno Mars – the multiple GRAMMY® Award winner and 20 time GRAMMY® nominee – returns to Downtown for his 24K Magic World Tour, along with special guest Camila Cabello, at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Sprint Center.
CUE! with Jon Michael Johnson: Four dancers board the Kansas City Streetcar at Union Station. The ride begins and the passengers, along with the dancers, hear the sounds that govern the streetcar. There is the clang of the bell, the announcement, the beep, the whistle. These sounds or “Cues” are what will keep the streetcar and its riders moving and informed. This CUE! is set for 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.
CrossroadsKC at Grinders will stand out in the urban glow this weekend with back-to-back concerts, featuring:
- Sister Hazel rolls into KC for a much-anticipated show at 8 p.m. Friday. Opening act is the Freddy Jones Band.
- Fat Tire Tour de Fat – the traveling philanthropic beer, music, and bike festival will features Atlas Genius and the Tour de Fat ensemble cast of performers. Ready your eyes and ears for a mix of musicians, circus performers, vaudeville acts, magicians, comedians, and mind-blowing provocateurs beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Heart of America Hot Dog Festival – Chillin’ and grillin’ are in order when the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) hosts the 2017 edition of this summer-favorite festival from 2-11 p.m. Saturday. The event features live entertainment, food and much more. The festival will include headline concert performances by legendary funk band ZAPP along with R&B legends AFTER 7 and BLOODSTONE. Created by the NLBM in 2013, the Hot Dog Festival celebrates the historical connection between our national pastime and baseball fan’s favorite ballpark food: the hot dog. Proceeds benefit the NLBM. Click here for details.
Herbie Hancock, the legendary pianist and composer, will elevate the Muriel Kauffman Theatre – along with Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), James Genus (bass), Lionel Loueke (guitar), and Terrace Martin (keyboardist / saxophonist) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
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. For tickets and more information, visit UnionStation.org/Mummies.
The Phantastics – a nine-member band from Kansas City specializing in tantalizing, genre-blending dance floor activators – will present a free summer concert from 7-9 p.m. Friday on the historic grounds of the Kansas City Museum. Guests are invited to bring blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic. No RSVP is necessary.
Power & Light District will be smokin’ this week with two huge events in the Live Block, including:
- Pat Green, with special guest LANco, will be rocking the big town 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.
- Summer Splash – Family Fun Day is back from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, so get down and dance with Mr. Stinky Feet, create waves with Mad Science, puppet shows and more! Admission to the event is FREE. Fees apply for premium activities ($5 all-access wristband per child). Click here for the complete description of activities
Shooting the Eclipse – Reed Hoffmann, who has shot for The New York Times, USA Today, the Associated Press, and many other outlets, offers a tutorial on photographing the Aug. 21st solar eclipse, from getting the right equipment to finding the best location and selecting the proper settings. Included are tips on photographing the early-afternoon event with digital SLR cameras, smart phones, and other devices. His program is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Central Library RSVP here.
LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, which feature two productions this week:
- An Evening with George Gershwin – an original revue about the life and music of one of the greatest contributors to the American songbook – opens Thursday and runs through Aug. 27 at the MTH Theater at Crown Center.
- The Tragedy of MacBeth – a fiery, kinetic, and deeply impassioned three-person 90-minute retelling of Shakespeare’s Macbeth – opens on Wednesday and runs through Sept. 3 at The Living Room.
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.