Here’s the highlight reel for the Downtown KC arts & entertainment scene for Monday to Sunday, Sept. 18-24:
Crossroads KC will be rocking this weekend with back-to-back concerts, featuring:
- The Skatalites, the Jamacian Ska originators, headline a lineup that features Irieplacables Ska Orchestra, Johnny2Tone and DJ Rico. The Jamacian beat begins at 8 p.m. Friday.
- Manchester Orchestra – the indie rock band from Atlanta, will tear up the Grinders’ outdoor space beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday. Opening acts are Tigers Jaw and Foxing.
The Folly Theater will feature Charlie Albright, pianist in recital, who will make his Kansas City debut at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Praised by The New York Times for his “jaw-dropping technique,” Albright will be featured in this free Discovery Concert presented by the Harriman-Jewell Series.
KC Green Fair is coming to Downtown this week! The Green Fair, presented by KC Green for the City of Kansas City, will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday in The City Market. Exhibitors will be on hand to share ideas for energy-saving practices you can use at home, the office, or in business. The Green Fair will feature fun, family-friendly activities, prize drawings and music by the KC Green Band. For more information, go to kcmo.gov/kcgreen.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will feature six performances this week, as the fall season begins to unfold for Kansas City’s leading performing arts organizations, including:
- Pranks and Passions – Musicians of the Kansas City Symphony perform a free, one-hour chamber music program that will add joy — and perhaps a little tomfoolery — to the middle of your week. The happy hour performance is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday in Helzberg Hall.
- Melissa Etheridge opens the Kansas City Symphony’s Pops Season this weekend in Helzberg Hall. The Oscar and Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter who hails from Leavenworth will perform with the Symphony at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday.
Mummies of the World: The Exhibition – described as “fascinating, intriguing, and inspiring,” by NBC and “absolutely extraordinary,” by NPR – instills a sense of curiosity and wonder in every visitor. Mummies is on exhibit through December at Union Station.
Sprint Center will be at the epicenter of the Downtown entertainment scene this week with two HUGE shows, including:
- Gorillaz – the most successful virtual act on the planet – will make its KC debut at 7:30 p.m. Friday. This global phenomenon features four virtual bandmates: 2-D (lead vocals, keyboards), Murdoc Niccals (bass guitar), Noodle (guitar, keyboards) and Russel Hobbs (drums and percussion).
- Tim McGraw & Faith Hill return to Downtown this week for their Soul2Soul Tour. This time is a victory dance for the couple, who are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their highest-grossing country music tour of all time, and the first time Faith has toured since 2007. The KC performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and features special guest, Brandy Clark.
The Truman, Downtown’s newest concert venue at 801 E. Truman Rd. in the East Crossroads, celebrates its first full week with three shows this week, including:
- Tove Lo – the Swedish electro pop rule-breaker – will light up the indoor arena at 8 p.m. Monday
- Juvenile, the New Orleans-based gangsta rapper, will shake up your Truman sensibilities at 9 p.m. Friday
- Andy Mineo – the Christian hip hop artist – brings his Friends and Family Tour to the East Crossroads at 7 p.m. Sunday
LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, which feature two productions this week:
- A Lie of the Mind – Two families are linked by an act of violence in this story that is marked by Sam Shepard’s measured humor, heart, and steady eye in examining humanity’s potential for both compassion and destruction. Opening Saturday at The City Stage at Union Station.
- We Shall Not Be Moved – By taking a seat at a whites-only lunch counter, a group of four freshmen from A&T College in North Carolina launched a youth-led movement for African Americans to receive equal service by challenging racial injustice. The student sit-ins of 1960 inspired this production, which opens Tuesday and runs through Oct. 22 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
- The Black Dolphin in the Crossroads
- 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 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