The Kansas City Folk Festival, Planet Comicon and the Storling Dance Theater top off a thrilling week ahead for the arts and entertainment scene in Downtown KC – Monday to Sunday, Feb.12-18:
Folly Theater has a busy week ahead with three, eclectic events, including the Folk Alliance International awards show (see next listing); Mitsuko Uchida, pianist in recital, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday; and vocalist Cyrille Aimée, a winner of the Montreux Jazz Festival vocal competition, at 8 p.m. Saturday.
International Folk Music Awards Show – the premier awards presentation of the folk music industry and community – is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Folly Theater. Awards and distinctions presented to honor leaders, legends, and rising talent include Album, Song, and Artist of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Spirit of Folk, the People’s Voice and Clearwater Awards and inductions into the folk DJ Hall of Fame.
Kansas City Folk Festival – The 3rd annual, family-friendly KC Folk Festival – produced by Folk Alliance International – will feature the best local, regional, national, and international artists on four stages from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Westin Crown Center. The festival’s headline performers are Mary Chapin Carpenter at 4 p.m. and Flaco Jimenez with Max Baca and Flaco Jimenez at 3 p.m. on Sunday. For more details, visit KCFolkFest.org.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will feature seven performances this week, including:
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert – John Williams’ renowned score will be performed by the Kansas City Symphony as the entire film is projected simultaneously on the big screen in Helzberg Hall, beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
- Storling Dance Theater’s Underground – The story of the Underground Railroad is performed to original music, beautiful costumes and a pace that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Don’t miss out on this world-class performance, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
- Peter Cetera – GRAMMY Award-winning singer-songwriter Peter Cetera has had two distinct musical careers. From 1968 to 1986, Cetera was the singer, songwriter and bass player for the legendary rock group Chicago. A solo artist since 1986, Cetera has recorded 10 time-honored albums including his No. 1 hits – the Academy Award-nominated song “The Glory of Love” from the movie The Karate Kid II; “The Next Time I Fall” with Amy Grant; and more. This special performance is set for 7 p.m. Sunday in Kauffman Theatre.
Knuckleheads Saloon – the hottest honky tonk in town – features a 11 shows this week, including Asleep at the Wheel with Lindi Ortega at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Wild Rivers with with Sara Morgan at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
Planet Comicon – Kansas City’s largest and longest-running comic book convention and pop culture expo, featuring the best in comic books, fantasy, science fiction, television and movies returns this Friday through Sunday at Bartle Hall.
Sprint Center will serve as the epicenter of country music this week, as Brad Paisley steers his 27-date, Weekend Warrior World Tour into Downtown. The concert, featuring special guests Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant and Lindsay Ell, is set for 7 p.m. Friday.
Stanfords Comedy Club brings the laughs to Downtown from its new location at 831 Walnut. Comedienne Alanah O’Connor, a a former Miss Kansas, will headline an 18 & older show this week – beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. And, Open Mic is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sundays. For ticket information, visit Stanfords.
The Truman will be rocking this week with four shows, featuring the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club featuring Night Beats at 8 p.m. Tuesday; Neck Deep with Speak Low If You Speak Love, Creeper and Seaway at 7 p.m. Wednesday; Overload by Kayzo at 8 p.m. Thursday; and Moon Taxi with Kalu & The Electric Joint at 8 p.m. Saturday.
LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, which feature two productions this week, including:
- Musical Monday & Tuesday presents a celebration of the music of Billy Joel, Elton John, Carole King, Sara Bareilles, and more at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at MTC Theater at Crown Center.
- That Old Black Magic – Harold Arlen brings the blues to the Great American Songbook now through Sunday at the Quality Hill Playhouse.
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
For more of what’s happening in Downtown and Kansas City, check out our friends at VisitKC.com