Here’s the highlight reel for the Downtown KC arts & entertainment scene for Monday to Sunday, Oct. 9-16:
Crossroads KC – Downtown’s ultimate outdoor concert venue – features two performance this week, including Queens of the Stone Age with Royal Blood in a sold-out show at 7:30 p.m. Friday; and Fed Up Fest, a hunger-fighting music festival that benefits Harvesters that feature The Strumbellas, Cowboy Mouth, Me Like Bees, The Phantastics, Old Salt Union, The Philistines and Noah Kahan beginning at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Folly Theater presents three remarkable and remarkably different shows over three consecutive days this week, including:
- Techstars Demo Day – Techstars Kansas City invites you to sit in on its inaugural Demo Day with tech entrepreneurs presenting their business plans on the Folly Theater stage. A warm-up program begins at 4:30 p.m., and the start-up presentations will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Click here to reserve your free tickets.
- Sam Baker – The folk singer’s musical storytelling style gives voice to emotions tender and bitter, personal and universal. This Cyprus Avenue Live series performance is set for 8 p.m. Friday.
- Xavier Foley – Presented by the Harriman-Jewell Series, this free recital not only provides an opportunity to discover artists but, sometimes, instruments. It’s not often the rich sound of the double bass is featured in recital, but Foley (a member of the recently presented Sphinx Virtuosi) will demonstrate the beauty and power of the deep-timbered giant at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will feature six performances this week, as the fall season slips into full swing for Kansas City’s leading performing arts organizations, including:
- Chicago Symphony Orchestra, featuring conductor Riccardo Muti, return to Helzberg Hall for an encore engagement presented by the Harriman-Jewell Series at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday
- Romeo & Juliet – The Kansas City Ballet brings William Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy to life for six performances that begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday and run through Sunday, Oct. 22 in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
- 500th Anniversary of the Reformation Hymn Festival – The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod of the greater Kansas City area is hosting this free community event for the whole family that will feature many favorite hymns and a mass choir. Performances at set for 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday, and both are sold out, as of this writing.
Knuckleheads Saloon will feature Leftover Salmon with Shook Twins, presented by Bluegrass in the Bottoms in the Garage at 8 p.m. Thursday. Colorado’s Leftover Salmon has established itself as one of the great purveyors of Americana music, digging deep into the well that supplies its influences; rock ‘n’ roll, folk, bluegrass, Cajun, soul, zydeco, jazz and blues.
The Midland – the grand dame of Kansas City concert venues – will light up the heart of Downtown this week with three performances, including singer/songwriter Jon Bellion, featuring Blaque Keys and Travis Mendes, at 8 p.m. Wednesday; Freakers Ball 2017 – Marilyn Manson with special guests Alice Glass and Hyborian at 8 p.m. Thursday; and Pixies, featuring Mitski, embark on the second leg of their North American tour at 8:30 p.m. Sunday.
More Than A Pretty Face, an exhibition of portraits from the collections of UMB Financial Corporation and Commerce Bancshares runs through Nov. 10 in The Box Gallery, 1000 Walnut. The gallery, located in the Commerce Bank Building, is free and open to the public.
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.
Power & Light District will play to all sorts of wild and crazy fun over three straight days this week, including:
- Mystery Show – Miller Lite and Q104 present the 3rd annual Mystery Show at Kansas City Live! on Thursday. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the party begins at 7 p.m. The show is FREE to attend, but each guest must present a free ticket for entry. The artists are a surprise!
- No Costume Party: Afentra’s Big Fat Morning Buzz and Coors Light present Afentra’s No Costume Party featuring Vance Joy, Misterwives, Smallpools and Amy Shark at Kansas City Live! Ages 21+ only. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. Friday. Click here for ticket info.
- Fall Festival – Sprint Family Fun Days ends with a Fall Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Trick-or-treat at Downtown shops and restaurants, enjoy pony rides, a barnyard animal petting zoo, mechanical bull, bounce houses, arts & crafts with Oddball Kids, science pumpkin fun with MadScience, live entertainment, StoneLion Puppet Theatre’s Barnyard Jamboree Puppet shows and more! Admission is free. Premium activities require an all-access wristband. Click here for details.
Sprint Center celebrates its 10th anniversary this month by rolling out a blockbuster schedule of big-time performances, including this week’s NBA exhibition game at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Catch number one overall 2017 NBA draft pick Markelle Fultz and former Jayhawk Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers, as they visit Sprint Center for the first time to take on the Miami Heat.
The Truman, the newest and hottest concert venue in KC, will heat up the East Crossroads this week with two shows this week, including Motionless in White, featuring The Amity Affliction, Miss May I and William Control, at 7 p.m. today (Monday); and Krewella with special guests Shaun Frank and Vivalaberg at 8 p.m. Friday.
LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, which feature three productions this week:
- Fences – The winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play that same year, Fences is set in 1950s Pittsburgh against the backdrop of a rapidly changing America. Perhaps the most highly-regarded of Wilson’s soaring ten-play cycle, it tells the gripping story of an African American father and son and the hopes and dreams to which they desperately cling. This Kansas City Rep production opens Friday at the Copaken Stage at H&R Block.
- I’ve Got A Crush on You – Great standards like Someone To Watch Over Me and I’ve Got a Crush on You were born on Broadway. The shows may be forgotten, but the songs live on. This production celebrates these musical classics through Oct. 29 at the Quality Hill Playhouse.
- 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 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
- 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
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